General Updates

July 2, 2018

Opening Day at Merrowvista!

Greetings all, from the Ossipee Mountains! We are off and underway! Today we had the privilege to welcome 238 young people and their families to …

Miniwanca, Girls Camp, Summer Camp, Costumes, preventing homesickness

May 8, 2018

7 Do’s and 1 Don’t for Preventing Homesickness

May has arrived with beautiful weather and sunshine here at Miniwanca, and with it comes the reminder that summer camp 2018 begins in less than …

April 20, 2018

Remembering Ryan Thomas

We  are saddened to share that longtime camper Ryan Thomas died unexpectedly on April 16, 2018. Ryan spent many summers growing up at Miniwanca, following …

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 …

my odyssey has just begun

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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