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June 29, 2017

Welcome to the Wild West

After a rainy night, we awoke to clearing skies and warmer air. We did a quick Polar Bear dip and then gathered for Morning Stretch …

June 28, 2017

A Beautiful Silver Day

Today’s theme of the day has been Best Self, and through this beautiful silver day our campers have shown how they can be their best …

Miniwanca Trails Campers

June 27, 2017

Imagination

The morning dawned crisp and clear today as the sun rose over Stony Lake. Our early morning Polar Bears headed down to Lake Michigan to …

Girls Camp Miniwanca Avail

June 27, 2017

Monday June 26 – Helping the Tribe Along

Greetings from Girls Camp! Yesterday was another wonderful day, full of action and fun. The day started off with a bang when our campers found …

Miniwanca Avail and Four Trails campers in Hollow

June 26, 2017

Summer Camp 2017 Begins!

We are so excited to welcome campers back to Miniwanca! Since August 5th of 2016, Girls Camp has been quietly waiting for this very day, …

National Leadership Conference community gathers around council fire

June 2, 2017

NLC 2017: Get. Ready.

By Gabrielle Cory (written after conference 2016) This past week I have been in Michigan at the National Leadership Conference. For those of you who …

Donald Danforth Jr. Dinner Auction Golf Tournament Awards

May 2, 2017

Celebration & Recognition

On Sunday, April 30th, old and new friends of the AYF community gathered for dinner to kick off the 16th Annual Donald Danforth Jr. Memorial …

Joe Maroon Square One Blog Post

April 25, 2017

Balanced Living: How I Dare You! Changed One Man’s Life

By Carrie Kennedy, MEd A few years ago, I was introduced to Joe Maroon at an art opening. Being from Pittsburgh, I knew he was …

March 8, 2017

Preparing for Camp

We love talking about summer camp all year long! The first signs of spring are starting to show at Merrowvista and Miniwanca, so although it’s …

January 24, 2017

I Chose This Odyssey

If you are connected to the American Youth Foundation in some way, it is likely you received a copy of the Founder Fire recently. In …

Sun sets over Lake Michigan at Miniwanca beach

January 6, 2017

A New Year’s Resolution

As we ring in the new year, many people look for ways to answer some version of the question, ‘how can I be at my …

Camp Miniwanca staff and student look at Lake Michigan from top of dune- photo courtesy Dan Terpstra-min

December 9, 2016

A World of Good

With the holiday season upon us, the AYF has so much gratitude for all of the ways in which the members of our community make …

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