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, 2017

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

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I Chose This Odyssey

If you are connected to the American Youth Foundation in some way, it is likely you received a copy of the Founder Fire recently. In …

Sun sets over Lake Michigan at Miniwanca beach

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Camp Miniwanca staff and student look at Lake Michigan from top of dune- photo courtesy Dan Terpstra-min

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 …

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