Information for Wakonse Attendees
Information for Those Attending the Wakonse Conference
Clothes: The dress for the entire conference is very casual: jeans, sweatshirts, sandals, tennis shoes are very appropriate. Expect to get sand in all footwear. Plan on layering your clothing. Jackets over sweatshirts for early morning and evening wear, but be ready to peel off, one layer at a time, for the warmer late morning and afternoon hours. The average daily high for nearby Muskegon is around 69 and the low 49; but it can be 10 degrees cooler at the Lake. Check a local forecast ahead of time.
Meals: There will be three substantive Camp meals each day. They are served from a cafeteria line. If you have special dietary needs (vegetarian, low fat, etc) please inform the Wakonse staff before the conference.
Accommodations: You will share a dorm/cabin room with a person from another institution. There will be two single beds and small dressers. You will be furnished with soap, a towel, wash cloth, sheets, a thin pillow and one wool blanket. You are encouraged to bring a sleeping bag and sleep in that. There are two women's and two men's rest rooms in each dorm; each has two showers. Slippers/sandals are encouraged to keep sand off your feet after showering. There is often not an abundance of hot water, so you will want to stagger showers. A washer and dryer are available. We will provide detergent for your use.
Chautauqua: Please consider coming prepared to share your talents as musician, thespian, comic, or storyteller – or be ready and willing to join or organize an ensemble.
Other Activities: During breaks at the conference, you will have opportunities to enjoy hikes in the woods and through the dunes, canoe on Stony Lake, or attend a Sunday non-denominational service at the Chapel of the Dunes. There is also a grocery store in town.
Smoking is not allowed on the premises of Camp Miniwanca.
Telephones: Cell phones will probably not operate on the camp grounds, but may work if you walk into town. A number of pay phones are available at the camp. The emergency number for Camp Miniwanca is 231-861-2262 - it is operative until 5 pm Michigan time.
Items to bring – alarm clock; sleeping bag; shampoo; hair dryer; camera; wool socks; ear plugs; umbrella and/or poncho; sunglasses; suntan lotion; pillow; flashlight and extra batteries; slippers or sandals; sweatshirt and jacket; binoculars; hat; kite; fanny pack; covered travel mug; copy of favorite poem/reading; field guide for birds, plants, stars, etc.