International Campers

International Campers

A Place to Grow

At Manitou, our value system is at the core of everything we do as we embrace a culture that emphasizes respect for oneself and others, for new ideas and for the natural environment. Children leave camp bringing home important life skills they require to function as healthy adults; resilience, cooperation, leadership, empathy, social responsibility and an appreciation for what they have with an understanding of how they can contribute to the world around them. Our ultimate goal is to build character, and cultivate confidence in your child. We view our role as camp directors in supporting your family a full year obligation.

We welcome campers from all over the world from Canada, USA, Mexico, China, France, Japan, United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Barbados, Bermuda, South Africa, Lebanon, Australia, Germany, Vietnam and more!

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TESTIMONIALS

Joan Fuertes La primera vez que nuestro hijo fue a Camp Manitou tenía 11 años y la verdad es que estuvimos bastante preocupados por él durante todo el verano. Cuando volvió nos dimos cuenta que fue realmente feliz compartiendo sus juegos con una comunidad increible que lo acogió como a un hermano, y cuyos monitores y propietarios lo cuidaron como a un hijo. La experiencia le hizo madurar mucho, y no quiso dejar de ir todos los veranos hasta que terminó trabajando de monitor en el último de sus más espectaculares veranos de su vida. Cuando nuestra hija creció y pudo ir al Camp, con la misma edad que su hermano, nunca tuvimos la más mínima preocupación, sin dudar que también se lo pasaría genial. Y así fue. Marioli Lorenzo & Juan Carredano, Camper Parents When we started looking for a summer camp, we were, as all parents are, nervous. Sending our children far away from home is never an easy decision. Then we heard about Manitou, thanks to our close friends Elvira and Alfredo; the good experiences of their children convinced us.It's impossible to describe Manitou in one word, it is a perfect mixture of an amazing environment, splendid location with an incredible staff, which in our opinion are the best part of the whole equation. The Directors, Unit heads, counsellors, and all the staff in general, are the most warm, caring, enthusiastic, professional group you'll ever meet. Every time we picked up our daughters from the airport after camp they were always full of fun stories regarding sports, adventure, arts, nature, canoe trips, cooking, dance parties and friendship. There are many summer camps that can offer you the fun experience for the children, but for us, what really set Manitou in a class of its own is the fact that they have the beautiful Manitou Cares Program, which has touched our daughters heart, and for that, we will always be grateful that we found it. The Manitou Cares Program, teaches the children the experience to give back something in return, to respect, to appreciate others, to be tolerant, to be their very best, this program has changed their life in such a way that the impact will last a lifetime. We are proud to consider the Manitou family as our family, the ties between us are stronger after 9 years. Every time we have the opportunity to visit the camp, we can feel its magic and how special it is, and we understand then that: that is why our children want to come back every summer. For these reasons and for many more, Manitou is the best decision we have ever made. Ale Fuertes, 14 years old Camp Manitou es uno de los sitios más especiales donde he ído jamás. Está lleno de nuevas experiencias, conoces a muchísima gente nueva de todos los países del mundo. Si tienes un mal día, Camp Manitou lo convierte en el mejor día de tu vida. Recuerdo un día lluvioso cuando nos enviaron a todos al comedor. De repente los directores empezaron a poner música y todo el mundo empezó a bailar encima de las mesas, fue divertidísimo. Entonces empezó a llover a cántaros y alguien gritó que fuéramos todos a bailar fuera. Un montón de gente acabamos bailando y cantando bajo la lluvia. Éste es el espíritu de Camp Manitou. Joan Fuertes, Camper Parent Marioli Lorenzo When we started looking for a summer camp, we were, as all parents are, nervous. Sending our children far away from home is never an easy decision. Then we heard about Manitou, thanks to our close friends Elvira and Alfredo; the good experiences of their children convinced us.It's impossible to describe Manitou in one word, it is a perfect mixture of an amazing environment, splendid location with an incredible staff, which in our opinion are the best part of the whole equation. The Directors, Unit heads, counsellors, and all the staff in general, are the most warm, caring, enthusiastic, professional group you'll ever meet. Every time we picked up our daughters from the airport after camp they were always full of fun stories regarding sports, adventure, arts, nature, canoe trips, cooking, dance parties and friendship. There are many summer camps that can offer you the fun experience for the children, but for us, what really set Manitou in a class of its own is the fact that they have the beautiful Manitou Cares Program, which has touched our daughters heart, and for that, we will always be grateful that we found it. The Manitou Cares Program, teaches the children the experience to give back something in return, to respect, to appreciate others, to be tolerant, to be their very best, this program has changed their life in such a way that the impact will last a lifetime. We are proud to consider the Manitou family as our family, the ties between us are stronger after 9 years. Every time we have the opportunity to visit the camp, we can feel its magic and how special it is, and we understand then that: that is why our children want to come back every summer. For these reasons and for many more, Manitou is the best decision we have ever made Marioli Lorenzo & Juan Carredano, Camper Parents Ale Fuertes Camp Manitou es uno de los sitios más especiales donde he ído jamás. Está lleno de nuevas experiencias, conoces a muchísima gente nueva de todos los países del mundo. Si tienes un mal día, Camp Manitou lo convierte en el mejor día de tu vida. Recuerdo un día lluvioso cuando nos enviaron a todos al comedor. De repente los directores empezaron a poner música y todo el mundo empezó a bailar encima de las mesas, fue divertidísimo. Entonces empezó a llover a cántaros y alguien gritó que fuéramos todos a bailar fuera. Un montón de gente acabamos bailando y cantando bajo la lluvia. Éste es el espíritu de Camp Manitou. Ale Fuertes, 14 years old

F.A.Q.

We know learning to speak English is very important for our Spanish families. Most everything we do at camp is in English and we do it without schoolbooks! Campers will learn through play and experience. However, we do have staff who speak Spanish who can assist but for the most part, children will pick up the English language in our camp setting as they are immersed in it through their friends and counsellors.

We focus much of our time and energy on helping our new campers feel relaxed and nurtured while they are at camp. We know this is a big leap of faith on your family’s part. Right from the outset, campers will email your child to welcome them to the Manitou family. Usually, there are other campers on the airplane and/or bus that we can introduce your campers to, and of course our staff are there to ensure they arrive safe and happy. Campers will then join us at at our wonderful chapel  where all of the new campers are given a special welcome by our existing campers.   Our staff is more mature than staff at other Canadian camps because they are professionals, many currently in a college or university program related to children’s education or camping programs.  We will always have a staff member available to speak to a camper in Spanish if your child has trouble with English at any time they are at camp.

Manitou’s cabins sleep 6-14 campers depending on the age group and 2-3 counsellors per cabin. All cabins have sinks, toilets and showers, electricity and bunk beds with good quality mattresses. These cabins are rustic cedar buildings and many are located with a magnificent view of the lake. We don’t allow electronic devices to be used around camp, as we want the focus to be on the people and the Canadian outdoors.

We understand that as a parent who would be sending your child to camp in Canada, you would prefer they speak as little Spanish as possible during the camp day. For this reason, we ask for your input.  If you would like your child to be in an all English speaking cabin we can guarantee this. However, sometimes parents prefer just one other Spanish-speaking friend in the cabin.

It’s hard to believe its camp food!! That’s what our parents and campers say! We have always had a high standard when it comes to food. That means a flexible and well balanced diet, with fresh baked goods, a salad bar, a vegetarian meal and alternative meals for those that do not like the main course served. Fruit is available at every meal and all day long. The food is all prepared on premises and all breads and baked goods are homemade. In addition to this, we have snack in the afternoon and at bedtime. In our dining hall, we eat family style, which means that campers eat with their cabin group and counsellors.

One of the wonderful things about Manitou is that our campers come from all over the world. About 75% being Canadian (with many as far as Vancouver), 15% American (from as far as Florida and California to as close as St. Louis or New York) and about 10% from countries such as France, England, Spain, Mexico, Japan or Brazil and many other countries. We have kids from all different backgrounds and what makes Manitou so great is the level of respect that the campers and staff have for each other.

If your camper is new to Manitou, you will be hearing from us around day 4-5 about how your child is fairing at camp and we will let you know as soon as they arrive that they are safe and happy.  After that, please remember no news is always good news!  We are available by phone and if needed, we can be emailed, as we know the time difference can be challenging.  You and your child(ren) can communicate by electronic-mail, we accept emailed letters from you 2-3 times per week and we will scan and email written letters from your child(ren) twice per week. Of course, we know sending your child to Canada is a big step and we are always hear from you to make this transition seamless.