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.

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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Making the Miniwanca Magic Last All Year

Miniwanca Magic: it’s something we talk a lot about, especially as we near the end of the summer each year. Campers comment on how amazing …

August 17th – The End of a Beginning

I admit I am totally biased, but I believe AYF campers and staff are remarkable, and tonight we celebrated the remarkable group of campers who …

August 16th – One More Night

It is the last full day of camp. Our hearts are so full of joy, but they are also ready to burst with our impending …

August 15th – Four Trails Update

As we begin looking toward the end of summer, we wanted to offer a final Four Trails update before the campers return and we all …

August 15th – Nearing the End

Though time (being the illusion it is, a common conversation among campers) is crawling towards the end of the summer here in the Canaan Valley, …

August 14th – The Four Fold Tournament

Yesterday marked a very important day of Session B – the kickoff of the Four Fold Tournament!!! To give you a taste of what the …

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