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.

This year, state, local, and industry guidance regarding COVID-19 means we will only be able to offer a single three-week session at each camp. The dates for Miniwanca summer camp are Sunday, June 27 to Saturday, July 17. The dates for Merrowvista summer camp are Sunday, July 11 to Saturday, July 31.

Because the camp community must be smaller to be as safe as possible, we will not be able to accommodate all who wish to come to attend this summer. That’s why we implemented an extended application process instead of first-come, first-serve registration.

The deadline to apply to attend summer camp 2021 has passed and all families have been notified of acceptance. If you have questions, please refer to the 2021 Summer FAQ or email Miniwanca or Merrowvista.

Like so many of you, we are sad we cannot do all we had dreamed of in the coming summer.  And yet, with sails adjusted, we intend to capture fully the opportunities and fun that lies ahead. We are doing our best to accept the limitations and look to the future when our programs will return to the model that you have loved through the years.

We know you have many questions, and we encourage you to learn more about the summer 2021 program, health and safety, 2020 tuition deferment, scholarship availability, and more. As conditions change, we will assess and shift as we are able, but we know camp will look different during this upcoming season.

2021 Summer FAQ

We look forward to continuing this journey with you, no matter where you find yourself this summer. Remember always, no matter the distance between us, we are in this together.

We invite you to stay updated and engaged with the AYF community via our monthly Founder Sparks email newsletter and on Facebook and Instagram (Merrowvista, Miniwanca).

The current moment demands adaptation, reflection, and careful planning to bring our powerful community together again, but rest assured, we will be together again.



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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