This morning was an epic Thursday morning at Manitou. We had two groups of amazing Leaders in Training (LITs) running excellent programs for our younger campers. The LITs were asked to think of fun engaging activities for younger campers that linked to our Manitou Cares themes.
Our first group of LITs decided to run an arts and crafts project with younger campers where our campers got to decorate hearts for Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and write inspirational messages of hope, love and support. Many campers turned out to create these heart-felt crafts. Messages on the hearts included, “Manitou hopes you get a better future! We care”, “Never give up! Be brave! Keep Calm and Smile! Luv you!”, “Holland Bloorview stay strong!” and “Smile! Happy looks great on you!” The LIT girls and the campers together made over forty-five hearts to mail off to Holland Bloorview. We are so proud of our LITs and our campers. This was such a thoughtful crafts project that really focused on giving back and looking out for others.
Our second group of LITs are two gentlemen who had great success at the beginning of the summer running a 3-on-3 basketball tournament and decided because of popular demand to run another tournament. Like last time, the boys wanted to raise awareness for ‘Kids in Camp’. For every participant who signed up for the tournament and participated, camp donated money to KIC. The tournament this morning had over thirty campers come out to participate. What impressed the LITs though more than anything was what the 3-on-3 team from cabin B20 decided to do. After being told that the team from B20 was the winners and that they won an ice-cream party for themselves and their cabin, the boys on this team asked to forgo their ice-cream party and donate whatever the costs would be for the party to Kids in Camp on their behalf. The LITs running the tournament, as well as everyone else on the basketball court was incredibly impressed by this generous spirit and inspired by the message of putting the needs of others ahead of your own. Great example to set for everyone in camp B20!
We are so proud of the success of both of these programs. They truly reflected our Manitou Cares missions and values. Keep up the great work LITs and Campers!