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 …

Campers in a circle

July 17, 2021

Effervescent Sparks

Three weeks ago, Camp Miniwanca sprang to life after 18 months of cocooning and the first missed summer in almost 100 years. The sacred spaces …

July 13, 2021

Spreading Gratitude

The chorus of bird song seemed to pause momentarily as the Turn of the Road bell rang out over the Draws, Dunes, Ridges, and Trails …

July 13, 2021

To Aspire Nobly

As our three-week voyage of discovery heads into its final few days, the community has become deeply intertwined, cabins feel like home, and everyone has …

July 9, 2021

Dreams Come True, Adventure Day!

At Miniwanca, Quads support each other and people flourish as they dare to dream. The golden sun shined brightly above downtown Miniwanca to kick off …

July 8, 2021

To Serve Humbly

“Polar Bears! Polar Bears! Come on, all you Polar Bears!” traveled through the cabin bays as the lifeguards made their way down to Lake Michigan …

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