Discover your own best self

Discover your own best self

The American Youth Foundation is a nonprofit youth development organization that engages thousands of youth year-round through community and school programs, summer camps, and leadership conferences at our beautiful properties, Merrowvista in New Hampshire and Miniwanca in Michigan.

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.


Registration for 2022 summer programs is now open!

Summer 2022 registration will return to a first come, first served enrollment model (pending medical review). Registration for Miniwanca, Merrowvista, and National Leadership Conference takes place in two parts:

Sunday, Nov. 7: Priority registration for existing summer camp families opens at 6 p.m. ET.

Monday, Nov. 15: Registration for new summer camp families and National Leadership Conference opens at 8 a.m. ET.

Select a camp below for registration links, program offerings, rates and dates at each site.

Miniwanca 2022           Merrowvista 2022            NLC 2022

Vaccination Requirement
The health and safety of our AYF community is our top priority. All summer 2022 staff and participants eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine are required to be fully vaccinated before their session starts. Proof of vaccination will be collected before arrival at camp.

Summer 2022 FAQ


Stay updated and engaged with the AYF community! Sign up for our monthly Founder Sparks email newsletter and follow the AYF on Facebook and Instagram (Merrowvista, Miniwanca).

 

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

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

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