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.
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
AYF Statement on the Coronavirus
Frequently Asked Questions AYF will continue to update these FAQ answers as new information develops. Last updated: April 2, 2020. What is going on at …
An Invitation to Shelter in Place
By Anna Kay Vorsteg Surely you are aware of the many Executive Orders being issued by Governors at this time. I write to make sure …
Playing the Hand We’ve Been Dealt
By Gretchen Clayton It is an understatement to say that this whole coronavirus situation is difficult – for kids, adults, businesses – everyone is …
“Faces around us were lighting up…” A Summer at Miniwanca
Below, Ollie Williamson, a former and current Boys Camp staff member shares his experience of his first summer on staff at Miniwanca. We hope you …
Seeking Interesting, Interested Adults
“I dare you, whoever you are, to share with others the fruits of your daring. Catch a passion for helping others, and a richer life …
Get into the spirit of #GivingTuesday
As we enter the holiday season, we’re reminded of the power of our positive communities. This year, AYF is participating in the global day of …