Operated by the American Youth Foundation, Merrowvista is set on over 600 acres in the pristine forested Ossipee Mountains. Our summer camp programs for ages 8 to 17 are intentionally designed to encourage youth to stretch beyond what is comfortable, to discover more about their own unique capacities, and to practice putting their own best into action in a supportive community.
Our younger campers learn to live in community, experience their first hiking and backpacking adventures, and take the first steps toward identifying their personal values and are introduced to the idea of best self. Our older campers embark on multiday hiking or paddling off-site trips, give back to their communities through service, and discover their own best selves.
Everyone leaves Merrowvista with lasting memories, new skills, friends, and newly gained confidence in themselves and their ability to make a positive difference in the world.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What kind of camp is Merrowvista?
Merrowvista is a residential overnight camp with two- and three-week session options available from July 3 through Aug. 12.
Will my child feel included?
Yes! We enthusiastically welcome children with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and identities and actively work to make our community safe and inclusive for all youth.
What is the food like?
Delicious! We serve healthy, nutritious meals with a variety of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, and can accommodate a variety of dietary needs and allergies.
What are the sleeping arrangements?
Campers share a room with a cabin leader and five other children.
What activities can my child do?
There’s lots to do at Merrowvista, from archery and rock climbing to waterfront activities and crafts.
What is the staff like?
Our full-time staff are experienced youth development professionals dedicated to your child’s wellbeing. Our seasonal staff are at least 18, have one-year post high school experience and are usually former campers!
Will my child camp out overnight?
Yes! Younger children will experience overnight camping for a few nights, while older campers in our adventure programming will experience multiday hiking or paddling trips with backcountry camping.
Will my child have their phone?
Merrowvista gives campers the opportunity to disconnect from phones, social media, and technology and focus on being in community and in nature.