Outpost — Camp Manito-wish’s extended wilderness tripping program — is formally established with its own facility, budget, equipment, and staff to better accommodate canoeing trips into the Canadian wilderness. (A backpacking trip to Montana is also introduced this same year.)
Moving from the care and control of the North Central Area YMCA, Camp Manito-wish YMCA, Inc. becomes an independently chartered YMCA with an independent Board of Directors.
Building on the foundation laid by Camp Director Elmer Ott after World War II, 32 Manito-wish campers depart on the first European trip to Germany. The trip marks the beginning of our “sister city” relationship with Bad Muender — a relationship that continues to thrive today.
Eager campers are thrilled to welcome General Dwight D. Eisenhower for a tour of Manito-wish.
On August 15, Manito-wish welcomes the first girl’s camp session. 122 young women attend, their Manito-wish spirit shining through 18 straight days of rain!
Nash Lodge is constructed to accommodate the growing number of campers. The huge dining and gathering hall is made possible by a gift from Charles W. Nash of the Nash Motors Company in Kenosha.
On July 4, the first session for Boys is offered at Camp Manito-wish YMCA. In attendance are 100 campers and 29 staff members, representing 38 different communities. W.H. “Daddy” Wones, one of the committee members who discovered the property, is installed as the first camp director.
Camp Manito-wish YMCA was established in 1919 on the shore of Boulder Lake in Boulder Junction, Wisconsin. In the spring of 1919 Walter "Daddy" H. Wones, H.E. Andrews and Judge E. B. Beldon searched for the perfect place to establish a summer camp for the State of Wisconsin YMCA. Wones believed that the wilderness of Northwoods of Wisconsin offered a more in depth experience and challenge for campers. It would be a place for many kids from urban areas to experience a quiet night, observe wildlife, and paddle through beautiful lakes, rivers and streams.