WOW! Summer 2019 has officially started and I can already tell it’s going to be our BEST SUMMER EVER! It feels great to be back, and I know our staff would agree. The sun is shining bright and the lake is warming up to a toasty 24 degrees! We’ve had just a few days of Pre-Precamp, and already our staff, new and old, are fitting right in and getting into that Manitou spirit.
Our Unit Head team – with over 100 years of Manitou experience combined! – arrived Wednesday and they were off to the races! They’ve been brushing up on rules and safety, doing team building activities together, and planning all sorts of special Evening Programs for their units. I’ve heard some of their ideas, and I can’t wait to see them in action! Stay tuned for some special bonuses from our Unit Heads coming very soon!
And just when I thought things couldn’t get more exciting, on Thursday the Head Staff busses rolled into camp, and we welcomed the Activity Heads, Specialists, and Admin staff! It was great to have the camp feel full again, and to see old faces returning and new ones getting ready for the summer. After a round of silly games with my friend Teghan—our Assistant Activity Director—it was nice to settle down with a campfire and some marshmallow roasting. I learned that S’mores are not a delicacy in the U.K. or Australia, but they like them as much as we do!
Friday was another whirlwind of a day, filled with safety sessions, swim tests, competitive Bingo, and a hilarious new sport invented by our very own Activity Director, Benji Boudreau. Things are still chugging along here, and this afternoon we welcome the rest of our staff team when our Counsellors arrive! I’m excited for it to feel like one big staff family again and for the final piece of our puzzle – you: the campers!
I gotta go and help my friend Jen White make the camp spick and span for when everyone gets here! See you all soon!
Manny the Moose