Entering grade 9

Explorer campers take their first steps in our Four Trails program and will embark on at least one outcamping experience. These challenges help campers develop important life skills such as resiliency, collaboration, organization and planning. Campers are introduced to the technical campcraft skills with emphasis placed on the journey as much as the destination. Staff-led village insight discussions help campers make connections between discoveries made on trail with real life challenges at home and school. Explorer campers spend a fair amount of their camp experience onsite at Merrowvista, providing opportunities for training and team building.

2022 Four Trails Details

The AYF is committed to offering challenging adventure-based programs that enable experiential learning. During the ongoing pandemic, our traditional Four Trails experience will be affected by supply chain limitations, transportation and travel restrictions, and the continued care of our campers’ health and safety. This season’s adventure trips  will involve hiking or canoeing, as well as service learning. As we continue to evaluate the global landscape, we will finalize specific destinations and itineraries and share this information in early 2022.

Summer 2022 registration will return to a first come, first served enrollment model (pending medical review), and waitlists will be created when programs fill. Registration will take place in two parts:

Sunday, Nov. 7: Priority registration for existing camp families will open at 6 p.m. ET.

Monday, Nov. 15: Registration for new camp families will open at 8 a.m. ET.

2022 Dates & Tuition


Session A (Three Weeks)
Dates: July 3 to July 22
Rate: $5,000

Session B (Three Weeks)
Dates: July 24 to Aug. 12
Rate: $5,000


The AYF is committed to making summer camp accessible to all youth. As a nonprofit foundation fueled by generous donations from our alumni and families, the AYF offsets the price of every program for every participant. AYF also offers generous full scholarships and need-based financial aid.

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“Every summer my son returns having made a palpable leap in maturity. Sometimes the progress he's made comes out in a conversation where he expresses a belief system that has no doubt been influenced by the wonderful values reinforced at camp. We use 'best self' as shorthand for asking if behavior is in line with values, and when I ask, 'Are you being your best self right now?' That usually sparks some reflection.”

– Merrowvista Camper Parent