Entering grades 10-12 for a 3 week session.
Vista cultivates a deeper understanding of best self through both individual challenges and humble service to others. Groups typically start their session with a multi-day hike where campers work to create a shared vision for their time together.
Guided by their leaders, Vistas then put their good hearts and skills into action, engaging with local organizations to make a positive impact on surrounding communities. Our partnerships enable rich service learning opportunities in the areas of sustainable gardening, environmental education and stewardship, soup kitchens, affordable housing, food pantries, and museums.
Frequently Asked Questions
Merrowvista is fully accredited by the American Camp Association and meet or exceed state health requirements and industry safety standards in both our in-camp and adventure trip programs. American Red Cross standards guide our waterfront activities. We have a team of committed, on-site health professionals, staffing multiple fully equipped health centers, with the nearest hospital just 12 miles away. Merrowvista campers are supervised throughout the day and maintain a 1:6 staff to camper ratio so that we can provide a fun, safe summer for our campers.
We enthusiastically welcome children with diverse backgrounds, experiences and identities. We value each camper’s right to fully experience Merrowvista free from prejudice and harassment. All camp staff are trained to supervise campers and to prevent and address incidents of conflict or bullying based on any aspect of a person’s identity, including, but not limited to: race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, and religious affiliation.
Staff members strive to be excellent role models by adhering to the camp motto, My own self, At my very best, All the time. Our senior staff members are caring professionals who work with children year-round in camp, school programs and conferences.
Our cabin leaders have completed at least one year of college, are certified in first aid and CPR, and go through two weeks of extensive training at camp prior to the arrival of campers.
Our Four Trails adventure trip leaders are at least 21 years of age, participate in a rigorous 3-week training, and are certified in high-level first aid as Wilderness First Responders. All of our staff members have background checks run against multiple local and national databases.
Children love to hear from their families while at camp! Campers are encouraged to write letters during the session and parents are also welcome to send mail to their camper, or send emails through our one-way email provider, which our office staff print and distribute every day.
If families have an urgent message, question or concern about their child, our directors are always willing to speak with parents on the phone.
“Every summer my son returns having made a palpable leap in maturity. He is more helpful at home, even emptying the dishwasher or walking the dog without my begging. He's kinder to his sister, more thoughtful about others. 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