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.

 

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Miniwanca

Michigan

Set on 360 wooded acres and a mile of private Lake Michigan shoreline, Miniwanca Girls Camp and Boys Camp 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 14-21, 2019

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

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What's new.

Apply to Work Summer 2019

With the Miniwanca Staff Application officially open for Summer 2019 (#JoinTheTeam2019), we’re looking forward to connecting with new and returning staff members from all around …

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 …

Voyageur, Georgian Bay, Canada, Lake Huron, kayaking, remote, wilderness

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,” …

MV Production

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 …

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