Merrowvista Summer Camp
The deadline to apply to attend summer camp 2021 has passed.
All campers will experience days intentionally designed to encourage them to discover their best, live a balanced life and contribute to a positive community. Campers will become part of cabin groups that serve as their family at camp — they live together, eat family-style meals together, and participate in daily community activities and games together. These experiences will be tailored for three age groups: Pioneers, Seekers, and Wayfinders. Learn more about each below.
Campers will live in open-air, wooden cabins nestled in the forest, helping to foster a deep connection with the natural world. Seekers and Wayfinders will have opportunities to tent-camp on various parts of the stunning Merrowvista property for part of their time at camp this summer.
The American Youth Foundation is committed to a safe, healthy summer experience for campers and staff. Learn more about how we plan to adapt our 2021 summer programs to adhere to COVID-19 protocols and regulations.
Entering Grades 5-6
Our youngest campers experience a summer of fun and friendship as Darers! Darers choose from a variety of activities to create their daily experience. Favorite Interest Group options include archery, fishing, sailing, paddle boarding, sports, crafts, rock climbing, chess and more. Campers select new activities each week, giving them the opportunity to discover and explore new interests and strengths in a dynamic and supportive environment. Each evening the Darer community gathers for Night’s Doings fun. Favorites include the Leader Hunt and the Talent Show, where campers perform and support their friends. Evening Reflection brings a quiet close to the day as we reflect, set goals, and learn more about one another.
Entering Grades 7-8
Seekers connect with new friends and discover their strengths in a dynamic and supportive environment! Rising 7th and 8th graders will attend a three-week session where they will build deep connections with their cabin and community. Seekers are vital members of their small cabin groups, their color team or "Quad," as well as the full Seeker age group. Campers will experience an overnight camping adventure at the Well Site Outpost on our property, where they are introduced to camp craft skills and outdoor cooking. All Seekers choose from a variety of activities to create their daily experience, with options including archery, sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, sports, crafts, rock climbing, chess and more. Campers select new activities each week, giving them the opportunity to discover and explore new interests and strengths in a dynamic and supportive environment. Seekers leave Merrowvista with lasting memories, newfound skills, friends, and newly gained confidence in themselves and their ability to make a positive difference in the world.
Entering Grades 9-12
The Wayfinders program is our most challenging program for our oldest campers. High school-aged participants will engage in a mix of complex problem-solving activities, including tailored service and leadership experiences. They will embark on a rigorous, multiday wilderness trip that challenges them to explore environmental issues while increasing self-reflection and self-reliance skills. Wayfinders will have the opportunity to give back to the Merrowvista community while experiencing program opportunities that build on the rich learning and adventures they've previously had at Merrowvista. Opportunities for the oldest campers to earn rugbies/vests will be still be available!