When you’re on trail in Outpost , you are on the front lines of all the incredible beauty, wonder and challenge nature can bring your way. So Camp Manito-wish YMCA is dedicated to providing an experience that’s unforgettable, enriching and positive. Here are five major factors that set our wilderness tripping program apart from the rest.
Over 80 years of experience and counting.
Since the 1930s, Camp Manito-wish has been providing extended wilderness travel programs for teens. It’s this experience and expertise, coupled with time-tested-and-proven practices and a singular focus on character and leadership development, which has made Outpost one of the premier wilderness tripping experiences in the nation.
Lessons that last beyond the journey.
In Outpost, every environment, encounter and experience is harnessed as a tool to provide collaborative leadership skills that last long after the trip is over. We’re not just creating wilderness-only leaders; we’re instilling character and leadership qualities that will serve participants in any situation.
Challenge level = comfort level.
Outpost is a progressive program with four distinct levels. Trip duration grows with every year of participation, with destinations, experiences and challenges delivered in an age- and skills-appropriate way. As the program progresses, youth advance right along with the experience, gaining positive new leadership and character traits along the way.
Variety. Flexibility. Quality. Pick three.
All four levels of our Outpost program offer three distinctive trips, each built around canoeing, backpacking or sea kayaking disciplines, each exploring a different natural area in North America. In this way, we can provide a wilderness experience that meets each participant’s interests, skill levels and personal preferences, while delivering a consistently amazing experience.
Safety is our highest priority.
All Outpost trips begin at Camp Manito-wish YMCA for skills training and review. Our trip leaders offer both experience and wilderness safety training and certification . Physician-conducted physicals are required. And emergency communications equipment is mandatory on every trip. So participants are well-grounded and well-prepared going out, and well-supported during the entire Outpost adventure.
“The training and conversations he experienced seems to have changed his outlook on life. He is extremely positive and loving. He is very strong. Because of who he is becoming, his potential for the future will probably pass my dreams for him.”