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!

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