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We are all looking forward to another wonderful summer! At camp, kids grow more confident, comfortable expressing themselves and stronger in their ability to make friends. The staff are passionate about their jobs and appreciate the value in all campers, showing them the joy of the outdoors, and how to make life fun. I truly believe they are the best role models a kid can have. Every camper should feel a sense of belonging at camp, where they can be proud of who they are.

As a part of the YMCA of the Chippewa Valley, Camp Manitou shares in the mission to strengthen community for all.

Our camp sits on 170 acres of forest along the shores of pristine Long Lake in New Auburn, Wisconsin. Our shore faces west giving us a beautiful sunset over the lake nearly every evening.


If you have questions regarding our programs or are wondering if Camp Manitou is the right fit for your child, please feel free to contact me. 

See you this summer!
Brian Moore, Camp Director  | 715 839 4607

Camp Staff 

Our camp staff are caring, creative, responsible, and ideal role models for campers. Staff are carefully screened, well-trained, and often come back for many summers. Many are homegrown and understand the value of camp from their own experiences. All staff are required to obtain CPR, First-Aid, and AED certifications. Many are also lifeguard certified. All staff go through a rigorous training at camp that covers managing group dynamics, addressing homesickness, practicing safety procedures and using techniques for ensuring a positive experience for all campers. All staff receive periodic in-services and reviews to ensure consistent quality leadership. 


Health and Safety

Camp Manitou employs two health supervisors who live on-site during the summer. They are responsible for overseeing First-Aid, administering medications, and managing any emergency situations. Camp also utilizes a consulting physician to review our procedures and to reference for health-related questions. All camp counselors are CPR, First-Aid, and AED certified. Counselors are trained to supervise campers’ needs and ensure that campers wear sunscreen and bug spray and drink enough water.



Our Waterfront Director leads a ‘swim check’ at the beginning of every session where each camper receives a colored band signifying their swimming abilities. Campers are only allowed to swim in designated areas based on their skill level. Campers are allowed to retest throughout the week. Our waterfront is supervised by a team of Lifeguards. During swim time we utilize a buddy system so all campers check in with another camper and must remain with that camper until they leave the swim area. We have buddy checks every 5 minutes, which ensures that campers remain within reach of their buddies.


Camp Manitou is accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA). This is a governing body that we choose to be a part of to help us ensure consistent and quality operations. The ACA establishes a high level of standards that covers all areas of camp operation including health procedures, quality programming, and safe facilities. The ACA provides education and resources as well as an on-site reviews. 

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