Teen Leadership Camps

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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. Experience a week where the outdoors is the center of FUN and lasting friendships are made. 

Leader in Training (LIT) - $950

Ages: Completed 9th Grade Co-Ed

The LIT program allow teen campers to explore their leadership skills while developing good character qualities, participating in service learning and enjoying camp activities. This two-week program focuses on developing leadership skills during the first week as a group. The second week, the LITs will participate in a South Manitou Island backpacking trip. This program is a must to become a Counselor-in-Training or Junior Counselor.

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Theme
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June 11 – 23
Superheroes and Villains, Camp Cretaceous: Dinosaur Adventures
3/4
June 25 – July 7
Around the World in 6 Days, Party in the USA
5/6
July 9 – 21 – SOLD OUT!
Harry Potter, Star Wars – SOLD OUT!
7/8
July 23 – August 4
Disney, Splash Week

*We have a new camper registration software. To claim your account, please reset your password by clicking on “password reset” and typing in the email address we already have on file for you. You will receive an email to reset your account.

Counselor-In-Training (CIT) - $800

Ages: Completed 10th Grade Co-Ed

The CIT program allows our oldest teen campers to learn about youth development through the lens of a camp staff member during this two-week program. After completing the program, participants can apply to serve as a Junior Counselor for the following summer, the next step before becoming a YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin staff member.

*Includes Horse Instructor Training
The HIT program allows our oldest teen campers to learn about youth development through the lens of a camp staff member during this two-week program. After completing the program, participants can apply to serve as a Junior Counselor for the following summer, the next step before becoming a YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin staff member.

Week
Dates
Theme
1/2
June 11 – 23
Superheroes and Villains, Camp Cretaceous: Dinosaur Adventures
3/4
June 25 – July 7
Around the World in 6 Days, Party in the USA
5/6
July 9 – 21
Harry Potter, Star Wars *
*All female spots SOLD OUT
7/8
July 23 – August 4
Disney, Splash Week

*We have a new camper registration software. To claim your account, please reset your password by clicking on “password reset” and typing in the email address we already have on file for you. You will receive an email to reset your account.

Packing List

  • 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

Theme Weeks

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!

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.

Have you ever wanted to visit a new country? Experience other cultures? Well, now you can! Take a trip around the world in the comfort of YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin. Be prepared for a week of fun as we explore the world!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ahoy matey! Campers will experience a week of pirates, mermaids and other sea creatures. We will explore all things under the sea and create an ocean of memories.