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 …

Foresters on the Beach 2016

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 …

Cabin 15 - 2016

July 30, 2016

Creating and Sharing Together

Most Miniwanca mornings begin with the Polar Bear Call, inviting all campers to Dip, Dip-Dip-Dip into Lake Michigan.  The last several days the water has been …

July 28, 2016

Boys Camp – Best in Show

Wednesday at Boys Camp was awesome! We again followed our typical day schedule. During Community Time the age groups divided into camp to have adventures …

Yoga on the Beach 2016

July 28, 2016

Growing Strong

Growth Our theme for the day was growth and we saw campers stretching and growing all day long! Avail Service in the Community After an …

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