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 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
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 …
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 …
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 …
Reasons Teens Should Go To Camp
By Will Shelton A few days ago, we stumbled across this article, and I was very eager to read it. We love to have teens …
Merrowvista: The Experience of a Lifetime
By Hawa (Codman ’16) Codman’s trip to Merrowvista is like being thrown into a pool of vulnerability and forced to swim out safely and stronger. …
Early Bird Excitement
In mid-August, the year-round summer camp teams at Merrowvista and Miniwanca each shared in countless hugs, tidied up, and waved as several hundred summer staff …