A Very Special Friday Night Fireside, Intercamp, Talent Show and Midnight Madness!

Oh me oh my! It’s been another exciting couple of days here at camp and I’m just bursting at the seams to fill you all in.

On Friday, we had our last Intercamp competition of the summer and it was an amazing day! This time, we welcomed Camp Wahanowin to Manitou and had an amazing day of athleticism and sportsmanship. Our campers were extremely spirited cheering on our basketball, hockey, tennis, and swim teams and our teams won every single game! I was so proud of our campers who demonstrated it wasn’t just about winning and that having a good attitude and having fun was just as important. I can’t wait until next summer when we have Intercamp again, but for now I’ll just have to congratulate our incredible Manitou Moose athletes!

In typical Manitou fashion, the day wasn’t done there! After a big day of Intercamp and activities, we all went down to Friday Night Fireside for another evening of relaxing and thinking about the past week in this special place we call home. The evening began with our Land Acknowledgement, delivered by Junior Unit Head Dylan Brown, who spoke about appreciating the land we are on and thinking about those who came here before us. We then gave out our weekly candles to campers and staff who have been exceptional leaders this week.

Following all that, we had a very special guest speaker named Tareq Hadhad who came to talk to all of us about his journey. He spoke about about escaping the Syrian war and becoming a refugee to Canada, where he was welcomed with open arms to Antigonish, Nova Scotia. He told us all about his family’s chocolate factory in Syria, and how he has started it here in Canada. It was incredibly moving to hear such an inspiring story of triumph, courage, and perseverance. I know I was motivated and moved by his speech, and I’m sure our campers were too.

After Tareq spoke, our Senior Unit sang “Count on Me” by Bruno Mars, an inspiring tune to go with our theme “It Takes Courage to Be Kind.” We then ended with our poem and song as always, and I saw our cabin groups arm in arm, swaying side and to side and it made this Moose’s heart swell!

Our weekend of fun didn’t stop there! Saturday held another batch of Manitou excitement! Our Second Session Talent Show was Saturday night and it was another incredible showcase of dancing, singing, ukulele, and an impressive 45 songs in 75 seconds! Our campers were cheering on their friends, and it was so amazing to see the support for all of our incredible performers.

After our Talent Show, all of our campers were in for another treat! It was our annual Midnight Madness, where our CITs put on an incredible themed program for the whole camp. This year the theme was Back to the Future, and our campers transformed the Dining Hall into a Time Travel extravaganza, complete with fun game booths, dancing, and some treats! It was an amazing night, and I’m so amazed and proud of our CITs who made a memorable night for all of our campers.

There’s more fun in store, but right now this moose is going to Crafts to make a friendship bracelet!

Yours moosily,

Manny the Moose

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