Miniwanca

June 27, 2021

Miniwanca Opening Day 2021

Summer 2021 has officially begun at Miniwanca! The Media Specialist will share periodic dispatches from Girls Camp and Boys Camp here on the blog. Check …

February 25, 2021

Now Hiring 2021 Summer Staff

As the American Youth Foundation prepares for summer 2021, the program and operations teams are eager to fill 200 seasonal staff jobs at Merrowvista and …

Week 2 Option 1

January 20, 2021

Help us create Wayfinder 2021

In January, we announced dates and changes to our summer 2021 program offerings. Unfortunately, guidance regarding COVID-19 means we cannot offer our off-site Four Trails programs …

view of Miniwanca cabins

December 15, 2020

2020 is a year of renovation at Miniwanca, Merrowvista

Though the AYF wasn’t able to welcome campers this summer, Miniwanca and Merrowvista were still abuzz this year with the whirring of power tools and …

miniwanca, girls camp, dreams come true, special day

December 14, 2020

Learn more about summer 2021 at Miniwanca and Merrowvista

After careful assessment, the American Youth Foundation Board and staff feel we can offer safe, mission-supporting programs at Miniwanca and Merrowvista in summer 2021. It …

SSW women

December 4, 2020

Connecting across the miles, across the generations

by Liz Marshall As the pandemic rocked the country in spring 2020, American Youth Foundation alumni sought connection and community with their Founder Family despite …

friends on the Lake Michigan beach

August 31, 2020

Labor Day Girls Camp Reunion Goes Virtual

While we cannot host our Girls Camp Reunion at Miniwanca this summer, we hope you will join us for a free Virtual Labor Day Girls …

Summer Seminars for Women Community

August 24, 2020

Summer Seminars for Women finds community, renewal online

The American Youth Foundation continues to adapt its programs to online platforms. After the success of Invincible Summer, the Summer Seminars for Women community also …

Lexie Hill

August 19, 2020

Enkindled Spirits: Lexie Hill

Lexie has grown up at Miniwanca Girls Camp and the National Leadership Conference, returning each summer and completing the Odyssey cycling trip from Michigan to …

Four Trails Kayaking Group

August 5, 2020

Wow. Thanks. Help. An important COVID-19 update from the AYF

Dear AYF Community, Author Anne Lamott says there are essentially three prayers that get us through tough times: Help, Thanks, and Wow. This summer has …

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July 21, 2020

Merrowvista, Miniwanca campers flock to Invincible Summer  

AYF campers across the country have spent the last two weeks building forts, logging miles on their virtual Four Trails treks, and teaching their families the sudsy fun of Arlos and Dishland.    Invincible Summer, the …

July 8, 2020

Learn to be an active anti-racist ally with Kids4Peace Boston

The American Youth Foundation’s longstanding partner, Kids4Peace Boston, is offering a free online training for preteens and teenagers who want to learn more about anti-racism work and how they can enact …

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