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March 23, 2023

Merrowvista will host open house onsite on May 6

Explore Merrowvista and learn more about summer 2023 during our Open House! Join us at at Merrowvista at 147 N. Canaan Road in Center Tuftonboro, …

March 23, 2023

Help campers Gear Up for summer 2023

American Youth Foundation summer programs kick off in less than 100 days, and participant families are already preparing for Opening Day. Amid the flurry of …

March 22, 2023

Miniwanca will host open house in Whitehall, Michigan

Miniwanca is coming to Whitehall, Michigan on Saturday, April 15! Join us at the Viking Athletic Complex in Whitehall from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.! …

March 21, 2023

Miniwanca will host open house in Chicago

Miniwanca is coming to Chicago, Illinois on Wednesday, April 12! Join us at the Hannam family home in Downer’s Grove, Illinois from 5:30 to 7:30 …

March 21, 2023

First-year AYF campers take brave first steps toward independence

For almost 100 years, American Youth Foundation campers have embarked on journeys measured in miles, challenges, and personal growth. Like any journey, camp begins with …

March 20, 2023

Miniwanca will host open house in Columbus, Ohio

Miniwanca is coming to Columbus, Ohio on Wednesday, April 5! Join us at Everal Barn and Homestead from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Learn more about …

March 1, 2023

Miniwanca to host open house in Cleveland

Miniwanca is coming to Cleveland on Friday, March 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.! Open house will take place at the von der Heydt family …

February 27, 2023

Staff Spotlight: Merrowvista’s Steph Dasman

Steph Dasman’s childhood camp experiences sparked a passion and interest in youth development from an early age. The enthusiasm and passion those program staff members …

February 27, 2023

Purina Leadership Labs expand AYF reach across the country

The American Youth Foundation continues to connect with new communities across the country. Recently, nearly 50 teenagers in Iowa experienced a taste of the AYF’s …

February 27, 2023

AYF facilities teams focus on solid foundations

As youth returned to Merrowvista and Miniwanca in 2021 and 2022, the facilities teams focused on how the sites could best serve participants in the …

February 24, 2023

Miniwanca to host open house in St. Louis

Miniwanca is coming to St. Louis on Sunday, March 5! Join us at Eden Theological Seminary from 1 to 4 p.m. Learn more about summer …

January 23, 2023

Registration is now open for Miniwanca, Merrowvista Volunteer Weekends

The entire family is invited to lend a hand this spring at Miniwanca and Merrowvista! This year, Volunteer Weekend takes place April 28 to 30 …

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