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, 2017

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

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Preparing for Camp

We love talking about summer camp all year long! The first signs of spring are starting to show at Merrowvista and Miniwanca, so although it’s …

I Chose This Odyssey

If you are connected to the American Youth Foundation in some way, it is likely you received a copy of the Founder Fire recently. In …

Sun sets over Lake Michigan at Miniwanca beach

A New Year’s Resolution

As we ring in the new year, many people look for ways to answer some version of the question, ‘how can I be at my …

Camp Miniwanca staff and student look at Lake Michigan from top of dune- photo courtesy Dan Terpstra-min

A World of Good

With the holiday season upon us, the AYF has so much gratitude for all of the ways in which the members of our community make …

Camp Merrowvista snowy winter council circle

The Light of the Fire

By Kris Light Every campfire has a purpose. It has been an essential part of our story as a species; a thing that once adopted …

Miniwanca students climbs wall (cover)

Getting in a Growth Mindset

By Anthony Marvullo This past January, Professor Carol Dweck saw her scholarly work get away from her, so she wrote a clarification in the Harvard …

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