Community Week and Walk of Hope 2019

WOWEE! It’s been an inspiring couple of days up at camp, and I can’t wait to share with all of you what we’ve been up to!

Our annual Community Week has started and it’s been chugging along with some incredible events. For those of you who don’t know, Community Week is when our cabins and activities work together to raise money to give to a certain charity. Our campers and staff use their creativity and imagination to come up with some fantastic activities that help raise funds. This year alone I’ve seen headstand competitions, tetherball contests, and even campers from our arts activities going to a Seniors Home to perform their various talents. This year, the Manitou Cares charity is the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada, and I feel so proud of our Manitou campers and staff who are working hard to donate money to such a great cause. There are still a couple of days left in Community Week and I know we’ll reach our goal!

One of the most peaceful parts of Community Week also happened this week, which is the Walk of Hope. The Walk of Hope is a very special night which always inspires our campers to think about their own place in the world and how they can work to make a difference. Throughout the night, our campers get to see a short film on people in history who did not stand by, listen to some of our talented campers sing songs inspired by our theme “We Do Not Stand By,” and they walk a beautifully lit path around Main Field, and have the chance to be at peace and think. Plus, our Junior, Senior and CIT campers had the very special opportunity to watch an exclusive documentary made by Boris and Alvaro Castellanos about the story of their grandfather José Arturo Castellanos – a Righteous Among the Nations who refused to “stand by” in the face of injustice and as a result, helped to rescue thousands of people from the Nazis during WWII. They screened the 70-minute documentary combined with a simultaneous live musical performance of its soundtrack, and it was a night our campers and staff are going to remember for a very long time!

Though it’s been a jam-packed Community Week, our activities are still busy busy busy, and we have our weekly camp newspaper, The Mosquito, to prove it! Click BELOW for the latest edition!

Mosquito 5 2019

Well, I’m off to see what amazing cabin activities are happening around camp today!

Yours Moosily,

Manny the Moose

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