About Us / Philosophy / Manito-wish Experience

Talk to anyone who has participated in one of our programs, attended an event or volunteered their time here, and they’ll tell you of their “Manito-wish Experience.” So what exactly is it?

When you come to Camp Manito-wish YMCA, you encounter a place, a group of people and a culture with a singular purpose: To build character and cultivate leadership skills. How that happens at Manito-wish is unique and special. The staff and campers are role models of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. There is a close connection with nature and the wilderness that surrounds our location. Our rich heritage also plays a role: Traditional values are embraced. Responsibility and respect are encouraged. And while there are laughs to share and fun to have, there’s also work to do and challenges to overcome.

It’s this unique combination of philosophy, approach and tradition that makes Camp Manito-wish YMCA so enriching, inspiring and impactful. You can’t help but be affected by it — physically, emotionally, intellectually or spiritually —regardless of how long you’re here or what program area you experience.

The result is a transformational and often life-changing experience that sees self-confidence grow, character enriched and leadership skills embraced.

We call it the Manito-wish experience, but you’re welcome to call it whatever you like. The important thing is that you experience it for yourself!