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.



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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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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July 23rd – Opening Day for Discoverers and Four Weekers

Greetings everyone! Welcome to the start of another great session at Merrowvista. With three weeks of camp under our belt and a memorable, meaningful send …

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Two Week Opening Day!

What a wonderful day we’ve had here at Miniwanca! Our 98 two week campers arrived today, bringing tons of energy and laughter to our community. …

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One Week Goodbye and Stony Lake Fun Day

This morning dawned gray and gloomy at Miniwanca. Thankfully, our campers were not up for a morning Polar Bear but we did have an early …

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Tribal Council

It has been another wonderful day here at Miniwanca today! We rose to a bright and hot day here on the shore of Lake Michigan, …

Miniwanca, Girls Camp, Michigan, Michigan Summer Camp

Gold Rush & the Wild West Showdown

We have been on a string of beautiful Miniwanca days here lately! Though the morning dawned a little gray and wet, all the rain had …

July 19th – the Final Four Trails Update for Session A

The days are winding down here at camp and tonight, for the first time in 3 weeks, all 10 Four Trails villages will be rejoining …

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