Our Philosophy


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.

The spirit of Camp Mah-Kee-Nac lies in the commitment to our community. Campers and staff feel supported, challenged and encouraged to participate in an action-packed day of sports, outdoor adventure, waterfront, media and the arts. Through these activities and our elective-based program, campers build confidence by experiencing success. Our boys discover the power of their true selves and the individual role they play as part of the greater community. To us, community over everything is what makes Mah-Kee-Nac extraordinary.  Different then our philosophy are our core values.  Our core values embody our culture and helps guide our commitment to community.  Read more about our core values here.

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.