Friday Night Fireside, Community Week, and More!

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WOHA! It’s been another jam-packed few days of fun at camp and I can’t wait until you read about everything going on here!

At the activities, we’ve had lots of special days and tournaments going on; there was a three-on-three tournament at Volleyball, OCS (Other Camp Sports) had a football tournament, and Tennis has been holding the Manitou Open. It’s amazing to see all of the athletes in our camp get their opportunity to show off their skills and maybe have the honour of winning! Over at the arts activities, Creative Arts has been holding Earth Day where they have been creating projects based on nature and how we can help our planet. And Pottery and Crafts are combining forces to have a Polymer Clay Day, where they’re going to use an air-dry clay to create some amazing sculptures! And of course, our incredible Adventure Park program has been having their Escape Room, where cabins have to work together and figure out how they can “escape.”

We’re having so much fun all around camp, but sometimes it’s great to just sit and reflect on the incredible place we’re in. Which is why it was perfect we had Friday Night Fireside last night, and it was a very special one too. First, we kicked off our annual Community Week, which is where everyone around camp does a gesture or task to raise money for a chosen charity. This year, Manitou is donating to First Nations charities, including the Parry Sound Friendship Centre, a community centre and resource for Aboriginal people, and also to a film documenting residential school survivors. Both charities are incredibly important and relevant, and I know our campers and staff will work hard this Community Week to raise some money. After we kicked off Community Week, we heard from our Senior Unit. Campers spoke again on our theme “Together We Can Go Far,” and then they sang a song together called “You Will Be Found,” which encapsulated our theme and the way a lot of people are feeling. After we heard from our fantastic Senior campers, we then heard from a staff member who talked about mental health. She explained a little about mental health, her own journey with it, and how we can be more accepting of people with mental health problems at camp and beyond. Our campers and staff were incredibly receptive, and we know how important this topic is post-pandemic. It was a very special Fireside overall, and I can’t wait to see all the Community Week challenges that everyone comes up with.

Well, I’m off to Basketball where my friend Jason is going to help me shoot free throws.

Yours Moosily,

Manny the Moose

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