About Us

Mini-Yo-We is a Christian summer camp & retreat centre jam packed with adventure and fun! Located in Muskoka, our mission is to develop tomorrow's leaders through life changing adventures in God's creation. Mini-Yo-We offers exciting outdoor adventure programs for children, young people and adults as well. Our main ministries are Camp Mini-Yo-We and the Mini-Yo-We Outdoor Centre. Mini-Yo-We offers a unique camp experience, innovative programs, fabulous leadership opportunities, dedicated staff and a safe place for campers and guests to stretch and grow physically, socially, mentally & spiritually; to be the people God wants them to be.


Transforming lives that transform communities for Christ


Developing tomorrow's leaders through life-changing adventures in God's creation

Our History

In 1945, several Sunday school teachers and superintendents from a number of Brethren churches in Toronto saw the need to take children out of the city, let them get to know God in the beauty of His creation and share with them the gospel of Jesus Christ.

A committee was appointed and in 1946 the first summer program was held using rented facilities at Fair Havens Bible Conference on the Trent River near Beaverton. The camp was called The Fountain of Living Waters (John 4:10-14). Tents were erected and the first camps were held in August 1946: one for 50 boys and one for 50 girls. The next year, property was purchased on Mary Lake in Muskoka, the name was changed to Camp Mini-Yo-We, and the camp was incorporated. "Mini-Yo-We" is a phrase from the Dakota Sioux meaning a "fountain" or "spring of water".

Today, Camp Mini-Yo-We operates four campsites: South Camp (Girls Camp), Chemawa (Discovery Camp), Edgewoods (Boys Camp) and Northwoods (Youth Camp). Each site has a lodge and is divided into section of cabins. In total, Camp can accommodate up to 350 campers per week during the summer and over 160 guests at a time during the fall, winter and spring. Through excellence in Christian camping over the past 67 years Mini-Yo-We has become known as one of the best Christian summer camps in Ontario.

For the past few years, over 100 children have made first-time faith commitments to Jesus Christ each year. Our amazing summer camp programs and activities at Camp combined with learning about the truth of God allow has kept campers from all over Ontario and Canada coming back to enjoy this amazing Christian overnight camp.

Organization Structure

Camp Mini-Yo-We is incorporated as an Ontario not-for-profit corporation. We are registered with the Canada Revenue Agency as Registered Charity number 119041721.
Camp is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. As of December 2014 the Board consists of the ten people listed below. The Board functions as a Policy Board and has five scheduled meetings each year.  
  • Jay Dorey
  • Sam Maduri, Treasurer
  • Paul Ogborne
  • Joy Thorne-Enright
  • Don Van Meer, Vice Chairman and Vice President
  • Steve Wright
  • Brian Vanstone
  • Ken Roebuck. Chairman and President
  • Allan Holt
  • Don Bennett
Executive Director - Michael Ankenmann

Michael Ankenmann has been Executive Director since 1998. He first joined the staff team in 1995 as Director of Operations.  He is a graduate of the University of Toronto with Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Civil Engineering.


 Prior to joining the year-round Camp staff team Michael spent 11 years as an engineer and then an associate of the geotechnical consulting engineering firm Golder Associates. He heard the Gospel for the first time and became a Christian at Camp Mini-Yo-We while a camper for the first time in 1974.  From 1976 to 1983 Michael served on the summer staff team at Camp as a cabin leader, section head, out trip leader, camp director, and maintenance man.  He has served on the governing Committee and Board of Camp, including a term as the Chairman from about 1982 to 1990.

Michael is married to Jean, a registered nurse, and they make their home in Huntsville where they attend Faith Baptist Church.  They have three children; Ben and Kylie are Engineering and Nursing graduates from McMaster University, and Josh is a Music student at Liberty University.  Being a camper at Camp Mini-Yo-We was an excellent and defining experience for Michael and he desires every camper to have a similar positive experience

E: mike.a@miniyowe.com
O: (705) 385-2629 ext. 224

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