My name is Emily Weber and I am a student at Lake Forest College. My experiences at Manito-wish began as a Near South camper. After four years in camp I participated in a Pioneer, a Canuck, and the International Adventure before working two summers in the enchanted land that we call the Northwoods! I am currently studying abroad at the University of Otago in New Zealand where I plan to put many of my Manito-wish skills to use, and am happy to say that I have reunited with my sleeping bag after having it stuffed away during my first semester.
It is hard to pin point a favorite memory at camp. All of my favorite moments involve uncontrollable laughing sessions that I have found are unique to the groups of people I have met at Manito-wish. I remember being a Far South camper in Bay Ridge cabin, sitting in the common room with my cabin mates on a rainy day during rest hour, laughing so hard that I could not breathe. I distinctly remember thinking in that moment how special of a place Manito-wish is because of the indescribable bonds you form with those around you simply by your experiences on trail and in camp. It was rewarding this summer to see my campers share similar moments that they will without a doubt look back on and smile. I cannot wait to return to Manito-wish in just a few short months!
Hi, I'm Krista Milliken and am currently a senior at University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire. I will be graduating this spring with a comprehensive major in Geography and International Studies. I was a camper at Manito-wish for five years, which included a Georgian Bay and Mariner. This will be my fourth summer on staff and I am so excited I can hardly wait! After Camp, I plan on getting certified to teach English as a foreign language. I would love to find myself in Latin America in a year. I have a bad case of the travel bug... but am in no hurry to look for a cure.
My favorite memories at Camp are the times when something is SO funny that you have tears brought to your eyes and you can barely stand up. Camp is the place where we can be ourselves and be as goofy as we want. I have never laughed as hard as I do when I am at Camp. I cannot wait to create more hilarious memories this summer!
Hi, my name is Dani Engmark and I have spent the last nine summers at Manito-wish, including six as a camper. I began my staff career as a TA and returned the next summer to be a counselor. Last summer I switched gears and worked boys camp in the Trip House and led an IR backpacking trip later in the summer. As a junior at the University of Iowa, I am studying psychology and music, but have spent the last school year studying abroad in Lancaster, England - a whole different kind of adventure.
It's hard to pick just one favorite memory from camp, so I'll settle for a recent one from the IR I led last summer. We were in the middle of a very difficult day - our first significant elevation change, we still had very heavy packs and to top it off, it had been raining all day. Needless to say the group's spirits were lacking. We got to the top of Mount Siskiwit, but rather than everyone collapsing on the ground with exhaustion as expected, my campers jumped up, ran to the highest point and started celebrating their accomplishment by congratulating each other and yelling about how great they felt. It was one of those moments when I realized how lucky I was to work in a place where hard work and overcoming a challenge is celebrated instead of dreaded.
My name is Lori Allen, and I'm graduating in May from Tufts University with a BA in English and a couple minors in Music and Communications. Don't bother asking what I'm doing after I graduate, your guess is as good as mine. I was a camper for 6 years (after a long line of Allens attending camp since my grandfather, Jerre Allen) and have been going to the Memorial Day Work Weekend for many years - I'm as pumped as a tire to get going this summer! I get my kicks singing and songwriting, and I'm currently working on a project that will be released in late April!
My favorite camp memory is from my International Trip, when we climbed a glacier in a snowstorm wearing garbage bag ponchos and socks for mittens (we weren't expecting bad weather...)! In the end, creativity and a positive attitude can make any situation better.