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 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.

2022 Summer Camp and National Leadership Conference dates are now available!

Registration will take place in late 2021. 

In the coming weeks, the AYF will share more information regarding registration, rates, and specific 2022 program offerings. We encourage you to sign up for our email list to receive updates as soon as they become available.

Miniwanca 2022           Merrowvista 2022            NLC 2022


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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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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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