Every summer my son comes home a little older, a little stronger, and a lot more confident.
Alyson, Potomac, MD
Twenty-three activities are taught on land. Team sports include baseball, softball, basketball, football, soccer, roller-hockey, street-hockey, ice-hockey, volleyball, lacrosse and European handball.
Individual activities include archery, BMX, camping, climbing on our 50-foot climbing tower, fencing, golf, gaga, mountain biking, riflery, ropes course (with zip line), tennis, track and field, and yoga.
I learned to waterski this summer! When I first came to Manitou I could barely get up on the short rope and now I’m able to slalom and wakeboard. Next summer I hope to try wake-surfing.
Matt, Boca Raton, FL
Your son will enjoy swimming, competitive swimming, boating, canoeing, kayaking, wake-surfing, water-skiing, wakeboarding, sailing, snorkeling, stand up paddle boarding, paddle boating, and fishing.
CPR, basic rescue and advanced lifesaving courses are also available.
My soccer game was rescheduled because of rain so I went to the creative center to finish my animation project. There is so much to do besides sports. I even acted in a play - my first play ever!
Jeremy, New York, NY
Manitou boasts an unparalleled selection of creative activities, foremost among them its drama program. Campers may also choose from such activities as animation, clay-mation, computer animation, newspaper, digital photography, pottery, radio, set design, videography, woodworking and, the new favorite, baking cookies.
Manitou also has a camp band allowing campers to learn guitar, drums and other instruments. Manitou has a television studio and a 50-watt broadcast radio station. Each day, campers and staff contribute to the “Dining Hall Daily,” Manitou’s daily newspaper.
Manitou prides itself on its one-of-a-kind activities and programs, which include a game center with ping-pong, pool, air hockey, and pop-a-shot basketball. It also has a mini movie theater and a miniature golf course. A television studio produces the Manitou Movies, shown weekly in the theater along with video and photographic highlights.
Activities don’t end with the spectacular Maine sunsets.
Nightly programs include talent shows, dance socials with nearby girls camps, movies, games, plays, campfires, out-of-camp trips, performances by local entertainers, and special events. Activities are scheduled each and every night.
Four plays are staged in competition and an end-of-the-year blockbuster, The Manitony Awards, is presented by a cast of campers, counselors and directors in Manitou’s unrivaled 8,000-square-foot theater complex, which encompasses costume and set design shops, dressing rooms, and a large projection screen for movies. There is a full-time theater director, a set designer and a costumer.
Even after the nighttime program, older campers can use the lighted basketball and baseball facilities, including the main court and batting cage in Alumni Hall. There is also a weight and fitness room, mini movie theater, and game center for pool, ping-pong, air hockey, and more.
Campers attending Manitou for the entire summer experience an exciting extended trip, grouped by age.
Campers enjoy day and overnight excursions to breathtaking Acadia National Park, sandy ocean beaches, amusement areas, and other scenic New England attractions, including whitewater rafting trips, whale-watching cruises, rock-climbing expeditions, and minor-league baseball games.
There are also overnight trips to the camp’s own Birch Island, canoe trips across East Lake, and meandering hikes through the trails that wind through the camp’s property.