We’re Live for Family Fun Camp – Spring Edition!

Learning to love the dark winter days is a process. But once achieved, it’s a great time to see the real Alaska. Erin Kirkland/AKontheGO

Snuggled together in the Manitoba Cabin last October, family fun camp participants celebrated the National Park Service’s 100th birthday, made name tags, sipped hot chocolate, and got to know one another. Outside, this group of 15 learned about archery, safe fire-building, and even got to watch a few falling stars before falling asleep to the sound of a rushing Alaska creek. 

Sound like heaven? It was. And we’re getting ready to do it again. AKontheGO, Alaska Huts Association, Camp Fire Alaska, and now, Kenai Backcountry Adventures are all fired up and can’t wait for this third family fun camp opportunity. 

Manitoba cabin is a historic destination just 90 minutes south of Anchorage. Erin Kirkland/AKontheGO

Family Fun Camp – Spring 2017 is live and taking reservations for the weekend of April 15-16 at the historic Manitoba Cabin and Yurts along the Seward Highway near Summit Lake Lodge. Designed for those families who love the idea of camping, but aren’t quite sure, or ready, to pack up and head out without a bit of support, Family Fun Camp is a chance to meet likeminded folks. Over the course of the one night-two day stay at the very cozy cabin and yurts, kids and parents will learn how to work together as they plan, implement, and enjoy a camping experience within a nurturing, fun environment. 

WHEN: Saturday, April 15 to Sunday, April 16, 2017. Yes, we fully realize this is Easter weekend, but – the planning team has taken into full consideration the delightful options for an “outdoor Easter” for those choosing to celebrate. Crafts, activities, and meals will be special and fun, and welcome springtime in a very Alaska way. 

Families will meet at 11 a.m. on Saturday, and depart by noon on Sunday, so there is still plenty of time to enjoy the holiday with family or friends. Better yet, why not bring them with you? 

Manitoba cabin and yurts are reached by a short hike, ski, or mountain bike ride. Erin Kirkland/AKontheGO

WHERE: Manitoba Cabin and Yurts are located just 90 minutes south of Anchorage along Milepost 48. A short hike, ski, snowshoe or mountain bike ride delivers visitors to the historic cabin located above roaring Canyon Creek. During the non-snow months, the journey to the property takes about 20 minutes. In the winter, it may take longer, depending upon your family’s mode of transportation. Camp organizers will help you decide how best to tackle the trip with your kids. 

WHO: Families with children. Single parents. Grandparents. Aunts or uncles. Best friends. You bring the kids, we’ll help create the fun. Note: Activities will be geared toward school-aged children. Younger siblings or friends are welcome, but please be aware that much of our learning will focus on kids age 5 and up. 

Outdoor cooking is part of the adventure at Family Fun Camp. Erin Kirkland/AKontheGO

WHAT: Sleeping quarters consist of two yurts. Both have single and double bunks, and families will be sharing the space. Heat comes in the form of propane or wood, depending upon which yurt you choose. 

The cabin is shared space for cooking, socializing, and conducting our famous craft sessions. There is a full kitchen, two stoves, an oven, and utensils/cutlery/pots and pans. We will share dinner responsibilities, but families will be responsible for feeding their crew breakfast and lunch. A woodstove provides heat. 

I am especially pleased to welcome Kyle McDowell of Kenai Backcountry Adventures to our family fun camp weekend. Kyle will be teaching families the basics of winter camping, survival skills, and navigation in the snowy Alaska wilderness. Snow caves, camp cooking, and lots of stealthy tracking are ahead of us!

The two yurts at Manitoba are warm, cozy, and perfect for those new to camping. Erin Kirkland/AKontheGO

WHY: Camping in Alaska is a unique opportunity for families, whether they have experience or not. With our state’s vast landscape and broad network of public lands, people are limited only by their imagination when it comes to campsites, parks, and backcountry options. Family fun camp is a chance to become a comfortable and confident camper, for now, and years from now. It is a gift your kids will never forget. 

SIGN UP: Reservations are OPEN now, and there is very limited space, so if you would like to attend, visit the Alaska Huts Association website HERE. Once your registration has been received, you will receive a confirmation letter and packing/supply list from AKontheGO. 

Join us for Family Fun Camp – Spring 2017 edition!

~EK 

More about Manitoba and Family Fun Camp: 

  • http://akonthego.com/blog/attend-family-camp-at-manitoba-cabin-with-akonthego
  • http://akonthego.com/blog/akonthego-top-family-trips-2016
  • https://www.adn.com/outdoors/article/manitoba-cabin-family-friendly-place-near-side-backcountry/2014/04/09/
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