From Campfires to City Lights: Join us for a Social Night!

Learn more about the rich history and values that define Camp Manito-wish YMCA, and discover how our programs foster leadership, resilience, and connection in today's youth.

FOR CAMPERS: This is a great opportunity to meet staff, enrolled participants and other prospective campers so you have plenty of familiar faces when you come to Camp! Engage in interactive sessions that blend Camp learning with fun activities, providing a taste of the immersive experiences we offer.

FOR STAFF: If you're interested in working at Camp, this is a great chance to hear more about what a Manito-wish experience could look like for you! Already signed your contract for 2024? Bring a friend and show them what it is you love about working with us!

Share your passion for Camp by bringing along a friend and earn $10 to the Trading Post for each friend you bring! If one of those friends signs up, you will each earn $100 off your registration fees. Alternatively, you could be entered to win a prize of your choice if you don't have an enrolled participant for this season.


Barrington, IL
Manito-wish Meet up

WHEN: Wednesday, May 8th from 5:00-7:00pm. Drop in anytime during that window!

WHERE: Pinstripes (100 W Higgins Rd, South Barrington, IL)

Join us for a Camp meet & greet with a twist!

We will be enjoying dinner and bowling at Pinstripes in South Barrington, IL and would love for you and your camper or prospective camper to join us!

Meet and greet with Camp staff, other campers, and Camp alumni while having a night out of fun.

This event is open to the public, please share with your networks and invite your friends.

Buffet style dinner, bowling, and shoe rental is on us! Just bring yourselves and your friends.

Please RSVP so we can plan for your group.

Chicago Area
Manito-wish Meet Up


WHEN: Thursday, May 9th from 5:00-7:00pm. Drop in any time during that window!

WHEREEvanston Public Library (1703 Orrington Ave, Evanston, IL)

Let's share the fun of Camp with our friends!

We invite you to an exciting event at the Evanston Public Library, where you can introduce your friends to the magic of Manito-wish.

If you are an alumni, please join us to meet and chat with Betsy Ziegler, Board President, reminisce about your time at Camp, learn about updates, and talk to new and returning campers.

You'll also have the opportunity to meet other alumni who share your love for Manito-wish

Light dinner and refreshments will be served.

We hope to see you there!


Please RSVP so we can plan for your group.

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Summer Camp Informational webinars

An informational webinar with Katherine Brown, Summer Program Director. We will cover topics including Camps daily schedule, cabin and washhouse descriptions and pictures, overviews of health services and food services, information about trail, and answer any real time questions that you or your camper have. An email with information and registration links was sent in early April. If you missed it, please reach out to Katherine


Saturday May 11th 9:30-11 a.m. CT

(a recording of the webinar will be available Monday, May 13th)