Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Mark and Katie

Hi! My name is Katie and this will be my fourth summer at Camp. Last year I was a CIT and I'm really excited to come back as a counselor this year. I love to swim, and spend as much time in the water that I possibly can! I also love running, biking, playing the guitar, and ultimate frisbee. Some of my favorite things to do at camp include playing capture the flag, kayaking, lake swims, and making s'mores!!! I'm looking forward to an awesome summer :)

Hey Everyone! My name is Mark! And unfortunately, I will not be able to attend the WHOLE summer. But I will be able to come to one of the last two sessions (or maybe even both!). I'm one of those really cool people from Chicago, although next year I'll be going to Carleton College in Minnesota. I worked as a Junior Counselor last year and was a CIT before that. This will be my 9th summer! I live for Kitchen Staff Parades, opening campfire, special day, riding my bike around Big Blue on weekends, and the Bars at camp (the sand-bar and the rare cupcake bar). I'm so bummed that I won't be able to work for more of the summer. Can't wait to meet and see you all when I come!

(Editor's Note: I was once turned down for a job at Carleton College - which means I ended up at Camp Pendalouan!)

We are truly blessed to have Katie and Mark, even though it won't be for the whole summer. We have met almost all the staff for summer. There are only a few left. We truly have an excellent staff.

Memorial Day weekend Camp was taken over by Kayakers! The West Michigan Coastal Kayakers had their annual symposium for the 14th year here at Camp. They have been doing the Symposium for 18 years and as many of them said: It just keeps getting better. This is always a neat weekend to see all the kayaks on the lake.

There are barely any days until Staff Orientation and Session One! I can barely contain myself. There is much still to do, but Session One is going to be the amazing. All the staff, support and counselor, and all the kids are going to make this the best summer of all time.

I hope you're spending a week with us this summer, and if you aren't, what are you waiting for?

Monday, May 21, 2007

Less than a month.

My name is Jesse. I have been to camp for 14 years. I love camp and working with kids. I am currently a student at Lansing Community College. I plan to transfer to Michigan State University this Fall to major in Elementary Education. In my spare time I enjoy camp, volunteering as a mentor, swimming, playing board games, and watching sports. I can’t wait to make this the best summer ever.

My name is Alison Smith, but I usually go by Ali. I was a CIT at Pendalouan last summer, so this will be my first summer as a counselor and I'm super excited! I love to ski, swim and sing. Camp songs are my favorite, and of course you've gotta love the waterfront. Green is my favorite color, and I enjoy eating spaghetti. Delish! I love meeting new people and trying new things, that's why I like camp so much! See you this summer!

My name is Alissa and I live in Grand Haven. This will be my first summer at Camp Pendalouan. I love working with kids. I currently teach Sunday School at my church and am a leader for my middle school youth group. I am a junior at Grand Haven High School. I spend a lot of time on the Science Olympiad team, we went to the National Tournament this year. I like to play saxophone and piano and my favorite animal is the duck.

I'm Will. This is my 10th summer at Pendalouan, though my first as a counselor. I'll be a senior at Mona Shores High School in the fall. I'm a numbers guy, and I like math and science, though I read as well. I like playing my euphonium (a musical insturment like a little tuba) and competing in sports like ultimate frisbee and Four Square. Mostly at camp, I'm looking forward to being loud, silly, and just having fun.

Both Will and Ali were some excellent CITs last summer and we are very excited to have them back as part of the Summer Staff. You have met just about all the Summer Staff - there are only a few more people to meet. Which is okay since there is less than a month to Summer 2007!

The Open House yesterday was a big success. It seemed everytime we turned around someone new was here. Many campers, young and old came. People going to all the camps we have this summer - Mother/Child, Father/Son, Family Camp, Day Camp, and Resident Camp. It was very exciting to meet all these people, new and returning. Visitors had a chance to boat, climb the wall, and use the archery range.

A thank you to the fine Folks at Go Gear in Muskegon. We just bought a brand new instructor kayak from them. They were very kind and gave us and excellent deal. They were also friendly, and one of them will be helping us during staff orientation - giving us a demo on the kayak so all the staff can use it.

Megan, our Equestrian Director, and Clare, the Waterfront Director, are back in camp this week. They will be getting the barn and waterfront ready for the big season. We're all very excited to have them back so early. More and more folks are coming into camp to get things ready for the kids. We can't wait!

We have over four-hundred registrations for summer. If you've already signed up, I hope you can stand the wait. We are going crazy with excitement at camp. If you haven't, make sure you do!

Sunday, May 13, 2007


Why label a post "400?" Because we have over four-hundred registrations for summer! That's a lot! We are having a fantastic May here at camp, and we are planning for our fantastic "season opener," Session One of Resident Camp. Make sure you send in that registration so you don't miss the fun!

Hopefully, all reading will be able to make it to the Open House next Sunday, May 20th. It begins at 1pm and goes until 4pm. There will be guided camp tours as well as activities for parents and children to participate in. This is a perfect opportunity for campers to see where they will live. Some Summer counselors will be here so they can meet them as well.

But I know what you are really here for. The Staff! And here they are:

Hi! My name is Kate, and this will be my second year as a counselor at wonderful Camp Pendalouan. My campers last year always said that I love everything except drills and socks, and that's the truth. Some of my favorite things include camp, my camera, the water, and music! When I'm not at camp, I am a Special Education major at Michigan State University. I am absolutely thrilled to be going back to camp, and I can't wait to see old friends and meet new ones!

(Note: Kate also is an avid photographer and has taken many of the pictures for the Camp website and brochure.)

I’m Carol. This will be my third year at camp and with each year it keeps getting better. I keep myself busy with interning at the hospital for my career in nursing, working at Taco Bell, snowboarding, playing piano, coaching ice skating, volunteering at Girl Scouts, but most importantly, finalizing my high school career at Reeths-Puffer. Camp shows me time and time again that kids are all unique, proving to me something new about myself and the world around almost every minute. One of my hidden talents is packing up my things and moving to a new place every 3/5 years and touring the world. My mom finally retired in 2003 allowing me to stay in one high school and live by my family in Montague. I cannot wait to finally meet all the people I’ve been reading about and venture into the summer of my life and put my 2 years of training to work!

Hello, My name is Heidi and I am a small town/country girl. I have never worked at a camp before, however, I am very excited. I am graduating from college on Saturday, May 5th and am working at camp for my internship. The very last thing I need to do for my degree! Oh Yeah! I love horses and kids and I hope to get into farming someday soon. I can't wait to meet everyone!

Hey I'm Darya, but everybody calls me Dasha ( it's a Russian thing.) This is going to be my first year at camp. I was born in a Russia and lived there for 8 years, and then moved here. I'm graduating high school this year, and attending University of Michigan in the fall. I love running, and volleyball, and basically just sports and being outside. AND I love love love love LOVE ICE CREAM : ) and i'm pretty pumped for camp!

Aren't these amazing staff? I read these bios and get very excited for summer camp. Oh my goodness, it is going to be the best summer ever. I don't think Kate mentioned it, but she also loves ice cream. I just thought I would throw that out there.

May is in full swing right now. More groups than I can name are coming here to Pendalouan and also staying next door at Pioneer Trails. It is always fun over there. We get a different view of the lake and meet some different people, but we are always happy to return home to Pendalouan at the end of the day.

This weekend we are hosting the Girl Scouts' Mother/Daughter Weekend. They have had an amazing time with the staff here at camp. Three summer counselors are helping: Jen, Lauren and Dom. All three, along with Arika, are here all May to help with Outdoor Education. We have also had Jory and Randall out to help out this past week. Be sure to check earlier posts to read about these excellent folks.

Remember: The Open House! Yes, I mentioned it already, but these are extremely fun events and I would hate for anyone to miss it. With summer being close, it's very important to us here at camp to answer any questions parents might have. Be sure to telephone, email, post a comment here, or even stop by Camp with any questions you might have!

Only a month left until Summer 2007!

Friday, May 11, 2007

Squid Sighting

I just want everyone to know that we have had our first Squid sighting of the season. Chauncey was seen down by the eagle's nest near Blue Lake Park. Just a tentacle, but it us unmistakeable. It seems he is awake and living in the deep part of the lake once more.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Arika, Tim, Manuel, Kalin

I have been playing hockey since age 5. I played for NMU's Womens hockey team 05-06, Attending GVSU for Integrated Sciences/Elementary education I have 3 labradors, one of which is all mine :) I worked at camp last summer and loved it, worked some in the winter...I can't stay away from camp for very long!

Arika is also helping us this Spring with Outdoor Education and is doing a pretty great job so far.

This will be Tim's Sixth summmer at Camp. Tim travels a long way to be at camp each summer. He comes all the away from across lake Michigan from Chicago. His favorite things to do at camp are swim, mountain bike,
canoe, and hike. Tim started going to Camp Pendalouan when he was just a youngster and is now lucky enough to be a counselor. Tim is looking forward to an awesome summer!

My name is Manuel and this will be my second year as counselor at Camp Pendalouan!!! I`m from Colombia, where the best coffee of the world is produced!! I study industrial engineering and I love almost all kind of sports, so this is one of the reasons for which I really enjoy working at camp, besides all the great staff and campers I can meet there. My favorite activities at camp are the climbing wall, bikes, riflery and archery, and the best games are capture the flag and socks war. I'm so excited about this summer and it`s coming so fast, so see you soon!!

Hi Everyone! My name is Kalin, and I am so excited to be working at Camp this summer! This will be my first year at Camp Pendalouan. I went to horseback riding camp for 5 summers when I was younger and fell in love with the "camp" expierience. Currently, I'm just finishing up my first year as a broadcast journalism major at Columbia College in downtown Chicago. Originally from Northville, MI I have been a swimmer ever since I can remember. I absolutley love, music, singing, crafts, and anything having to do with being in the water. I really enjoy meeting new people and having fun so this summer will be a blast! I can't wait!

Two people from Columbia! Well, one is the country and the other the college...but still, it's fairly interesting. Truly we are blessed to have these excellent staff coming out to Camp for the summer.

Outdoor Education is going extremely well. We welcomed Park Elementary last week - their very first time at Camp! And they had an excellent time. Also true for Reeths Puffer and Woodbridge Elementary. Anyone visiting would have seen smiling faces and heard laughter aplenty.

Construction on the new cabin has begun. We currently have a nice square hole waiting to receive the foundation. Building will go on for the next few months, so everyone can see the progress.

Reminder: There will be an Open House on the 20th from 1-4pm. Come out to explore Camp and eat cookies. Many staff will be here for new campers and parents to meet. We are a friendly sort here at Camp.

Registration just keeps climbing! It looks like another fantastic summer lay ahead of us. We can't wait to see you here!