Day Camp 

Our Day Camp program ran successfully in 2020, and we are excited to welcome those campers back for another summer of fun in 2021. This year’s Day Camp will look much the same as it did last year, and the guidelines mentioned above also apply to Day Camp. Despite the temporary changes to camp programming, YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin staff are excited to welcome campers back to the shores of Ol’ Lake Barlow. We are looking forward to a safe and fun summer, full of the traditions and togetherness that our campers know and love!

YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin has over 100 years of camping experience and is located on beautiful Barlow Lake in Middleville, Michigan. Our beautiful, natural setting provides an excellent opportunity for all who visit.  We are committed to providing a camp experience rich in tradition centered on our core values, with a Christian emphasis, and allowing all who participate to gain 21st century skills, independence and life long memories.

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Day Camp - $284

Ages: Completed K-4th Grades • Co-Ed

At our Traditional Day Camp, your camper will build friendships, learn valuable life lessons, and make memories through a variety of fun and engaging activities. Day Camp is the perfect stepping stone for campers who want to prepare for the Overnight Camp experience.

 

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Day Camp - $284

Week Date Camp Theme
1 June 13-17 Adventureland
2 June 20-24 Green Machine
3 June 27-July 1 Splash Week
4 July 4-8 All-American Road Trip
5 July 11-15 Harry Potter
6 July 18-22 Star Wars
7 July 25-29 Thrillers & Chillers
8 August 1-5 Barlowfest
9 August 8-12 Once Upon a Time
Respite

Day Camp for Individuals with Special Needs - $284

Ages: Completed 2nd-12th grades • Co-Ed

An Accredited Recreational Program by the National Inclusion Project, this camp is designed to welcome campers with differing abilities and needs. Campers participate in Traditional Day Camp activities through an adapted schedule to ensure they have a meaningful camp experience. All Special Needs Day Campers must apply for this program by emailing camp@grymca.org or calling 888.909.2267.

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Day Camp for Individuals with Special Needs - $284

Week Date Camp Theme
1 June 13-17 Adventureland
2 June 20-24 Green Machine
3 June 27-July 1 Splash Week
4 July 4-8 All-American Road Trip
5 July 11-15 Harry Potter
6 July 18-22 Star Wars
7 July 25-29 Thrillers & Chillers
8 August 1-5 Barlowfest
9 August 8-12 Once Upon a Time
Kinder Day Camp at YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin

Kinder Day Camp - $284

Ages: Ages 4-5 Years • Co-Ed

Kinder Campers participate in Traditional Day Camp activities adapted to be age appropriate for our youngest campers. This program is designed to be an introduction to day camp programming for preschool-aged campers.

Kinder Day Camp at YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin

Kinder Day Camp - $284

Week Date Camp Theme
1 June 13-17 Adventureland
2 June 20-24 Green Machine
3 June 27-July 1 Splash Week
4 July 4-8 All-American Road Trip
5 July 11-15 Harry Potter
6 July 18-22 Star Wars
7 July 25-29 Thrillers & Chillers
8 August 1-5 Barlowfest
9 August 8-12 Once Upon a Time

Theme Weeks

Each week of Day Camp is uniquely themed to add some fun and excitement to the mix. The week will contain additional activities that correspond to the theme.

Adventureland

Take a step into a world of adventure with cowboys, bandits, and jungle explorers. Grab your cowboy hats and get ready to have a week filled with double the adventure!

Green Machine

Do you have a love for nature? Do you want to learn how to compost and recycle? Spend a week in the great outdoors of Camp Manitou-Lin learning more about our ecosystem and everything that lives in it. 

Splash Week

Ahoy matey! Campers will experience a week of pirates, mermaids, and other sea creatures. This week we will explore all things under the sea and create a splash of fun!

Harry Potter

Your acceptance letter has arrived! Hop on Platform 9 & 3/4 to YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin. No matter which house you belong to, each little wizard will have an enchanting good time making wands, learning spells, and learning the secrets of an amazing experience at camp!
 

Star Wars

A long time ago in a camp NOT so far away… It’s time to blast off into the galaxy and bring your droids and light sabers with you! It’s the Return of Star Wars week at YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin. Fly your Millennium Falcon down to camp and prepare to have an amazing time. The force is strong with your camper during this fun week.

Thrillers & Chillers

Does Old Man Barlow have something up his sleeve? Grab your magnifying glass and detective coat so you can get ready to solve the biggest mystery that Camp Manitou-Lin has ever seen. Mystery Incorporated has nothing on you!

All-American Road Trip

Join us as we experience the best thing since sliced bread: a road trip! This week will be filled with learning about our national parks, Route 66, and other American landmarks. Get ready for the trip of a lifetime!

Barlowfest

Peace, love and slushies! Camp is bringing the excitement of the 60s through the power of music and flowers! We will end the week with the biggest tie-dye festival Camp Manitou-Lin has ever seen!

Once Upon a Time

... there lived a group of campers who slayed dragons, lived in castles, and hunted ogres! Bring your best costume and get excited as we celebrate your favorite classic fairytale characters. 

Camp Activities:

Our day camp activities offer your camper so many ways to have fun! All while gaining valuable life skills such as confidence, self-discipline, social interaction, and independence.

Day Camp Activities include:

  • Swimming
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Animal Farm
  • Rock Climbing
  • Archery
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Nature Center
  • Outdoor Living Skills
  • Children’s Garden
     

Meals

YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin Dining Room

Lunch and an afternoon snack will be provided to all of our day campers. YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin offers multiple healthy, nutritious options. The food we serve is also nut-free. For more specific information, contact the Camp Kitchen at 269-205-9014 or email camp@grymca.org

Bus Transportation

YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin Free Bus Transportation

Bus transportation to YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin in Middleville, MI is available for day campers each week at a rate of $25. Please remember to complete the day travel form on the Camp In Touch page.

AM Pick-Up Times Pick-Up Location PM Drop-Off Times
7:15am David D. Hunting YMCA 5:45pm
7:20am Meijer Knapp Corner 5:30pm
7:40am SpartanNash YMCA 5:20pm
7:40am EGR Breton Downs Elementary 5:30pm
7:55am Meijer Gaines Twp 5:00pm
8:00am Mary Free Bed YMCA 5:05pm

Sample Schedules

Time Activity
7:00am Early Care
8:30am Bus Arrival
8:45am Flag Raising and Anncouncements
9:00am Chapel
9:30am Activity #1
10:30am Activity #2
11:30am Lunch
12:15pm Activity #3
Time Activity
1:15pm Activity #4
2:15pm Activity #5
3:30pm Snack
3:40pm Big Group Game
4:20pm Flag Lowering
4:30pm Bus Depart
6:00pm After Care Ends

Specialty Camp

Have fun, learn, and grow during these specialized camps and make the most of your summer at YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin.

CAMP CORRAL

Ages 8-15, Co-Ed (July 4 - 8)

We are excited to bring you this one-of-a-kind week of summer camp! YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin is proud to be one of just 18 camps in 14 states to offer this camp free of charge to qualifying campers. Any child ages 8-15 in a military family is eligible. Priority is given to children in a family with a wounded, disabled, or fallen service member. Registration opens in January each year for summer. Apply at www.campcorral.org 

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Safety

YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin takes pride in its quality of staff, volunteers, and counselors. For our campers’ safety, every staff member has their background checked through multiple agencies that are required and recommended by our Michigan Youth Camp License and American Camp Association. Supervision is a key component to a great camp experience, so we ensure campers are never unattended and no staff member is ever alone with just one camper. Every member of our team goes through an intense two-week staff training that includes basic first aid and CPR as well as conflict resolution, emergency procedures, homesickness prevention, positive praise, bullying prevention and core values recognition. 

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