General Updates

Miniwanca, Summer Camp, Kayaking, Georgian Bay, Wilderness

April 2, 2018

Paying Attention: Four Trails, Four Folds

We don’t matter much, but the children do. Show them daisies and the pale hepatica. Teach them the taste of sassafras and wintergreen . . . Give them …

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. …

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. …

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

2018 John Sterling McCarthy passed away on Monday, March 26, 2018. Full Obituary 2017 Marlene Pierce Marlene Pierce, wife of “Daddy Don” Pierce, passed away …

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 …

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