Join us this Labor Day Weekend, Aug. 31 - Sept 2 for our long-anticipated 100th anniversary event! We’ll be welcoming alumni, family and friends back to Camp with a weekend full of events and activities. If you plan to attend — for an hour, a day or the entire celebration — please register here. (It will help our planning and preparation.) Thank you!
Look who is coming. Click here to view our 100th Anniversary Donors and Sponsors.
To help you plan your visit, we’ve created this resource page. Here, you’ll find the latest event-related details. Check back often to see what information has been added and updated. Questions? Email us at email@example.com or call us at 715.385-9270, ext. 228.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 31: A festive pre-celebration of music and fun in Boulder Junction featuring Manito-wish’s own Mark Zanoni and his Big Road Band! (Sponsored by the Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce)
SATURDAY & SUNDAY, SEPT. 1 & 2: All of Camp Manito-wish is open to explore and learn about the unique cultural heritage of our historic grounds and facilities
- Engage in fun, enriching activities and "coaching sessions"
- Tour Camp
- Paddle Boulder Lake (by canoe, kayak or paddleboard!)
- Visit the John F. Michler Heritage Center
- Reflect at the Square/Vespers Ceremony
- Share a Meal with family and friends
- Take part in Chapel
- Sing camp songs and warm your Manito-wish spirit
- Renew old friendships — and make many new ones!
- Participate in Outside Speaker sessions
Camp Manito-wish YMCA is located just west of Boulder Junction, Wisconsin on Hwy K, surrounded by the Northern Highland State Forest and several hundred sparkling lakes, rivers and streams that instantly turn road trips into sightseeing trip. Please use these maps to help you get here — and get around once you’re here!
Lodging in the northwoods is diverse and plentiful — but due to popular demand from this weekend, everything is filling up fast! Use the PDF for links to area lodging (and don’t forget owner-rented resources like airbnb.com and vrbo.com). Once you’re here, be sure to explore the community of Boulder Junction (there’s a handy map of downtown to help you get around.) Enjoy!
- Q: What is the cost to attend the Celebration events?
A: We welcome you to participate in each Camp sponsored activity, including meals, and we want you to enjoy reminiscing and roaming Camp property throughout the weekend. In lieu of a registration fee please consider a monetary gift to help us offset our expenses (you may do this in the registration process).
- Q: My registration didn’t go through.
A: Completing your registration is a 2-step process:1) Click “Confirm Your Registration, then 2) Submit. You will get an immediate email confirmation. If you do not, your registration did not go through.
- Q: How can I become a Sponsor of the event?
A: If you are interested in sponsoring any part of the weekend’s activities, you may assist in underwriting: meals, coaching periods, 100th Anniversary staff, camp shuttle, or publishing, with a donation of $1000 or more. Please contact Jeff Pereles at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your sponsorship gift. Thank you for your consideration!
- Q: I am registering and I plan to make my donation from a foundation; how do I complete the donation portion of the registration?
A: In the registration form, under “Payment Options, Please Bill My …..”, select ‘Check’. Enter ‘0’ for the amount. Proceed with your plans to send the foundation payment. Thank you for your generosity!
- Q: I completed the Survey Camp sent to me in February. Am I now officially registered for the Celebration?
A: No! You are not registered as an attendee! Thanks for participating in the survey, but you still need to register so we know you plan to attend. Click on the link for online registration.
- Q: May I stay at Camp?
A: As much as we’d love to accommodate everyone who wishes to stay at Camp for the Celebration, we simply cannot. No one will be permitted to stay overnight on camp property. Please follow this link to area accommodations; book your reservations soon!
- Q: Where will I park when I come to Camp for Saturday and Sunday’s activities?
A: There are several ways to get to Camp:
- Ride your bike (helmets preferred)
- Paddle to Camp
- Park in the lot just west of Boulder Junction (location details to follow). A shuttle service will run from this lot throughout each day providing transportation to and from Camp.
- For those who need physical assistance please park at Camp; if necessary, golf cart service will be available for rides around Camp.
- Q: How do I access the Mobile App for my phone?
A: Get our guide here: https://guidebook.com/g/camp100
- Search Camp Manito-wish YMCA 100th Anniversary
- Select Check In and Connect to sign in and set up a profile
- Start connecting with fellow Manito-wishers
- Select Interact to load and share images
- Q: How may I eat a meal in Nash Lodge?
A: We know everyone will want to eat in Nash. If you register by the July 13 deadline your name will be placed in a lottery with the intent of trying to make sure that everyone who attends gets to eat in Nash Lodge at least once. Colored wrist bands designating specific meals will be given to attendees at Check-in.
- Each of the dining facilities will have open seating.
- Note: Sunday Breakfast in Nash Lodge is Continental Breakfast – all are welcome to dine in Nash!
- Q: What is being planned for family members so they can enjoy their time at Camp as much as me?
A: We encourage you to bring your family to share your reunion experience with them! They are welcome to participate in our organized coaching periods. In addition, we’ve invited several outside speakers to lead supplemental coaching periods to add interest for all attendees, including non-Manito-wishers. Check the Schedule of Events for details.
- Q: Are my children welcome at the 100th Anniversary Celebration?
A: Everyone is welcome to attend our full schedule of events. There is a wide range of activities planned ranging from swimming and canoeing to crafts, climbing wall, tug of war and a campfire!
- Q: May I visit Camp on Friday, August 31, when I arrive in the area?
A: We welcome you to come into Camp between 3:00pm and 5:00pm to check-in and receive your Welcome Packet. Please consider doing this especially if you plan to attend the Paul/Pauline Bunyan Breakfast on Saturday; you will receive your dining location assignments at that time.
There are no official events planned for Friday at Camp but as always you are encouraged to stop by to say hello!
- Q: May I visit Camp on Monday, Labor Day, September 3?
A: Our celebration will have come to a close; you are always welcome to drop in at Camp!
- Q: Can we arrive at Camp via a motor boat on Boulder Lake?
A: Canoes and Kayaks are welcome modes of transport to Camp! Please, no motor boats. Peace on the Waterways!
- Q: Pets? Smoking? Alcohol?
A: Please respect Camp’s policies as a non-smoking, pet free and alcohol free property.
- Q: Will there be Wifi available at Camp over Labor Day weekend?
A: The Northwoods has limited bandwidth, however Wifi will be available at Camp for our celebration. If your plan offers unlimited data we encourage you to use it; this will help everyone’s phones and computers run faster when we are all here!
- 100th Anniversary Wifi Password: camp100
- Q: How will I know about last minute schedule / location changes?
A: All schedule or location changes will be posted on the Camp Guidebook Mobile App, and will be available at the Check-In table and Boyce Administration.
- Q: How may I purchase 100th Anniversary Gear?
A: The Trading Post will be stocked throughout the summer and Labor Day. Or contact Vicki Bachmann at email@example.com for details.