General Updates

April 2, 2020

AYF Statement on the Coronavirus

Frequently Asked Questions AYF will continue to update these FAQ answers as new information develops. Last updated: April 2, 2020. What is going on at …

Camp Merrowvista Odyssey men celebrate on Mount Katahdin

March 30, 2020

An Invitation to Shelter in Place

By Anna Kay Vorsteg Surely you are aware of the many Executive Orders being issued by Governors at this time. I write to make sure …

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March 20, 2020

Playing the Hand We’ve Been Dealt

By Gretchen Clayton   It is an understatement to say that this whole coronavirus situation is difficult – for kids, adults, businesses – everyone is …

February 20, 2020

“Faces around us were lighting up…” A Summer at Miniwanca

Below, Ollie Williamson, a former and current Boys Camp staff member shares his experience of his first summer on staff at Miniwanca. We hope you …

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December 17, 2019

Seeking Interesting, Interested Adults

“I dare you, whoever you are, to share with others the fruits of your daring. Catch a passion for helping others, and a richer life …

June 20, 2019

Remembering Mary Ellen Haan

Mary Ellen Haan was a camper, staff, and Advisory Council member at Miniwanca for many decades. She shared her love for camp with generations of …

November 2, 2018

Apply to Work Summer 2019

With the Miniwanca Staff Application officially open for Summer 2019 (#JoinTheTeam2019), we’re looking forward to connecting with new and returning staff members from all around …

October 20, 2018

Remembering Marie Prange Oetting

Marie Prange Oetting had a life-long involvement with the American Youth Foundation and embraced the timeless mission of balanced living and best self as an …

October 15, 2018

Adventuring the Connecticut River

“Draw right! Forward! Left! Nice, we made it!” These calls emanated from our canoe as we navigated our way down one of a number of …

August 16, 2018

Songs of the Summer

Perhaps when you think of the song of the summer, you think of The Beatles (“Get Back,” 1969), Whitney Houston (“I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” …

August 15, 2018

MV Production

Tonight’s Nights Doings was MV Production! MV Production is the Merrowvista play that happens every session. This year, the play was written and co-directed by …

August 13, 2018

Let the Games Begin

We’re coming to the final stretch! All of our in-camp programs have returned from their adventures outside of the Canaan Valley and are here to …

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