Give Back: Make A Difference

The BIG 3

  • Manitou is proud to host two programs after the conclusion of our primary camp. Experience Camps, called ManEx at our location, are one-week camps for children who have suffered the loss of a loved-one or primary caregiver. All campers attend free of charge and most staff are volunteers. Summer Dreams Camp is a partnership with the Boston Public Schools and serves boys who are members of the 10 Boys Initiative.  The boys qualify to attend the program but there is no tuition fee.
  • During the fall, the Manitou community comes together for Manitou Service Days and Wear Manitou Day.  The Manitou Service Days are locally organized service projects allowing campers, staff, and parents to “Give Back” together. You can learn more about last year’s projects at this link. Wear Manitou Day occurs each November. Manitou community members are encouraged to wear Manitou gear, take photos and share them via social media. In addition, a shirt is created and sold to raise money for the Experience Camps. This link includes a photo gallery of recent photos.
  • Manitou campers and staff often create their own projects and ask us to support their efforts.  An example is the Dunks 4 Diabetes program, a basketball event created by staff member Jordan Yaffe. Aside from Jordan’s Baltimore event, D4D tournaments include several locations managed by current Manitou campers and staff.

Staff Member of the Week

Manitou Owner/Director Sara Deren is the Executive Director of the Experience Camps and Josh Hahn, this week’s Staff Member of the Week, is the Program Director of ManEx. Josh lives in Washington, DC and is an Associate Director of Camp Manitou and the future Co-Director of Camp Somerset for Girls.


    • We Represent Manitou: When you leave camp at the end of the day or at the end of the summer, our local community has high expectations of our staff. For more on our relationship with the local community, click here
    • Camp and Your Career: Working at Manitou prepares you for your future. The Career Development page in the staff guide gives suggestions on how to market your experience as a camp counselor.

Important Dates

Tomorrow: Staff Profile Due

May 12: Travel Form Due