Friday, June 26, 2009

Pendaloun Press Session2, 2009


Session 2, 2009

50 ft. Squirrel vs. Chauncy
By Skylar

We recently found out that swimmer’s itch is caused by a fight between Chauncy and a 50 foot squirrel. Further resources say that Chauncy is sending his servants, the Schistosomes, to burrow into your bloodstream and to your brain, where they try to warn you about the battle. Unfortunately, all of the bugs die before they get to your brain. Fortunately, Chauncy is winning this epic battle, and sending the Schistosomes to warn us. Until next time, this is the Press.

Marmots: An Interview with Lori
By Noelle

Q: What do you know about Sleepy Hollow Marmots?

A: They are very vicious. I’ve never really seen one before, but people say that they have a long purple snout and long claws, and they are about four feet tall. They argue a lot with each other, and they throw each other against trees. Whoever knocks a tree down when the marmot is thrown wins the fight.

Q: About how fat are they?

A: Very big but, I don’t have an exact size of them.

The Four Core Values
By Maddie

Caring, Responsibility, Respect, and Honesty. These are the four core values. Don’t worry, I didn’t forget the white band, I saved it for last. Because it’s the most important one. With that band comes a saying. “I’m third.” “I’m third” means God first, others second, and I’m third. Now, here are the colors of the bands:
Honesty – Blue.
Caring – Red, like your heart.
Responsibility – Green
Respect – Yellow
Here is one way to earn the red band: If someone falls you could ask them if they are okay and help them up.
Here is one way to earn the green band: If there is garbage on the ground you could pick it up (you are being responsible for the earth)
Here is one way to earn the yellow band: Listening to a person and looking at them when they are talking.
Here is one way to earn the blue band: When someone asks you a question you tell the truth.
Now you’ve learned about all the bands.

By Kelly

Is Chauncy real? Is Chauncy really afraid or red? What is Chauncy’s favorite food? Will Chauncy really attack people? Does Chauncy live at the other side of the lake? Mark said he saw a red/yellow tentacle. A CIT said that she saw Chauncy. Should I believe her?
The Disappearance of the Purple Band
By Mason

This year, there aren’t any purple bands to be given out at all! If you know anything, contact your local camp news here at Camp Pendalouan. The purple band symbolizes counselors choice.

By Austin

I was at my house as bored as ever and then my mom said it’s time for camp. I was so scared I started having goosebumps I was afraid that I was not going to make any friends but wait I remembered that to be a good friend is to be caring, respectful, honest, and responsible anyway, I was almost done packing up. I put all my stuff in the bag well actually my mom packed my stuff but I did some you know. Anyway I was on my way to camp I was so scared (oh and just to tell you my sister is coming). Ok here we were at camp and I and my mom got to the cabin and unpacked. My two counselors are Tim and Jayme they are cool guys. Tim is tall and has brown eyes and brown hair. Jayme has brown eyes and black hair. I said hi to them and went to my sister’s cabin. When I went to my sister’s cabin, my mom and dad said bye to me and my sister. When my mom and dad left I went back to my cabin to talk to my cabin mates and Tim and Jayme. When I was done talking to Tim and Jayme and my cabin friends I went down to this pond to find frogs and turtles. I caught a soft shell turtle and showed my sister.

Anime with a CIT and a camper
By Anastacia

1. Is Yuki a vampire? No. Zero is a vampire but only purebloopds like Kaname-sama can either kill them ore make them a regular vampire.
2. Does Kaname hate Zero? He does but he also needs his help to protect Yuki from vampires.
3. How old did Naruto start? The first Naruto that was made was from 1997.
4. Are Sasuke and Naruto friends or enemies? Sasuke and Naruto are friends but Sasuke needs to get the sharringan to defeat his brother Hachi.
5. Who created Naruto and Chobits? Naruto was created by Masashi Kishimoto and Chobits creator was Natsuki Tayaya.

Sleepy Hollow: an Interview with Matthew
By Cian

Q: What is the Devil trampoline?
A: It shows who’s good of heart. The evil fall through. Once, a child lost his shoe. The counselor saved him.

Q: What happened in the Indian Battle?
A: Owasippe became blind with rage and fought the Potawottami.

Q: What about the cursed water?
A: You would be stricken with nightmares so horrible you would be scared to fall asleep if you touched it.

Q: Are you afraid of Sleepy Hollow?
A: No. I respect it so I have no fear of the spirits who dwell there.

Q: Is it cursed?
A: Not cursed. A hotspot of supernatural activity.

Q: If you sleep at Sleepy Hollow will you be attacked by ghosts?
A: If you’re respectful, there’s nothing to fear.

Fact or Myth
By Bridgette

1. Crickets can tell the temperature with their chirp. FACT
2. Raccoons wash their food.
3. Snakes charm their prey.
MYTH. Some animals are spooked by snakes. But the snake doesn’t physically do anything to lure its prey.
4. Dogs talk with their tails. FACT
5. Porcupines shoot their quills.
6. Bats are blind. MYTH
7. Camels store water in their humps. MYTH

Waterfront Questions
By Breanna

Is there a big current in the water? No it’s a small, slight current.

What is your favorite waterfront activity? My favorite activity is the fun-yak.

Have you ever seen Chauncy? I’ve never seen Chauncy I actually don’t believe in him.

What do you think is the easiest to use, fun-yak, canoe, or paddleboat? I think the easiest boat to use is the fun-yak.

An Interview with Nate
By Ethan

Q: What is the most exciting thing that ever happened out of all your years at Camp Pendalouan?
A: My T-bird year.

Q: Are you a vegetarian?
A: Yes.

Q: How many years have you been at Camp Pendalouan?
A: 8 years.

Q: What is your favorite activity at camp?
A: The water mat.

Q: Where do you live?
A: Whitehall

Q: Do you have any animals?
A: Two dogs, Chester and Max.

Q: How tall are you?
A: 5’ 2’’

Q: How old are you?
A: No comment.

Special Day
By Cassidy

Everybody was marvelously excited for the adventurous day of fun! This Wednesday you will participate in the one and only funday!!! Everyone was jumping up and down for funday on Wednesday when you get to play games, be yourself, and have a good time. Everyone has to do something fun and if they don’t they don’t know what Camp Pendalouan is!! Everyone should know that you should have a good time on funday. Its like a given. Everyone was excited for Wednesday because it was Special Day. Everyone at camp got to sleep in and have a ball all day!!! They were all happy, well rested, and full of cowboys and Indians as we played the game “find the princess”.
Name Poetry


On video games
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Name Poetry

Kool-Aid Liker
Loves Be
Addicted to computers

Awesomely awesome
Doesn’t like Green Beans
Excited for my activities and

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

"Are We There Yet?!"

The answer is no. But we're close!

June is just around the corner and June means CAMP! Hard to believe that we are coming upon the opening day of Summer 2k9!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful May. Finishing up school can be challenging, especially when we are all so excited for the summer. But study hard, stay organized, and before you know it you'll be making new friends, trying new things, and having the time of your life and Pendalouan this summer!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Horse Power! Girl Power?!

Apologies, you know those weeks when you barely have time to think ahead more than a couple hours? Yes- it's one of those.

Today brings some Support Staff Ladies... Our wonderful new addition at the Barn, Riding director- and the Summer 2009 Program Director, both these ladies are counting down the days until summer and cannot wait to see you there!

Have a wonderful end to your week.

Howdy Everyone! My name is Jill and this will be my first summer at Camp Pendalouan! I have spent many summers as a camper but have never had the oppuntunity to be on the other side of camp! I am the Riding Director this summer so most of my time at camp will be spent at the barn with the kids and horses! I'm so excited to share my love of riding with the campers. Hopefully we'll have some fun learning about the horses, how to care for them, and have fun riding as well! My other favorite camp activies are the ropes course and all camp games like color wars and capture the flag (pretty much any game that lets me run around and doesn't involve a ball)! I am a graduate of Albion College but will be attending MSU this fall to pursue my master's degree. Summer is right around the corner and I can't wait to meet you all. See you at the Barn!
Hail Pendalouan! Hi everyone, I'm Kalin... this summer I'll be returning to my favorite place on Big Blue Lake as the Program Director and I am so excited! Currently I am studying abroad in Italy, and my home school is in Chicago. I cannot wait to return 'home' to Pendalouan and another amazing summer. My favorite parts about camp are; laughing with my campers, cook outs, color war, learning how to sail, waterfront, campfires, and of course being outside all day. Summer isn't that far- so I will see you all soon! You can't miss me, I'll be the one searching around for my missing sunglasses! See you then!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Two Months!

Two very short month's from tomorrow is the first day of session one! Ah, time is flying- and we are busier than ever at camp. Everyone is gearing up for the busiest Outdoor Education season [Spring] and also getting ready for the Summer!

I hope your holiday weekend was relaxing and found you with people you care about having a great time.

Today was meet two more staff members... Have a great week!
Hey everybody!! My name is Elizabeth and this is my seventh year at camp, but second as a counselor. I am so excited for the summer of 2009!! I love arts and crafts, canoeing, swimming, hanging out with everyone on the deck of the lodge, and the Trading Post, and can’t wait to sit by the campfire and welcome everyone back to camp. Last summer was so much fun but I think this summer we can make it better… and we will! I can’t wait to see everybody!!

Howdy! My name is Jon, and this will be my second year working at beautiful Camp Pendalouan! I just graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with a degree in Political Science, and I have plans to join this Peace Corps (if everything works out ideally!) I love being outside, having fun, loud music, and meeting people, and I am so, so, so, so excited to be back at Camp this summer! I also have many hobbies and favorite colors.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Let's 'Spring' Into 'Summer!'

Ahhhhh you hear that? Yes- the sounds of spring. Chirping birds, breezes through the trees, rain on the rooftops daily, so wonderful. If you listen closely, very very closely you can almost hear Summer in there, it's almost yelling "let me out! I'm ready!!"

This Saturday afternoon with the sun at my back brings me to introduce two returning staff members! They are both so excited to see you there, and so am I!

Ciao for now!!!
Hi! My name is Robyn. This will be my 13th year at camp. I am super excited to be coming back. You will usually find me down by the water, lifeguarding or just swimming in general. I love everything about camp. When I'm not at camp, I'm in school and telling everybody that I have the coolest job ever. My favorite camp game is chaos. I can't wait until the summer and hope to see you there!
Hello everyone! My name is Eric. After a great summer at Pendalouan last year (my first I might add) I am back for more. My favorite activities at camp include capture the flag, scatterball, mountain biking and songfest, as well as countless other things. When I am not at Camp, I am a student at Carleton College where I plan to major in Computer Science. My hobbies include diving, soccer, frisbee, and writing music. I can't wait to see you all at camp!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Donations! Staff! April??

Okay... almost April. Whew! What a Monday... I'm exhausted- don't know about you! Hey- super exciting news!

Just this past week we were notified that YMCA Camp Pendalouan is againeligible for a dollar for dollar matching grant. It is used strictly forenhancing our summer program, enabling kids to have a solid life-changingtype of camp experience. Along with the Muskegon Y's club, this is thebackbone of our financial aid program and is what many appreciative familiesrely on.
Here's how it works:

Checks are made payable to CHILDREN FIRST and mailed or delivered to me atYMCA Camp Pendalouan, 1243 E Fruitvale Rd, Montague MI 49437

We process them and send to the Skillman Foundation c/o the Detroit FreePress

The foundation will double all donations until we reach our $20,0000 limit

Any amount is eligible for doubling, up to $1,500 per individual and/orbusiness

The timing window for this program is extremely limited, as all agencies aregoing for a limited number of dollars on a first come first served basis.

So why wouldn't you want to make a donation, especially if you know it willcount twice as much!

Wow! I'm so excited about this! I really hope we can all band together to make a difference.

All good things today- here are two more wonderful staff members! Both of these girls are familiar with Pendalouan and cannot wait to meet you. Have a fabulous week!

Hello everyone! My name is Dominique but I go by Dom or Domo. This will be my 10th year at camp, which will officially make me a double thunderbird which is very exciting! During the summer I can be found on top of the high ropes course standing (or playing!) making sure that everything is run smoothly and campers are having fun and staying safe. When I'm not playing on the ropes, I can usually be found down at the waterfront lifeguarding or teaching swimming lessons. My favorite game at camp definitely has to be capture the flag, although I never seem to find the flag. When I'm not at camp I attend Western Michigan University where I am studying criminal justice, gender/woman studies, and social work. I can not wait for this summer and I am so excited to give campers the best week(s) of their lives! Peace, Love and Pendalouan.
Hi! My name is Katie this is my 6th summer here at Camp Pendalouan and I'm so excited to be part of staff for my 3rd summer!! I love anything and everything to do with the water :) (canoeing,swimming,white river, watermat) And I can't wait to meet all of you!! When I'm not at camp I attend Miami University in Ohio, and swim! Also, I love Cake, Competing, Color wars, and Carrots. I'll see you at camp!

Monday, March 23, 2009

"Wonderful Returning, and International Staff!"

I am really craving summer right now; the wind in the trees, some open water front action, a little trading post pit stop, some capture the flag, a cookout over an open fire, meeting new friends, singing songs, laughing so hard my stomach hurts. But hey, cheer up! WE ARE ALMOST THERE!

The staff is so close to being complete I can taste it!

Until then, I leave you with two more staffies! [hey, I kind of like that new slang. "Staffie" mmm... I'll keep it in mind.] Ciao!!!

Hey Guys! My name is Carol and this will officially be my 5th year at camp. You might not be able to see me right away but you will be able to smell me becuase this summer I will be at the barn once again. SO ropers & wranglers be ready for some crazy fun at the barn. Otherwise you will get to know me at meals and for camp activity fun. I of course love horses and being crazy things that make me smile are goofing off with my family, chocolate, and the colors orange and green. When I'm not super busy becoming a nurse at Grand Valley, I'm either making tacos, or outside doing almost anything. I can't wait to meet all you amazing kids, and make a ton more memories to add to all the others!

Hi everybody my name is David and this will be my first summer at Camp Pendalouan. I am from Colombia; it is a beautiful country where the people are happy and live quietly. I am studying business administration this is my second year.I am very excited about this experience I can’t wait to be there. I love almost all kind of sports, so I know I will enjoy this summer. In my free time I play soccer with my university’s team also I enjoy climbing. My brother (Manuel) has been at camp two times, during 2006 and 2007, he has told me great things about it, I hope to be there as soon as possible, see you there!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Let The Staff Shine!

Okay...Yes, I know the words are "let the sun shine" but I thought I would switch it up on this sunny day! I hope your Monday is wonderful! [as wonderful as they can be] but this should brighten your day- more wonderful staff. Both of these girls are new to staff this year and are sure to be amazing!

See ya later!

Hi Friends! My name is Marissa, and I can't wait to see all of your smiling faces at camp! This will be my first summer at Pendalouan, and I am so excited for all of the new and exciting adventures this summer will bring. I'm looking forward to everything, but especially canoeing, nature walks, the high ropes course, and making new friends of course! When I'm not daydreaming about summer, I like to play tennis, ride horses, practice the violin, and try to teach myself guitar. I also love hiking and being outside. The sky fascinates me; I never pass up a chance to go star-gazing or make shapes with clouds. I love to be around people who make me smile, and I love to let's fill this summer with lots of laughter and new challenges. I know it will be absolutely fantastic!

Hi everyone! my name is Katie. I have been going to camp for 6 years. This is my first year on staff. I love camp so much, I constantly think about it during the school year. My favorite camp activities are sports and games, archery, and drama. I am a cowgirl, so I love to be up at the horse barn whenever I get a chance. My favorite camp game is 4-way CTF ! (capture the flag) or a good counselor hunt is always fun. When I am not at camp , I am in school , or enjoying the outdoors and exploring the woods or horseback riding. I cannot wait for this summer , and hope to see you all there!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Sunny Staff

I feel that maybe if we name a blog post after the sun, it will come out and stay out! Spring where are you? If you read this- arrive ASAP, this winter was cold and very very long. How are you? Hope your Thursday is leading into an exciting weekend.

You know why I'm here, so let's not dodge around the topic, two more staff members! It's crazy that in mid-March we already have a huge crew of 30 ready and super excited to have you! See you later!
Hi! I’m Leah! This will be my first year as staff, but my 7th year at Pendalouan. After two years away from camp, I am super excited to be coming back! My favorite things about camp include being wild and crazy, singing nonsense songs, and playing games, enjoying the great outdoors, and sitting by a roaring campfire with oodles of great friends! I cannot wait to return to camp to start making incredible new memories! Summer 2009 is going to be fabulous!!!
Hey Everybody! My name is Tim and I'm so excited for this summer! This will be my fourth summer working at Pendalouan. My favorite things to do at camp are swimming, mountain biking, archery, and I can always go for a good game of capture the flag. When I'm not at camp I'm in school studying to be a teacher and enjoy enjoy swimming with my free time. I know that we are going to make summer '09 the best summer we've ever had so make those summer plans early and be sure to put a week (or two!) aside for all your friends at Pendalouan! See you there!

Friday, March 06, 2009

'March' On Towards June!

Where does the time go? I feel like just the other day I was figuring out what to be for Halloween and now it’s MARCH?! You know what March means… Spring! Well, let’s hope- it’s been a tease lately, but hopefully the sunshine and nice temperatures will stay awhile.

Things are busy [when are they not?] at camp, the newly renovated and amazingly beautiful Crandall cabin [aka Apache] is up and running! Our first ever inhabitants of the newly redone cabin stayed in there within the past week and loved it! This is sure to be a great addition to Pendalouan forever, make sure to check the website for the final pictures!

Now let us “March on” shall we? Two more staff members! I’ll leave you to finding out more about them… have a wonderful week!
Hi, I'm Ben! This will be my 6th summer at Camp Pendalouan, and I cannot wait! I live in Oak Park, Illinois and there is still snow on the ground here! It's hard to believe that summer is almost here! My favorite things to do at camp are: swimming, sailing, and climbing/belaying on the rock wall/high-ropes course! In my free time I like to listen to music, play guitar, and take pictures! I'm so excited for campfires, 'shmallow roasting, and of course, some intense S.B.F. (stupid but fun) action! I hope everyone is as pumped as I am for Camp Pendalouan this summer! Woo!

Hey Everyone! My name is Dayna, and this will be my first summer at Pendalouan. I come from the Metro-Detroit area, and will be attending Ferris State in the fall to study Nursing. A few of my favorite things include: anything yellow, fire flies, being crafty, taking car rides, Arizona Ice Teas, and of course anything that involves laughter + friends! I’m totally stoked and counting down the days till I get to meet everyone and have fun! =)

Monday, February 23, 2009

Staff Staff and More Amazing Staff!

I'll keep this short because I know why you're really here! More staff! They are all ecstatic for summer and cannot wait to see you there! Have a great week!
Hey my name is Elizabeth, but most people just call me Liz =) This is my first year of being a staff member, but I've been a camper for 10 years, so I know there is no better way to spend a summer than at camp. I'm really excited for this summer, and all the new opportunities and adventures it holds. I also can't wait for the delicious juice bars at camp, those are definetly my favorite. But what I'm looking forward to the most is spending time with all the campers, and making all of their camp memories as memorable as mine were. This summer is going to be AMAZING!

Hi! My name is Brittani, and I’ve gone to summer camp at Camp Pendalouan most of my life. This will be my 11th summer there. Camp is a great place to make great, long-lasting friendships and to really challenge yourself. My favorite thing about camp is the opportunity to try things I may not try otherwise. This summer, I am most excited to see which campers return to camp and all the new arrivals. It’s gonna be a blast!

Friday, February 20, 2009

T Shirt Winner!

Whew. What a busy week! But hey, it’s Friday that’s worth something isn’t it?! I come bearing wonderful news, a winning t-shirt entry! The honor goes to a Mark! With a close runner up with yet another counselor hailing from the great state of Illinois, Tim! Both of them had awesome ideas and Mark’s design will proudly be displayed on the staff t-shirt for Summer 2009 and go down in history with the t-shirts from summers past. Hopefully some of you will be able to get a similar one at the trading post when you visit us this year!

Well, hopefully none of you got excited because winter is back this week and it looks like our winter wonderland look at Pendalouan will soon be returning. Things are keeping up to pace around here with Outdoor Education groups, weekend groups, and overall “campiness!”
Have a great weekend and we will see you next week!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Staff New And Old!

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend, Sundays are great for recharging batteries and revving up for the week. Things are good ole’ Pendy are wonderful, we are busy as bees finalizing all the Summer staff spots, along with preparing some great new things for activities this Summer. It is sure to be another epic Summer on the shores of Big Blue Lake.

This week we introduce two staff members, one is a fresh face on Staff this summer, the other is a Pendalouan Alum. Egan and Sarah! They both are really excited for June and cannot wait to see you.

Without further delay… here they are!

Hi I'm Egan! This will be my first summer at Camp, and I am quite excited! A few random facts about me? I really enjoy time spent with my family and best pals. I love to laugh, and I love people that make me laugh. I snowboard whenever I can, and I will never pass up a handful of Nilla Wafers. I love to paint, and I like to pretend I have skill when it comes to playing the piano. I love being outside and I try to appreciate the little things in life. I love "remember whens", and listening to kids' stories. I've been told I'm weird, funny, creative, and unique, but I'll let you be the judge :) I can't wait to meet everyone and start at Pendalouan in June!!!!
Hey my name is Sarah! This will be my third year at camp as staff and eleventh year at summer camp altogether. I'm so ready for camp to come, that I already have things packed up so I can start decorating the cabin. When I'm not at camp, I love to photograph crazy things and dance to fun music. I especially miss ‘Capture the Flag’, and I'm pumped to do it again this summer!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

More Summer Staff!

Hi everyone! Hope you had a wonderful week. This blog will focus on two more returning staff members, Dasha and Jory. We are really excited to have these two coming back for more Pendalouan fun this summer. Before they are introduced, just a reminder that you can register for Summer Camp on the homepage; look under the “What’s New” section and click the Summer 2009 link! All the information you need can be found right here. Have a great week!

Hello, my name is Jory. This will be my third summer at Camp Pendalouan, and I can't wait for it to get underway. In fact I dream about it every night. I also often have paranoid dreams about koala bears taking over the earth, but I digress... My favorite camp activities include stupid but fun, and drama. I'm also a huge fan of four square, snack time, rest hour, and playing my guitar really loudly so that the sleepy hollow marmots stay away. Most weeks, you can find me chillaxing in Navajo, which I consider my home away from home. I'm also usually not far from Patrick, who I share a telepathic link with. When I'm not at good ole Pendy, I go to college to learn how to speak English really well and get mad at how cold it is in Michigan.

Hey! My name is Dasha and this will be my 3rd summer at Camp Pendalouan. I enjoy eating lots of ice cream and running, sometimes eating ice cream while I'm running. When I’m not at camp I go to college and study the environment. Things I love about camp (or what I like to call the 4 C's): capture the flag, cookies, campfire, and campers. I can't wait for summer '09!! It will be amazing!

Monday, February 02, 2009

Happy Ground Hog Day & More Great Staff!

Man oh man...Puxatony Phil saw his shadow this morning, which means we are in for six more weeks of this chilly winter, but have no fear... summer will get here!

The renovations on the Crandall Cabin [Apache] are going great! Our target finish date is March 1st! The new ceiling, both on the deck and inside the cabin was just completed and look wonderful. This is sure to be a beautiful renovation and be an awesome new part of Summer 2009.

It's Monday which means exciting staff introductions! This week we have two returning staff members, Will and Juice...drum roll please...

Hey! My name is Will, and I can't wait to come back to camp this summer! I love swimming, archery, hiking, and a good game of Sock Wars. My favorite camp food is probably spaghetti, though the mac and cheese is also pretty delicious. This summer, I'm looking forward to canoeing down the White River as a cabin, and toasting some golden brown marshmallows. I can't wait to see you all there!

Hi my name is Juice! This will be my second summer at Camp Pendalouan. I am so excited to be joining the fantastic staff of summer 2009. This year my role will be a bit different, as I will be the new H.O.T girl at camp (Health Officer Trained). All this snow on the ground makes me wish summer would come sooner. My favorite things about camp are the s’mores on cook out nights, campfires, building lifelong friendships and the weekly duals of capture the flag. In my free time I enjoy training dolphins at sea world, running, kickboxing, and weightlifting. This coming summer I look forward to taking care of all your bumps, scrapes, bruises, cranial aches, and pains of any other sorts.
Here’s to summer ’09!
Hope everyone has an amazing week!

Friday, January 30, 2009

Outdoor Education Takes Over!

Thank Goodness It's Friday everyone!

It has been a super busy time at camp, Outdoor Education is going great guns! We hosted over 60 people for a trip last week and over 180 this week. They have been enjoying the snow and ice with our toboggan run, cross-country skiis and broom ball. In addition, we are educating kids on how to build fires in survival, how to throw tomahawks in our Native American class and how tough it was to be a settler in pioneer times. Weekend groups have also enjoyed the facilities, outdoor opportunities and awesome camp food.

Exciting Summer Camp news, as of today we have 101 campers registered for Summer 2009!!! Keep those registrations coming our way, and as always you can get all the information you need at

I hope you have a great weekend and had a wonderful January. Onward to February!!!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Staff Introductions & A T-Shirt Contest!

Hi all! I hope this Monday finds you excited for the week ahead! Can you believe it's almost February? Neither can we, believe it or not things are busy as ever getting ready for this upcoming summer. This means that we have been working hard at assembling a great staff that are just as excited for camp as you are! Here on the blog each week we will take time to introduce some of these people to you. You will see familiar faces as well as some new people all of them have one common goal in mind, which is making camp an absolute blast for you!

But before I introduce two of our returning staff members I have some exciting news. This year we are enlisting YOUR HELP, yes that means you! We are holding a contest for people to enter their ideas about the Camp Pendalouan Staff T-Shirt for Summer 2009! So put on your creative thinking caps and send those t-shirt ideas our way. [The easiest way to submit your idea will be to click "post a comment" at the bottom of this blog] Or if this t-shirt design involves a drawing of your idea, send any ideas to the following address:

YMCA Camp Pendalouan

c/o Staff T-Shirt Design

1243 E. Fruitvale Rd.

Montague, MI 49437

Anyone and everyone is allowed to enter; you, your friends, parents, siblings, grandma, anyone who has an idea should send it our way! The winner will recieve a "blog bio" about how they came up with the idea and a little special prize if we see you at camp this summer! We are so excited about this, and cannot WAIT to see all your awesome ideas!

Alright, enough riff-ma-raff let's get to some introductions, the following two awesome people are excited to see you this summer... drum roll please.... [in your laps! ;)]

Hi, I’m Kate! This will be my 4th summer here at Camp Pendalouan, and I couldn’t be more excited. When I’m not at camp, I’m running, listening to music, teaching, or taking pictures. Some of my most favorite things about camp include chocolate chip cookies, meeting new people, everything water, and of course, all the games! I absolutely can’t wait to see old friends and make new ones. This summer will be one to remember!

[editor's note: Kate forgot to say that this will be her 2nd summer as the Waterfront Director and we could not be happier to see her smiling face and big aviator sunglasses everyday!]

Hey Hey Hey Campers! My name is Mark and this will be 11th year at Camp Pendalouan! I was a camper for 7 years, and this will be my 4rd year as a staff member. I am from Oak Park, Illinois which is right outside of Chicago. I go to college in Minnesota, which is all the way on the other side of Lake Michigan! I like Kitchen Staff Parades, Sailing and canoing on Big Blue Lake, hiking to Sleepy Hollow, and Capture the Flag. I live for campfires, smores, and singing to Mr. Moon. And I can't wait for SUMMER 2009!
Mark and Kate... two very familiar faces around good ole' Big Blue, and we hope that we see you too this summer!
Have a great week!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!

Your Pendalouan family hopes that you are having a great beginning to 2009. Things have been busy at camp as usual. Renovations on the Apache Cabin are still happening, and an overhaul of the camp office is in the works! New paint, new year!

It's hard to believe that Summer will be here before we know it! As cold as it may be right now wherever you are, in just six short months we hope to be seeing you on the shores of Big Blue Lake having a blast!

In the upcoming weeks we will begin to spotlight and introduce our Summer Staff for 2009, it is already shaping up to be an amazing crew of people excited and ready to give you the best time of your life. Be sure to stop in every week to see the bio's of Summer staff and get all the latest camp news!

You can always check on for the latest in Summer 2009 dates and rates along with any information you may need.

Stay warm!