Day Camp

Day Camp at YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin offers more than a camp adventure. It provides campers a place to try something new until they succeed, and explore new talents and interests in a nurturing and inclusive environment. Seize your summer at YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin and choose from a variety of day camp experiences – from traditional to specialty – we have something for all.

Get your daily dose of camp fun! Make new friends, discover new passions, learn new skills, and have a blast along the way.

Exciting camp activities are adapted from our traditional camp and made accessible for those with special needs.

Take the reins on an exciting experience at YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin’s Horse Camp. It’s a horse lover’s dream.

Experience camp during any season. Our year-round programs and activities offer campers of all ages an opportunity to have fun and learn new skills.


Week 1: June 18-24 – Super Heroes Week

Join us as we celebrate heroes at Camp Manitou-Lin! We will enjoy a week at camp doing fun activities and great games. We will be celebrating ALL HEROES from comic book heroes to our real life heroes! Come and help us save the world!

Week 2: June 25 – July 1 – Mad Science Week

This week will be filled with exciting camp-style experiments and exploration. Learning this week may be messy and wild but guaranteed to be fun!

Week 3: July 2-8 – America Week

Join us as we celebrate our amazing country! We will have the best birthday party this week for the U.S.A. There is no better place to spend July 4th than at Manitou-Lin!

Week 4: July 9-15 – Mystery Week

Who done it? That’s the questions you’re going to find the answer to. Using our superior sleuthing skills and a little bit of a hunch we are going to crack a great mystery this week. Find your way to YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin during mystery week and be the world’s greatest detective!

Week 5: July 16-22 – Harry Potter Week

It’s time to get your acceptance letter to The CAMP of Witchcraft and Wizardry! We will be hosting Hogwarts at 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.

Week 6: July 23-29 – Star Wars Week

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.

Week 7: July 30 – August 5 – Around the World Week

Take a stroll through the past and enjoy the golden years of camp!  Campers will experience the throwback of fun camp games as well as all of our amazing 20th century activities like rock climbing.

Week 8: August 6-12 – Holiday Week

Christmas in July! 4th of July? Halloween in the summer… You may have to come to Camp and find out about all of our summer celebrations. Camp will provide the fun and you bring the energy and we will all have an amazing week of holiday cheer. We will definitely give thanks for all the great friends and memories that we make!

Week 9: August 13-19 – Throwback Week

Have you ever wondered what it was like in the 70’s, 80’s, or 90’s? Come to camp and see into the past. What games did people play? How did they dress? Was the music different? You have to be here to experience the throwback while we enjoy a touch of modern life and fun!



Our day camp 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
  • Horseback Riding (ages 8+)
  • Rock Climbing
  • Archery
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Nature Center
  • Outdoor Living Skills
  • Children’s Garden


For DAY CAMP ONLY, transportation is available for an additional $35 per week. Please click here for bus stop maps and make sure you have chosen a bus route that is offered during the week that your camper is registered.


If your family is unable to attend the Thursday Family Night, there will be 2 bus options for campers to ride home. Campers will be able to participate in the Thursday night family night and dinner with their counselors. The buses will depart after the Parent Show concludes.  Parents will need to sign up for this special Thursday night bussing with their normal bus counselor prior to Thursday morning. Below are the options and times for these bus routes:


David D Hunting YMCA Drop off time:       8:30pm

Mary Free Bed YMCA Drop off time:          8:15pm


Please make sure to sign up for this bussing option with your camper’s bus counselor prior by Thursday morning.


All Ages Welcome; March 19, April 23, and May 21, from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us at a summer camp open house to enjoy camp activities, tour camp, and learn more about YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin. It’s a free day of family fun for everyone!