So you’re considering Camp Manito-wish YMCA. Great idea! Your camper will visit exciting places, make new friends, be inspired, challenged and energized, and learn and grow in the process. It’s a fantastic experience! Of course, as the parent of a first-time camper, you don’t know that yet. And there’s a very good chance you have some questions. So we’ve compiled the most commonly asked questions here, along with our answers and insights. We trust this new camper parent guide/faq page will help put your mind at ease — and put your new camper on the path to an unforgettable Manito-wish experience!

Happy Trails!

 

What if my camper is nervous about being away from home for 3-weeks?

For some, three weeks away from home can feel challenging. One of the greatest things that happens at camp is that our staff are trained to guide our campers to challenge themselves to try new things – especially if they are nervous of stepping out of their comfort zone, as we know this is where the growth happens!  Our staff are well equipped with the tools needed to help your camper face challenges and walk away feeling more confident, stronger and braver than before. If your camper is feeling homesick, our staff will guide your camper through the process with patience, empathy and by setting goals to help them feel more at home here at Camp. To help prepare your camper before they leave for Camp, we will continue to supply resources for families as well as how to partner with Camp to set your camper up for success. And if you would like to talk with us about how to prepare your camper, please just give us a call!

How many younger campers attend without a friend or sibling?

Most first-year campers arrive without anyone they know. We work hard to match first-time campers with similar interests and ensure that each camper has lots of opportunities to share new experiences and make new friends. If your camper has a friend attending, and they want to be in the same cabin, both families must make an online request.

Why Manito-wish? What makes this place so special?

Camps are often thought of as places for kids to go. Camp Manito-wish YMCA is a place for kids to grow. Since 1919, we’ve used engaging activities, wilderness trips and the northwoods itself as tools to reinforce values, develop character and build leadership skills. As campers grow, so does their confidence, their caring and their sense of community. And by embracing this Manito-wish experience, they’re ready to embrace new challenges and a larger world.

What’s the best way to get my camper to camp?

The new schedule is set up to start on a Tuesday and end on a Sunday. This is a great way to take advantage of our bus transportation and for your camper start their adventure on the bus! Camp Staff are on the bus to help facilitate meeting new people, teach camp traditions and answer questions, and connect your camper with others on the bus to start building relationships right away. When the session is over you pick them up and meet the counselors and staff, tour the property and have your camper share their favorite memories and places! The car ride home will be full of stories, laughter and then naps.

How do you help first-time campers settle in when they don’t know anyone?

Our staff takes great pride in helping your child feel welcome, build community and become part of the Manito-wish family. After check-in, your camper will be introduced to their counselors and cabinmates. They’ll play games and small group activities designed to help all campers get comfortable with their cabin. We’ll always do our very best to help your camper feel at home in no time!

How is the food? I have a finicky eater.

We offer hearty breakfasts, lunches and dinners via a delicious and diverse menu, usually served in historic Nash Lodge. On Trail, campers plan and prepare their own meals, resulting in nutritious (and creative) dishes. There’s always a chance to try something new, and nutrition and dietary restrictions (food allergies, etc.) are carefully taken into account. Your camper will be well-fed and well-fueled!

How safe is the experience?

Striving to ensure a safe and positive experience is always our top priority. Our staff is well-vetted and completes a 10-day training program including Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness lifeguard training. Formal emergency procedures are in place for any eventuality. And our health center’s certified medical staff are always ready to provide quality care, with a full clinic and hospital just 25 minutes away.

Will you still offer Visitors Day?

With this new schedule, we will offer full Chapel services on each Sunday (except Closing Day) during the session. Visitor Days have traditionally been on Chapel Sundays, and we are hopeful to have one Visitor Day each session. We will continue to monitor best practice guidelines for visitors at Camp, and will communicate with you once that plan is finalized.

Is there any financial assistance available to help send my kids to Camp?

We have camperships that can help! We believe in making camp possible for all who want to participate. While our costs are necessary to provide the very best experience, we know that this investment in your camper can be significant to your household budget. Camp Manito-wish YMCA enjoys a strong history and commitment to providing an outstanding Manito-wish experience to all who want to participate. Our fee structure, payment plan options and Campership program are in place to make this happen, by striving to make our programs affordable for everyone. Apply here .

Testimonials

We are so glad that we found out about Camp Manito-wish. It was definitely a life changing time for my daughter. She is definitely more confident and has high hopes for herself this year in school.
L. U.

Testimonials

We are so glad that we found out about Camp Manito-wish. It was definitely a life changing time for my daughter. She is definitely more confident and has high hopes for herself this year in school.
L. U.

So you’re considering Camp Manito-wish YMCA. Great idea! Your camper will visit exciting places, make new friends, be inspired, challenged and energized, and learn and grow in the process. It’s a fantastic experience! Of course, as the parent of a first-time camper, you don’t know that yet. And there’s a very good chance you have some questions. So we’ve compiled the most commonly asked questions here, along with our answers and insights. We trust this new camper parent guide/faq page will help put your mind at ease — and put your new camper on the path to an unforgettable Manito-wish experience!

Happy Trails!

 

What if my camper is nervous about being away from home for 3-weeks?

For some, three weeks away from home can feel challenging. One of the greatest things that happens at camp is that our staff are trained to guide our campers to challenge themselves to try new things – especially if they are nervous of stepping out of their comfort zone, as we know this is where the growth happens!  Our staff are well equipped with the tools needed to help your camper face challenges and walk away feeling more confident, stronger and braver than before. If your camper is feeling homesick, our staff will guide your camper through the process with patience, empathy and by setting goals to help them feel more at home here at Camp. To help prepare your camper before they leave for Camp, we will continue to supply resources for families as well as how to partner with Camp to set your camper up for success. And if you would like to talk with us about how to prepare your camper, please just give us a call!

How many younger campers attend without a friend or sibling?

Most first-year campers arrive without anyone they know. We work hard to match first-time campers with similar interests and ensure that each camper has lots of opportunities to share new experiences and make new friends. If your camper has a friend attending, and they want to be in the same cabin, both families must make an online request.

Why Manito-wish? What makes this place so special?

Camps are often thought of as places for kids to go. Camp Manito-wish YMCA is a place for kids to grow. Since 1919, we’ve used engaging activities, wilderness trips and the northwoods itself as tools to reinforce values, develop character and build leadership skills. As campers grow, so does their confidence, their caring and their sense of community. And by embracing this Manito-wish experience, they’re ready to embrace new challenges and a larger world.

What’s the best way to get my camper to camp?

The new schedule is set up to start on a Tuesday and end on a Sunday. This is a great way to take advantage of our bus transportation and for your camper start their adventure on the bus! Camp Staff are on the bus to help facilitate meeting new people, teach camp traditions and answer questions, and connect your camper with others on the bus to start building relationships right away. When the session is over you pick them up and meet the counselors and staff, tour the property and have your camper share their favorite memories and places! The car ride home will be full of stories, laughter and then naps.

How do you help first-time campers settle in when they don’t know anyone?

Our staff takes great pride in helping your child feel welcome, build community and become part of the Manito-wish family. After check-in, your camper will be introduced to their counselors and cabinmates. They’ll play games and small group activities designed to help all campers get comfortable with their cabin. We’ll always do our very best to help your camper feel at home in no time!

How is the food? I have a finicky eater.

We offer hearty breakfasts, lunches and dinners via a delicious and diverse menu, usually served in historic Nash Lodge. On Trail, campers plan and prepare their own meals, resulting in nutritious (and creative) dishes. There’s always a chance to try something new, and nutrition and dietary restrictions (food allergies, etc.) are carefully taken into account. Your camper will be well-fed and well-fueled!

How safe is the experience?

Striving to ensure a safe and positive experience is always our top priority. Our staff is well-vetted and completes a 10-day training program including Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness lifeguard training. Formal emergency procedures are in place for any eventuality. And our health center’s certified medical staff are always ready to provide quality care, with a full clinic and hospital just 25 minutes away.

Will you still offer Visitors Day?

With this new schedule, we will offer full Chapel services on each Sunday (except Closing Day) during the session. Visitor Days have traditionally been on Chapel Sundays, and we are hopeful to have one Visitor Day each session. We will continue to monitor best practice guidelines for visitors at Camp, and will communicate with you once that plan is finalized.

Is there any financial assistance available to help send my kids to Camp?

We have camperships that can help! We believe in making camp possible for all who want to participate. While our costs are necessary to provide the very best experience, we know that this investment in your camper can be significant to your household budget. Camp Manito-wish YMCA enjoys a strong history and commitment to providing an outstanding Manito-wish experience to all who want to participate. Our fee structure, payment plan options and Campership program are in place to make this happen, by striving to make our programs affordable for everyone. Apply here .