Camp Manitou for Boys

Oakland, Maine    

Lantern Review of Camp Manitou for Boys

The “Men of the Maroon and Gray” may be the first hint of the intense loyalty that develops at Camp Manitou. The wide-ranging program is sports-minded, but with a wonderful complement of creative arts. Set along the beautiful East Pond, the campus is nearly one hundred acres of wooded paths, groomed sports fields and courts which attract both the highly skilled and novice sports kids.

There is no doubt that competition is part of the culture here, but it is carefully balanced with more important values like sportsmanship, honesty and teamwork. Don’t mistake Camp Manitou for a cut-throat AAU league; instead view it as a place that sees sports as a great way to help campers become part of something larger than themselves. A good example is their “college league” days, in which campers are broken into separate college teams under the leadership of their “dean” counselors. It’s a festive, spirited and friendly event that builds loyalty and spirit within each college team and with the larger camp community. At the end of the day, the campers learn the thrill of sportsmanship and develop strong friendships.

A remarkable one-third of the campers at Manitou are 10-years-old or younger. Each of the cabins for these age groups is assigned a “bunk mom” to help oversee the little details like sunscreen and bug repellent which softens the edges of an all-boys camp in the woods. It’s an innovative and effective approach that demonstrates the caring and supportive environment that Manitou embraces.

Overnight trips to their nearby island campground on East Pond, along with hiking, mountain biking and whitewater rafting trips for older campers, adds an attractive adventure opportunity for the campers, who find themselves at the footsteps of the pristine Maine wilderness. It’s the loyalty to Camp Manitou, however, that strikes you when you come here. Look no further than the camp leadership which has more than twenty staff members with at least twenty years of experience at their camp. These are the men who set the positive tone for the other returning and new counselors.

Fast Facts

  • Boys Only
  • 340 Campers per Session
  • 4 week, 7 week
  • Founded in 1947
  • $$$$

Director's Message

Summer camp in Maine means sunny days, cool nights and fresh air. But there is more and we call it Manitou Magic. It's a bond between campers and counselors and the sense of family strengthened by brothers, cousins and alumni families. Learning not only how to play to win, but yes, how to lose. It's a magic that continues all year. If you think that Manitou Magic sounds corny, that's OK. We didn't make up the name, our campers did. We hope you'll join us!

Program Highlights

  • 40 Activities
  • Team Sports
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Individual Activities
  • Drama
  • Tripping
  • Waterfront
  • Forest
  • Rural

Top 5 Activities

  • Waterskiing
  • Basketball
  • Theater
  • Lacrosse
  • Tennis

Travel Information

Chaperoned flights into Portland, ME and Boston Logan. Chaperoned buses from Westchester, Fairfield, Hartford and Newton.


Camp Manitou for Boys

(203) 642-4120

(800) 326-1916

Jon Deren