Monday, April 30, 2007

Three Staff!

Hi, I'm Kelley! This will be my third summer at camp! AND I LOVE CAMP!! I'm super duper excited for this summer and cannot wait to meet everyone! I recently graduated from Alma College. I have a major in Elementary Education with minors in English and Mathematics. I am currently looking for a job as an elementary teacher! I love kids and the outdoors! I am really competative and live for CAPTURE THE FLAG - GO RED!!! YEAH SUMMER '07 - it will be unforgettable!!! :)
(Editor's Note: Kelley will actually be playing Blue team for Capture the Flag this summer...we just haven't told her yet.)

My name's Randall Smith and im very excited to meet everyone. Although this is my first summer at camp I do believe it will be an adventure and a real character building experience. I have been around kids all 19 years of my life and right now I currently teach a sunday school class. I attend Baker College in Muskegon and am majoring in Advertisment, and let me tell ya what its EXCITING ;).

My name is Jessa, and I am a student at Central Michigan University studying Biology. I enjoy camping, volunteering, reading, swimming, singing, dancing, and playing golf with my family. This will be my second summer at Camp Pendalouan, and I couldn't be any more excited! My favorite things about camp are the songs, the teriyaki chicken dinners, the waterfront, and the high ropes course. You'll almost never catch me without a Sharpie, and I absolutely love the color green!

An excellent group of folks! And there's still more to meet. Can you even believe how close summer camp is? Can you feel it in the air? All the counselors are finishing up with school and I am pleased to say that they are all doing quite well at it. Good luck on exams for our college counselors - the future leaders of Pendalouan...and the world!

The May OE season heats up with Arika and Dominique joining us this week and Jen joining next week. Dom and Jen have been introduced Blog-Style, but Arika will be next week. We are very lucky to have these counselors joining us for May. Also joining us this month is Annie. She will be the Health Officer this summer and we will meet her later as well.

This week we moved beds and have gotten the boat dock in. Well, Brandon and Annie got the boat dock in. The rest of us looked up from our activities and said "Wow. That water is really cold!"

A few things to mention: There will be a new cabin going up right across from Kiowa. What will it be called? you ask. If you think of a good name, post a comment at the bottom.

Also: An Open House is coming up for anyone who wants to check camp out. It will be on May 20th from 1-4pm. We also hope to have a few counselors in for a work bee to prep camp for the major summer season. So many kids have signed up for camp, so don't miss out! We've got big big plans for this summer!

Sunday, April 22, 2007

More Staff and Orchard View

Before we meet the staff, I must tell you about a new website brought to my attention. Camp Ratingz ( which is a site that rates camps. We don't seem to have many ratings just yet, but I'm sure our large number of alumni can take care of that. Right?

Hello everyone! My name is Lauren Biksacky and I will be a super-sweet counselor this summer. I am originally from Muskegon, but attend college at Bowling Green State University in the corn-fields of Ohio. (I miss the sandy shores of Michigan already.) I am majoring in political science, international studies, and pre-law, but have a special place in my heart for
the wilderness and outdoor education. This will be my third summer on staff at Pendalouan, but my 10th summer overall! My favorite camp activities include sailing, kayaking, camp-outs, hikes to Sleepy Hollow, singing camp songs, the ropes course, mud-hikes, and most importantly -- CAPTURE THE FLAG! I anticipate a summer filled with non-stop adventure, and simply cannot wait to see everyone's smiling faces at Pendalouan!

Abby: This will be my 8th summer at camp. I recently moved to Connecticut from Michigan. I love listening to music and watching sports. I want to learn how to bobsled...that's my new goal. I also love the water. When I am not wishing I was back at camp, I'm involved in marching band, and cheerleading. I am in love with Taco Night at camp. There is nothing better! I am counting down days until I get to come back to camp!

Abby was a CIT2 last year, and Lauren is going to be one of our Family Leaders during staff orientation. We are blessed to have them both back at Pendalouan.

Last week, Pendalouan hosted the Orchard View 8th Grade, an event known to camp staff as "Orchard View Week." It as amazing feat, in that the entire eighth grade comes to camp for the week. It is an excellent experience for kids and staff alike. The kids get to do activities they may never do again - canoe the river, play on the high ropes course - and the staff get to help them do it.
It was a very fun week, with memories made, songs sung, and canoes flipped on the river. The kids had a very fun and somewhat wet week. The weather was beautiful throughout, thankfully.

And now we are preparing for the whirlwind of May. Many many school groups will be with us in the coming weeks. We will barely have a chance to catch our breath before Summer Camp. There are less than sixty days to go.

We are excited!

Monday, April 16, 2007

Clare and Or

My name is Clare, but I also answer to Kiwi, which gives a hint as to where I'm from - New Zealand. This will be my fifth year at camp, hasn't the time just flown by!?!? I'm the Waterfront Director again this year and love water activities (obviously), reading, being creative and animals. I'm excited this year to return to camp to see some of the kids that were campers when I first started becoming LITs, CITs and even counsellors as well as hopefully meeting lots of new campers this year.

My name is Or, I'm 22 years old. I was born and raised in Israel. This is my first time as a camp counselor, but I have guided kids for many years. I was released from the army a few months ago after serving in the Israeli Air-Force. I like to play basketball, listen to music, play with my dog and, of course, travel.

And that is Or and Clare. Clare, as she said, has been here for a few years in the summertime. She's quite a valuble resource for us. Or is a new staff member, and we are very excited to add another international staff member.

This week at Camp: We are hosting the massive Orchard View Eighth Grade Camp. This is an extremely fun camp. It is quite a bit different from the usual Outdoor Education groups as we don't teach the standard classes - in stead we have an adventure based week. The kids go mountain biking, have a river trip, camp out, and do a lot of fun activities.

OPEN HOUSES: We have two open houses coming up. They are on Sunday, April 29 and Sunday, May 20. Both are from 1-4pm. It is an excellent chance for the whole family to come out and see what camp has to offer. These were very fun last year, and we plan on having just as much fun this year.

We have over three hundred registrations for summer camp, with more coming everyday. It is an excellent sign of an excellent summer. Hope you all have an excellent week.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Where has Spring Gone?

We have had another exciting Spring Break, and I hope everyone had a great Easter. We have reached the halfway point of the Outdoor Education season, which means we will be getting quite busy very soon. This week we see Fennville Middle School, out to have some fun. They will get here Wednesday, and from there on out we have groups every day. Isn't that exciting?

Camp still has snow. If you are somewhere without snow, consider yourself lucky. We thought it had gone for good - how wrong we were. The weather seems to be warming up again, though. In no time at all, it will be gone again. Hopefully until next winter.

Two more staff are here to be met. One new, one old, both awesome.

Jory is a native of Muskegon and graduated from Reeths-Puffer High School. He currently attends GVSU with an English major and hopes to become a teacher someday. He attended YMCA Camp Kimball in Reading, MI for four years as a younger youth. Jory likes camping, hiking, kayaking, frisbees, and guitaring. It is his first summer working here at Camp Pendalouan, and we couldn't be more excited to have him here.

Dom, in her own Words: My name is Dominique, but I go by Dom or Domo. This will be my 9th summer at camp, third summer on staff. At camp I love the climbing wall, ropes course, and capture the flag. When I'm not at camp i'm usually found working somewhere in the Y either as a lifeguard or in the childcare area. I keep coming back to camp every year because I love the kids and being outdoors as much as possible. And a few random facts about me, I carry my camera with my everywhere I go (including the water!) and I have 34 letters in my entire name.

And that's just two people to be working here this summer. Be sure to check back next week to meet a few more summer staff. We do need them, as summer enrollment is almost three hunrded. If you are keeping score at home, that is a very good thing.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Spring Break Escape?

Well, We certainly are "escaping" Spring Break - It's been more like a Winter Break these past few days. That's right, in case you hadn't noticed, the area has been hit with blizzards and flurries the past couple of days. But the sun came out for a few minutes today. It was pleasant as can be. It has curtailed a few of our outdoor activities, but the kids are still having an awesome time.

Here are a couple of pictures of the fun. Nothing too fancy - the cold was wearing the battery out! We've tie-dyed and captured flags and drank hot chocolate. It has been fun!

Monday, April 02, 2007

Spring Break Escape

Spring Break Day Camp is off and running! Around a hundred kids filled camp today with songs and excitement as we met family groups and counselors. Lunch was sloppy joes. Tomorrow is going to be even better as we will have a chance for choice time. A lot of kids are looking forward to archery and canoeing and we are going to go for it!

Hopefully, we can take a few good pictures to post for you to look at. A lot of the kids may be recognized as summer regulars - always great to see them again!

As mentioned before, I'll be taking time in the blog to introduce some summer staff. Well, here are a couple besides me! I will be letting staff introduce themselves in their own words, because that's the best way to learn about them.


This will be my third summer at Camp Pendalouan. I go to school in Ohio, where I am studying Education and Art and spend numerous hours a week working with children in different settings. I love being outdoors--my favorite activities are backpacking, rock climbing, and whitewater canoing. I lived in Italy for four months last year, LOVE apple crispas at camp, and, most importantly of all, can't WAIT for this summer!!!


This will be my second year at camp, this time as assistant director. I love horse back riding reading, and just being outside. I am in my 4th year at Grand Valley, going for my integrated sciences for elementary education major. I'm from Farmington hills, but live in the Grand Rapids area - moving again in a month... I like ice cream, and nutella, and love love love to sleep. I am involved with Alternative Breaks at Grand Valley (its kinda my life right now) I also like to find out how and why things work (thats the science major in me coming out) and meeting new people!!

So that is Megan and Jen - only a fraction of the Pendalouan Power coming this summer. Be sure to check back later this week for an update on Spring Break Camp and next week to meet some more staff.