Stay Informed: Camp Update on COVID-19 (updated 4/28/2020)

April 28, 2020 – 10:00 am



After much deliberation and thought, it is with a heavy heart that I share with you that with the support of the Board of Directors, I have decided to suspend all programming through August 14, 2020.  This includes Memorial Day Work Weekend, Summer Camp, Outpost, and all Leadership programs.

The decision to suspend programming was incredibly difficult on both a historical and emotional level.  We remained hopeful for as long as we could as our staff exhausted all alternative programming options with the goal of saving our 102nd season at Camp.  We follow guidance from the ACA, the CDC, local health departments and medical experts to support our programming decisions and have always been committed to providing a safe environment for campers and families.  Ultimately, there remains too little known about COVID-19 and how to maintain a safe environment at Camp and on trail.

The time will come when stay at home orders are lifted, social distancing is no longer required, and health care experts provide clear guidance for re-opening.  We look forward to that day and when it is safe to do so, we will continue to deliver the Manito-wish experience.  We know that now more than ever our community needs Camp.  Until that happens, we look forward to continuing to engage with you through our social media outlets, zoom calls, letters, and any other acceptable communication methods.

For those of you who have registered for summer programming and have paid full or partial programming deposits/fees, you have the following options:

  1. Support camp through this difficult time by donating all or a portion of your camper deposit/fees. Your contribution will be doubled through a matching gift in the month of May!
  2. Carry your registration over to 2021 – secure your spot while paying 2020 fees. (specific details related to Outpost trips coming soon)
  3. Receive a full refund.
  4. A combination of the above – donate, refund, and/or deposit for 2021.

We know you may have additional questions.  We have updated our frequently asked questions and encourage you to review it.  If after reviewing, you still have questions, please give us a call or send an e-mail so we can answer whatever question you may have.

Many of you have sent messages of support to our staff team throughout this process.  Thank you!  Your words have served as motivation and inspiration to us all.  An unprecedented pandemic such as this has forced many of us to evaluate our priorities and it is clear that Manito-wish remains high on your list.  We look forward to staying connected over the summer.  We may not be delivering programming this summer, but you can rest assured that we will be eagerly looking forward to the next time we are able to gather on the shores of Boulder Lake.




Patrick Soldan

Chief Executive Officer