We, at Manitou Camps Foundation, believe in the power of summer camp. Camp is a safe environment that promotes self-confidence, leadership, independence, and respect for each other and the environment. It teaches important skills and values while disguising these lessons as FUN.
This year, 175 kids were given the experience of summer camp thanks to the volunteers and contributors that support the Manitou Camps Foundation. 175 kids who otherwise would not have had this opportunity, spent the week making new friends, competing in challenges and athletics, and having the time of their lives.
The Seed School Camp, joining us for the first time in June, brought 60 boys from Washington D.C. We found many similarities between camp values and the SEED vision of Excellence, Effort, and Exposure. We are honored to be part of the innovative curriculum that the SEED school embraces in their quest to prepare their students for college.
Manitou Experience returned for its second year, nearly doubling the number of campers, with almost all of last year’s campers returning. We have continued plans for growth, through our enrollment as well as the addition of year-round bereavement support groups at Jeff’s Place in Wayland, MA.
Summer Dreams also returned for its second year with familiar and new faces. Summer Dreams is made up of the 10 Boys’ Initiative in Boston, which focuses its efforts on Black and Latino boys who could benefit from extra support in their academic and social development.
These programs are making a difference in children’s lives in ways that will define who they become and how they get there. We believe every child can benefit from the experience of summer camp, and we will continue to partner with innovative social and educational programs to offer this opportunity to as many as possible.
Thank you for your support, donations, volunteering, and participation. We are looking forward to a successful 2011!