Overnight Camp

From opening night camp fires to spending your days soaking up the sun, making a splash on Barlow Lake, or horseback riding, YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin offers a unique and memorable experience. Choose from a traditional overnight experience or one of our specialty overnight experiences and seize your summer at YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin. 

Fill your days and nights with traditional camp activities and enjoy the magic of YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin.

Our progressive program is designed to engage teens and help build the skills needed to become future leaders.

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

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

Our year-round programs and activities are designed for campers – kids, moms and dads – as the perfect getaway to have fun and focus on a particular skill or interest.


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 overnight 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.

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
  • Open Areas Choice Time
  • Zip-line*
  • High Ropes Course*
  • Sailing*
  • Tubing*

*Teen Camp and Specialty Camp Activities


Only offered for our overnight campers, a camptivity is a special two hour activity period held each day that campers choose based on their interests the first night at Camp.  The exception to this is horseback riding and water sports which must be chosen at time of registration.

Camptivity Offerings:

Target Sports:  Learn to aim for the bull’s eye in archery, rock throwing and slingshots.  Just for fun, you might also try your skills out in other target sports such as horseshoes, mountain golf, disc golf and more.

Water Sports (Skiing, Wakeboarding, etc.):  Build your water sports skills while making a splash on Barlow Lake from tubing to knee-boarding, skiing to wake-boarding, and more.  Limited space. Must be chosen at time of registration.

Paddle Sports (Canoeing, Kayaking, Sailing, etc.): This is for the camper that truly loves the water!  Spend time improving swimming skills, canoeing, sailing, paddle boarding and kayaking techniques and more. Enjoy playing on the water toys, water slide and all kinds of water games all week long.

Horseback Riding: Centered on western riding skills, learn horse wellness, tack maintenance, and riding skills. Limited space. Must be chosen at time of registration.

High Adventure: Spend time among the treetops as you climb, conquer challenges, and face your fears while you gain experience in goal setting, belaying, ropes safety, teamwork, and exploring on our course. Activities take place on the low ropes, high ropes and zip-line.

Extreme Sports: For the camper who dreams of being the future X Games athlete. Get your adrenaline pumping with the high octane activities such as mountain biking, skating, repelling and more.

Outdoor Living Skills: Love the outdoors? Than this is for you. Learn to take on any outdoor challenge as you spend time in activities such as, hiking, fire building, outdoor cooking, survival and “Leave No Trace.”

Arts and Crafts: For the imaginative and highly creative camper.  It is a great time to create more in-depth crafts that you get to take home!

Nature/Science: Let your inner-Biologist out as you explore the environment around us through learning and science.  Enjoy special activities on the water cycle, tree and animal identification, insect dissection and much, much more.

Team Sports: For those who can’t get enough sports in their life, this is a perfect choice! The sports may include a mix of traditional and camp sports. Let your competitive spirit go wild.


Turn one week of Camp into two with our weekend stay-over.  Stay over Saturday during these two weeks for an additional $75.  Campers will take the time to recharge and get ready for the next week camp while making new friends and getting a more laid back camp experience.



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!