MAIN & MINI CAMP
Main Camp | Entering grades 3 - 7
Campers develop new skills, play games and build great friendships. Campers gain confidence, self-reliance, and an appreciation for the outdoors.
Mini Week | Entering Grades 2 - 5
A 5-days/4-nights version of our Main Camp, this program offers the same great activities, games, and staff in a more condensed session. This is a good opportunity for young campers that want to try out the camp experience without spending a full week away from home.
Campers often rate the cabin experience as the most meaningful part of their week. Two counselors stay in each cabin with 8-12 campers. Cabin groups stick together through much of the day, including meals, rest hour, many evening activities, and time before bed each night. Cabin time is a great opportunity to play cards, tell stories, and make friends.
Each morning campers will have the opportunity to choose two hobbies. These are 45 minute sessions where campers can develop a skill. Options may include: archery, kayaking, dance, arts & crafts, sailing, fishing, basketball, ultimate frisbee, nature hikes, snorkeling, fire building, log rolling, soccer, and more!
Swim, Boats, & Games
Twice a day campers can choose to go swimming, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boating, or play organized games in the athletic field. The arts and crafts area will be available for campers to enjoy, and our store is open to buy snacks, drinks and other camp goodies. This is a great opportunity for campers to spend time together with new friends from their cabin as well as other cabins.
Cabins come together after rest hour each day for an all-camp activity. This includes campwide games like Capture the Flag, Hatfields and McCoys, Wells Fargo, and other activities such as our Water Carnival.
The whole camp comes together each evening for a campfire, skit night, dance, or our closing ceremony, the Friendship Fire. The dance is always high energy and campers are welcome to wear goofy clothes. On one of the nights, cabin groups will spend the evening doing their own special activity together.
The Mud Hike
Every Thursday campers embark on our legendary Mud Hike, a Camp Manitou tradition since the 1940s. We venture deep into our woods to a trail through an old swamp. Campers will conquer the sticky, smelly, and slimy muck and have fun playing around and doing cannonballs in the mud. Participation is optional, but we recommend everyone come prepared with clothes as kids may change their mind in the excitement of the event.