Thank you for patiently staying with us on our journey over the last several weeks and months.

For months we have been planning and hoping to run summer programs at YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin as we have for the past 107 summers. We considered many different possibilities as the pandemic evolved. Despite this careful planning, we ultimately determined that it would not be possible to deliver the type of program that you and your campers deserve and expect from us.

Therefore, we have made the heartbreaking decision to cancel the following programs at YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin for Summer 2020:

  • Traditional Overnight Camps
  • Leadership Development Programs 
  • Horse Overnight Programs
  • June - Summer Day Camp Programs



There are still opportunities to experience YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin this summer! We are offering Summer Day Camp at YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin in July and August. 

You can sign up for our Day Camp programs today! We have expanded the age limit for our summer day camps to accommodate our overnight campers.






Did you consider starting overnight camp later in the summer?

Unfortunately, we would not be able to change course mid-summer. Due to the amount of preparation required to get facilities ready and staff fully trained, we could not open overnight camp mid-summer. Additionally, with over 60 summer camp staff, it would be unfair to ask them to put their summer employment plans on hold while waiting to see if anything changed.

Will there be camp next year?

We are looking forward to gathering again for camp next summer and look forward to seeing all of you!

Can my overnight camper attend YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin Day Camp this summer?

Pending the governor’s executive orders, we are hopeful we can offer summer day camp here at YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin during July and August. In order to accommodate our overnight campers, we have increased the age limit for our summer day camp program. For summer 2020, we will have campers ages 4-5 in our Kinder Day Camp, and ages 6-14, or finishing 8th grade, in our traditional Day Camp. We are also planning to offer a small Horse Day Camp program for those ages 8-14 or finishing 8th grade.

We have already registered for camp this summer, what are our options?

At YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin, we recognize that is pandemic is financially affecting people in different ways. As a non-profit organization, we too have been hard hit by the financial implications of being unable to offer summer overnight camp. As you review your financial situation, please know that a donation will help camp bridge the financial gap for the upcoming year.

For those that have registered for camp and have paid some, or all, of your 2020 fees, we are offering you the following options.

Please complete this form by June 15, 2020. The form will be found in your CAMP IN TOUCH page under Forms and Documents. 

Complete this Form

  • Donate all of your 2020 registration fees to support YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin.
  • Donate a portion of your paid fees to Camp and receive a refund for the rest.
  • Full refund. Payments will be refunded to the credit card used for payment or in the form of a mailed check (for cash, check, or money order payments). We will process these as soon as possible, and we anticipate having all refunds returned within the next 30 days.
  • Carry over all fees to 2021. Registration for 2021 will begin in the coming months.
  • I’m interested in the YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin Summer Day Camp option. If you are interested in this option- you can view available options in the Summer 2020 Camp Application.
  • I’m interested in the Family Camp option. In the next week or so, we will have information available regarding Family Camp Weekends beginning on July 10th. Please check out our website next week for more information. 

Several of our YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids locations have Summer School-age Care available. If you would like to register your child for one of these programs, please request to receive a refund as YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin uses a different registration program.

See Care Options

What precautions are being put in place for Day Camp at YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin?

We remain cautiously optimistic that we will be able to run Day Camps at YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin, pending guidance from the state. We are carefully planning and doing everything possible to ensure our facilities meet the highest standards of hygiene and safety so that we can welcome our day campers back safely.

  • We are following the guidelines from the American Camp Association and the Y of the USA specific to camping.
  • We will be conducting daily health and temperature screening for both campers and staff.
  • Following the safety guidelines, we will have small groups of campers consistently working together throughout the session with minimal to no mixing of campers or staff.
  • Masks will be asked to be worn in inside spaces including the busses.
  • We will be following the CDC recommendations for increase daily cleaning and disinfecting of common use areas including doorknobs, tables, surfaces, and restrooms.
  • We will have increased hand sanitizing and hand washing stations throughout Camp.
  • Please look for more information in our Day Camp Parent guide on your Camp in Touch page.

What if I apply my payment to 2021 but need to cancel or change sessions later?

These are unprecedented times, and we want to be as fair as possible for families. For families who wish to apply their previous payment to 2021, we will honor the offer of a full refund through December 31, 2020 should they need to cancel later. We will also offer session changes to another 2021 camp program, as always, for no penalty or loss until the final payment deadline for 2021 camp.

One of my children will be too old for camp next year, can I apply their 2020 payment towards a 2021 program for another child?

Yes. Any payments from this year that are credited towards 2021 will be applied to your family account balance. This will be available to use for any child in your family.

How is the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids responding to serve community needs during this crisis?

While our buildings have been closed to keep everyone safe, our mission has carried on. For over 150 years the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids has been committed to the communities we serve. During these last few months, the Y has been focusing its efforts on providing critical services for our community.

We have been:

  • Caring for over 126 children of healthcare workers in our childcare centers so they can care for our community
  • Providing healthy food to over 38,000 children and families by going to neighborhoods near them
  • Connecting with nearly 3,222 of our senior members through member wellness checks because community connectivity matters
  • Engaging over 7,855 members in our virtual fitness classes to keep wellness as a focal point during this time

To learn more about our community work, click here.

My camper is having a hard time with this cancellation. Do you have any tips on talking with them?

Whether 2020 was going to be your child’s first summer at camp, or whether they planned on it being their final summer after growing up with us for years, we know it will be difficult, as this is one more piece of tough news after months of cancellations and disappointments. Remember, you know your child best – you are the expert in knowing what they’ll need and how to support them.

Below, are a few suggestions we hope may help.

  • We think it’s important to let your child know that it’s OK to feel upset – sad, frustrated, disappointed – by the news that camp is cancelled. As parents it’s tempting for us to want to problem solve or minimize their emotions. It’s okay to sit with them, listen, acknowledge their feelings, and not offer solutions right away. It’s also okay to ask them, “how can I help?” Perhaps they just need some time and space, maybe they’ll want to talk about camp memories, or it may be that they have other ideas.
  • For additional suggestions, we recommend a video created specifically for this situation by Dr. Tina Payne Bryson, a pediatric and adolescent psychotherapist and author.
  • Here is another resource for how to talk to kids about coronavirus cancellations.

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