While Wear Manitou Day is a quick celebration and reminder of the depth of our community, many of us wear Manitou almost all of the time. I am always amazed by the chance encounters I have with Manitou people. Since the summer, I've "bumped" into four separate camp families in my neighborhood and crossed paths … Continue reading Wearing Manitou Around the World
While I have volunteered at ManEx at Experience Camps for the past nine summers organizing the final banquet, photo squad and VIT program, I have been extremely fortunate to return to Camp Manitou after a very long break. I was a camper with my two brothers many years ago (to give you an idea of … Continue reading Is That Jon Wells on the Red Carpet?
Are you counting down the days until summer 2020? The rehire process begins on Monday, October 14 and we are eager to build another terrific Manitou staff. Go to your MyManitou account to complete the 2020 application. Last year, we had a waitlist in April -- make your plans now! Click to Learn more about … Continue reading Let’s Get Planning For 2020
Most campers cabins will have 13 campers and three male staff members. By Michael WilliamsIt's only a little over a week until many of us are at camp!! I’m sure all you folks new to camp have quite a few questions (I know I did in my first summer). I will be sharing a few … Continue reading Last Minute Packing Tips
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the fifth version of our "Where Are They Now" series. Brandon Shorey, our videographer from 2006 until 2017, is as die-hard about the Manitou community as anyone else who has spent at least 10 summers in Oakland, Maine. During his career, he had the unique opportunity to lead the growth of … Continue reading So Long To The Shorey Curse
Julia Grimmett, a third-year staff member, left Manitou last summer and has since visited 11 countries. Last May, I graduated from Colby College--a small school about a 15-minute drive from our very own Oakland, Maine. After graduating, it was time to figure out my next direction. While I was relieved to finally have my diploma, … Continue reading A Year of Manitouring
Jason McDermott: Scholar, Clinician, and Educator I have been coming to Manitou for the past three years. Before attending camp, I wasn't sure what residential summer camps entailed! We don't have them in Scotland. While not in Maine I reside in Glasgow, Scotland where I have lived my whole life. I have always had a … Continue reading When I’m Not At Manitou
Last week, members of the Manitou Leadership team attended the Tri-State Camp Conference in Atlantic City, NJ. The annual conference brings together over 4,000 camp professionals who represent day, overnight, special needs, and other types of camps/programs. Attendees participate in workshops on industry trends and issues, and it's a terrific venue to share program ideas … Continue reading What Do We Do During the Offseason?
If you had told me ten years ago I was going to be a 4th-grade teacher in Denver, Colorado – I would have said you were crazy. Life has a pretty unique way of unfolding before you, and I think that everything leading up to this moment in time happens for a reason. When I first … Continue reading Finding Manitou by Chance, Fate or Whatever You Want to Call It
I came to camp in 2014 after my first year in university studying animation, I had no real ambition to stay at camp for more than one summer. But I very quickly came to realize how unique and rewarding Manitou was. When I left after my first summer, I knew I had to return the … Continue reading Camp Changed My Career Path