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.

Theme Weeks

Each week of camp is uniquely themed to add some fun and excitement to the mix. The week will contain additional activities that correspond to the theme.

Superheroes and Villains

Week 1
Spend the first week of camp as a superhero, ready to fight the villains. Wear your cape, bring your “Spidey Sense” and be prepared to save the day at YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin!

Pirates and Mermaids

Week 2
Ahoy matey! Campers will experience a week of pirates and mermaids. We will meet you under (and above) the sea and create an ocean of memories.

Minecraft and Mario

Week 3
It's-a-me...YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin! Come visit for a week of your favorite Minecraft and Mario characters. Bring your best costume and have the best week.

Party in the USA

Week 4
Let’s wish America a very Happy Birthday! Bring your best red, white and blue attire and gear up to celebrate Independence Day at YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin.

Harry Potter

Week 5
Your acceptance letter has arrived! Hop on Platform 9 3/4 to YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin. No matter which house you belong in, every wizard will have an enchanting time making wands, learning spells and discovering the secrets of an amazing camp experience.

Star Wars

Week 6
A long time ago in a camp NOT so far away … It’s time to blast off into the galaxy - don't forget your droids and light sabers! It’s the return of Star Wars week at YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin. Fly your Millennium Falcon to camp and prepare to have an amazing time. The force will be strong with your camper during this entertaining week.


Week 7
Once upon a time there lived a group of campers who experienced “A Whole New World”, because “When You Wish Upon a Star” you’ll be back at camp “For the First Time in Forever”! Bring your best costume and “Be Our Guest” as we celebrate your favorite fairytale characters.

Camp Olympics

Week 8
Welcome to the 2024 YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin Olympics! Do you have what it takes to win a gold, silver or bronze medal? We think so! Come to camp for an exciting week of Olympic games.

Camp Cretaceous:
Dinosaur Adventures

Week 9
Spend a week exploring the time of dinosaurs. Be ready to share your favorite dino and learn more about what the world was like when these giant reptiles walked the Earth.

Out of this World

Week 10
Astronauts, rockets, and aliens. Set your course to warp speed and blast off to camp. You will be over the moon!

Packing Lists

Campers should bring a backpack to camp every single day.

  • Swimsuit and towel (one piece or trunks recommended)
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Hat and/or sunglasses
  • Rain gear and boots (if needed)
  • Sunscreen (spray preferred)
  • Bug spray (optional)
  • A book for reading time
  • One item to tie-dye (white t-shirt, bandana, etc.)
  • Sleeping bag or blankets in stuff sack or plastic bag
  • Pillow
  • Laundry bag
  • 1 bath towel, 1 beach towel, 1 washcloth or loofah
  • Shampoo and soap
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Deodorant/antiperspirant
  • Comb and/or brush
  • Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
  • Sweatshirt
  • Long sleeve shirt
  • Pajamas or other sleeping clothes
  • Underwear and socks for each day, plus two extra
  • T-shirt for each day
  • Shorts
  • 2 pairs of long pants (required for horseback riding)
  • 2 pairs of shoes (in case one pair gets wet)
  • Sandals with heel straps (i.e. Tevas, Chacos, Crocs)
  • Swimsuit (1-piece or trunk style is recommended)
  • Refillable water bottle (wide mouth preferred, i.e. Nalgene)
  • Sunscreen (spray or cream)
  • Bug spray
  • Chapstick
  • Flashlight and/or headlamp
  • Playing cards, UNO, travel games, etc. (optional)
  • Book or quiet activity for reading time
  • Notebook or journal and pen/pencil
  • White t-shirt or other clothing item to tie-dye
  • Sturdy walking shoes or boots
  • Backpack for transporting gear or clothing
  • Compressable sleeping bag (down or synthetic fill)
  • Sleeping pad
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Deodorant/antiperspirant
  • Comb or brush
  • Swimsuit (1-piece or trunk style recommended)
  • 1 sweatshirt
  • Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
  • 1 pair of long pants
  • 1 long sleeved shirt
  • Pajamas or other sleeping clothes
  • Underwear and socks for every day, plus 2 extra
  • 5 t-shirts
  • 2-3 pairs of shorts
  • Sandals with heel straps (i.e. Chaco, Teva, Crocs)
  • A portable mess kit (plate, spork, Nalgene bottle)
  • Day pack (or string backpack) to hold:
    • Refillable water bottle (i.e. Nalgene)
    • Sunglasses
    • Towel
    • Sunscreen

Additional Camp Information


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 Steve at

Specialty Camp

Ages 8-15, Co-Ed (July 3 – 8)

We are excited to bring you this one-of-a-kind week of summer camp! YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin is proud to be one of just 18 camps in 14 states to offer this camp free of charge to qualifying campers. Any child ages 8-15 in a military family is eligible. Priority is given to children in a family with a wounded, disabled, or fallen service member. Registration opens in January each year for summer. Apply at


YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin takes pride in its quality of staff, volunteers, 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 campers are never unattended and no staff member is ever alone with just one camper. 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 prevention, positive praise, bullying prevention and core values recognition.

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Accreditations & Partners

The American Camp Association is the only nationwide accrediting organization for all types and designs of organized camps. ACA standards focus on health, safety, and risk management practices.

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Michigan’s YMCA Camps has over 100 years of experience, and provides kids with a safe, familiar, and fun-filled environment for them to explore the outdoors, build confidence, develop skills and make lasting friendships and memories, so they can grow as individuals and leaders.

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Camp Corral has been transforming the lives of the children of wounded warriors to empower America’s most vulnerable military children to live their best lives possible.

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