BUILDING CHARACTER AND CONFIDENCE SINCE 1953.
Every year, hundreds of people visit Camp Jorn for summer camp, field trips, meetings, and events. We’ve grown a lot since we were established along the shores of Rest Lake over 50 years ago – yet we still adhere to the same core values we’ve had since the beginning.
Our campers say Camp Jorn is the best place in the world. Why? It’s not just about fun and games. It’s about building character, confidence, and connections that last a lifetime.
Building character, confidence and community through enriching outdoor experiences.
When Camp Manito-wish YMCA was founded in 1919, formalized mission and vision statements were still decades away. But the core beliefs and philosophy that we embrace today were here from the very start. Our camp founder, W.H. “Daddy” Wones, was a man of strong conviction who believed that camp life should promote physical strength, spiritual growth and a strong commitment to service. Today, our vision and mission reflects that wonderful heritage. We’re proud to continue traveling the trail that Wones blazed, honoring the past while igniting our hopes and dreams for the future.
To enrich the character and leadership development of each person who has a Manito-wish experience, by challenging them to grow in wisdom, in stature, in favor with God, and in favor with one another.
The Manito-wish experience develops confident, responsible and enlightened leaders who will improve the world in which they live.