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 2017

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

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Avail Senior Day of Service

Service and Community Building are part of our mission Miniwanca Avail Seniors stepped up today to help two local area charities: Trinity Lutheran Church Community …


The annual running of the Wanca-Karts!

Thursday was an amazing day in Boys Camp! We were on our typical day schedule with Interest Groups and Community Time happening in the morning. …

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A Day Full of Opportunity

Cabin 18 set the tone for the day, offering  personal, insightful reflections on Opportunity at Morning Stretch.  As one camper said, “Opportunity means to me– …

Merrowvista Four Trails update 7/21

Flag village summited Goose Eye mountain today! According to a message we received, they had “a lovely day of hiking” and were the first people …

Nearing the end of Discoverers 2016

Hello everyone! The last two days of Camp have been filled with a variety of exciting activities. The weather has been beautiful here in the …


Wednesday at Boys Camp

Wednesday was a typical day in Boys Camp, but the hot weather kept it interesting. After breakfast and first Interest Group our age groups met …

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