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.

 

Our Mission & Inclusive Community

Miniwanca

Michigan

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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Merrowvista

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 10-17, 2018

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

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Life at Camp

Camp Merrowvista has been an important part of my life since the beginning of this century.  I have seen this beautiful community from almost every …

My Own Self, At My Very Best, All the Time – A Messy and Marvelous Opportunity.

It is hard to believe we said goodbye to our 2 week campers last night. The Grand Council ceremony was beautiful, with campers leading us …

Four Trails Update 7/12/2018

Shaw Village had a speedy conclusion to their canoeing trip. On their final morning, they began the day at 4:30 am and had their fastest …

Another Golden Day!

Hello founder friends!  This is your waterfront coordinator reporting to you from the Canaan Valley.  Today was simply one of those traditionally amazing Merrowvista days.  …

4Trails Boys Camp Update!

The world of Four Trails is coming to a close for our Session A campers, but we wanted to reach out to offer one final …

4Trails Girls Camp Update!

The world of Four Trails is coming to a close for our Session A campers, but we wanted to reach out to offer one final …

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