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November 1, 2023

Passing the Torch – A Leadership Transition

The AYF is pleased to announce a passing of the torch of leadership. After decades of remarkable service that has lifted our organization to new …

November 1, 2023

Passing the Torch

Dear AYF Community, It has been my honor to serve as president for the American Youth Foundation and I write to share that after 35 …

October 27, 2023

Sparking Connection

By Dana Rieck Attendance at Miniwanca’s four-day Spark 2023 retreat nearly doubled in its second year as 62 people gathered for reflection, connection and introspection. …

Women gathered sitting on the floor of room with wood and stone walls

September 19, 2023

Creating A Sense of Belonging

By Dana Rieck Dozens of participants attended the Summer Seminars for Women this year, a three-day program that for 35 years has created an intergenerational …

August 22, 2023

Miniwanca welcomes families for weekend of fun

Miniwanca’s annual Alumni & Family Weekend took place Aug. 17 to 20. More than two dozen people gathered for a long weekend of fun, community, …

August 18, 2023

Working at Summer Camp: More than Just a Job

At first glance, it may not be obvious how coordinating a high-energy skit or Night’s Doings correlates to an office environment. However, plenty of former …

August 18, 2023

Merrowvista wraps up summer 2023

Summer 2023 was filled with cannonballs into Dan Hole Pond, songs sung at the top of campers’ little lungs, and bowls of chicken tenders. For …

August 18, 2023

Merrowvista Odyssey campers return triumphant

With arms linked and faces caked with dirt, 10 Merrowvista Odyssey campers and their two leaders finished the final stretch of their 16-day trip: the …

August 16, 2023

New campers dare to adventure at Miniwanca

Nearly 20 seventh and eighth graders took bold first steps into a new camp experience at Miniwanca at the inaugural Dare to Adventure program in …

August 14, 2023

Remembering Elizabeth “Bartie” Jones

Elizabeth Bartholomew Jones, better known as Bartie to the American Youth Foundation community, passed away July 31 at age 98. Bartie was born Aug. 28, …

August 10, 2023

Staff Spotlight: AYF’s Kris Light

Kris Light has a 20-year history with the American Youth Foundation. His foundation with the AYF began as a seasonal Four Trails leader, camp coordinator, …

August 10, 2023

Wayfinders help Merrowvista grow

When people think of summer camps, they don’t normally think of hard hats and power tools. However, the Wayfinder program at Merrowvista provides campers with …

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