A truly great experience for your conference, retreat, graduation party, or school group – families and groups of all kinds can enjoy the beauty of YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin.

We host family reunions, health and wellness retreats, church groups, school groups, outdoor education, Adventure Guides – you name it.  Everyone is welcome. Enjoy the beauty of the outdoors on Barlow Lake and the wooded acres of YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin. Whether you’re looking for a unique outing for your youth group, a teambuilding adventure for your colleagues, or a complete camping experience, we can customize a program to fit your group’s particular needs.

YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin is conveniently located just 35 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids and 40 minutes from downtown Kalamazoo. Our comfortable facilities include year-round lodging with indoor shower/bathroom facilities, a picturesque main lodge and dining hall, Willem’s Discovery Center, climbing walls, zip line, high ropes courses, archery ranges, and much more.

Facility and Lodging

YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin’s 160 acres include rolling hills, fields, woods, waterfront access on beautiful Barlow Lake, hiking trails, various program areas, cabins and meeting spaces. We encourage you to schedule a tour with a staff member to see firsthand what our beautiful and historic property has to offer.

We are proud to feature a variety of indoor and outdoor program areas, many of which can be utilized for multiple purposes. Our camp representatives are happy to discuss which spaces are perfect for the size and scope of your rental group.

  • Gates Chapel
  • Zip Line
  • Multi-level outdoor high ropes course
  • Hiking trails
  • Two outdoor climbing towers
  • Pioneer Cabin
  • Two archery ranges
  • Six fire circles
  • Athletic courts and fields
  • Day Camp Pavilion
  • Wylie Arts and Crafts building
  • Liesveld Pavilion

Cheff Lodge was dedicated in 1998 and remains the centerpiece of camp. Overlooking our beautiful waterfront and the lake beyond, its distinctive wraparound porch is home to our large collection of lazy rocking chairs. The building also features a cozy stone fireplace, an air-conditioned multipurpose room, an indoor high ropes course and climbing wall, our main dining hall (capacity 250), the Camp Store, an adjacent picnic area, and plenty of space for indoor activities.

Dedicated in 2017, Willem’s Discovery Place is the newest addition to YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin. It is comprised of a beautiful new 1,500 square foot nature center and wetland trail with covered teaching stations. Willem’s Discovery Place is named after Willem Radosevich, an avid fourth-generation camper at Manitou-Lin, who passed away in 2012 after a courageous eight-month battle with a rare autoimmune disorder. In honor of his spirit and zest for life, this nature center and trail are dedicated in his memory.

Our year-round lodging accommodates up to 164 persons. These cabins and lodges are available for use at any time of year. Guests have their choice of two Quads (four cabins in one building) and two double cabins (two cabins in one building).
South Quad
North Quad
Walnut (12 beds)
Lupine (12 beds)
Marigold (12 beds)
Dogwood (12 beds)
Spruce (12 beds)
Fir (12 beds)
Birch (12 beds)
Cherry (12 beds)
+ 4 private rooms (16 beds total)

Meals & Dining

Our modern kitchen and food service staff are here to make meal planning easy for you. In addition to your main entrée, each meal is accompanied by fresh fruit and/or a salad bar. Camp is able to provide anything from a casual lunch to a fine dining experience for weddings, corporate retreats, banquets, and more. Meals can be served “family style” at each table, or buffet-style for convenience.

Rental groups are also welcome to bring their own food that does not require preparation. Please note that, due to health code and licensing requirements, we are unable to allow use of our kitchen facilities by rental groups.

Dietary restrictions? Never fear! Individuals with special dietary needs may bring food to be stored and prepared by our kitchen staff. We are also able to accommodate various dietary restrictions within our regular meal offerings, including vegetarian and gluten-free options. Please contact us in advance to discuss any special dietary needs.

All continental or hot breakfasts include fresh fruit, assorted cereals, oatmeal, coffee, tea and juice. Breakfast options may include:

CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST: Assorted muffins, bagels with cream cheese, English muffins, yogurt.

HOT BREAKFAST: Biscuits and sausage gravy, breakfast burritos, scrambled eggs, French toast sticks or slices, pancakes, vegetarian breakfast casserole, hash browns, turkey sausage links or patties, bacon or ham.

All lunches and dinners are served with juice, tea, coffee, milk, and two sides. The salad bar and hot bar are also available. Side dishes are at the discretion of our Food Service Director and are chosen to best compliment your entrée. Lunch and dinner options may include:
Fettuccine Alfredo
Chicken fajitas
Hot dogs / chili dogs
Asian stir-fry with veggie egg rolls
Honey glazed ham
Chicken nuggets
Sub sandwiches
Roast turkey and stuffing
Baked chicken
Corn dogs
Meatball subs
Grilled cheese or grilled ham and cheese
Spaghetti and meatballs
Sloppy Joes
Chicken patty sandwiches

When served with a meal, dessert is chef’s choice. However, please let us know if there is something specific we can make for your group. A few of our favorite dessert options include:

S’mores bars
Rice Krispy Treats
Cake (various flavors)
Cookies (sugar or chocolate chip)

Fresh fruit and coffee or tea are available 24 hours a day in Cheff Lodge—help yourself! Snacks are available upon request, for an additional charge. Please contact us in advance to add snacks to your group’s menu. Snack options may include:


Tortilla Chips and Salsa
Oven-Roasted S’mores
Soft Pretzels with Mustard
Fresh Fruit or Vegetables and Dip
Cheese and Cracker Tray
Assorted Baked Cookies


YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin’s trained staff are ready to make your stay safe, enjoyable, and memorable. We are flexible, attentive, and ready to help your group achieve their goals. Let us facilitate icebreakers, teambuilding initiatives, games and songs, or adventure activities to make your experience a success!

  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Outdoor Living Skills/Outdoor Survival
  • Petting Farm
  • Fishing**
  • Sledding**
  • Snowshoeing**
  • Boating (kayak or canoe)**
  • Swimming**
  • Trail Rides or Pony Rides**
  • Broomball**
  • Archery
  • Rock Climbing
  • Zip Line
  • Indoor or Outdoor High Ropes
  • Teambuilding Initiatives
  • Low Ropes Teambuilding Course
  • Hayrides
  • Large Group Games (indoor/outdoor)
  • Tie-Dye
  • Arts and Crafts

Corporate Retreats

Whether you are seeking a venue for a conference or meeting, or planning a field day to reward your team for a job well done, YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin has the facilities, programming and staff to make your conference and retreat dreams a reality. We have worked with high schools, colleges, sports teams, non-profit organizations, small businesses and large corporations. Our facilitators can individualize your experience in order to maximize your desired outcomes.

Our facilities are perfect for hosting company picnics, corporate teambuilding retreats, annual awards banquets, and even state or regional industry conferences. We have multiple indoor and outdoor meeting spaces to take your event to the next level. Energize your staff and get your organization on the right track by holding your meeting or conference in one of our unique event spaces. Ask your camp representative which facilities will help your event shine!

  • Cheff Lodge and Blue Room
  • Willem’s Discovery Place
  • South Quad meeting room
  • Day Camp Pavilion
  • Gates Chapel
  • Main Camp Fire Circle

Available amenities include:

  • Public WiFi network
  • Overhead projector
  • TV/DVD equipment
  • Integrated HDMI and auxiliary audio connections
  • Wall-mounted or freestanding projection screens
  • Flip charts or whiteboards and markers
  • Sound system with microphone and auxiliary audio connection

Effective teamwork is integral for success in today’s corporate culture. Come to Camp, have fun together, and learn more about communication, cooperation, and compassion! Our energetic and enthusiastic staff are able to facilitate a wide range of teambuilding initiatives and games, and can develop a completely personalized itinerary to meet your individual needs. This programming will help your organization to set goals and establish a greater sense of community.

High adventure programming (outdoor high ropes, indoor high ropes, or zip line) can be added to your schedule for an upgraded experience. We can also provide meeting spaces and custom programming for groups who need some time to cover their own orientation, training, or culture building information.


Traditional Teambuilding: Learn to become a more effective team, define your group goals, and create strategies to help achieve them. Our instructors will guide you through a series of teambuilding initiatives and debrief your group’s performance after each activity.

Corporate Challenge: Set goals for individuals and for your organization, refresh the perspective of long-time employees, and welcome new employees with a bang! This package pairs well with new employee orientation sessions or annual company meetings.

Office Olympics: Take a break from the daily grind and make memories you’ll remember for years. This program is designed for groups that want to get away to the woods and have fun together, while solving problems and challenges as a team.


Room Rentals

Our most basic option. These prices reflect a rental of 4 hours or less. Room rentals do not include any camp-led programming. One (1) hour of camp-led programming can be added for $8 per participant.

Room Name
Blue Room (Wi-Fi available)
Cheff Lodge (Wi-Fi available)
Willem’s Discovery Place (Wi-Fi available)
Day Camp Pavilion
South Quad Meeting Room
One cabin for the day


These choices are available as add-ons to your booking, at an additional cost per participant. Meal prices are representative of standard menu items. Please contact us to discuss pricing for upgraded meals for banquets, weddings, etc.

Add On
Horseback Riding (1 hour)
$14 per rider
Zip Line
$8 per participant
High Ropes
$12 per participant
Breakfast or Lunch
$8 per participant
$10 per participant

Conference and Retreats

These prices reflect our minimum group size of 25 people and a maximum of 74. If your group has fewer than 25 guests, please ask your camp representative for information on how to waive the minimum guest requirement. Our minimum group size ensures that programs are cost-effective for all.

25-74 Guests

No Programming
Camp-Led Programming
Half Day (no meals)
$18 per person
Full day (1 meal)
$29 per person
$38 per person
2 days, 1 night (2 meals)
$58 per person
$77 per person
3 days, 2 nights (4 meals)
$99 per person
$109 per person

75+ Guests

No Programming
Camp-Led Programming
Half Day (no meals)
$17 per person
Full day (1 meal)
$25 per person
$36 per person
2 days, 1 night (2 meals)
$49 per person
$59 per person
3 days, 2 nights (4 meals)
$85 per person
$95 per person

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