Once again, all of our Manitou campers and staff gathered together for Friday Night Fireside last night. I love how we can quietly reflect at Fireside, and it’s a precious time for us all when we can have everyone in camp be together in such an amazing place. With the beautiful weather we have been having this summer, it is always a pleasure seeing our Manitou family overlooking the sparkling twilight water and appreciating the land our home is on with our weekly land acknowledgement, spoken by our Head of Canoe Tripping Rach Klein. After that, we honoured, as we always do, one female and one male camper from each unit—including staff—with a candle for going beyond what is expected in terms of the value system we have in our Manitou community.
Our fearless director and owner Mark Diamond then spoke briefly about Betty, a beautiful Ethiopian child whose life was saved by the amazing organization Save A Child’s Heart. It is incredibly special to hear about doctors and hospitals giving all their time and expertise to help these children, for absolutely nothing in return. And it was a beautiful Manitou moment that after Mark had told us about Betty, our campers and staff applauded and cheered without even being asked.
It was the Freshkid Unit’s week at Fireside, and they all spoke genuinely and warmly about our theme Caring is Community. Some campers spoke about how they raised money for Ronald McDonald House, and that reaching out to others can make your community stronger. Others told us about their cabin and how they are one family that are always inclusive to everyone. To show the strong bond of the Freshkids, the entire unit then came up in front of the whole camp and sang “You’ve Got A Friend In Me.” It was so brave of them to sing in front of everyone, and they sounded great!
We had more singing to come, too, as our Manitou Choir—led by Vocal Music staff member Paige Kruger–came up to sing an incredible rendition of “Meant To Be.” They had me humming the tune for the rest of the night! Our director of 19 years Chris McKibbin was then chosen to read our Manitou Poem, and finally we ended with our traditional camp song to conclude the wonderful evening.
If you haven’t ever read our Manitou Poem, I have attached it HERE for you all to read!
Plus, for all of our readers in Toronto, we are having a very special film screening on Thursday July 12th. A Heartbeat Away tells the story of a former patient of the amazing charity Save A Child’s Heart, and it’s sure to be an inspiring event that you don’t want to miss! Please RSVP as soon possible as space is limited at info@
Now off to watch a beautiful Manitou sunset! Tomorrow I’ll tell you all about the talent show! Until next time…
Manny the Moose