Day Camp at YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin offers more than a camp adventure. It provides campers a place to try something new until they succeed, and explore new talents and interests in a nurturing and inclusive environment. Seize your summer at YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin and choose from a variety of day camp experiences – from traditional to specialty – we have something for all.

Get your daily dose of camp fun! Make new friends, discover new passions, learn new skills, and have a blast along the way.

Exciting camp activities are adapted from our traditional camp and made accessible for those with special needs.

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.

Experience camp during any season. Our year-round programs and activities offer campers of all ages an opportunity to have fun and learn new skills.


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 day camp 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.

Day Camp Activities Include:

  • Swimming
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Horseback Riding (ages 8+)
  • Rock Climbing
  • Archery
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Nature Center
  • Outdoor Living Skills
  • Children’s Garden


Top off your week at Day Camp by spending the night on Thursday at YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin! Invite your family for an evening filled with family night festivities. Then after your family goodbyes, join our overnight campers for a night you’ll soon not forget in our rustic cabin tents.



For DAY CAMP ONLY, transportation is available for an additional $40 per week. Please click here for bus stop maps and make sure you have chosen a bus route that is offered during the week that your camper is registered. Buses do not run Thursday afternoons due to Family Night.


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!