Help change lives at Camp Manito-wish YMCA!

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$399,928 towards $475,000

We are 83% of the way to our $475,000 goal! Help us get there!!

When you think of your Manito-wish experience what comes to mind? Is it that new and special friend you met? Exciting adventures you had in the forest? The sounds of the canoe paddle in the water? Or, is it the morning walk to breakfast at Nash lodge…your favorite horse at the stable…telling stories in your cabin…or the smell of a crackling campfire? Did your time at Camp Manito-wish YMCA change your life in a positive way?

Camp Manito-wish YMCA has continued to teach our kids the importance of leadership, character, self-awareness, and ones' responsibility to their community. Lessons of honesty and integrity are slipped into their everyday activities, and seeing that said emotional growth over the course of 4 weeks, is simply put: incredible. It is with the most humblest of gratitude, that I thank the staff, alumni, and investors who keep such a valuable program stronger than ever. The experiences our children have and continue to receive are positively life-changing. Break out the oars!

Today, more than ever, Manito-wish wants to make a positive difference in the lives of youth this summer - just like when you attended Camp, but we need your help to do it. One of the ways you can help is to provide camperships to help foster children from the SOS Villages of Illinois to attend camp this summer. Your support helps to ensure access to our programs, and creates positive experiences – just like yours.

Ever since I stepped foot here at Manito-wish, my cabin, North Cabin has grown to be a family together. We have grown into knowing each other, how we work as well as our feelings and emotions.

  • We know how to step into each others shoes to see how others are feeling in certain situations as when I hurt my ankle on trail, my friend let me use one of his trekking poles so I could keep going.
  • When we had Iron Chef a few nights ago, I saw that we could all adapt to our mystery ingredient (cheese powder) and use it in our dish.
  • I also saw that we used our resources in which some of us were manning the fire, others were cooking and others were writing the back story.
  • I saw that on trail, we were all resilient and hiked through the nasty rain all day.
  • We all held each other accountable by using our cabin's full value contract which we all made up together.
  • We all respected each other, our belongings and camp property.
  • All of us as North Cabin will be able to remember this great time as a family and will be able to keep the skills we learned and take them to our everyday lives.

We'd like to thank Manito-wish in providing such a great experience for us all and hope to all come back next year for it all to happen again.

Will you help Camp provide enriching and life-changing experiences to youth in our Summer Camp, Outpost and Leadership Program regardless of ability to pay? It's easy! Visit our website to give online at

Let's make this the best Manito-wish year ever! We've got a great team of staff, committed Board of Directors, and the best Camp in the Land! All that is left is to have the support of our caring community. Please make your gift today! Thank you for your consideration.