Why Follow, when you can learn to Lead
The assumption for campers in high school is that they’re faced with the tough decision of spending the summer at home strengthening their college apps through internships and coursework or having a carefree summer at camp. With college admissions being tougher than ever, the pressure to resume build continues to grow. Manitou developed a program that targets these campers and provides opportunities for them to become leaders in action — a learning environment that is unmatched. Beginning with the thirteen and fourteen year olds, our goal is to lay the foundation for dedicated campers to become involved, passionate community members who possess the skill-set to be leaders both in and out of camp, and on their journey into adulthood.
CIT & Junior Counselor Program
Forty percent of Manitou’s staff are former campers. These counselors have a passion for camp, for Manitou, and the value it has played in their own growth into adulthood. They understand what it is like to be a first-year camper, what it is like to be homesick, and how meaningful a role model a counselor can be.
The foundation for transitioning into counselorhood starts with our CIT and Junior Counselor program. CITs are campers who have completed the 10th grade. To learn more, speak with a director.
Our campers travel into the heart of Maine each summer to develop and grow; we feel it is important to give back to the local communities. Manitou Leadership Program participants volunteer at Pine Tree Camp — Pine Tree Camp is an innovative barrier-free summer camp offering fully accessible recreation to Maine children and adults with physical and/or developmental disabilities. Manitou campers have designed a schedule that includes mentorship, buddy time, and activities such as sports, music/drama, nature, arts & crafts, and a BBQ lunch. The Leadership Program is proud to offer this experience to our campers, and our campers are excited to bring a bit of Manitou Magic to some very special Maine campers.
Immediate & Tangible Skills
Program participants will be certified in CPR at camp and participate in a Leadership Workshop designed around Michael Brandwein’s youth leadership model. More certification and education opportunities are in the works for our older campers and young staff.
The Manitou Leadership Program is continuing to evolve to include more off-season opportunities, participation in Manitou Service Day, and greater reach for summer events. Manitou is very proud of our past participants and feels confident they have taken home real-world skills and experience in leadership and project management. Our boys should not have to decide between an internship and camp but rather be given the skills and experience to be successful.