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Here’s what ‘community’ means to Camp Manitou

com·mu·ni·ty kəˈmyo͞onədē/ noun a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common. a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals On the surface, community comes easy to Manitou. We all live in the same place for two months...

Manitou got a lot of history. What’s yours?

Recognize anybody in this photo? Don't worry, most folks wouldn't. That's because this photograph was taken in 1959, the year Camp Manitou was founded. A parent sent it in, pointing out that the woman on the bottom left is the grandmother of the Sarick-Whiteside siblings (currently a staff and...

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Community week is finally here!

All summer long, you've heard us (and your kids!) talk about all the great things you get to do at camp: evening activities and exciting new programs abound, not to mention all those impromptu float parades and carnivals. We sure are lucky to enjoy all that camp has to offer. And at Manitou, it's...

Derbies and painting and fairs, oh my: a look at this summer’s evening programs

Every day, a memory is made at Manitou. No doubt you’ll be hearing plenty about our campwide programs when your kids get home at the end of the month. World Games and Tribal Games are huge spirit events that emblazon themselves in the minds of campers and staff alike, and make up the hallmark of a Manitou summer. This year we’ve even added a few new big-ticket programs, such as the Manitou Olympics. What you might not hear about, however, are the spectacular evening programs that our creatively minded unit heads run almost every night of camp! On many evenings, after flagpole, the camp splits up into its respective units — Freshkid, Sophomore, Junior and Senior — and participates in a wild, high-energy and occasionally messy activity for about an hour. Often eclipsed by our larger programs at the end of each session, stories of these evening programs may not make it home. So lucky for you, we’re here to let you know about what your kids get up to after dinner lets out!
TGIF: why we’re still thinking about Friday Night Fireside

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It's another sunny and breezy day at Camp Manitou. For all you proud second month parents who are just starting to read our blog, welcome! We're thrilled to have your kids at camp this session, and we'll be keeping you updated with bi-weekly blog posts for the next few weeks. So, we have something to confess: we can't stop thinking about last night's Friday Night Fireside. For those of you new to Manitou, FNF is a weekly ceremony that honours campers, staff and members of the Manitou community elsewhere in the world who exemplify the values we stand for, such as embracing difference, giving back and being true to oneself. And in addition to giving out camper and staff candles, we heard a number of campers speak about what "Camp Is." While it's always a joy to hear the speeches campers give at Fireside, last night's young speakers stood out especially as a creative, charismatic group with unique zest for life. Each speaker talked about camp with panache and originality, and many of their speeches received standing ovations. Us older folks have a penchant for simplicity, so it's these little moments in camp that remind us why we keep coming back year after year. Here are some of the highlights.
First glimpses of second session

Manitou has been positively abuzz with energy these past couple of days! From the moment our second session campers got off the buses, they've been made to feel at home here at camp. They've met their cabinmates, been introduced to all of our camp activities and...

Closing thoughts on an amazing first session

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And just like that, Summer 2016 at Manitou is halfway done. Apologies for the interruption in your regularly scheduled programming (blog posts) this past week; between Visitors Day, Tribal Games, our final banquet and an activity awards ceremony, camp has been so full of energy and spirit that we've barely had a second to sit down! For many of you, this post arrives just hours after your kids did. Main field was a scene of tearful hugs and final photographs this morning as our first session campers boarded the buses to head home. It's been an amazing month at Manitou, one half of what we're sure will go down in the books as our "Best Summer Ever." Here are some snapshots of what's been going on: