Discover your own best self

Discover your own best self

The American Youth Foundation is 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.

Registration is closed for the 2022 summer season. Check back this fall for information about summer 2023.

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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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Working the physical and mental folds with a high challenge

The four folds are at the core of all AYF youth programming, whether camp or the many students visiting Merrowvista for community school programs. These …

Merrowvista gathers in community

During each camp session at Merrowvista, the community unites around three different campfire events. The first fire takes place at Opening Circle, where all campers …

A day in the life of a Merrowvista camper

Pioneers and Seekers are very busy during their two or three weeks at camp. Although some days are unique, most days stick to a solid …

A Bittersweet Ending

It was a day full of fun, laughter, and reminiscing as campers prepared to go home. There was excitement to see family members and show …

Adventuring to the Outpost and Mt. Flagg

Seekers in Session B have recently returned from various trips across the 6oo acres of Merrowvista. The trips allow youth to step away from the …

Session B begins at Merrowvista

Last Friday, Merrowvista bid farewell to the rest of the campers in Session A. After a quick intersession for staff to get some well-deserved rest, …

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