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, 2018

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

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Basketball court through Merrowvista fall foliage

A Season of Thanks & Giving

By Scott Myers I was out for a walk with my dog and my daughter the other day when I saw a young boy, no …

A Look Back at Best Self

This is the unabridged version of the article originally published in the 2017 Founder Fire, released in November. By Samme Orwig Whether you’ve attended camp …

News & Updates from the Founder Family

2017 Laura & Elliott Martin This is a real polar plunge into the Antarctic Ocean. Laura and Elliott Martin were members of Miniwanca’s Polar Bear Club …

Miniwanca campers playing a game

Supporting One Another: Best Selves & Positive Communities

“We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole …

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Making the Miniwanca Magic Last All Year

Miniwanca Magic: it’s something we talk a lot about, especially as we near the end of the summer each year. Campers comment on how amazing …

August 17th – The End of a Beginning

I admit I am totally biased, but I believe AYF campers and staff are remarkable, and tonight we celebrated the remarkable group of campers who …

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