Hi! My name is Lesley Etters. This will be my third year on staff at Camp Manito-wish and 9th summer overall. I am a senior student at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design where I am studying Integrated Studio Arts with a focus on Printmaking and Painting. I have always had a interest and passion for design and fine arts and am so excited to be the Craft Shop Director at Manito-wish!
As a camper, I loved visiting the craft shop during coaching periods and was really inspired and encouraged by the "Craftie" at the time, Julie Hahm. I loved coming back to camp every summer to see her in the craft shop and remember us experimenting to make what turned out to be the best tie-dyed t-shirt ever created at camp. I am so excited to create memories such as these with campers this summer!
Hi, my name is Kjirsten Sneed and I will be the Horse Director this summer. I heard about Manito-wish from several of my sister's friends' parents, who are former campers. I heard about the horse program and saw the overall camp - I fell in love. I'm majoring in French with a minor in Communication Studies at Albion College with the intention of pursuing my Juris Doctorate and a career in equine law. My life revolves around my horses, and I always find a way to have them around.
Again, I've always loved horses and working with kids, so what better summer job than one that combines the two! My favorite camp memory is picking blueberries with the kids, making jam and eating it.
My name is Kelsey Bantz and I am the Waterfront Director this summer. This will be my third year on staff and tenth year at camp. I am a junior at Montana State University-Bozeman. I will be graduating with a degree in Family and Consumer Sciences as well as a minor in Child Services. I hope to one day open my own practice for kids. I love working at camp because Manito-wish is the one place where you can be your true self. Not many people can say they get paid to have the best summers of their lives while being surrounded by their best friends every day and doing what they love. One of my favorite parts about camp, clearly, is the waterfront. I love swimming, hanging out with campers, and laughing so hard you cannot breathe.
Picking out one favorite memory about camp is difficult. However, one that sticks out the most is the day we summitted a glacier on my European while we were in Norway. We climbed it during a snow storm and felt a tremendous victory when we made it to the top.
I cannot wait to see everyone, and look forward to an excellent summer!