Tuesday, January 30, 2007

It is another beautiful winter day here at Camp Pendalouan. The past few hours have brought a lot of light fluffy snow. If you haven't seen camp covered in snow, come on out and visit. It is an awesome sight. The picture doesn't really do it justice.

Make sure you check your mailbox as we've just sent out a reminder postcard. Remember, March 1st is the end of the Early Bird registration rate for summer camp. It's a deal!

There are big things in the works for camp's online presence, so be sure to check back here for news. Right now, there are too many things being worked on we are not quite ready to share - so instead, this post ends with photos. Pictures of the OE staff having fun and camp in general.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Let it Snow, Let it Snow

Another beautiful winter day here at Pendalouan. The snow is deep enough for cross-country skiing and our toboggan run is getting some much-needed use. The ice on the lake is thicker every day, so by the end of the week check back for some broomball pictures.

Last week, Lori, Bruce and myself (Matthew) went to Camp Tecumseh in Brookston, IN for the Mid-America Camping Conference (MACC). It was a very fun week, and we learned a lot from the experience. We also garnered a multitude of new ideas for this summer and year-round. Hopefully, the already awesome camp experience will be even better.

This past weekend we hosted a Boy Scout troop and the Crossroads Bible Church (Grand Rapids). There were over a hundred boys and men enjoying the winter weather and they had an excellent time. Remember, if you're looking for a place to host a weekend retreat, Camp is happy to provide.

A few quick notes: We are hiring for this summer right now. If you know anyone interested in a rewarding and fun job, send them our way. Positions incluce Equestrian Director and Cabin Counselors. While at the MACC, we signed up with to create a camp Alumni network. Be on the lookout for the link. It's a very exciting program, allowing counselors and campers to communicate in a safe and secure online environment. It will be a great way to maintain those friendships kids make throughout their stay here.

I hope you all have an excellent day, and look for a few pictures of broomball later this week.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Winter A-Gain!

As the pictures show, the OE staff took the snowy opportunity today to get the cross-country ski trail packed down a little. Unfortunately, there aren't any groups this week to enjoy their hard work! We all fell asleep looking at the cold forest and woke up to a winter wonderland this morning. Without groups, the staff are keeping busy this week finishing renovations on the bathhouses, fixing lights in the Sugar Shack, and making sure camp stays beautiful. Lori, Bruce, and me (Matthew) are off to the Mid-American Camping Conference this week to learn some new stuff for summer camp.

Speaking of Summer Camp, the registrations are up to 87, and we will soon break the one-hundred mark. Some staff are sending in their re-applications and Lori is getting the CIT materials together. Every week brings us closer to another crazy and exciting summer. In a few weeks, I will start introducing us all to the summer staff once more.

Another fun bit of news: Camp Pendalouan is signed up for the Meijer Community Rewards program. HOW IT WORKS: You sign up (which can be done online at the Meijer website), you get a rewards card, you buy the same groceries you usually do. But this time, you swipe the card and Camp gets 4% cash back from the purchase. Our organization number is 492928. Any questions will be courteously answered if you call camp. This is an excellent way to give to camp!

We all hope the snow stays for a while so we can enjoy some real winter weather. As always, stop by and visit. Today Daryl Sieplinga came by to hang out! You never know who you will see!

Have some fruit!

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

What a great day to be at Camp Pendalouan! The sun is out and there is snow on the ground. The winter hasn’t been as cold as we would like it to be, but we still have had a lot of fun with the few groups we’ve had so far. Camp is full of activity and fun this winter.

The most exciting news is the number of registrations we’ve had for summer camp. Seventy-eight kids are signed up this summer, which is seventy-eight more than we had at this time last year. That’s an improvement (mathematically) of infinite percent! Impossible, you say? Impossible things are what camp is all about! Remember, there is still time to register for camp and take advantage of the early bird discount. Until March 1st, to be exact. If the pace keeps up, it looks like there will be a lot of new friends for kids to make here this summer.

We are hard at work remodeling the West Moon right now, having put in a new floor, countertops, and repainting everything. This wouldn’t be possible without the donations and hard work of many people. If among them, we thank you.

This season, we welcome Adrienne Craig to the Outdoor Education program. Adrienne attended Central Michigan University and has been working in Colorado and Muskegon. She is very excited to be returning to Outdoor Education and will co-coordinator alongside Paul Batt.