OVERNIGHT CAMP

This year, camp programs will look different than before. In Overnight Camp we have limited cabin capacity, meaning that each cabin will have less campers per session. Each cabin will operate as its own “pod” and will not mix with other cabin groups during activities. Traditional Overnight Camp activities like all-camp games, Gaga Ball, and Nine Square are being redesigned to align with our “pod” structure. Camptivities have been removed from the schedule for 2021, but we look forward to bringing them back in the future. 

 

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Overnight Camp - $750

Ages: Completed 2nd-8th Grades Co-Ed

Experience a week where the outdoors is the center of FUN and lasting friendships are made.  During our Overnight Camp, your camper will enjoy traditional camp activities, from the opening campfire to arts and crafts, boating, swimming and our farewell fire on the closing night of camp. Our dynamic programming curriculum allows each campers’ experience to grow every year. As campers get older, they are able to add new components to traditional activities and brand new opportunities to their YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin experience.

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Overnight Camp - $750

Week Dates Theme
1 June 12-17 Adventureland
2 June 19-24 Green Machine
3 June 26-July 1 Splash Week
4 July 3-8 (Camp Corral) All-American Road Trip
5 July 10-15 Harry Potter
6 July 17-22 Star Wars
7 July 24-29 Thrillers & Chillers
8 July 31-August 5 Barlowfest
Horse Overnight Camp at YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin

Horse Overnight Camp - $875

Ages: Completed 2nd-8th Grades Co-Ed

If you are looking for a more in-depth riding experience, and love to spend time with horses, this camp is for you! Get to know the horses, as well as how to care for and feed them. Campers will be placed in groups according to their experience level – from beginner to advanced – and will participate in daily riding lessons. Our lessons include learning and/or refining English and Western styles, with opportunities for trail rides, vaulting, round penning, roping, driving, and much more. Includes an equine-related trip or guest speaker.  Campers will also be able to participate in traditional camp activities.

Horse Overnight Camp at YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin

Horse Overnight Camp - $875

Week Date Theme
1 June 12-17 Adventureland
2 June 19-24 Green Machine
3 June 26-July 1 Splash Week
4 July 3-8 All-American Road Trip
5 July 10-15 Harry Potter
6 July 17-22 Star Wars
7 July 24-29 Thrillers & Chillers
8 July 31-August 5 Barlowfest
9 August 7-12 (Advanced) Once Upon a Time
YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin Mini Camp

Mini Camp - $436

Ages: Completed K-4th Grades Co-Ed

Want to try Overnight Camp for the first time? Test the waters with Mini Camp – a condensed version that runs 3 days and 2 nights long. Campers can choose to come Sunday through Tuesday or Wednesday through Friday to get a taste of what Overnight Camp is all about.

YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin Mini Camp

Mini Camp - $436

Week Date Camp Theme
1 June 12-14 or June 15-17 Adventureland
2 June 19-21 or June 22-24 Green Machine
8 July 31-August 2 or August 3-5 Barlowfest
9 August 8-10 or August 11-13 Once Upon a Time
Leaders In Training YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin

Leaders-In-Training (LIT) - $875

Ages: Completed 9th Grade Co-Ed

The LIT program allow teen campers to explore their leadership skills while developing good character qualities, participating in service learning and enjoying camp activities. This two-week program focuses on developing leadership skills during the first week as a group. The second week, the LITs will participate in a South Manitou Island backpacking trip. This program is a must to become a Counselor-in-Training or Junior Counselor.

Leaders In Training YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin

Leaders-In-Training (LIT) - $875

Week Date
1/2 June 12-24
3/4 June 26 - July 8
5/6 July 10-22
7/8 July 24 - August 5
Counselor in Training at YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin

Counselor-In-Training (CIT)* - $750

Ages: Completed 10th Grade Co-Ed

The CIT program allows our oldest teen campers to learn about youth development through the lens of a camp staff member during this two-week program. After completing the program, participants can apply to serve as a Junior Counselor for the following summer, the next step before becoming a YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin staff member.

*Includes Horse Instructor Training
The HIT program allows our oldest teen campers to learn about youth development through the lens of a camp staff member during this two-week program. After completing the program, participants can apply to serve as a Junior Counselor for the following summer, the next step before becoming a YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin staff member.

Counselor in Training at YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin

Counselor-In-Training (CIT)* - $750

Week Date
1/2 June 12-24
3/4 June 26 - July 8
5/6 July 10-22
7/8 July 24 - August 5

Theme Weeks

Each week of Overnight 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 of 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 overnight camp activities offer your camper the opportunity to have fun in so many ways! All while gaining valuable life skills such as confidence, self-discipline, social interaction, and independence.

Overnight Camp Activities include:

  • Swimming
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Rock Climbing
  • Archery
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Nature Center
  • Outdoor Living Skills
  • Water Toys
  • All Camp Games
  • Camptivities
  • Traditional Farewell Fire
  • Choice Time
  • Zip-line*
  • High Ropes Course*
  • Sailing*
  • Tubing*

*Some activities vary by age group.

Sample Schedules

Time Activity
7:00am Polar Bear
7:30am Wake Up
8:00am Breakfast
8:40am Cabin Clean Up
9:00am Village Duty
9:15am Cabin Activity Starts
11:15am Cabin Activity 1 Ends
1:30pm Lunch
2:00pm Free Swim
2:30pm Siesta
3:15-4:15pm Cabin/Choice Activity 1
Time Activity
4:30-5:50pm Cabin/Choice Activity 2
5:30pm Change for dinner
5:50pm Flag Lowering
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Evening Program
8:15pm Chapel
8:45pm Vespers/Showers
10:00pm Lights Out
Time Activity
7:00am Polar Bear
7:30am Wake Up
7:50am Flag Raising
8:00am Breakfast
8:45am Cabin Clean Up
9:00am Village Duty
9:15am Equine Clinic
12:30pm Lunch
1:30pm Siesta
Time Activity
2:15pm Free Swim
3:30pm Camptivity
5:30pm Change for Dinner
5:50pm Flag Lowering
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Evening Activity
8:15pm Chapel
8:45pm Vespers/Showers
10:00pm Lights Out

Meals

YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin Dining Room

YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin offers multiple healthy, nutritious options which include a full salad bar at lunch and dinner, as well as a full cereal and cold breakfast bar in the morning. For campers with special diet concerns, every meal includes a vegetarian, and gluten free option. 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

Bus transportation to YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin in Middleville, MI is available for an additional $25. This option is only available for overnight campers on weeks 3, 6 & 7.  The bus picks campers up from David D. Hunting YMCA in downtown Grand Rapids on Sunday at 1:00 PM. Campers will be dropped off at the end of the camp experience on Friday at 5:00 PM. Please remember to select this option during registration.

YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin Free Bus Transportation

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 - 9)

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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