Miniwanca

view of Miniwanca cabins

December 15, 2020

2020 is a year of renovation at Miniwanca, Merrowvista

Though the AYF wasn’t able to welcome campers this summer, Miniwanca and Merrowvista were still abuzz this year with the whirring of power tools and …

miniwanca, girls camp, dreams come true, special day

December 14, 2020

Learn more about summer 2021 at Miniwanca and Merrowvista

After careful assessment, the American Youth Foundation Board and staff feel we can offer safe, mission-supporting programs at Miniwanca and Merrowvista in summer 2021. It …

Astrid Wielens

November 19, 2020

Astrid Wielens joins AYF as Senior Health and Safety Director

2020 has been a challenging year for all nonprofit organizations as reduced revenues put a strain on human resources. This month, Zebra Crossings and the …

Anna Kay Vorsteg - President

November 18, 2020

Embark on a pilgrimage this holiday season

This Thanksgiving will be unlike any in recent memory. Instead of gathering, we’re asked to stay home for the collective good. Instead of packing the …

Miniwanca Council Circle

September 30, 2020

An Update About Registration

These last six months, our AYF family has gone through many adjustments as the world and our programs changed course. We all continue to live …

sunset in lake

September 17, 2020

Join us for monthly Evening Reflections

We know you miss camp as much as we do. That’s why we’re bringing camp into your homes via Zoom each month with Evening Reflections! …

friends on the Lake Michigan beach

August 31, 2020

Labor Day Girls Camp Reunion Goes Virtual

While we cannot host our Girls Camp Reunion at Miniwanca this summer, we hope you will join us for a free Virtual Labor Day Girls …

Willky Joseph

August 27, 2020

Enkindled Spirits: Willky Joseph

Willky’s AYF journey began at Merrowvista when was a 9th grader at Codman Academy. In the first days of forming their new school community, Codman …

Alumni and Family Camp Living the Mission

August 27, 2020

Tell us about Founder Friends living the mission

The American Youth Foundation is always eager to hear about our program participants and alumni making positive change in their communities. Do you know a …

Summer Seminars for Women Community

August 24, 2020

Summer Seminars for Women finds community, renewal online

The American Youth Foundation continues to adapt its programs to online platforms. After the success of Invincible Summer, the Summer Seminars for Women community also …

Lexie Hill

August 19, 2020

Enkindled Spirits: Lexie Hill

Lexie has grown up at Miniwanca Girls Camp and the National Leadership Conference, returning each summer and completing the Odyssey cycling trip from Michigan to …

Four Trails Kayaking Group

August 5, 2020

Wow. Thanks. Help. An important COVID-19 update from the AYF

Dear AYF Community, Author Anne Lamott says there are essentially three prayers that get us through tough times: Help, Thanks, and Wow. This summer has …

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