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Merrowvista school group embraces on mountain

September 28, 2016

Merrowvista: The Experience of a Lifetime

By Hawa (Codman ’16) Codman’s trip to Merrowvista is like being thrown into a pool of vulnerability and forced to swim out safely and stronger. …

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 19, 2016

Away in a Bahn

By Eva Bednar Last Friday night, a small, old barn in the Ossipee Mountains sat aglow on a hilltop in the Canaan Valley. This barn (or …

August 11, 2016

Growing Up Camp

Last weekend I dropped my oldest son, Sam, off for college. It was an emotion filled day – mostly feelings of pride and excitement. Occasionally …

August 11, 2016

More Four Fold Tournament Week and a Four Trails Homecoming

Greetings once again from the shores of Dan Hole Pond! Life at Merrowvista has been an exciting affair as the days fly by in this …

August 11, 2016

Merrowvista Four Trails update August 10, 2016

It was a triumphant day in the Canaan Valley! At long last our far flung villages have finally all made their way back. All Explorer …

August 9, 2016

Merrowvista Four Trails update August 8, 2016

The summer is winding down and our villages are returning to us! It’s bittersweet – such a joy to have them back and yet we …

August 9, 2016

Merrowvista In-Camp update August 8, 2016

Salutations Founder Friends and family! Big things are happening here at Merrowvista so let’s dive right in: Yesterday, Tri-Py led an inspiring flag raising around their interpretations …

August 7, 2016

Merrowvista Four Trails Update August 6, 2016

All of our 4 Trails villages are currently out on trail, savoring their last days of the session together. Flag Village spend their day Canoeing …

August 7, 2016

Aloha 2 Week Campers, Welcome Back 3 Weekers

Aloha! A lot has happened in the Canaan Valley in the last few days. On Friday, the two week campers participated in wish day on …

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