Camp Manito-wish YMCA has been helping youth build character, embrace traditional values and cultivate leadership skills since 1919. And while times have changed, our methods haven’t. We focus on three major areas of emphasis to instill these qualities in our program participants:
This model of leadership emphasizes checking egos at the door, embracing new experiences and partnerships, creating a shared vision, learning from mistakes and trying again. These qualities, which have grown out of our rich heritage and the experiences of thousands of participants, are at the heart of all our programs today.
Character and Leadership Development
All of our programs are purposefully designed to instill eight character and leadership attributes — humility, empathy, awareness of self and others, resourcefulness, resilience, optimism, adaptability and responsibility — in short, H.E.A.R. the R.O.A.R. And programming is progressive: As participants engage in new experiences, activities, curriculum and challenges, they are constantly growing, maturing, and gaining positive new leadership and character traits.
From the earliest days of camp, “tripping” has been an integral part of the Manito-wish experience. Small groups of youth and counselors embark on wilderness expeditions beyond the familiar confines of camp. While destinations and duration vary by experience level and program area, these trips all have one characteristic in common: Their ability to instill confidence, leadership and self-esteem.