Discover your own best self.

Discover your own best self.

We’re a nonprofit youth development organization that engages thousands of youth year round through community & school programs, summer camps, and leadership conferences at our beautiful properties in New Hampshire (Merrowvista) and Michigan (Miniwanca).

Since 1925, we have welcomed young people from around the world to our campuses to discover the richness of our outdoor environments, the fun of interacting with a positive community, and the challenge of self-discovery.



Set on 360 wooded acres and a mile of private Lake Michigan shoreline, Miniwanca is a breathtaking and inspiring setting for growth.

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New Hampshire

Set on over 600 acres in the pristine Ossipee Mountains of New Hampshire, Merrowvista draws you into a life that is rustic, uncomplicated, and filled with excitement.

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National Leadership Conference

June 11-18, 2016

An 8-day conference for high school and college students, held in June at Miniwanca in Shelby, Michigan.

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Preparing the Child for the Path

By Anna Kay Vorsteg As we make ready for the program season ahead, it feels important to name a societal trend that is changing the …

Merrowvista Alumni Reunion: August 19-21, 2016

Come share your favorite memories as you rediscover camp, explore Dan Hole Pond, sing songs, and reconnect with the timeless message of best self and …

Avail Seniors show off community service project

The Legacy of a Table

By Adam Russell As an incoming intern back in 1999, the one thing that really captured my attention at Miniwanca was its strong sense of …


How Baldy was Built

By Hannah Patterson “Oh we’ve got a camp that’s built on sand…” The sand dunes create an integral part of Miniwanca’s landscape. After all, we’re …

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The Magic of Dishland

By Will Shelton Miniwanca offers a lot of unique programs and activities that set us apart from other camps. We have amazing leadership programs; the …

Volunteer Weekend Council

Volunteer Weekend 2016

1,000. That’s the number of work-hours members of the Miniwanca family donated to camp during the largest ever Volunteer Weekend. As you’re letting that settle …

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