On the last night of each session and to welcome kids as the entire camp for the first camp are campers speak to the Manitou family. Campers at the beginning welcome campers and we purposely have campers returning for the second year talk to the kids and tell they know how they feel coming into a new place for the first time. Then each Friday night we have special themes where campers once again talk to the whole camp and finally at the end of each session we have “CAMP IS” where campers tell of their feelings and experiences. The very last night of camp is very special as a part of our closing ceremonies, campers from each unit stand before the camp and share with us what 'Camp is' and means to them. It is a time where we all share our thoughts, our tears and laughter, for the last time each summer as a family unit. These were all written by our campers and posted, as they were written. Please mind our grammatical errors as we are all on a lifelong journey of learning. Please enjoy as you read some of the statements campers made over the years.
CAMP IS: FIRST NIGHT OF CAMP:
Hi I 'm Lisa Fireman, I'm 8 years old and a freshkid. This is my second summer at Camp Manitou. I absolutely love camp Manitou. I know some of you may be feeling a little nervous or homesick and that is ok. I know from experience that very soon you will feel at home and love it here as much as I do. I literally count the days, hours, minutes, and second until I get to come back to my summer home.
The counsellors here are all so warm, nice and funny. They make you feel special and loved every day. They read to you every night and even tell stories in funny voices. They are always there to cheer you up and if you are feeling sad , which I promise won't be often because it's is so much fun here. Manitou is super fun. Sometimes I think it's better than home because we get to be silly , stay up really late and have dance parties in our cabin late at night. I especially love Manitou because you get to try new and exciting activities. Last year my friends and I hosted a radio show at radio. I got up on the bottom at water ski for my first time and an I went on the zip line at ropes. I learned how to make boomdoggle bracelets at O and A and much more. Besides from all the great activities some of my favourite other things about Manitou are : The amazing plays, tribal games, paint your counsellor, sleep in Thursdays, where we even get a food buffet. Relaxing at Friday Night fireside, the famous Visitor's Day Slip n slide. These are just a few of the reasons that I love Manitou so much . The list could go on and on forever. Pretty soon you will have your own list why is Manitou is awesome.
Hi my name is Ethan. This is my second year at Manitou . I had so much fun. Everybody made me feel welcome . The staff are very welcoming and thoughtful of each camper. After about a couple of days I felt right at home. All the activities are great and fun. All the food was really good. I had a choice to go to Spain with my family , rent a cottage or go to camp. I chose camp because I knew I would have a good time. I don't regret my decision. I had a better time than I expected. So for all you new campers get ready to have the best summer of your life!!
Soph Boy- Ethan
For me Manitou is my favourite place, where I am only with friends and having fun all the time, a place without homework and responsibilities and what is great about all of this is that it is always like this while I am here. I have been waiting for a year to come back for the second time and I can't wait to come back for a third time and meet old friends. Another great thing about Manitou is that you choose the activities that you like and unlike other camps that I have been to at Manitou you can chose what you want to do and what you like the most. For those who are here for the first time do not worry about not making friends quickly or about not having a great time, last year felt like that the first day and by the third day I had already friends in my cabin and other cabins. So just think about having a wonderful time because you are with great caring people like Mark and Jeff and all the counsellors and staff. This may be your best experience in your life as it has been mine. All I can say is that Manitou is the best camp in the world.
Jr boy- Emiliano
Hi, for those who don't know me I am Jacqui and this is my second year at camp and I love camp because the counselors always help you and there is good food and great activities. They always try to plan new things for you and make sure you are ok and I look forward to Manitou my whole year because I had such a good time last year. You make new friends and you make new memories with new people . That is why Manitou is such a good camp and I guarantee you will have a good time here.
Soph girl -Jacqui
Hello my name is Ale Fuertes and I'm from Barcelona, Spain. This is my second year here. I am so happy to be with all of you again. For the people that are new don't worry and be happy. Everyone will treat you as your brother or sister. When I first came here it was so strange but when I know the girls of my cabin and the other girls they all treated me as one more of their family and that's why I came back this year, so don't worry and enjoy the summer at camp Manitou!
Junior girl -Ale
Last year was my first summer at Camp Manitou. I had been to sleepover camp for five years before that and my summer at Manitou was by far my best summer I had. Everybody made me feel welcome right away. At Manitou I got to pick many fun activities, learn new things like how to walk on stilts and be a better sailor. Camp is very important to me because it is a time to make new friends and a time where I can get away from the city and school and just have fun. I have been excited to go to camp because I have been looking forward to taking my bronze cross classes, learning to become a better skier and spend time with some great old and new friends. I guarantee that the new campers will feel at home right away just like I did. I am really happy that camp has finally started and I am looking forward to a great summer for us all.
Senior girl -Elly
Camp means a lot of things to me. Camp means new friendships, responsibilities , and gaining skills. This is my second year of camp here and I have really felt welcome. I never felt homesick but even if I do , I know my friends and counsellors would be my by side to me through it, because after all that is what the Manitou family is here for. Early on in my time here I began to call this place home. Each camper sitting around here loves this place for a different reason. It may be the incredible meals, waterskiing on calm mornings, playing volleyball on the sand or stepping back into the camp grounds after a long but fun canoe trip. I could pin point how each person has made this experience better but that would take a long time. To all those who have not visited this wonderful place , camp is really nothing special but to you and me that isn't the case. In fact it is so great that you must experience it to understand it. Here there are so many campers with different interests, and different personalities. In this place all those people come together and create an experience that we all love, all summer and every summer. It's for all those reasons that we come back, with smiles on our faces and we leave wishing for more time, year after year.
Senior boy- Jake
My name is David and this is my ninth summer at Camp Manitou. As is true for many of you , Manitou has become a very special place in my life. Over the past eight years. I have been lucky enough to have spent my summers here, a place that's history is so closely connected to my own family, bonding with friends and experiencing all of the camp's great activities. Manitou is also very special because no matter what seems to change from year to year, the most important things stay true, like the immediate sense of family that you feel just off the buses, or the camp- wide events and games that we count down to before camp. Not only does Manitou nurture creativity and great friendships, it can also teach us an important lessons about what has real value in life,. And while it scares me to think that this will be my last summer as a Manitou camper, I can safely say that the many experiences that this place has offered me will stay with me in memory for a long time. For those of you who are new to camp Manitou , I can simply say this ; camp is what you make of it,. So stay positive and make the most out of every moment.
SECOND MONTH WELCOME TO CAMP TO NEW CAMPERS:
My name is Ellie and I am a freshkid. I just wanted to give you the new freshkids a few tips on what to expect if you are a freshkid because I know you might be wondering...what the heck is going to happen to me now that I'm a fresh kid. We'll I'll tell you. First of all, Fun! Lots and lots and lots of fun is going to happen at Manitou. What kind of fun, Well it depends. Scream if you like to make new friends? (I can't hear you ) Scream if you like to stay up late, Scream if you like to eat smores? Do arts and crafts? Sing and Dance? Be very active? Scream if you like to scream! Exactly. That the great part about camp. You get to do all the things you like to do best. Last year I made tons of new friends. I stayed up late. I ate a bunch of smores on a canoe trip and I danced and I was very active during World games. So let me Welcome you all to Manitou . and let the fun begin!!! IF you have any questions about Manitou you should ask me or annoy of the other Freshkids from last year. I know everyone will want to help you and will want to be your friend. Because we are all Manitou kids and Manitou kids rules!
Hi My name is Mariana and this is my second year at Camp Manitou. One of the many reasons I came again to this camp was because of the friends and memories I made here, and not coming back to camp would be like erasing all of those memories. Another reason I came back was because of the activities they have here, all of them are a lot of fun. For example world games is one of the activities that helps you work with your team members and you enjoy it a lot. And another reason I came back was because of the food they serve here. All the days they served you a different food to enjoy. It is the best food I ever taste before. But the main reason I came back was because Camp Manitou makes you feel like a new member of the family when you enter for the first time to camp. So if you ever feel homesick during camp just think about all of that and that camp Manitou is a new friend for you. Its the best camp in the world and I hope all the memories last FOREVER!
Mariana- Jr girl
This year I have really been looking forward to getting back into camp life and meeting new people and being in a new cabin. Camp is really important to me because it is the only time in the summer where I can spend a month away from the city and see all of my friends. Camp is something that I look forward to during the year which makes me excited and sad because I want to come back so badly. One thing I really look forward to is World games. Last year was the best because our team won and it was hard work but it was really fun. Before I came to camp I thought it would be really boring but it is the best camp I have ever been to and it always will be.
Rose – Soph girl
Hello Manitou, My name is Jacob and this is my second year at camp. I will now tell you about my time at camp and why I love it. I love Manitou because of the joy it brings me, my friends , all of the fantastic activities, the excitement and the incredible food. Last year was my first year and I was scared and I didn't want to go , but when I got on the bus I started to love Manitou even though I wasn't even there yet. I am very happy to be here this year and I hope I will have as much fun as last year and I hope all of you will have a great time at Manitou as well.
Jacob- Soph boy
Camp IS- last night of camp:
Looking back on this past summer it's hard to believe that my CIT summer is coming to a close. This night concludes the final chapter of my time as a camper at Manitou. Arriving at camp at the beginning of the summer I had no idea what I was in store for , with all of the memories and late hours spent with the CITS laughing until tears , I wouldn't change a second of it. I never realized that my past seven summers would be leading up to this one incredible summer. This summer has flown by so quickly and I am only realizing now that you can't take this amazing place for granted because your time here is truly limited. Now this speech is supposed to be about the many things that camp is to me but it really is only one thing- I have the privilege of growing up with my best friends around me , being able to celebrate with them at their happiest moments to consoling them at their saddest, and just when I thought my family had reached its max I was shocked to find out 50 other brothers and sisters who I have spent summers with side by side. For me camp is the two months of the year that make the other ten more bearable. Now I know I have been on for a while, but I just don't want my speech to end because I know that when it does the flags will lower and my time as a camper will be over but I also know that my next chapter at Manitou is just beginning. I will truly never forget my time at camp and I encourage all of you to live each day to the fullest, because the end of each summer comes just as quickly as the beginning.
Hi my name is Emilio and this is my first year at Manitou. I have been to many camp before but none of them have made me feel as comfortable, welcomed and happy as Manitou. When my mom first told me that I was going to Manitou I wasn't so excited; but when I arrived at the camp , staff and campers made me feel so glad that I came. I love the fact that you get to choose your own activities. I had a great time participating at waterski, woodworking, ropes, tennis and many more activities. I have learned alot from this camp throughout the session such as perseverance, patience and overall kindness. I would like to thank all of my friends from camp, counsellors and unitheads that made my summer so memorable. I hope this is the first summer of many . Thank you Manitou for giving me the best summer ever.
Hi ,My name is Angelo and camp to me is an awesome place. It is unfortunate that not everyone is able to come to camp. Camp is a place where everyone has fun. Camp is a place where you can be yourself. You meet new and very good friends who you never fight with. Camp is a place with good food, good activities and amazing memories. It's a place where there are great counsellors and nice people . Its great that you can choose your own activities. Camp is a place I hope I can return to each year. I would like to thank Ben Cowley my unithead and my counsellors Jacob and Jeremy for such a great summer.
Hi my name is Isabel. It's my first summer at camp. When I first came I didn't know anybody and I was really scared. Now I 'm having the time of my life and I have lots of friends. This is what camp means to me. I think camp is a wonderful place for young kids to have time with their friends and to take more responsibilities than normal. When I'm at camp I love getting away from my parents for a little while , not that I don't like them but I think it's nice to just have little time to yourself. Another thing I love about camp is getting to pick your activities and to have an amazing G.C. to look after you and check on your throughout the day. You definitely can't forget fireside having the whole camp sitting together and sometimes an incredible guest speaker comes. That is what camp means to me. Lastly I'd like to say thank you to all my friends and all the staff and all the directors and all the campers for making this summer a once in a life time experience.
Hi, I'm Carly Rose and this is my third summer at Manitou . Camp means something different for everyone but we all come back for the same reasons. We all eagerly wait for the ten months of school to pass by so we can be reunited with our Manitou family . There are many different ways to spend your summer but I know by returning to Manitou I am guaranteed to have an amazing time. For me camp is spending two months with nine of my closet friends and being able to share my favourite memories and accomplishments with them. I know that if any problem were to arise they will always be my side. With all the stress from school, camp gives me a chance to loosen up and be myself. Camp is a place where you can be who you wish you were in the city without the fear of being judged. Where else can you cheer for three days about a country you've never been to. Camp is about discovering who you are. It's not about planning ahead , its about being spontaneous and living in the moment. It's about being open minded and trying new things. That what makes camp so special and that's why I keep coming back. Thank you G10 and the Manitou family for making each summer the best it can be.
My name is Andrew and my name is Merrick, when asked what camp is what first came to mind is all the amazing staff and activity heads for all the amazing things that they do for the whole camp, like world games and especially our counselors Stewie, Blake and Terry our unithead for making our summer one we will never forget. Camp to me is making memories to remember and meeting new friends. I come back every year because of all the new people I meet. M y favourite part of camp is world games. I also come to camp with friends from Toronto who comfort me when I 'm sad.
Camp is so extraordinary because there are people all over the world that are so kind and caring. That's why camp is important to me. We would like to thank all of the other directors and staff for making our summer so special, memorable and fun. We love Manitou and we will never forget it – Thank you – this one's for you Terry.
Andrew and Merrick – soph boys
Hi , my name is Hannah and its my third year at camp Manitou. The reason I come back every year is because this camp feels like home to me. It feesl like home to me because I have so many great friends and I always make more. The activities at Manitou are so much fun. This year I tried so many new ones and had a lot of fun! The people at Manitou are so kind to me. I love all my counselors, my friends and my unithead Sarah. I am always so sad to leave but I come back every year with a smile on my face and I am ready to have a great summer! Thank you Mark, Jeff and the Manitou family for making every summer one I will never forget. Thank you
Hannah Zitzerman- soph girl
Hi, my name is Jared Rothblott and this is my seventh year at Manitou, I was asked to think of what camp Manitou means to me and what makes it so special and how its changed my life. I have so much to say but so little time. This might sound cheesy but its true. One thing that is really important about camp to me is how at camp you have the freedom to be who you are and show everyone else what you can do. Manitou has changed my life in such a big way. When I was a freshkid I was going to audition for the play. Right before my audition I asked if I could leave. The reason why I left was because I was too afraid to sing or perform in front of people. Now I see myself singing in the talent show, performing in the play or even just making a speech in front of the camp. This really shows me how I 've grown as a person thanks to Manitou. One very important lesson that camp has taught me is that life isn't fair- not everyone is going to be the nicest or friendliest human being but we got to make the most of it Camp means so much to me . I can't imagine how different my life would be ifI didn't decide to come here all these years . Manitou I will always remember you
Lindsay/Adam : The Cit year is a new and interesting one . Lindsay and I have been here for several years and we both agree that there is nothing that compares to being a Manitou CIT. The beauty of the CIT program is that you're no longer a camper, and not yet a staff member, but you find yourself between the two. You manage to enjoy the life of a camper with added responsibilities preparing you for your future. The includes working with a camper cabin and taking on a leadership role at your activity. You also gain a sense of pride , each camper looks up to and instantly befriends you , and is always there for a friendly hug or holding of my hand. It's the bridge between camper and counselor , someone you can rely on without the fear of being judged.
Adam: this summer has taught me things at me which not many 16 year olds are able to face. You are able to diversify your knowledge of camp by working with two different age groups and two separate activities. This gives us a feel of what its like to be on staff. In the past our environment has been uniform, always with two or three ocunsellors to look over you to ensure that each decision you make was the right one but this year as cits the directors have confidence in us to look after ourselves with the help of our cit coordinator. Also, in the beginning of the summer you are forced to live with both familiar and not familiar faces and I look back on that fact and realize that they do it for a reason. For I now feel connected to each and every CIT that I ve grown beside each day.
Lindsay: Seven years ago I was ten years old going to sleepover camp for the first time only knowing I other girl , as you can imagine I was so scared , would I get homesick, would I make friends, would I like the food, then I got an email from a girl saying that she would be in my cabin that summer. She told me all about camp as well as herself and through emailing back and forth we became friends. I was slowly getting more and more comfortable as we were on the bus because my new friend introduced me to all the other girls in the cabin. Now I was less worried about making friends but more worried about camp in general but as I stepped onto the Manitou grounds for the first time, seeing all the activity heads and specialists making a bridge and cheering I knew I would enjoy the warm welcoming place with so many strangers so willing to accept me and make my summer memorable. Seven years alter I am fully integrated in this place with so many friends I have spent my summers with.
Hi my name is Molly Robins. I've been a camper here for eight years. Throughout those eight years I've been fortunate enough to spend that time living in a cabin with some of the most caring crazy and creative girls you will ever meet. When I think about what camp means to me I reflect back on how I feel every summer when the buses roll back into Toronto and camp that summer has come to a close. This feeling can best be described as emptiness. I genuinely feel like tomorrow a piece of me will be missing. Part of me will be with those amazing girls who I get to live with all summer, part of me will be with my supportive counselors and unithead and part of me will be with all of the other amazing campers and staff that have impacted my summer. This is a place where after not seeing my sisters all year I get to see them every day for two months, This is a place that regardless of your age, interests or what country you are from, you can forget all of your problems and just be yourself. My word of advice to everyone here is to really appreciate the time you spend here because there is no other place like this. Thank you to everyone who has made this summer so special to me.
Molly Robins Senior camper
Camp is – what is camp?- camp is many differen things for many people. For me, camp is wlaking outside my front door and having a hockey rink there- its where people who were never close become good friends, it's a place where being al id becomes the best thing ever. To me camp is a place where anything is possible. Camp is atrue getaway – it is the perfect free environment where you can be yourself, try new things and occaionsally be a little stupid.
Not only can you partake in various activities and fun activities and programs but you can do it with your best friends. At camp you live with guys that you have gorwn up with and been friends with for as long as anyone can remember. In fact by summers end my cabin mates are a lot more like my brothers. As soon as you step foot on Manitou soil you realize that the Manitou way is the family way. Everyone is responsible for each other and very respectful l. That is what makes camp one of the safest places to have fun and enjoy yourself. As I said, camp means different things to different people , however I know that to everyone camp is special
"Welcome to Camp" speeches - 2011
This is my 4th year at Camp Manitou and I'm still amazed how well camp makes you feel when you arrive here. All your nerves disappear. I come from the other side of the world and my home is such a big distances and it's very difficult and produces a lot of nerves but here in Manitou they disappear. I consider Manitou as my home. Manitou has given me the chance of getting to know wonderful people, live awesome experiences, have lots of fun and grow as a better person.
Don't worry it's easy to achieve these things in Manitou, you have to follow these instructions: Treat people as you would like them to treat you, be natural, meaning be how you are and not how others want you to be, try and get the maximum from the activities and the most important instruction- have fun. I hope everybody has a good time and lots of great experiences that will stay with you for the rest of your life.
Santi- CIT- Spain
When I first came to Manitou, I was really nervous because I didn't knew how it would be , I came from the other part of the world and I was a little bit scared but when I met the consellors and campers I realize dhtat I would have a great time with this awesome people. This is my fourth year and I have very good friends and I have met incredible counselors . I ve always had incredible moments in Manitou so the people who are scared or miss your home just relax and enjoy the opportunity at making new friends and have a a great time that Manitou gives you. I'm sure that we will have an awesome summer.
Alvaro- CIT Spain
Camp is so important to me for many reasons and its not just the amazing food, activities and events. As cheesy as it may sound it's the fact that all your friends, your cabin and your counselors feel like family. And I would know, Last year I had never been to sleepover camp before and I came here knowing only a few people and truthfully I was terrified I wouldn't fit in, especially considering I didn't know anyone in my cabin. But as soon as I arrived,. I felt right at home- and that what camp means to me. Having a home away from home that you wait the whole year to go back to. Everyone was so nice and excited for camp that I knew it would be a great summer and it was. So if you are new, don't worry because I guarantee you will love it here. I have so many great memories from camp- like being in the play and doing an Ellen Degeneres EP. These memories along with memories of all the amazing campers and staff here are what makes me want to come back to camp so badly. I'm sure this summer will be even better than the last and I hope you all have best summer yet and make memories that will last forever
Liza hersch- senior girl-
Hey I'm Hailee- I am a first year Junior and this is my second year at Manitou . I know some of the kids here are new to Manitou or maybe even to sleepover camp. Well, take it someone who was new to Manitou last year- I can guarantee you that at Manitou you will feel at home in not time at all!!
I am sure everyone has their own reasons why Manitou is so great but some of th things that really make Manitou special for me are things like having the freedom to make our own choice about what you're going to do every day. Let's say you love waterskiing or maybe tennis, Well then you can do them almost every day ! Just remember to sign up first and then go and have a great time. And if you want to try some new activities you never have done before, don't be scared because the Manitou staff are great at teaching you.
There is also some other really cool things here that you just don't get to see or do in the city. Also I am not sure if you've noticed but there is a Tarzan rope at the lake- yeah a Tarzan rope! And have you ever tried filming with a camera while going down a zip line? Well its not really an official activity but here at Manitou you never know what opportunity might come your way! Also how many stars do you see at night in the city? One Maybe two- or three if you're lucky- well at camp you cant even count all the Stars! There are so many of them at night!
But I've saved the best thing of all about Manitou for last and that's all the great friends I've made here- I've been looking forward to seeing all my Manitou friends again for a long time. And finally for all of you who are new one of the most important things you should know about Manitou is that everyone who works here really cares about you. You can trust that if you have a problem , there is someone who actually wants to help you out. I am sure that in one or two days Manitou will feel like your home away from home- Here's to a great summer!
Hailey Ram – junior girl
Hi everyone- I am Nate and this is my 6th year at Manitou. Today I want to tell you what camp Manitou means to me. Manitou is the place where I feel most comfortable. If you're a new camper and are nervous about coming here to camp, there is no need to be, because Manitou is the warmest most friendly place you could have picked. Every year at Manitou I make new friends even if I don't have those intentions. Over the years you adjust to your cabin and eventually everyone in your cabin is your best friend. Everyone here is so warm and welcoming that if you have any problem there is always someone there to help you. For example, last year towards the end of second month I decided that I really wanted to spend more time with my family at my cottage and mark jeff and al my counselors were very accommodating but they understood and I went home second month- I regretted my decision the entire time and really wished I had never left camp. This year this is no doubt that I will be the last camper to get on the busses home. From this experience I learned that the staff here are very helpful. They are hard working, and want the best for you. Manitou is different from other camps because at Manitou they offer you what camps don't offer which is the chance to choose your activities for yourself. At many other camps you do all the activities with your whole cabin which doesn't give you as much a chance to pursue something you want to do or something you want to try that is new that your cabin may not want to do. If we were to all our activities with our cabins I would have gotten the chance to spend a lot of my time at my favourite activity, guitar. Manitou is really a special place and I know I will coming back for many years to come
Nate Daviau- senior-
Hi Manitou, my name is Hannah Berman- this is my second year at Manitou and I am here to talk about what camp is like for me. Well camp is my favourite part of the year as it is so awesome and fun and one of my favorite things was getting to meet such great friends, counselors and of course your amazing CITS. It is such an honour to be here and have the privilege to be at such a great camp. If you are homesick all your friends will be there to comfort you. I doubt you will get homesick with all these great nice people around you, camp is like your new family. The thing I have been looking forward to most this summer is seeing all my friends and old counselors and CITs but also going around to all the fun activities and having such a great time. To be honest camp is everything for me I don't know how I would live without camp. I know this year will be just as great as the last and I hope you all have an amazing time this summer.
Soph – Hannah Berman
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But that's ok and you will be having too much fun to want to use your phone- whether its watersports, or arts and crafts, video or theatre, or my personal favourite, building wooden squirrels, there is everything at camp waiting for you. The big difference here is that you get to make your own schedule and choose from all these great activities. And you still get to hand out with your cabin during cabin time. The counselors here are nice and will help you out if you are homesick or unhappy- which won't happen because you will be too busy having so much fun. My name is Lee and thanks for listening to today's camp of the year commercial!
Lee Benzacer- Junior.
Hi- I am Sam – this is my second year at Manitou- I had a great time at Camp last year and there are so many activities and fun things to do, The staff is great and they are always willing to help you out. Mark and Jeff are also around and they will answer any questions you have. The best thing about camp is that you get to do the activities you want to do, IF you don't like what you're doing or you want to try something different you get to change activities
If you like the activity you get to keep doing it! The key is to pick activities you want to try instead of doing just what your friends want to do. Ths is very important if you feeling a little homesick . Keeping busy doing what you want is the best way not to think about home.
I am really looking forward to Camp and doing the activities I loved last year and trying a few new things too. I am sure it will be a great summer for all of us.
Sam Weisbrod- soph
Hi my name is Charles Sheiner and this is why I am excited to come back to Manitou this summer
- There are lots of really fun activities. My favourites are high low ropes, basketball and baseball
- I get to hang out with my camp friends, who I haven't seen all year long
- My whole family is here which makes it really for me and
- This year I'm staying for one monh so I get to be here for Tribal games
- And that is why I am excited to come back to Manitou this year- Hope you have a great summer
Charlie Sheiner- freshkid
Hi my name is Sophie Sheiner and this is my second summer at Camp Manitou. Last summer I stayed for two weeks and I am so excited to stay for a month this year. I loved it last year because :
- It was fun and I loved the activities especially dance and ropes
- I made so many new friends
- The counselors are so nice and they make me feel safe
That is why I was so excited to come back to camp because I knew all these things would happen again. Thanks for listening- goodbye
Sophie Sheiner Freshkid
I am a first year soph and I bet most of you know the Manitou song- “deep in the heart of the North- there's a place where the world comes together”- when you say that line that it means that people from all over the world come to Manitou and that your own world comes together at Manitou – so soon enough it will feel like your home. At camp you can discover more about yourself by trying new things or making new friends. Never be afraid to try something new- at camp you have the freedom and there's great food and great counsellors a birthday wheel with tons of great choices….. Just remember to take showers and write letters to your family or they will worry about you…If you think you have a talent there is a camper talent show, you can join the play , or the Junior Hockey league, football league or intercamp teams with awesome shirts. There is tribal games and world games. If you get a little bit homesick it will go away pretty soon and you have to just continue doing activities and playing with your friends. Thursday's breakfast buffet and sleep in is great"
Jonah- soph boy
My name is Amanda and I am ten years old and I am a sophomore. Some of you might know my brother and some of you might him as “apple”. You might be thinking that you can call me mini apple or little apple but if you do there will be consequences… I was asked to talk about why I love camp Manitou and so I am going to give you the top five reasons why Camp Manitou rocks….Number 5- unlike those other camps that are close to the city Manitou , we are out in the real wilderness where we are closer to nature. Number 4- The weather. Number 3-the counselors here at Manitou are great- the really take the time to get to know you ….Number 2- The food is outstanding. Sometimes I even think to myself some of the meals here are better than in the city. And the Number one reason Camp Manitou rocks- the friends you make at Camp Manitou will be friends for life.
Soph girl – Amanda
Hi , I am Russell and the first thing I want to tell you is that the first few days for some may be rough but that is perfectly normal if this is your first time at sleepover camp. By a week Manitou will be like your new home – camp is great as you get away from your parents an hang out with your friends. I have returned after my first summer because the people are kind, the activities are superb and the good is good. I almost guarantee you it will be the time of your life and a great first experience. Camp is special to me because eit is a time to hang out relax an have fun.
Junior Boy Russel
I came back to Manitou because of all the fun and friends I met. Also when I was home sick my counselors and friends helped me. All of you that are new, don't worry- about being home sick , your counselors and new friends will help you too- I also came back because there are so many fun activities like wakeboading, video, woodshop, baseball, and so much more. Last year my counselors were amazing because they were so nice and fun. Have fun everybody.
Hello , my name is Julia and this is my second year at Manitou. For those of you that know me, know that I really like music, so Manitou is the best home away from home because they offer so much of it. Other than the many music options Manitou is the best place because of its amazing people…no matter how cheesy that sounds. Everyone of my counsellors have been so caring and kind and everyone in my cabin has been so welcoming even though they and I love the cabins, it is the fact that I love the people, I love so many activities and that is why I love camp Manitou so much
Senior Girl Julia
I am a first year senior and this is my fifth year at camp. It is also my first time staying all summer. Last summer I had an awesome time at camp with great counselors and friends. And I know this summer will be even better! For the new campers here you will feel like part of the Manitou family right away. ..There are so many activities to chose from and being able to make your own schedule allows you to do what you enjoy the most. Camp is important to me because it gives me the opportunity to be independent and make new friends from all over the world. We are all fortunate to be able to come to camp each summer , especially Manitou. Manitou is extremely special because over time you can not help but feel that this is your home away from home. This summer I know I will leave with many memories that will last a lifetime.
Ryan- senior camper
To me camp is a break from the rest of the year- hanging out with friends and being away from your parents is a great way to become more independent and responsible. I love being in the great outdoors and learning and improving my skills. The staff here is superior- they understand you and try to make everything that you do fun. I had an instant connection with my counsellors last year (my first year) and the other staff members too. This is a very special camp because you make friendships that last a lifetime. At my old camp I got really homesick but I didn't at Manitou. Everyone here makes you feel so comfortable and make it feel like home. I have made tons of friends all different ages in just one summer – I hope you all have a wonderful summer.
Senior girl Ellie
FRIDAY NIGHT FIRESID QUOTES 2010:
I have only been here four days yet I am having so much fun and its my first time. Before camp I was constantly told about so much cool stuff and how I was going to have such an amazing time but I was still nervous however once I got here I saw that Manitou doesn't only teach to accept change but embrace it. Manitou has given me the most positive unreal start to the summer.
New Camper Megan from England- Senior
I was very nervous to stay on for second month – as seeing my friends leave from first month was very hard for me- but when I first met the new kids in my cabin second month my anxiety melted away because I could sense that this was a great group of guys- so if you learned anything from my speech its that if you give change a chance and you go in with an open mind and appositive attitude you will learn to appreciate change.
Senior camper- Adam
Change can be positive- one good exciting change is that we had this summer is when we got four new girls in our cabin – we were so excited as we got to make new friends. So here is your guide to having a great summer- Make new friends, try new things, make goals for yourself , be positive and have fun
Rachel and Danielle- junior girls
I came to Manitou knowing no on e my age, and never being at sleep over camp from a foreign country and never having the opportunity to come out of my comfort zone and show everyone who I really am. Life in Columbia is very different form life here…When I arrived to camp at first I felt really loney and disoriented but I told myself if I maintained a positive attitude I would be fine…I tried new things such as waterski and tennis. Now I am having the best summer because taking advantage of all that Manitou offers made me realize what summer is all about- ….
Junior girl Stephanie- from Columbia
Hi I am Santi and this is my third year at Manitou. I remember how worried Alvaro and I were when we came to camp our first year. When you go from one country to another you know its going to be difficult to adapt because of different language, customs and because you don't know anybody . But for some reason unlike my other camp experiences Manitou broke this thought, everyone makes you feel so good. I was so impressed when we arrived – when we opened the door of our cabin and all the cabin came and received us as if we were life long friends. Every year I have the best counsellors in the world – all of them help me to adapt so well- its amazing. I have to thank everybody in Manito that helped us to evolve and for helping us to become better people.
Senior boy-Santi from Spain
Sometimes having your family and friends on the other side of the world is hard but thanks to all of you we handled it- thank you for having the patience to understand us because its very hard for us speaking your language. Thank you for being great people and letting us have the best summers of our lives.
Alvaro- Senior camp from Spain
CAMP IS – LAST NIGHT OF CAMP:
My name is Sara- this is my sixth year and Camp is my home, family and what I look forward to every single year. …I really don't think there is any better feeling than how I feel when I step off the bus- the thrill of finding out who's in your cabin , where your cabin is and what friends are back. Though many people think two months of sleep away camp is way to o long I treasure every day …This is a place where you can create your own experiences everyday, you can go out of your comfort zone and try new things and be yourself . Its getting to know the people around you and learning to appreciate them for who they are.
Hi I'm Jordan. This is my third year at Manitou and I have been to different sleep over camps but when I got off the bus here I could already tell this camp was different The kids in my cabin were so welcoming and so were the counselors. Camp to me is a place to escape the hectic city life and to create new friendships. Manitou gives you many different privileges so you should enjoy every moment you have as a camper because you are not going to be one forever.
Hi, My name is Halle and I am a junior – this is my fifth year at camp – I cant believe it but camp gets better every year and this summer was no exception – and I didn't think it could get any better. I couldn't imagine how the second session could come close to as good as the first but IO was so surprised with how fantastic both sessions were. I am not the best at making new friends but my new cabin was so welcoming that I felt as though I belonged. …Camp is friends , friends you will remember your entire life, camp is opportunities, trying new things , camp is memories , memoires captured in pictures that you know you never forget. I would like to thank all of the directors , staff , my amazing counsellors and cabin and everyone else who mane my summer special. Camp is everything to me…
Junior girl Halle.
Hi my name is Brandon and this is my sixth year at camp. For me camp is trying new things at activities, camp is making new friends each year and camp is competing in world games. Camp is having fun on canoe trips , camp is having the most amazing counsellors every year, , camp is eating excellent food and having a great time with friends, camp is making memories that last a lifetime.
My name is Sarah and it is my second year at Manitou but first time staying all summer and I love it…Last session I barely knew my friend Hannah but now she is my best friend. I like a lot of activities , I like meeting new people and camp is a second home for me. I am so sad camp is over and the only thing I hate about camp is leaving- The Sarah at home is shy and not so crazy but the Sarah at camp is really crazy.
Sarah Prosserman Freshkid
My name is Victoria, Most people know me at Vicky – Camp is my favorite part of the year, this year was the best summer. I will name five reasons why – 1. My cabin is awesome. 2.Everyone is amazing. 3.My counselors are so nice. 4. Its nice to be a sophomore and 5. Tribal games and world games are so much fun. Thank you for the best summer!
Soph Girl Vicky
At the beginning of the summer Emily asked us to write a journal entry about our expectations and goals…but now standing here at the end of my CIT summer I ve come to realize that at Manitou its not just world games, midnight madness, the play or Halloween that is son incredible . It's the little things that count, whether its gazing up at the starts with 52 of your best friends, cleaning the bathroom with your friends, trading silly bands or dancing in the dining hall, you may not realize it now but these are the things that make up your summer. I am so grateful for all of the small thing was that have made Manitou so special for me. Em allowed us to embrace these things with our fireside Cit gathering where we sat and spoke about the minor things that brightened the week. Like that freshkid camper who gave you a hug or completing the dragon you spent hours painting during casino night. These are the memories that you cherish forever .
Hi, My name is Zach Nathan and this is my second year at camp Manitou. Manitou is a lot of fun, There are a lot of things that you can do at camp. There a lot of cool activities like baseball and Greenhouse. I also love going in the lake even when someone throws me in. Camp is not just about activities but playing games with your friends and enjoying nature. I think the people are nice, funny and helpful. This year I stayed longer and participated in more activities and really had a lot of fun. Each year at Manitou keeps getting better and better. I can't wait for next summer.
Zach fresh kid
Camp is an opportunity to meet great friends and live a fun free life.
Camp is having the privilege to be responsible for yourself
Camp is trying new things and just going for it
Camp is being in a beautiful and safe environment
Camp is an opportunity to just be yourself without caring what others think of you.
Camp is an adventure full of surprises and wonderful memories
Camp is a nice place to be when your feeling down because the beauty of camp cant help but put a smile on your face
Camp is a great way to spend your summer because camp is everything you could ever dream of
Camp is an opportunity that every child should experience and most importantly is about having fun!
Hi, my name is Spencer and this is fourth year at Manitou – When I first came to camp I didn't know what to expect but all my friends said camp was so much fun. But I had never experienced it for myself but as soon as we came to camp and I saw the hockey rink and climbing wall and all the people waving at us I knew this was going to be a great place. After the first two weeks I was already having fun and I wanted ot stay so I did / When I went home I was already missing camp a lot and I could wait to go back , camp to me is about the friends, the things I remember is just hanging and there are so many things you get here at camp that you cant get in the city like the amazing lake and sports but most of all the environment here is completely different,. What I mean is by all the people here are friendly and smiling all the time , its impossible not to be happy here, so thank you Manitou for giving me the four best summers of my lfe.
Spencer Soph boy
Hi, My name is Danielle and this is my third summer at camp Manitou and I remember the very first day of camp this year when I walked off the bus through the bridge and up to my cabin. My counsellors were so welcoming to us and I already felt comfortable. I was ready to stay forever. Now I am standing here on the last day of camp remembering my summer memories that will stay with me forever. The girls in my cabin have become like sisters to me and the moments that we share are unforgettable . Also this summer I made new friends in my cabin and in the rest of the unit which was a very special part of the summer. I am so used to the daily routine here that when I get home I will probably follow it. I love my unit and friends and hope that I don't want to be part of them tomorrow at home. I can not wait til next summer.
Danielle- Junior girl
Hi, I'm Lauren and I 'm Amanda Brunswick and this is what camp means to us:
It is our third summer at Manitou and we are in the sophomore unit, To us Camp Manitou is an extremely special place where we can be ourselves and enjoy all of the fun activities that camp has to offer andcourse spending time with our friends whom we have become very close with over the years, Every year we can not wait to come back and we are always counting down the days until camp. From the moment we get on the bus to camp and until even after camp is over we are always having a blast with our camp friends. Here at Manitou we have made friends who our now our best friends in the world and created memories that will last a lifetime. All of this was possible because of Manitou . IT is truly our home away from home and this is what camp means to us.
Lauren and Amanda- soph girls
Think back to the day when you were that little nervous, nail biting freshkid who just got off the bus, welcomed by unfamiliar faces, unaware of the fact that these people will change your life forever Fast forward 7 years from then and I 'm a senior girl who now looks at those same unfamiliar faces as some of my best friends, Although all of the aspects of this camp are unreal what really keeps me coming back every year is the environment and group of people around me, where else besides camp can you do anything and everything you love in one day? Where else would you even think of jumping and in the rain fully clothed other than at camp, The answer is nowhere, That's the point.
Camp is a special place where special thinsg happen. We are all so fortunate to have the privilege to enjoy every moment. Camp isa great collection of memories and friendships that will not only last you a summer but a lifetime. Every year I come back to camp with a smile on my face knowing that each year will keep getting better and the friendship that I have made will keep getting stronger.
Rachel senior girl
Hi I am Jake from B-13. This is my 3rd summer and first full summer at Manitou . Camp is like no place in the world, It is a place where I have learned to be responsible and independent. This is my escape from the modern world, There are no computers, video games or cell phones. Manitou is being with a group of friends that you chill with , compete against but most importantly you become closer with them . Camp is having counselors that know the right combination of chilling and discipline. Camp is Arctic swims at 530. Camp is the counsellors, specialists, kitchen staff, activity heads, unit heads and directors putting together all the small things we love like senior dodge ball, pirate day at sail, world cup at soccer, 3 on 3 at basketball, king/queen of the court at volleyball, MHL, MFL, fast food dinner and so much more. Camp is the scrumptious food made by Serge and his staff . Most people count the days, hours and minutes until camp so enjoy every second while you are here, but when the time comes to leave some are ready but not me. As some of you know I was only signed up for one month this year, With sadness in my heart I left with all the first month campers. Through my love for camp I convinced y parents to let me come back to camp, So just six hours after I was so harshly pulled away from camp I was brought back up with all the second month campers. Camp is bonding with your cabin no matter how you do it, Whether it be flipping sailboats, sneaking out getting chased by the security guard, pulling pranks or just chilling in the cabin group. Camp is a place that can support anyone and it is truly of the most diverse places I know. Camp is perfect, thank you.
Jake Senior boy
Camp is the past eight years of my life. I first came here as a Freshkid in 2002, but I didn't feel at ease in my first year. I was really homesick and didn't think I would return as a sophomore. But of course I came back and hand an ok summer but it was really my third year where I realize that Manitou is my second home and the place I love. I was in a cabin with Adam levine, Jamie Gorlick and Brandon Tomash and we quickly became great friends and till this day are still my best friends. You can 't find the same connection with school friends as you do with camp friends. In the city I couldn't wait to come back to camp and could never think of the day I would decide to not return,. I looked up to great guys like Ben Cowley , Lorry Greespan, and Jason Freder. Everything here is so perfect and you do your favourite activities and you get to be with your best friends and you get to be just yourself. This is truly the best place on earth. I have this special feeling whenever I'm at Manitou .Manitou has the best directors, staff and campers and the atmosphere is like no other camp. I can't thank Manitou enough for giving me the greatest memories of my life.
Aaron - CIT
Camp is one of the best experiences I have ever had. Camp Manitou is – Marvelous, Amazing, Nice place, , Incredible, Terrific, Outstanding, Unbelievable. It really makes me feel included .
Camp Means having fun, trying new things, and making new friends. This year my cabin has been like my family and they have helped me when I needed it and I did the same. The past two summers have been the greatest years of my life and I mean it . All the activities have been great and that is all I have to say
Everything about this camp is so amazing, the staff, the activities, and the friendships that last a lifetime … On the bus to camp I was a little nervous but as soon as I got off the bus onto main field I felt like I was let into the family once again because a few of my friends ran up to me in costumes and hugged me and I let out “I am getting squished”. I got adjusted to everything so quickly because everyone was so welcoming especially my counselors. So much effort is put into everything at this camp…I hope this camp continue on for centuries because it's the thing that a lot of people look forward to and I 'd like to thank all the directors, and all my past counselors and unitheads and anyone else who have made my experience at Manitou the best experience.
Camp is place to be free and do things you cant do in the city like radio or woodworking…the number one thing about camp is that I get to spend two months with 13 of my best friends in this wonderful scenery ..take advantage of this place and treasure it forever
Hi everyone this is my third year at Manitou. Before Manitou I spent a couple summers at another camp and I can honestly say that once I came to Manitou my outlook on summer camps completely changed ,. When someone says the word Manitou , lots of things come to m nd. Above all the first and biggest thing is the people. The directors are nice and approachable and puts tons of effort into making our summer and I quote “the best summer ever”. I always appreciate that I have someone looking out for me. Although some of my friends from camp live far away we still manage to keep in touch during the year and the anticipation to spend the e upcoming summer with them is unbearable! I know I always have friend I can trust and have fun with…This year at Manitou has been particularly special as Mark and Jeff took a leap of faith knocking down a wall and putting 16 of us crazy junior girls in cabin G29 ….I bonded with every single one of them…Camp Manitou means letting go and running wild. Camp Manitou means sticking together and being there for each other. Camp Manitou means acceptance and community . Camp Manitou means friendship.
Camp Manitou is a place where no one feels left out, a place where you have so many options for daily activities from Pottery to Sail but most importantly a place where memories are formed..
Camp for me is home away from home , a place to get away from all the pressure and stress we have in the city. Camp is the best place in the world because I am with good friends, great staff, fun activities and amazing events. Where else do you get to be with your friends and without all the distractions of the city. People ask me how do you go to camp for two months? I answer them by saying if you went to my my camp you would understand why. There is just so much energy and enthusiasm at this camp which makes it a place for all kids to come and have the most fun they have ever had in their lives. I take pride in this camp when I see people come together just like a family for one cause , for one team, for one .
Who knew that six ago when I first came to Manitou, I would join the Manitou family and change my life forever. The second I got off the bus, my first summer, there was an immediate sense of acceptance from the people I now call my Manitou family. Manitou has done so much for my life in ways words can't even describe…..I have spent a total of ten months at the place I have grown to love and now don't hesitate to call my home. Ten months is not a lot of time, 10 months is how long we are not at camp during the year….I have spent ten months learning to do the things I love, sail, ski, play guitar and much more. In ten months I have learned who I am as well as made so many friendships. Ten months is how long I spend during the year trying to describe the feelings and emotions I get when I am at Manitou to all my friends. …There are no words to to describe a Manitou summer unless you have lived it….Even then when you are a part of our Manitou family it is still an indescribable feeling. ..Just the presence and warm smile is all you need to understand what Manitou is. It's a place where you can be yourself and not be judged, A place where all your problems go away so you can have the best two months of your life. …So take a deep breath and look around, cherish everything and everyone around you. Now take it all in and hold onto I for the next ten months so you never forget this place. Manitou has changed my life in so many ways. It has allowed me try new things and meet such amazing people…Thank you for the most amazing summer of my life. See you in ten months for Manitou 09.
Beautiful, life- changing, incredible, surreal. These words describe the indescribable, camp Manitou. Manitou is my getaway, Its my escape from the hectic and stressful city life and it is the one place I can actually be relaxed and feel comfortable. I can truly say that Manitou acts as my second home. It holds the same welcoming and safe feeling that a real home provides. I love how here at camp we are one united family that all support each other. Even hearing two simple words “Camp Manitou” fills me with a warm and comforting sensation. There is no other place in the world that can possibly be compared to camp. ….Camp is a place where each individual camper and staff have the ability to truly be themselves and completely put aside and disregarded their fears and insecurities. Everyone feels safe to grow as individuals and become better people without the stress of judgmental surroundings. The opportunity that camp provides to be carefree is unbelievable. Everything about camp from the beautiful environment , the endless opportunities to grow, the activities and especially the people are amazing. ….This summer as a CIT and having the chance to act as an aspiring role model for campers has been so fulfilling, To be able to connect with campers while holding authority is a new but exciting feeling. Even though being a CIT require a lot of hard work, its so worth it. Camp has been changing and I have learned some of the most meaningful lessons from my peers and friends. The people you meet at camp are so incredible and all have such a unique and great personality to share. I am so thankful that I got to be a part of this wonderful Manitou family. I would especially like to thank Mark and Jeff for putting in the effort to give every camp a beautiful life-changing, incredible and surreal camp experience, just like they've done for me.
After attending this camp for seven years prior to this one, it has taken an 8th to begin to gain perspective. Camp is my favorite place. It is my home away from home. Everyone is so friendly and encouraging that all problems are forgotten and are replaced with hopes of fun and thoughts of possible shenanigans. You laugh and play and hang out all day. Where else do you have sleepovers with 20 of your closest friends for weeks on end.
Camp is where you are able to do what you want free of judgment…
As a CIT, this summer, I was able to gain insight on how difficult it is to be a councilor. Going in, I figured that I would be like my CITs of the past and kind of just show up when I'm told. Then something unexpected happened, I began to genuinely care about my kids. I wanted to chill with them and wanted to know what was going on in their camp lives. Also, they really look up to you. They always want to be with you and want to learn everything about you. It is a very interesting feeling.
.…Today, the CIT unit took a hit while our fearless leader Christine had to leave one day early because of family issues. I then felt compelled to say a few words about her. She was the glue that held our CIT unit together. The stronger she was, the closer we were brought together. I will always remember her commitment. Christine was great at what she did. She was dedicated to our enjoyment and worked with great compassion. She is fun to be around and I am so sorry that she was unable to close out the summer with us.
As for my boys in CB1, Hey, what's up! You guys made this summer what it was, not just for us but also for everybody. You all brought your unique skill set to the table and used it to your full advantage. I am so glad that we were able to become such a tight knit unit and cherish every moment I spent with each and every one of you. You are all such good guys, this summer wouldn't have been the same without you.
Mark and Jeff. You have done such a great job instilling proper values into each camper and molding them into young adults. You guys run a fine camp and am so thankful I have been able to come for so long.
"Camp is. being away from home, learning new things, stepping out of your
comfort zone, freedom, fun, independence, making new friends, spontaneity,
being responsible, working with others, being there for others, helping,
leading, sharing, caring, surprises, memories, opportunities, trust,
learning more about yourself and your strengths."
"What I love most about Manitou is the variety of activities. My personal
favourite happens to be sailing. One of the greatest things about these
activities is you get to choose which ones you want to take. Another good
thing about camp is the staff. The staff at Manitou couldn't be better!
They really make our summer memorable from throwing a football to racing in
line to the tuck shop! To me, the most important aspect of camp is my
friends! So many of my friends at Manitou are from my cabin. The first
time I came to Manitou was with none of my school friends. But as soon as I
discovered the spirit of Manitou I knew this would be a great summer and
many more to come!"
"At Manitou you feel like everyone is your friend, even your siblings. When
I say that, I'm not being sarcastic. Me and my little brother get along way
better at Manitou than we do at home; it's like he's not actually my
brother, he is more like a friend. Second, you can make so many friends at
Manitou. I have made friends not only from Canada, but from all over the
world. Some of these friends even happen to be counsellors. This brings me
to my third point: The staff at Manitou is phenomenal. They do everything
in their power to make sure that each and every camper has the best summer
of their lives. They are caring and understanding and are always willing to
give you a hand. Fourth , and my favourite, there is never a reason to be
bored at Manitou. The day is packed with activities. There are so many
different choices from wakeboarding and rock climbing to woodworking and
crafts, this camp is truly amazing."
"Our great Camp Manitou is like a home away from home. The comforting
counsellors are always looking out for the campers. The cozy cabins are
great for relaxing on bunk days. Friday Night Fireside is fantastic,
because the whole camp gets together as one big family. The awesome
activities are really fun, exciting and well prepared. The mouth watering
meals taste like homemade cooking. Camping trips are a really great
experience and everyone should definitely try one. And last but not least
our camp directors are amazing."
"You always hear everyone say, "Don't worry, it's camp." But what does
"It's camp" actually mean? It means that Manitou is a place where we can
all feel free to be ourselves - free of judgement or pressure or obligation.
We are given the room to make mistakes and be forgiven. We are trusted
enough to make our own decisions and form our own opinions. Our strengths
as well as our weaknesses are embraced. Our individuality is what gives us
each a place in the Manitou family."
"Camp Manitou is an amazing place
Everywhere you go there's a friendly face
There are lots of great activities at Manitou
And lots of fun things you can do
Boating, canoeing and lots of good plays
With woodworking and pottery there are fun filled days
Thursday's brunch is so yummy
The food at Manitou will fill your tummy
During Tribal Games we all compete
And fight to win and take the heat
Coming to camp is such a blast
The friends I make here will always last"
"When my parents asked me about returning to camp this summer or not, I
couldn't see myself not coming back. All I could think about were the
amazing times I've had here - tribal games, world games, cheering in the
dinging hall, watching the theatre productions, participating in the talent
shows or going on my first canoe trip and I couldn't see myself not coming
back to all the friends I've made. For me, camp is a time to let all the
stress from the city go and have a great time."
"I started thinking about what I love about camp, and what keeps me coming
back year after year. Is it the activities? Is it the events? Is it the
freedom from your parents?! All of those make Manitou a great place to
spend the summer. But I think, more importantly, it's the incredible
friendships I've made, that make Manitou more than just a camp. its my
summer home. and even more than that, after so many year here, I feel like I
have a Manitou family. Its true what everyone says - camp is what you make
of it, and if you get involved, you'll have an amazing time."
"Camp Manitou makes me feel a lot like I'm at home. The activities, the
food and the cabins all made me feel at home. At first I thought it would b
a rough and tough kind of camp. All my friends and counsellors treated me
like a brother or sister would. Not in the grabby pushing or fighting way.
Last year I was new and scared, but also excited. I thought I would be a
loner but my cabin mates all proved me wrong y becoming my new friends."
"Every year I escape the harsh realities of the city to venture to a
sanctuary located up north. This place called Manitou is the sole reason
why my summer is special. Every session, I see people who live in distant
countries around the world, friends from the city and people that I meet for
the first time. Although I only see these people for a small portion of the
year, they will always be remembered for the rest of my life."
As yet another great summer comes to an end I have mixed emotions. Tomorrow we're all going back home welcomed by family and friends, most people are going to be excited to return home , to welcome back television and computers in to their life, but when I am back in the city I lying in bed trying to fall asleep I know I wont be able to. But when the times come and everything gets quiet and its just you- you can't help but think about the memories, the experiences, the friendships, you made . And if you did not already realize how special camp Manitou is at that point you will. You will see that here you get to make your own schedule, form 32 activities, while at home your are limited to every day basketball on your driveway. Here there is a camp spirit like no other. Camp songs, camp cheers, music lunches and world games., where else can you really be yourself and dance like a maniac, Here there is a loyalty, a commitment that year after year the same campers return. For every kid here the countdown begins tomorrow morning , here at manitou friendships are made that last forever. Friendships from across Ontario, across the country, across the united states and even across the world, are made and kept. This is the big one for me… I mean yeah this place has great sports facilities and more but I couldn't imagine a summer without these people,….
~ Senior camper 2006
Tonight is one of the saddest yet happiest moments of my life. There are so many emotions all swirled togetherManitou is such an amazing place where everyone becomes a new person, everyone comes out of their shell and every one tries something new. I mean where else can you do things like tunnel day and Chris playhouse, where else can you get so many people into an event, such as world games . Only at Manitou . No one on this field can say that they are the same person at camp that they are at home because Manitou does something to you, it changes you for the better, I don't' know how to describe it but somehow at Manitou you are more free and you have the freedom of just being youself because Manitou is a way of life,
~ Junior girl
Camp is like my home away from home, This is my second family with 400people. I feel like I know everyone here so well. When Scratch asked me to write this speech I was extremely happy and shocked I remember watching the kids from each unit making a speech from every year so well and I always loved it. Now I have the opportunity to be the one remembered. Thank you for the your time and before I finish I just want to give an extra thanks to my counselors , unit head directors for making my summer incredible.
~ Junior Boy
Camp to me is a like a second home. I came to camp Manitou three years ago and loved it but my friend wanted to try something new and I didn't want to be separated from her so we switched camp. But for those two years I couldn't et my mind off of camp Manitou . So I decide to go back. But this time I wouldn't have my friend with me . After the first three days I had friends that I will cherish for the rest of my life. I had a shoulder to cry o on this last day of camp and I don't want to leave and I want to satay at camp forever. I never thought I d feel that way about camp but that's exactly how I feel –
~ Soph girl Montreal
To me camp is a place where I can relax and play,, whether it be world games, or midnight madness or the regular a day activities , or the evening programs , whenever I am on the plane coming to Manitou I expect to have a great time because I always do , its so much fun. I don't know what I would do without camp Manitou.
~ Soph Boy, Florida
When I look back at this CIT summer the theme I think of is team work, both inside and outside the cabin. The connections between campers, counselors, directors and other staff just wasn't at my other camp like it is here. And as I've gotten older and changed camps I've realized that the only way to go into a summer at a summer camp as special as this is to be part of a team , by pulling your weight and not complaining when things go wrong. I realize that camp is no longer about me and more about we.
~ CIT boy
I want to just start off by thanking everyone for helping me make this summer the best summer of my life. Camp is my home away from home , it is a place that I am fortunate to be able to come to once a year where I get away from all the stress of the city., I always look forward to see what amazing things my summer has in store for me and if in the city if I am having a tough day I just think about the memories that were made and the cherished at this special place and It makes me feel better right away. Camp Manitou is a beautiful environment, full of love , spirit , amazing friends and fun activities . When I am here I feel like I can just be myself,. I get to be active all day long doing my favorite sports. Camp is a place where I come to my best friends and get to meet new lifelong friends who have come here from all over the world, I think it is amazing to become awesome friends with people of all ages, from staff , all the way to the little freshkids. This is just an amazing and unique place which I love with all my heart.
~ Senior Girl
Before I got on the bus for my first year I was very nervous and I thought I wouldn't make any friends but surprisingly I made a ton. Not just at camp but on the bus. Also I did woodworking which was cool.
~ DAVID LIPSON 2006
Hi, this is my first year at Manitou… I never have been to sleep away camp and I was trying something new. And I didn't know what to expect or even what to do…I stepped off the bus at Manitou and was welcomed by a crowed of songs and cheers, seeing a place so beautiful took away some of my fears.
Everybody was so nice and helped me to unpack and even though it been an hour I already didn't want to go back. I made new friends who I feel I've known forever and I know we'll always be friends forever and ever. My counselors are awesome and really cool, they make me feel happy when I am sad and blue but I never sad and blue at Manitou. There are so many activities that are great, like radio, ropes and riding the wakes. So thank you Manitou . I'm having a blast, it seems like the summer is going by way too fast.
~ Sophomore Girl Connecticut
Hi my name is Landon Wexler and this is my sixth year back at Manitou. Over the years I have counted hundreds of days until finally I get back to my home away from home.
At Manitou there is always something to do, on a hot day I could jump into the lake, on a raidy day I could hang out in the hangar for a couple of games of dodge ball, and at night time you can see the stars. Sure, everyone loves their parents, but we already got over to months of them, I myself need a break. I don't een think the city can come close as being as good as camp. Here there is no homework, you can play outside at anytime (except after curfew) and every night is like a sleep over with you best friends. What in the city could be better?
When I came to Manitou, sure I was bit homesick. Who isn't? I remember there was a kid in my cabin who was so upset that he used to cry every night. I realized that being homesick had ruined his summer. I couldn't imagine waiting all year for my first year at camp to be a waste. From that point on, I have barely ever been homesick. Because it is alright to miss your parents but its not alright to want to waster you're summer and your parents money because you miss them. They sent you to Manitou to make friends, learn new games, and to have a good time, not to be upset.
Over the years I have met people from all over the globe. Lebanon, Atlanta, Pittsburg, Montreal, Mexico…the list goes on. I have met so many great people that you couldn't meet in Toronto. You have no idea what life is outside of your television room until' you've been to Manitou.
I would like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak about what camp means to me. So take my advice and relax, make some friends, have a good summer and I['m sure this will be the best summer yet. Thanks to everyone.
I love camp a lot to me camp is to get away from home and have a lot of fun. I really love to go to my activities and have a great time. Each day is like a new adventure full of surprises and excitement. I make so many new friends and hang out with them I cherish every second, every minute and every day at camp.
Another great part of camp is the staff. They bring so much joy to us as campers. Each one has a unique personality. One of the things that surprised me was the food. I am amazed at the quality of each dish.
But the best part of camp is the awesome activities. You only dream about those things at home but when you get to camp your dreams come true. Camp Manitou itself is very well placed. The lake is so beautiful and the temperature is really good. The grass is always green. I would really like to thank Mark, Jeff, Sandy, Luigi, Markus and Mike for making it such a great summer. I would also like to thank my counselors Jeremy and Patrick for also making my year awesome. I would also like to thank Chris McKibbon for being a great unit head.
CIT Girl – 16 years old
Camp for the past seven years has been the usual friends, activities therefore fun. But this year as a CIT with more responsibility and with a great leader to guide me I have seen both my camper cabins and myself grow and deal with problems faced, thus opening a new chapter of what camp really means to me. Camp is and will always be a place friends are made and kept and it is a symbol of hope throughout the year that you will be able to meet new people and see familiar faces. To be comfortable in sucha small area, isolated from people you would see during the year opens new doors and opportunities. Every summer for me is a new beginning. As if I have never met these people or been here before. I am accepted for who I am. We as a CIT unit have had some discussions on breaking away from your past and changing your future and camp is a great place to try this out. Throughout my seven years camp has changed and with it I have grown. Knowing that change is upon you, you can be scary but in the camp environment hopefully you feel secure enough so those changes do not affect you to drastically. City problems are swept away by the wind here and taken away so as not have a burden over you for the summer. In the end camp means security, hope, friends, growth, acceptance and fun. Throughout the year it feels as if every two steps you take up you take one back but still come June we all make it back to Camp Manitou.
To me camp is the best thing in the world. Yeah sure my dad's the director but I love camp just the same. I've known people who've said that they hate camp and they're never coming back but I've learnt that camp isn't for everyone. I know what I'll miss the most is my amazing counselors and friends. Of course I'll miss the activities and the sun and beach. And nothing could ever replace any of it, but I know I'll come back to camp. Just maybe not with the same people. That's what I'll miss the most about camp.
Hi my name is Alexis Berger and I have been at Manitou for five years. Although this is my fifth year, not once have I really sat down and thought about what Manitou means to me. Last night I was approached to make the speech about what camp means to me. I accepted the offer in a second but I still didn't know what to write. She told me the speech was supposed to be about what camp means and is to me.
When I sit around at home and think of a place where I don't have to be self conscious, and I can have fun in the sun with my best friends. It's also a break from school and the city. I can learn how to take care of myself without my parents. It's a place where I can be independent and be myself. I know that no one will judge me. That's what camp means to me.
Camp to me is a place of fun and joy. I love meeting friends from different places in the world and being with friends from home. To me the activities are great and I love trying new ones. When World Games and Tribal Games start, my stomach turns as I am overcome with excitement. This is my fourth year at camp and every year gets better and better.
I am so lucky because I have a great cabin and great counselors. My cabin could not be any better. All the kids in my cabin and counselors have become my good friends. It's also great to have a newly built cabin. Mark, Jeff perhaps a new cabin again next year?
Manitou to me is about new experiences and having a blast without your parents. All in all camp is the best place in the world.
I remember the first day of camp like it was yesterday. It's just hard to believe that the summer has already ended.
To me, camp is all about the friendships I've made, all the fun I've had over the years and the experiences that have helped me through it.
One of the things that means most to me at camp is to always have fun and along with that comes friendship. This is my fifth year at camp and every summer my friends always encourage me to try new activities. For example, last month one o my friends pushed me to try wakeboarding even though I was apprehensive at first, I achieved my goal by getting up on the rope. I was extremely happy that she talked me into doing suc an amazing sport. It's always good to try something new.
You can find different types of people with such strong personalities and different backgrounds. It's just amazing how diverse this camp actually is. I love the fact that we can all gather around this flagpole tonight and feel comfortable with each and everyone's individuality. This summer I've learned that being different from my cabin is not necessarily a bad thing. Everybody is different from each other and individuality is what makes a cabin work.
Take a look around you and be grateful that you're at such a beautiful camp. I am especially grateful that I get the chance to camp. A lot of my friends back home always ask me why I choose to go to camp for two months. I explain to them that I go to camp for the experience. I mean I'm still a kid; I should love it while it lasts. This was my last year as a camper and during his summer I got to experience the feeling of responsibility. I took part in the senior leadership program where I got the chance to help out with Zodiac. I thought it would be a simple job, but as I got to know the campers I got attached to them making it very difficult to say goodbye. I am just so happy that I got the chance to se what it would be like when I become a CIT.
I'd like to thank my counselors, for always being there for me. You guys were so easy to talk to and you guys brought our cabin together. I'm gonna miss you. I'd also like to thank my unit head for being awesome and she did a great job this summer and helped me out a lot.
Last but not least. I would like to thank my cabin. I love you guys so much. We've been together for so long, despite the cabin fights and constant drama friendships will always last forever and that's what we are is friends.
What does camp mean to me? Camp Manitou is not only a place where I can do fun activities and participate and plan carnivals and enjoy world games. Camp is something more than all of that. IT is a place where friendships and memories are created. Along with hundreds of other people camp is something I wait ten months of the year for. So when I was asked to write what does camp mean to me, the first thing I thought of was that camp to me is home. My cabin is my family, where my cabin mates are my brothers and Goldie my unithead is like my father. Where Chris Mckibin is my uncle and Noan is my brother in law. The CIT year was amazing as was every other year at camp. On behalf of the CIT's I would personally like to thank Goldie and all the directors for giving us the opportunity to have the time of our lives.
CIT Luke 2004
Camp is about making new friends and having new experiences. Camp itself is a new experience that we all want to re-experience again and again. Camp is about being yourself and friendships. Sometimes we want to stay or go but I have experienced many new things here like firebuilding, and pottery. But best of all was world games. I am sure everyone had a great time during world games whether they won or lost because I sure did. But I know everyone had tons and tons of fun and that is what is important. I had fun with my cabin , tubing, hockey and just playing around. When you think about it camp is just one big temporary home.
Sophomore boy 2004
Be definition camp is a place where children retreat during the summer and are provided with activity and eating facilities- but to me camp is so much more than just a bunch of facilities. Camp is a place to learn and grow., A place to let go and be yourself and be accepted for it. A place where you learn to live without the comforts of home along with strangers from places foreign., But throughout the summer you realize that you are not living without the comforts at home, because this is your home and that these people are not strangers and are your very best friends.
Here at camp Manitou, is where I met my best friends in the whole world. There are the reason I come back every year and each year our bonds grow stronger. To me camp is about the people and the moments and the memories you share with them and I thank Camp Manitou for these moments and memories which I will remember for the rest of my life
The first year I came to camp I was just an unknown freshkid and I knew no one except my sister. Then I met my counsellors here and the people in my cabin. As time grew on my camp family grew bigger and I became stronger. When I came back this year I was so excited to meet new friends and make and reach new goals. All the people in my cabin counsellors were so great.. This year was my first world games but it won't be my last . To end this speech I am going to say something that everyone in my cabin says. "When your at camp your homesick but when you are at home your homesick too because camp is my second home"
This year I found camp to be the most unique of all my summers here. With all the challenges as a CIT were placed upon us I think we were all given a tremendous opportunity and all of us will learn, experience and remember the times we had at camp this past summer. Manitou is just about the most meaningful place I can imagine. Each and every one of us, campers and staff are very luck to spend portions if not the full summer here. Although it sounds cliché to say, I have really learned about friendship here. Camp for me is the place where I can live life to the fullest, the people here are by for the most integral part of what makes camp camp! I am forever in debt to Mark and Jeff for letting me know what camp is all about. It is hard for me to say this because I thought the day would never come but my time as a camper here is over. I have learned more in five years then could learn anywhere else. I will leave reluctantly tomorrow but have learn t plenty and will take home friendships that will last a lifetime.
You'd think that I would have been scared coming to camp two months ago since I am only eight years old and I've never been away from home before. But I thought that I would be having too much fun at activities and making new friends. And I knew that the memories I would have at camp would last forever. I will never forget my crazy counsellors who wake us up for Tribal Games in the middle of the night and making up expressions like "Oh What" and Ridonkuoous" and I will always remember evening programs like Rupert's boot camp and Airbands. There are so little places in this world where you can make so many jokes, friends, stories and memories in such a short period of time. That is what camp mean's to me.
Camp is a place , that will be forever, even after this very dining hall is left deserted over the winter months. Because the memories , the friendships, the very experience we gain from being here will stay with us forever. Camp is a place where the cabins, the fields, the activities are only settings for friends to meet, for people to learn for the spirit of camp to come alive. What is camp? This is up to you to decide, but camp gives us something to think about, people special to meet , something to do and mostly it gives us an experience that we remember forever.
During the 3 years here at Camp Manitou I have felt embraced by a family away from home. From the moment I stepped off the bus a few ago to now. I have become so close to camp and my cabinmates who I have lived with and have spent some of the best times of my life with . To me camp is a home away from home., I have had the opportunity to meet people from all over the world. My counsellors are role models and close friends. The staff here are so caring. The most important thing is that here at Manitou I have found friendships which will last forever
Reflections from two senior girl sisters- the same age:
Sister 1: I remember my first summer at camp. My parents forced me to go,. Staying in a cabin with a bunch of girls I didn't know did not ammuse me and it didn't sound fun at all. When I got here, I didn't want to open up to anyone but the warm atmosphere of camp and the friendliness of all the campers forced me to give in. I am glad I did.
Sister 2: Me on the other hand had a different outlook. My good friend told me about this camp and said that we should join her and her friends. I was so excited. A different environment with new people and things to try – what more could I ask for?
Sister 1: When Mel asked me to write about what camp means to me, I thought back to a time where I did not want to be here…which was completely different from my sister's perspective
Sister 2: We started with two different meanings which has now forged into one.
Camp means a new scene:
And or brothers
Another beginning to a new chapter
Every summer at Manitou
A special thanks to our sisters, condo 03 – you made our summers here amazing- that is what Manitou means to us.
To me camp is a place to have fun. Every year you wait for camp and as the days go by, you get more and more excited. Then finally camp is here. When you get there you meet your friends and get ready to make new ones. You wave goodbye to your parents and you realize that you're going to be alone. Nobody to tell you what pyjamas to wear or when to take a shower(except for my counsellors it seems). To me camp is a place to relax, vacation and a place to learn new things in a fun way. It is also a place where you get to sleep in a cabin with all of your friends and stay up late. To me camp is the best place to have fun! I love camp.
Russell Taylor - Freshkid camper
What camp means? Camp is a home, a place where people from all over the world came together to sing and have fun with eachother. Camp is a place where long lost friends are brought together and are reunited. Camp is a place where the activities are great, the staff are great, the facilities are great, but most of all, the friends are great. If you didn't have friends at camp, then there would be no point in coming to camp. Without all these great camp memories of your friends, there really is no point of camp. If we didn't have great directors, camp would just not be the same. So, I give you these words: Fun, friends, great activities, great staff, great directors; equals MANITOU.
Max Solow - Sophomore Camper
To me, camp is a place where ewveryone can come together to relate, have fun and enjoy the summer. When people ask me what my favourite part about camp is, I always get tongue-tied and usually end up saying, I love everything about Manitou. Even though it is true that I do love everything here at camp, there is always a lot more to say. For example, one of my absolute favourite things about camp is making new friends and keeping the ones that I have made the year before, because soon those friends will turn into family and will be very close. Another thing about camp is how staff members do whatever they can just to make sure that you have the best summer of your life. Even if it means taking care of you or running activities. I'm looking forward to coming bac to Manitou next year and many years after that. Thank you Manitou, I will always remember you.
Samantha Goldberg - Sophomore Camper
This is what camp means to me. Camp means my future. It means my future because if I learn a sport here at camp and I practice it a lot maybe in the future I'll be a professional player of that sport. If that happens then camp helped my future. Camp also is a place to get to know people from other parts of the world. You get to know people that you never thought you'd meet. Also camp means to have fun and be with your friends. My favorite part of camp was skiing because I didn't know how to ski and I learned how to. It was a lot of fun. Camp also means learning things and having a lot of fun. Camp is really important because you get to learn some incredible things. Camp is also important because it teaches you to be independent. That's why I am really happy to be able to come to Camp Manitou.
Jorge Adler - Junior Camper
Camp is all about the friends period. People who have never come to camp might think that camp is about the activities. They'd think it's about the basketball or dancing or even World Games. While the things we do here are tons of fun, it's not what makes Manitou, Manitou. It's all about the people. The people you meet and become friends with help make the memories that will last forever. Without the friends you gain here, camp wouldn't be the same. Friends here are people to do art with, prople to play sports with and people to have fun with, and so much more. Even if you don't enjoy something or if you are having a difficult time doing it, once you have a friend everything becomes easy. True friends are people you cry for once you have to leave them. Camp means friends and family.
Rebecca Bacchioni - Senior Camper
Manitou is my second home. I was honoured when asked to make this speech about the camp I love. This speech is about why I love it here and what it means to me. Only here at Manitou are we given opportunities that aren't possible anywhere else. For instance, waterski, tennis, roller hockey, and engage in intellectual conversations with our peers all in one day. It is here at Manitou that we are given the chance to create our own schedules based on the activities that we wish to take part in. Despte the complaints that we have no freedom here and that too much is expected of us, we really are given a great deal of freedom that goes along with the responsibility associated with it. Being here is often taken for granted. It is not until we wake up the morning after we return home, that we truly realize what we are missing. Having a group of people around you like I have has this summer, is what makes a summer memorable. Thank you everyone for a fantastic summer.
Alex Enchin - Senior Camper
This was my second year at Manitou, however, my seventh year at sleepover camp. I can surely say without a doubt, that these last two summers have been the best of my life. There are countless reasons why Manitou is so special to me, and I would like to share a few of them with you now. For me Camp is a time when I am able to experience things that I am not able to in the city. Being a CIT has allowed me to realize how much I love camp. As a CIT I have developed a different perception of camp. We get to experience the ultimate, because we get to be campers and staff. In my opinion, this was my best summer because it was my last opportunity to be a camper. All year I work so hard and look forward to my two months at camp. During that time, I get to make incredible friends and do amazing activities. I would never get to do this in the city. Waking up to a beautiful lake and being able to jump in for a swim whenever I want is a luxury I don't have at home. Sleeping in a cabin with my best friends is such an amazing bonding experience and allows me to create life-long bonds. Camp is an incredible place that means so much to me. Thanks to everyone. I love you Manitou!
Molly Rottapel - CIT Camper
It is difficult for me to sum up in so little words what camp means to me. Camp is a place where I can go every summer and know that I have a home away from home. Camp is a place where friends, and sometimes people you have just met become closer to you than your family. It is here that I can come to experience the things that I long for so much during the year. I am free here. Free to be myself, free to be independant, and most of all free to learn so many new things. I have learned and experienced so much here. I have made memories that will last a lifetime. I will never forget this place and I know that as I grow older, this place will be part of the child inside of me. Leaving here after an incredible summer I can only say that I can't wait to be back and allow younger campers to experience what I have. Thanks.
Marc Liverman - CIT camper.