Parent Resources

Here at YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin, we recognize how important it is to provide a fun and educational summer opportunity for your child. We truly believe there is no substitute for the camping experience and for the meaningful friendships that we build.

Below are some resources/links we think you will find helpful before, after and during your child's
camp experience. 

Accreditations & Partners 

Tiered Pricing System

Realizing that families have different abilities to pay, YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin has instituted a voluntary three-tier fee program.  You may choose the tier that is most suitable for your family; it is really an honor system. 

All campers receive the same YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin experience no matter what they pay. For those families that can not afford Tier 1 additional financial assistance is available to ensure that all children have this wonderful opportunity to attend camp.

This program is voluntary and in no way influences the experience children receive, yet it offers the opportunity for families to take an active role in supporting the true cost of their child’s camp experience. 

Tier 1- is our historically subsidized rate and does not reflect the true cost of operating summer camp programs.
Tier 2- is our partially subsidized fee for those who can pay a little more but still can not afford the actual cost of camp.
Tier 3- more closely accounts for the true costs of camp including wear and tear of building and grounds.
Financial Assistance- more closely accounts for the true costs of camp including wear and tear of building and grounds.



YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin takes prides in its quality of staff 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 that no child is ever left unattended and no staff member is ever alone with just one child. 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, positive praise, bullying prevention and core values recognition. Please give us a call at 888.909.2267 if you have questions or would like to dive deeper into the specifics of our staff training and how we are providing the best care for your child.


We want our campers and their parents to be aware and informed. The more you know, the better you can prepare.

If you have a general question about camp, check out our FAQs to see if we have an answer for it. If you can’t find your question, one similar to it, or need a more in-depth answer, contact us and we’ll do our best to answer it for you.

Yes- we offer Family Camps during Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day Weekend.

Camp is prepared to make sure kids have a great time, rain or shine. If it is just drizzling, we will continue with activities. If there is thunder or lightening in the area, everyone is inside. We have multiple indoor spaces where staff will lead campers in rainy day activities.

Yes, parents have the option to deposit money into an account for their campers to use at the camp store. Parents are encouraged to do this prior to the start of camp by using their Camp In Touch page. The store has souvenirs, t-shirts and sweatshirts for sale in addition to slushees, drinks and snacks. Many parents deposit between $25 and $40 for the session.

Campers have the opportunity to swim every day. Overnight campers will have a swim assessment on their first day of camp. Our Waterfront coordinator and trained lifeguards are on duty any time there are campers in the water. All boating activities require a life jacket. If a camper chooses not to swim during the scheduled swim time, there are supervised land activities available.

Every year we hire excellent staff from all over the world. We work with a company that does face to face interviews and screening to ensure that we have great candidates. We have had staff in the past from the U.K, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia, Spain, Ireland, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Senegal, Czech Republic, South Africa, Columbia and others.

Part of the magic is making great friend and memories while away at camp. We ask that campers do not bring cell phones to camp. In the case of a family issues/emergency we would allow phone conversations.

Part of the magic of camp is making friends while being away from home. Please take the opportunity to meet staff, tour camp and talk with the Camp Director at one of our Spring Open Houses and during camp arrival or departure. We ask that there be no visits to campers during the session as it can be difficult on other campers.

Let us know! We will celebrate with the whole camp and sing Happy Birthday to your camper.

In case of an emergency contact YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin at 269-795-9163 or 888-909-2267 during business hours. After hours, the emergency phone number is 616-551-6296.

A nurse is in residence during all of our overnight camp sessions. He/she is responsible for administering any necessary medication or first aid. In case of an emergency, Pennock Hospital is only 12 minutes away and accepts our campers as patients. Should any serious accident or illness occur at camp, we will contact parents/guardians immediately.

Please be sure to carefully communicate any food allergies that your camper may have at least 2 weeks in advance of his/or start date. All food allergies should be listed on the health form as well. Our Food Service Director will be able to go over the menu and possible adjustments for your child. We also offer a Gluten Free Camp in June that is able to accommodate other food allergies.

We offer food that is kid friendly, such as chicken nuggets, pizza, burgers, etc. We will always have a salad bar with food options for campers. Vegetarian options are available upon request.

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

No, each week has a different theme to make it interesting for campers attending multiple weeks. There will be core activities repeated each week (Team Building, arts and crafts, building friendships, nature, rock climbing, learning our Core Values, etc.) but the theme will vary to reflect the week.

Yes.  You can fill out a Financial Aid application here  

Yes, all of our programs are co-ed.

Overnight campers are usually brought to camp by their parents/guardians on Sunday at 2:00 pm and picked up Saturday morning. Overnight Camp allows for more independence at camp. Campers will have the opportunity to be part of a cabin group and will build friendships throughout the week.

Our day camps run Monday through Friday. There is bus transportation, if needed. Day Camp is a great starter program for a new camper. They will get a chance to sample some of the camp activities

Overnight Camp is for campers that have completed grades 2nd-8th. We have leadership development overnight camp for campers in high school. Day Camp programs are available for campers ages 4-10.

We are available to give tours at any time! If the Family Fun Days do not fit your schedule, give us a call at 888.909.2267 to set up a tour and discuss summer camp options.

The best way to learn about camp is to come VISIT us! We offer three Family Fun days. (March 24th April 28th, May 19th ) 2pm-5pm. If these dates don’t work for you to collect information you can look at our Summer Camp Brochure OR you can call 888-909-2267 to schedule a tour.