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.

Adventure out and experience the excitement. Our outposters trips will give campers a chance to have fun, explore nature and learn important outdoor skills.

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 14-20 – Super Heroes Week

Are you faster than a speeding bullet?  Do you wish you had powers from out of this world?  This week campers will be trained to use their super powers to save camp from the villains.  Activities may include canoeing with Aqua man, archery with Hawkeye, and rock climbing with Spiderman. WARNING: Activities include camper to super hero transformations.

Week 2: June 21-26 – Mystery Week

There has been many strange and mysterious things happening on the shores of Barlow Lake and it is up to you to solve what’s behind the mysteries. Put on your detective hat and join us for a week filled with different twists, plots and turns as teams of campers set out to discover who and/or what has been behind all the strange and mysterious happenings at Camp.

Week 3: June 28-July 3 – Build It Week

This week is for all of our creative campers! There will be tons of different challenges that cabin groups will need to conquer. Raft building, creating the fastest car, Lego creations and more!

Week 4: July 5-11- Fit and Fun Week

We will be focusing on all of the fun involved with being an active camper.

Week 5: July 12-17 – Hollywood Week

Have you ever wanted to be a star?!  Hollywood week will celebrate all of the unique talents that make each of us shine!  If you love singing camp songs, acting in Camp Skits, or awarding yourself with new friends then walk the red carpet and join us for Hollywood Week!

Week 6: July 19-25 – Harry Potter Week

Welcome to a wonderful week of Hogwarts at Camp! Have you ever felt that you were different? That things happened to you that didn’t make sense? This week we will relocate you from the world of Muggles to the Wizarding World. All of our regular Muggle activities of rock climbing, trail rides and swimming, will be available, but if you want extra spells in your arsenal, come out to camp this week!

Week 7: July 26-31 – Halloween Week

Trick or Treat! This week will be a spooktacular experience. Campers will have the chance to create their own spooky costumes and masks as well as take a hike through our Haunted Barn. Apple bobbing, tractor rides, and trick or treating will make everyone forget that it’s July!

Week 8: August 2-7 – Rewind 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 9: August 9-14 – Shark Week

We all love Barlow Lake, but maybe we don’t give enough respect to our friendly sharks! This week will be devoted to raising our awareness and respect for our Sharks! Don’t worry- our lifeguarding crew will keep you safe while we have a blast learning more about what also makes Barlow Lake their home. This week will be both adventurous and silly!

Week 10: August 16-21 – Fantasy Week

Experience the world of imagination combined with the imaginative world of Summer Camp!  If you can dream it you can be it!  Campers will have the chance to exercise their powers of imagination all while making new friends and trying new fun activities!  Send your prince, princess, astronaut, or athlete to this amazing week of 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 activity period that campers choose based on their interests and may include cooking, adventure (biking, rock climbing), sports, and more!

Camptivity offerings are revealed and picked by campers each Sunday night. (Exception is horseback riding.)

  • Traditional Overnight Campers will choose two camptivities.
  • Each camptivity equals a total of three hours spread over three days.
  • Only the Horseback Riding camptivity requires an additional fee of $50 and needs to be chosen at time of registration. This camptivity is a total of six hours.


Turn one week of Camp into two with our weekend stay-over! Available Week 4-5 and Week 6-7. Stay over Saturday and Sunday during these two weeks for an additional $75.


FREE bus transportation available from the David D. Hunting YMCA during Week 3, June 28 – July 3 and Week 9, August 9 – 14. Indicate whether you would like the FREE bus transportation on Week 3 or Week 9 at time of registration.

Summer Camp Open House

All Ages Welcome; March 22, April 19, and May 17, from 2:00 pm – 4:00 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!