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Donald Danforth Jr. Dinner Auction Golf Tournament Awards

May 2, 2017

Celebration & Recognition

On Sunday, April 30th, old and new friends of the AYF community gathered for dinner to kick off the 16th Annual Donald Danforth Jr. Memorial …

Joe Maroon Square One Blog Post

April 25, 2017

Balanced Living: How I Dare You! Changed One Man’s Life

By Carrie Kennedy, MEd A few years ago, I was introduced to Joe Maroon at an art opening. Being from Pittsburgh, I knew he was …

March 8, 2017

Preparing for Camp

We love talking about summer camp all year long! The first signs of spring are starting to show at Merrowvista and Miniwanca, so although it’s …

January 24, 2017

I Chose This Odyssey

If you are connected to the American Youth Foundation in some way, it is likely you received a copy of the Founder Fire recently. In …

Sun sets over Lake Michigan at Miniwanca beach

January 6, 2017

A New Year’s Resolution

As we ring in the new year, many people look for ways to answer some version of the question, ‘how can I be at my …

Camp Miniwanca staff and student look at Lake Michigan from top of dune- photo courtesy Dan Terpstra-min

December 9, 2016

A World of Good

With the holiday season upon us, the AYF has so much gratitude for all of the ways in which the members of our community make …

Camp Merrowvista snowy winter council circle

November 22, 2016

The Light of the Fire

By Kris Light Every campfire has a purpose. It has been an essential part of our story as a species; a thing that once adopted …

Miniwanca students climbs wall (cover)

October 26, 2016

Getting in a Growth Mindset

By Anthony Marvullo This past January, Professor Carol Dweck saw her scholarly work get away from her, so she wrote a clarification in the Harvard …

Music makers in Boys Camp

October 7, 2016

Reasons Teens Should Go To Camp

By Will Shelton A few days ago, we stumbled across this article, and I was very eager to read it. We love to have teens …

Merrowvista school group embraces on mountain

September 28, 2016

Merrowvista: The Experience of a Lifetime

By Hawa (Codman ’16) Codman’s trip to Merrowvista is like being thrown into a pool of vulnerability and forced to swim out safely and stronger. …

Miniwanca early bird summer campers cheer during steal the bacon

September 27, 2016

Early Bird Excitement

In mid-August, the year-round summer camp teams at Merrowvista and Miniwanca each shared in countless hugs, tidied up, and waved as several hundred summer staff …

American Youth Foundation founder medals in bowl

September 15, 2016

Living the AYF Mission: Survey

We want to hear from you! If you have experienced an AYF program, directly or indirectly, we invite you to complete this survey in order to …

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