Our Philosophy

“A place where we look beyond predispositions and stereotypes, where feelings of excitement, magic and adventure can be explored.” Ed, Campus Director (2016)



The values that make up our philosophy date back to our founder, Joe Kruger’s child-centered approach to camp. The Mah-Kee-Nac Way centers around both individual development and building community and is embodied in three words: Community, Action, and Power.

Camp Mah-Kee-Nac provides boys with an action-packed summer that encourages them to discover their individual power, while living as part of a close-knit, welcoming community. We do this through our camp culture and Elective-Based Program:

Since its founding in 1929, Mah-Kee-Nac has been a place where boys are encouraged to “give it a try.” Our campers try new things without fear of failure or judgment. The acquisition of new skills and enhancement of existing abilities create confidence in our boys. Whether a camper wishes to spend his day on the lake, fields or adventure course, Mah-Kee-Nac will always provide him with plenty of action. Over time our campers’ confidence builds, and they discover their true power as individuals. When each boy is supported and honored as an individual, we are able to build a community of mutual respect.




At Mah-Kee-Nac, our competition philosophy focuses around inclusiveness and Healthy Competition. Boys come to Mah-Kee-Nac with no, little or advanced athletic experience, creating both room for growth and game specific development. Our individualized instruction is designed to support the progress of all our young athletes. Additionally, with our intracamp, intercamp, and tournament games, all Mah-Kee-Nac boys have an opportunity to compete at a level appropriate to their experience and ability.