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! =)