Camp Merrowvista snowy winter council circle

November 22, 2016

The Light of the Fire

By Kris Light Every campfire has a purpose. It has been an essential part of our story as a species; a thing that once adopted …

Miniwanca students climbs wall (cover)

October 26, 2016

Getting in a Growth Mindset

By Anthony Marvullo This past January, Professor Carol Dweck saw her scholarly work get away from her, so she wrote a clarification in the Harvard …

Music makers in Boys Camp

October 7, 2016

Reasons Teens Should Go To Camp

By Will Shelton A few days ago, we stumbled across this article, and I was very eager to read it. We love to have teens …

Miniwanca early bird summer campers cheer during steal the bacon

September 27, 2016

Early Bird Excitement

In mid-August, the year-round summer camp teams at Merrowvista and Miniwanca each shared in countless hugs, tidied up, and waved as several hundred summer staff …

American Youth Foundation founder medals in bowl

September 15, 2016

Living the AYF Mission: Survey

We want to hear from you! If you have experienced an AYF program, directly or indirectly, we invite you to complete this survey in order to …

Pipers at the High Ropes Challenge Course for Adventure Day

September 12, 2016

The Value of Grit

By Anthony Marvullo Recent conversations on youth development and student success focus on resilience, sometimes called grit. In Paul Tough’s 2012 book How Children Succeed, …

August 5, 2016

And the Winner Is…

The quest to win the Tribal Shield is a decades-old Miniwanca Tradition. When the campers arrive at camp, they are assigned to a tribal group. Each Tribe …

August 4, 2016

Final Day in Girls Camp

The sun was high and hot today and Lake Michigan looked like it held scattered diamonds. Gorgeous! Last days at Miniwanca are bittersweet, holding space …

Miniwanca Odyssey Ride In

August 3, 2016


WOW. You could FEEL the energy pulsing through the air this morning. The day started with the Doc Wheels Fun Run. Both Girls and Boys camps …

August 2, 2016

Try Everything

Near the end of breakfast each day, a song breaks through the clatter of silverware and morning chatter. After the first notes play, the girls …

August 1, 2016

Miniwanca Monday

What a beautiful, Miniwanca day! The weather here was pristine, with highs in the low 80s and cool breezes coming in off Lake Michigan. It was …

August 1, 2016

Something Sacred

We awoke to another beautiful day at Miniwanca with blue skies and white, puffy clouds. It’s hard to believe that today marks the beginning of …

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