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!

Questions about Camp?

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.

With four camp sessions, when is the best time for my first-time Camper to go?

Getting your questions and concerns answered will get you and your camper ready for Camp.BOYS 1: Popular with younger first-time campers, who transition well from school life to camp life. This session feels smaller and more intimate.
BOYS 2: A mix of new and returning campers who are familar with camp offerings and options, bringing an awesome energy to the experience.
GIRLS 1: The first girls session is typically larger in size and caters to a well-balanced mix of both first-time and experienced campers.
GIRLS 2: This session is closer to the start of the school year, so it can be smaller and more intimate, which some first-time campers prefer.

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

We encourage first-time campers to take the Manito-wish bus to camp, and have you pick them up at the end of the session. This way, your camper can start their adventure as soon as they board the bus, meeting new people and making new friends. When you pick them up, you can meet our counselors and staff and compare notes with your camper!

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.

This all sounds great — but can we afford it?

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. So we offer a variety of helpful payment plan options, “fee choice” (allowing you to choose between an actual and adjusted fee), and financial aid in the form of “camperships.”

 

Testimonials

It was one of the most influential experiences of my life and I’d like others to benefit as I did.
H. F.

Testimonials

The Manito-wish Leadership Program has had a tremendous impact on our school. We have been coming to Manito-wish since 1990 and have always had a great experience.
J. H.

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!

Questions about Camp?

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.

With four camp sessions, when is the best time for my first-time Camper to go?

Getting your questions and concerns answered will get you and your camper ready for Camp.BOYS 1: Popular with younger first-time campers, who transition well from school life to camp life. This session feels smaller and more intimate.
BOYS 2: A mix of new and returning campers who are familar with camp offerings and options, bringing an awesome energy to the experience.
GIRLS 1: The first girls session is typically larger in size and caters to a well-balanced mix of both first-time and experienced campers.
GIRLS 2: This session is closer to the start of the school year, so it can be smaller and more intimate, which some first-time campers prefer.

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

We encourage first-time campers to take the Manito-wish bus to camp, and have you pick them up at the end of the session. This way, your camper can start their adventure as soon as they board the bus, meeting new people and making new friends. When you pick them up, you can meet our counselors and staff and compare notes with your camper!

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.

This all sounds great — but can we afford it?

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. So we offer a variety of helpful payment plan options, “fee choice” (allowing you to choose between an actual and adjusted fee), and financial aid in the form of “camperships.”