Campers entering grade 9

Explorer campers entering grade 9 take their first steps in our Four Trails program. These challenges help campers develop important life skills such as resiliency, collaboration, organization and planning.

In 2023, Explorers will go on a five-day backpacking trip in the Mahoosuc Range in New Hampshire and Maine, paddle New Hampshire and Maine waterways for three to five days, and engage in a service learning project at Merrowvista.

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.

Summer 2024 Dates and Registration

Summer 2024 registration is a first-come, first-served model, and waitlists will be created when programs fill. Explore all our Explorer program offerings below and sign up for our email newsletter to receive summer 2024 updates.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email [email protected].

2024 Dates & Tuition

Explorers entering grade 9

Session A
June 30 to July 19 (three weeks)
Rate: $5,050

Session B
July 21 to August 9 (three weeks)
Rate: $5,050



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 need-based financial aid and sibling discounts.

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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