Fireside, Speakers, and Lots of Talent!

WOWEE! It’s been such a busy few days at camp that I haven’t had the chance to tell you all what’s been going on! We’ve been having beautiful sunny days to do all our fun stuff, and nice cool nights to rest after full days. Perfect Manitou weather to match perfect Manitou days!

On Friday we had our second full Friday Night Fireside of the summer, and it was another inspiring evening. As always, we started off Fireside with Rach Klein, our Head of Canoe Tripping, giving a land acknowledgment and the Unit Heads gave out camper candles to those that have gone above and beyond, and truly show the Manitou spirit. I love hearing the cheers for these candle winners, and seeing the smiles on everyone’s faces when they see their friends being honoured. After the candle ceremony, a couple of Freshkid campers spoke about what our theme of the summer, “Don’t Stand By,” means to them. It’s incredible that even at a young age, these campers understand how wrong bullying is and how good it is to stand up for your friends and others.

To speak more on the subject of “Don’t Stand By,” we had our first Fireside speaker of the summer, Anthony McLean. Anthony is a rapper and speaker who uses the power of words to communicate important messages to kids. Anthony mostly speaks at schools and camps, and he was fantastic at getting the attention of our campers with his stories and raps. Anthony spoke about his own persona life and stories he’s heard in schools over the years, all relating to bullying and how important it is to stand up and not stand by. It was inspiring to hear how he had gone from his own troubling home life to turning that around and helping others. He even spoke to our Senior campers later in the evening, further driving home his message and his art form. We ended our Friday Night Fireside as we always do, with the reading of our special poem and the singing of our camp song. It was a great way to end a great night, and I think it inspired a lot of our Manitou campers.

Saturday was another busy, busy activity day with plenty of good weather and lots of fun! But Saturday evening is when we really kicked things into gear and had a rollicking good time! We all gobbled up an incredible salmon dinner from our very own Chef Will and then we all loaded into the theatre for the First Session Camper Talent Show! There was singing, dancing, karaoke, guitar playing and drumming, and even an epic Taekwondo routine set to “Eye of the Tiger.” At the end of the show, the whole C.I.T. group sang “Country Roads,” decked out in their best country and western garb, and I even shed a moose tear watching how they’ve all bonded already! It was an amazing show and I can’t believe how talented our Manitou campers are!

We always wish all of you could see our special Friday Night Fireside guest speakers, so we have posted a special video below, made by our Videographer Mitchell Allen! Check it out to get a glimpse of our wonderful speaker evening and our fantastic speaker!

Well, I’m off to go see my friend Lanny Foster, the Head of Hockey, and he’s going to teach this old moose how to shoot a ball!

Yours Moosily,

Manny the Moose


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