Fireside Recap & Virtual Programming


Thank you to everyone who joined us on Thursday night for our 2nd Virtual Fireside on YouTube. We know that is a very difficult time for all of us and we hope that coming together offered a much needed sense of community. Thank you for sticking with us through the technical difficulties – who knew our camp spirit was powerful enough to crash the world’s biggest video platform?!

We want to thank our ‘Camp Is’ speakers: Jake Levy, Juliet Weingarten, Aaron Entebi, Olivia Weller, Jeremy Hirsh, Erin Herzstein, Jonelle & Lexi Grossman and Julie Foster for expressing what Manitou means to them. We also hope that everyone was able to benefit from our dear friend and esteemed social worker Joe Rich’s advice about how we can learn to cope and move forward in healthy way.

For those of you who were unable to join us for the fireside livestream, we have included a recording of the evening below. We would encourage all of those who joined us on Thursday night to watch again as you may have missed Mark and Jeff’s heartfelt camp address or Melissa aka Robo-Bruce’s speech, which we were able to fix with the power of Manitou magic. We are grateful that we came together again as a Manitou Family and we hope you felt the heart of Manitou from home.



We are partnering with Character Powers, which is a social and emotional learning activity that emphasizes positivity and wellness. During this complex time, being able to reflect on who we are as people and recognize and acknowledge our own strengths is so important. Through the program, we will all create our own Characters Powers card and work together with our community to raise our self-esteem, learn about ourselves in a deeper way and virtually connect as a community. Please save the date: May 28th and stay tuned for more information to sign up for this event.

We have reached out to Baycrest – the largest assisted living residence in Toronto – as so many of our precious seniors are more isolated than ever and need our help. We are creating a special program called “Adopt a Grandparent”, which will allow our campers to not only support our seniors virtually, but to also hear their stories and learn from their wisdom. We will be providing more details on how to get involved with this #ManitouCares initiatives in the coming weeks.


Staying connected through our social is a great way to stay up to date with all things Manitou and updates on our upcoming virtual programming. Please show us some love and leave a comment on our recent “Tribute to Summer 2020” IGTV Video.

Also, we have just created our very own TikTok account. What could this mean? Follow us @manitoucamp and stay tuned for something exciting coming soon…

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