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A Look Back at Year One at Camp Manitou

by Staff Writer / Winnipeg Jets

As of January 2, 2014, the Winnipeg Jets True North Foundation entered into a long term lease and operating agreement of Camp Manitou. The main reason that the Foundation wanted to get involved with Camp Manitou is that we believe that every child deserves a chance to experience the fun, adventure, friendships and memories that camp provides. Our goal is to increase the number of Manitoba youth who have the opportunity to experience camp and benefit from outdoor education.

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It’s hard to believe that we have been operating Camp Manitou for one year. Numerous lessons were learned and knowledge was gained as we ventured into the camping industry. One thing is for certain, it is clear that camp is a very rewarding endeavor! We had the privilege of hosting many groups who work with youth from many diverse backgrounds with challenging social and economic conditions. Working with local non-profit agencies, we provided an outdoor camp experience for children between the ages of 4 and 17 who have few recreational options to participate in summer camps. This past summer, we offered day programming to over 3,000 children. That’s an average of 75 campers per day. In addition, we hosted over 40 groups throughout the year. That’s another 1,700 people that were able to participate in a wide range of camp activities and enjoy nature.

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As we look forward to the upcoming summer there are many aspects of camp to be excited about. We are thrilled to be hosting over 500 elementary and middle school Winnipeg Jets Hockey Academy students for a week of camp this summer! We want to afford them the opportunity to try new activities and develop new technical skills. We are removing participation barriers by providing programming, equipment, nutrition, and qualified instruction to all 500 students. In addition to the 500 funded children, our goal for the summer of 2015 is to host an additional 3,900 Manitoba youth as they participate in summer camp and enjoy an active outdoor experience.

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As 2014 came to a close we were able to reflect on the success of this past year and began to prepare for the year ahead. Plans are underway for some great additions to our programming, including a new climbing wall and bouldering wall and the upgrade of the zip line. We will also be adding a new play structure and making some improvements to the swimming pool and the archery range. All of these changes will be in place in the spring of 2015 in advance of our summer camping season. We are already hard at work on summer camp preparation and we know that 2015 is shaping up be a memorable year for Camp Manitou.

For more information on Camp Manitou, please go to www.campmanitou.mb.ca.

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