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February 16, 2018

My Own Self, At My Very Best, All the Time…Especially When It’s Hard

By Heather Kiley Vice President, AYF My own self, At my very best, All the time, especially when it’s hard. That’s what we practice in AYF. …

Boys Camp Director Philip James

January 14, 2018

Welcome Boys Camp Director

Leadership is at the heart of Miniwanca’s programs, as outstanding role models provide guidance and inspiration for our campers and staff. This fall we conducted …

Depths of Winter, Miniwanca

December 14, 2017

In the Depths of Winter…

“In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” -Albert Camus Margaret “Gigs” Hoerner is long-time Miniwanca Girl. …

December 6, 2017

Remembering Steve Schrepper

Dear Friends, We write with great sadness to share that Steve Schrepper, Facilities Manager at Miniwanca, passed away on Monday morning from late stage stomach cancer. …

Basketball court through Merrowvista fall foliage

November 9, 2017

A Season of Thanks & Giving

By Scott Myers I was out for a walk with my dog and my daughter the other day when I saw a young boy, no …

November 6, 2017

A Look Back at Best Self

This is the unabridged version of the article originally published in the 2017 Founder Fire, released in November. By Samme Orwig Whether you’ve attended camp …

October 30, 2017

Memorials & News from the Founder Family

2017 Marlene Pierce Marlene Pierce, wife of “Daddy Don” Pierce, passed away on December 17, 2017 in Montague Michigan. Nancy Gorbics Nancy Gorbics passed away …

Miniwanca campers playing a game

October 26, 2017

Supporting One Another: Best Selves & Positive Communities

“We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole …

Campers, Summer Camp, Miniwanca, Michigan, Lake Michigan, Pure Michigan

September 25, 2017

Making the Miniwanca Magic Last All Year

Miniwanca Magic: it’s something we talk a lot about, especially as we near the end of the summer each year. Campers comment on how amazing …

August 17, 2017

August 17th – The End of a Beginning

I admit I am totally biased, but I believe AYF campers and staff are remarkable, and tonight we celebrated the remarkable group of campers who …

August 16, 2017

August 16th – One More Night

It is the last full day of camp. Our hearts are so full of joy, but they are also ready to burst with our impending …

August 16, 2017

August 15th – Four Trails Update

As we begin looking toward the end of summer, we wanted to offer a final Four Trails update before the campers return and we all …

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