Our Wayfinder program is an opportunity for community service and leadership within the camp communities.

Our oldest campers (entering grades 11 to 12) can participate in Wayfinder, a three-week intensive program focused on leadership development, community building, and service learning in camp.

Some campers serve as senior mentors, providing direction and leadership while being role models for younger campers. Wayfinder projects take place on site and offer the opportunity to make a difference in their camp community.

All campers leave Merrowvista with lasting memories, new skills, friends, and newly gained confidence in themselves and their ability to make a positive difference in the world.

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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A Typical Day at Merrowvista

Most weeks at Merrowvista consist of four or five typical days and two or three special days. We know consistency is important for campers, so we ground the week in regular schedules and activities, while making time for atypical celebrations and exciting activities.

Special days may include Opening and Closing Days and other camp-specific holidays like the Four Fold Tournament and Ride In!


7:30 a.m.: Wake Up
7:40 a.m. Go-Getters (optional)
8:40 a.m.: Flag Raising and Morning Reflection
9:00 a.m.: Breakfast
9:45 a.m.: KCISP (Keep Camp in Shape Please)
10:15 a.m.: Interest Group 1
11:15 a.m.: Interest Group 2
12:15 p.m.: All-Camp Assembly


12:30 p.m.: Lunch
1:30 p.m.: Easy Time
2:45 p.m.: Interest Group 3
3:45 p.m.:  Village Time
5:00 p.m.: Camper Free Time


6:00 p.m.: Dinner
7:30 p.m.:  Night’s Doings
8:30 p.m.: Evening Reflections or Village Insight
9:30 p.m.: Lights Out

Interest Groups

What are they and how do they work?

Each week, campers sign up for three different Interest Groups, activities designed to have fun, learn a new skill, and practice being their best selves. Campers also have the opportunities to make new connections with campers of all ages.

Typical Interest Groups will include:

• Sailing
• Pool Party/Swim Games
• Paddle sports (kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding)
• Lake Michigan beach time
• Sports (soccer, dodgeball, Ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, and more)
• Archery
• Woodshop
• High ropes course and rock climbing
• Pottery
• Yoga
• Theater/improv
• Arts and crafts (knitting, friendship bracelets, copper enameling, print making, and more)

“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