Some pictures are worth 1,000 words. These moments of Manito-wish history will also conjure up about 10,000 warm feelings, inspirational moments, and fond memories. Click on any image for a larger photo and a brief description. For a comprehensive history, click here for “Course Set for Manito-wish,” the official history of Camp Manito-wish YMCA.
Camp Manito-wish YMCA was founded on the grounds of the old Rabbit’s Foot Resort. The resort’s main lodge served as the Manito-wish dining hall till 1925.
Walter H. “Daddy” Wones founded Camp Manito-wish YMCA in 1919 and served as Camp Director for 19 years.
Riding began in 1928, with horses borrowed from Dairymen’s Country Club. Later, they were rented from Chippewa Indians of the Lac du Flambeau tribe.
Launching canoes onto Boulder Lake around 1922.
General Dwight Eisenhower meets campers at Camp Manito-wish YMCA in 1946.
The first girl’s summer camp session, held in the summer of 1941.
Cooking over the campfire during a wilderness trip — a staple of the program since 1919.
Evening “canoe sings” are a traditional girls session favorite.
The famous “Wannigan” — a wooden box with shelves that is packed with food for wilderness tripping.
The Lang Challenge Course — a standard part of leadership development at Camp Manito-wish YMCA — teaches leadership and cooperation through both a high and low “ropes” curriculum.