Miniwanca

May 20, 2022

Staff Spotlight: Carrie Hargreaves Smith

For as long as she can remember, Carrie Hargreaves Smith was interested in a health care career. She loved math, science, and learning about all …

April 28, 2022

AYF staff complete LEAD Camp Mental Health training

More than a dozen members of the American Youth Foundation staff recently completed Camp Mental Health Certification offered by Let’s Empower, Advocate, and Do. LEAD …

April 27, 2022

Miniwanca to rebuild deteriorating Assembly

After years of leaning and disuse, the beloved Assembly at Miniwanca will see new life in 2023. Visitors to Girls Camp last year saw the …

April 27, 2022

Staff Spotlight: Miniwanca’s Emily Knuth

One of Emily Jones Knuth’s fondest camp memories is serving as Quad Leader in eighth grade and again as a high school senior. She relished …

Michael Harter, Miniwanca Boys Camp Director

February 18, 2022

Staff Spotlight: Miniwanca’s Michael Harter

Michael Harter’s career has always found him at the intersection of youth empowerment and mental health, a passion he credits to his own foundational experiences …

February 18, 2022

Prindle Institute partnership shapes seasonal staff experience

American Youth Foundation programs provides life-shaping moments not just for campers, but also for seasonal staff, like The Prindle Institute for Ethics students Gianna and …

January 25, 2022

Honoring the legacy of the Fellowship Building at Miniwanca

Miniwanca has seen many significant improvements to its facilities in recent years, including extensive renovation of the West Eating Lodge and more than 50 cabins …

December 10, 2021

Miniwanca, Merrowvista are now hiring for summer 2022

The American Youth Foundation is thrilled to welcome back more campers in 2022, and Merrowvista and Miniwanca are seeking energetic individuals to join their seasonal …

December 8, 2021

Rekindling Community in Summer 2021

For the first time in more than a year, a familiar sound could be heard across the dunes of Miniwanca and the valleys of Merrowvista: …

December 3, 2021

Staff Spotlight: Regan Gibson Wiesler

Regan Gibson Wiesler first encountered the American Youth Foundation when she attended National Leadership Conference in 2012, an experience that created lasting bonds with her …

October 26, 2021

Science explains the magic of Polar Bear at Miniwanca

“Polar Bear, Polar Bear – rah, rah, rah! Polar Bear, Polar Bear – ha! ha! ha!” So chant the voices of campers on the shores …

September 27, 2021

Staff Spotlight: Jennifer Sebolt

Office Coordinator Jennifer Sebolt is the first smiling face you see when you enter the Mills Center at Miniwanca. She’s adept at juggling multiple tasks, …

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