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September 22, 2022

Community and School Programs return to Miniwanca, Merrowvista

The American Youth Foundation continues to carefully build back its programs to pre-pandemic levels, including our Community and School Programs at Miniwanca and Merrowvista. This …

September 21, 2022

Inaugural Spark retreat ignites community

The American Youth Foundation launched a new adult program this month at Miniwanca. Spark, a retreat for adults, welcomed 33 attendees for four days of …

September 21, 2022

Staff Spotlight: Merrowvista’s Carl Dugdale

Carl Dugdale has traveled the globe during his 20-year career, working with youth in Germany, Austria, China, and most recently, California. His latest stop: New …

September 20, 2022

Ambrean Ford awarded national DEI honor

The American Youth Foundation congratulates and celebrates Ambrean Ford, Director of Community Life, Diversity, and Inclusion, who was recently recognized as national leader in creating …

August 24, 2022

Miniwanca welcomes SSW, Girls Camp Reunion back to camp

After two years of virtual gatherings and postponements, Miniwanca was finally able to welcome adults back to in-person programming during Summer Seminars for Women and …

August 24, 2022

Miniwanca Avail campers serve humbly

The Avail program returned to Miniwanca this summer with a new sense of energy and direction after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. Avail …

August 9, 2022

Working the physical and mental folds with a high challenge

The four folds are at the core of all AYF youth programming, whether camp or the many students visiting Merrowvista for community school programs. These …

August 5, 2022

Merrowvista gathers in community

During each camp session at Merrowvista, the community unites around three different campfire events. The first fire takes place at Opening Circle, where all campers …

August 3, 2022

A day in the life of a Merrowvista camper

Pioneers and Seekers are very busy during their two or three weeks at camp. Although some days are unique, most days stick to a solid …

August 1, 2022

A Bittersweet Ending

It was a day full of fun, laughter, and reminiscing as campers prepared to go home. There was excitement to see family members and show …

August 1, 2022

Adventuring to the Outpost and Mt. Flagg

Seekers in Session B have recently returned from various trips across the 6oo acres of Merrowvista. The trips allow youth to step away from the …

July 29, 2022

Session B begins at Merrowvista

Last Friday, Merrowvista bid farewell to the rest of the campers in Session A. After a quick intersession for staff to get some well-deserved rest, …

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