Intensive Staff Training — Comfortable Summer Camp Cabins — A Summer Camp for Boys
Each staff member goes through an intensive eight-day training program before the campers arrive. Areas covered include preparing for and reacting to emergencies, first-aid, and general camper health and well-being.
Parent: What is the ratio of campers to counselors?
Jon: The ratio of campers to counselors is 2.5:1. Cabins for boys ages 10 and under have at least 3 male counselors and 1 female counselor assigned to each cabin with 10 campers.
Parent: Female counselors?
Jon: The female counselor serves as a motherly figure to support the cabin staff and help with the
- 22: average age of a cabin counselor
- 29: average age of department heads and unit leaders
- 40% of cabin counselors are former campers
- 70% of staff return for another summer
adjustment of being away from home – especially for first-time campers. She spends time with the cabin during the day and at night before bedtime but does not live in the cabin.
Parent: What are the cabins like?
Jon: Each cabin has single beds and bunk beds, bathroom and shower facilities, ample closet space for clothing and equipment, and a screened-in porch. We make sure there is at least one counselor
on duty in the cabin at all times so the campers are never left alone.
A Camp for Boys
Parent: As I investigate summer camps, one of the questions I have is whether it will benefit my son to go to a boys-only camp.
Jon: That’s an excellent question to consider. We believe there is a real benefit to campers.
We live in a co-ed world. At Manitou there are no romantic distractions and no pressure to impress the girls. We nurture boys as boys within an encouraging environment.
When a boy comes to Manitou he interacts with men who are strong and assertive, but they are also attentive, compassionate, and supportive. He experiences something unique: he can be himself, his whole self.
At the end of the summer he reenters the co-ed world with renewed confidence.