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.Learn More
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.Learn More
Remembering Marie Prange Oetting
Marie Prange Oetting had a life-long involvement with the American Youth Foundation and embraced the timeless mission of balanced living and best self as an …
Adventuring the Connecticut River
“Draw right! Forward! Left! Nice, we made it!” These calls emanated from our canoe as we navigated our way down one of a number of …
A Four Trails Summer In Review
As all of the campers, parents, and leaders begin to settle back into their homes and things quiet down from the summer, I’m left reflecting on …
Songs of the Summer
Perhaps when you think of the song of the summer, you think of The Beatles (“Get Back,” 1969), Whitney Houston (“I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” …
Tonight’s Nights Doings was MV Production! MV Production is the Merrowvista play that happens every session. This year, the play was written and co-directed by …
Let the Games Begin
We’re coming to the final stretch! All of our in-camp programs have returned from their adventures outside of the Canaan Valley and are here to …