Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Year-End Campaign!

We are excited to announce the official kick-off to our Year-end Campership Campaign!

Each year, Pendalouan helps over one hundred families send their kids to camp for life-changing experiences. "Camperships" aka financial assistance, is what makes it possible. Our 2010 year-end campaign goal is $3,000 all of which will be designated directly to our Campership fund.

With your donation, no matter how small... a difference is made in the lives of Pendalouan Campers!

Please write a check payable to YMCA Camp Pendalouan and mail it to:
Year-End Campaign
YMCA Camp Pendalouan
1243 E. Fruitvale Rd.
Montague, MI 49437

As an alternative, you can always use your credit card by calling our office directly: 231.894.4538.

We appreciate your dedication to such an awesome place!
In the Spirit of Pendalouan!

Question Of The Day!

Wow! We are shocked at the great response and feedback that "Question of The Day" is getting on our Facebook Fan Page! (More about this in just a moment)

Is it unseasonably warm near you? We have had high temperatures in the 60's this week! November in West Michigan is supposed to be the onset of winter, not the return of Spring! But we aren't complaining...

Summer planning for 2011 is in full swing... we have the plans drawn to put together another amazing team of counselors and staff members to give you the best week of camp ever! We will keep you posted the entire time.

Have you been answering "Question Of The Day?" we sure hope so! The Pendalouan family is an amazing group of people and we have loved reading their responses each day to the question.

Do YOU have a suggestion for an awesome "Question of The Day?" Then you should become the day sponsor. E-mail your question to and keep an eye out on the Facebook Fan Page, you may see your name broadcast to hundreds of people as our sponsor!

This weeks Pendy Gear photo is of Kalin & Egan, two sisters who work at camp in the Summer... these two love camp and sent us this backwards photo of them in their Summer 2010 sweatshirts.

Enjoy your week and we look forward to your Question suggestions!

In the Spirit of Pendalouan

Wednesday, November 03, 2010


A chill has set in over Big Blue Lake, it feels like (gasp) winter is here! With temperatures in the 20's each morning and a fresh layer of frost greeting us we are bearing down and preparing accordingly!

The leaves has fallen but the fun doesn't stop, Excel Charter Academy from Grand Rapids arrived today to spend the rest of their week exploring camp. High Ropes, Group Challenge, Native American Study, Fur Trade and Gaga will just be a FEW of the highlights from their stay.

We are busy planning *NEW* things for Summer 2011 and working to make sure your favorite things are back and better than ever. We are excited to offer a BRAND NEW Specialty Camp option that is unlike anything Pendalouan has ever had before! Make sure you stay tuned for details.

Today's Pendy Gear photo is of our Associate Executive Director Lori, many of you know and love Lori from working years past or memories as campers, she is a steadfast and crucial part to the Pendalouan Family. This photo of Lori was taken on Estes Park, Colorado when we attended our conference. We are posting it because (gasp) we are expecting snow on Friday!

Enjoy your week!
In the Spirit of Pendalouan


Thursday, October 28, 2010

Mystery Pendy Gear Man!

You should have SEEN the weather these past few days!! With crazy wind NON STOP it was difficult to hear anyone talking when you were outside. Good thing here at camp we are loud enough!

Sandy Hill Elementary School from Jenison, Michigan is in camp this week. They are having a blast doing all the activities we offer, and hosting their Halloween Party this evening.

Speaking of Halloween, our Halloween Camp starts tomorrow evening! We cannot wait and we're sure the nearly 50 kids who are coming are excited too. We'll be putting the finished touches on our costumes this evening and we wish you all a safe and happy Halloween weekend. Be sure to share some of that candy!

We are putting the wheels in motion for our end of the year Campership Campaign in which we will be contacting all alumni & friends to help with our fund for Camperships, which help send kids to camp who cannot otherwise afford to join us in the summer. Camperships are a big part of Pendalouan and we hope you will become a part of this awesome cause!

This week we leave you with the MYSTERY PENDALOUAN GEAR MAN. Who could it be?!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Alumni & Friends Weekend!

We had huge success this past weekend! We loved seeing so many familiar faces exploring Pendalouan. Red Heeres shared powerful words at the re-dedication ceremony for Wildwood Chapel, a definite highlight to the weekend.

In addition to Red a huge thank you to just a few of the Pendalouan Alum's that made the trip out; Jason Bertoia, Craig Lytle, Matthew Abel, Dominique Paschal, Dasha Dokshina, Barb & Shannon Gimenes, Brian Fedewa, Shelley Lewis, Jay & Sandy Wright, Mik DeBoef, Nancy Crandall, Jeff Mayberry, Dionel & Rob Jennings, Paul Spoelman, John Leitner, Mark & Stacy Luckey, Steve Leafers, Betty Johnson, Roger Hoffman, Dick Baker, Herb Driver, Matt Sheick, Don Potter and Jeff Cooke. This is just a fraction of the people who joined us, hopefully you recognize a few of these names!

Interested in getting back in touch with any of them? Contact us. Have you seen our YouTube video yet from the presentation this past weekend? We're excited to share it with you. In the meantime, all donations from Alumni & Friends Weekend are going directly into our campership fund, helping send kids to Pendalouan this summer who cannot afford camp on their own. An amazing cause. Enjoy your week! We will be in touch!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Snow, Mountains & Memories!

We are loving every minute spent here at YMCA 125th Camping Celebration being held in Estes Park, CO. Each night coyotes and owls put us to sleep and we've been waking up to sunshine but today it was snow! Crazy mountain weather!

Former staff member Christopher Walker has been kind enough to share one of his favorite memories from his time spent on the Outdoor Education staff,

"There are so many great memories one takes away from Pendalouan... one of my favorite memories was playing the frontiersman in the Living History program. I enjoyed getting to playing a ruff and gruff character who would swindle the kids out of their family possessions. I always had a very feminine basket at my campsite full of apples. This basket belonged to the school teacher, but somehow they always ended up in my possession. It was fun playing along with the school teacher character and the kids on the whereabouts / ownership of those apples. Lori Willson and Beth Spencer were always involved with me on this fun adventure."

Chris, thanks again for sharing with us such a simple, yet memorable experience from such an important program!

Many memories are yet to be made at Camp, including this upcoming weekend for our Alumni & Friends Celebration. We hope you will join us!

Want your memory featured on the blog? Email

So long from Rocky Mountain National Park!

Monday, October 11, 2010


It's hard to believe that our Friends & Alumni celebration is next weekend! We are looking forward to seeing many of you at camp on October 16 beginning at 3pm. There is still room available for spending the night, be sure to contact if you are interested!

Former Camper/Staff member Lindsey (Rup) Deluca has shared with us some of her favorite camp stories from years past, we hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

"My first memory at Pendalouan was taking my swim test. I was a "green" swimmer and was quite proud of this distinction since I was one of three in my whole cabin (Blackfoot). This made it difficult for buddy checks, however, but often the very nice waterfront director (Eddie Boersema) would let us triple up. Eddie taught swim lessons that year, and I remember him teaching me how to "kick more efficiently!

I was a CIT with the likes and legends of Kristina Derhammer, Adam Martin, Peter Wickman and Justin Jakobson. Andy Hill was our director and he was the best. All of us later went on to be counselors in future years. My first cabin ever was Fox. I was with Courtney Schaub. From my early years as a staff member, I have many fun memories of playing scatterball in the "dust bowl" with Dave Riley and Jen Scher (who married Jamey Scher, my partner-in-crime the first year I was CIT director). And the first time I heard Jason Bertoia sing the "Tarzan" song I almost peed my pants laughing. There is something about the way he did the motions that was beyond belief, and that song became a staple for that summer and many summers after! I'll never forget the summer I spent as a counselor in Blackfoot cabin much of it was with Erin Dancik, another camp legend. I learned a TON from her about being the best counselor ever and about loving Pendalouan deep down in my soul."

Thank you Lindsey for all the great stories! If you would like to share any of your Pendalouan memories you can email them to

Our Pendy Gear for this post is from Brittany and Sheila two summer staffers who are teachers in Yuma, Arizona! This past weekend they enjoyed the beautiful sun and sand in Mexico and OF COURSE had to sing to Mr. Zip Zip from their balcony! Thanks girls!

In The Spirit of Pendalouan!

Monday, October 04, 2010

Wish List!

We have our "Wish List" for this year, and it's only October! Pendalouan has recently been asked to compile our community wish list which is displayed at our Muskegon Family YMCA.

We are putting our wish list out on the blog so that maybe if YOU have one of these items you can help us out! If you think you're able to help camp acquire anything on the Wish List please contact us at the office!


Camp Pendalouan 2010 "Wish List"

waterproof tarps, any size
portable shade structures
7-passenger (or more) mini van
a gorilla suit
ceramic mugs
wooden canoe paddles, any size, whole or broken

We hope you or someone you know can help!

Before we go, here is more "Pendy Gear" pictures! Alyssa & Hannah are college roommates AND Summer Staff members! Here they are hiking this past weekend in Minnesota enjoying the beautiful fall colors and of course wearing their Pendalouan Gear! Thanks Alyssa & Hannah!

Enjoy your week everybody!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Send Kids to Camp & See Some Football

Are you ready for some football? Our huge fall raffle is getting under way and we're so excited to bring it to you!

We have 4 tickets to see the University of Michigan v. Illinois game on Nov. 6 at home in Ann Arbor! The seats are all together and valued at over $1000! For just $25 you can buy a raffle ticket which makes you eligible for all four tickets to be yours!

You can call the office (231-894-4538) or mail a check for $25:
Camp Pendalouan
c/o Kalin Franks
1243 E. Fruitvale Rd.
Montague, MI 49437

All proceeds from this raffle go directly to our Campership Fund which helps send kids to camp every summer with scholarships. Your donation brings campers back to the shores of Beautiful Big Blue Lake, we thank you.

Remember the magic.

Chief Pendalouan

Monday, September 27, 2010

Yard Sales... Colorado...Alumni and More!

At Camp Pendalouan it seems we are never not busy, which we love! This past weekend we had in Women's Adventure Weekend "The Great Escape." The ladies enjoyed just hanging out, trying new activities and having quality time to relax. It was another successful year and we plan on seeing them in 2011.

This weekend is our big Yard Sale, imagine how much stuff you can put in your Yard Sale... a lot. Now imagine the amount of stuff at a Camp Yard Sale! We are sure it'll be a great weekend, in our area there is quite the contingent of "Yard Salers" who spend time each weekend hunting the best deals and unique finds, they will love our sale.

Exciting news from the Camp Office, our Directors Bruce and Lori, and Alumni Development girl Kalin are gearing up for the big National Y-Camping Conference in Estes Park, Colorado! They plan on heading out next weekend to drive West for a coming together of Y-Leaders from around the country. It's sure to be a riot. You can follow the trip on our Facebook, Twitter and right here on the blog to keep track of their big adventure.

Lastly, registration for Alumni & Friends Weekend is still underway. The response we're getting thus far is big and we are sure it'll be a great event. E-mail to register. Hope to see you there!

This week our "Pendy Gear" photo was taken in Northfield, Minnesota at Carleton College. Two of our summer staff were there and by chance both were wearing their favorite t-shirts!

Enjoy your week, talk soon.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

"Where In The World Is Camp Pendalouan?"

We have an announcement! A call to action! Something exciting! Do YOU or someone you know have a picture wearing Pendalouan Gear at a cool destination? Maybe you wore your Camp Pendalouan hooded sweatshirt at Disneyworld this year, or perhaps you wore your Blue Team CTF t-shirt at Niagra Falls this past summer. And of COURSE we need to see you wearing your Pendalouan long-sleeve at the top of Mt. Everest!

We are starting a campaign to see any and every picture with Pendalouan gear around the world! If you have a photo with Pendalouan Gear in a cool background send it to and let us know the story of your photo. You will see it posted here!

We cannot wait to see what you come up with.
Have a great day!

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Filling Up Fast!

The registrations keep coming in! Our Bugs N' Bunks session B1 is PACKED and the B2 session isn't far behind. In addition our CIT group this year is shaping up to be awesome and our resident camp sessions keep growing in size!

It's bound to be another amazing summer at Pendalouan. It's that time of year when the weather is warming up that sitting through school seems to get harder each day. But fear not! Camp is soon!

More staff are to come, but this week we will feature another staff member, Leah isn't new to Pendalouan she knows the ropes around camp and can't wait to see you!

Hey! I am Leah! This will be my 2nd summer at Pendalouan as a counselor, but my 8th summer overall! I am so excited to be back on the shores of Big Blue Lake. I can not wait to play capture the flag, make some awesome tie-dye clothing, and be surrounded by the smells of campfire! When I am not running around camp, I am at the University of Michigan studying biomedical engineering. Summer is so soon! I can not wait to see you all there!

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

One Month!

You're probably itching to get out of school and get to camp! I know the staff is! In just a little over one month we all meet to train and get ready to give you the time of your life!

Cookout night, all camp games, cabin activities, lake swim, boating, high ropes, archery, rifles and bb's, hikes to sleep hollow... those are just a FEW of the things you can look forward to this year! And we cannot wait to see you!

Enjoy your week!

Hey there! I’m Julie, and this is going to be my first summer at Camp Pendalouan. I am so excited for summer to begin!!! I can’t wait to splash around in Big Blue Lake, sing camp songs, go horseback riding, star gaze, enjoy campfires, and laugh until my stomach hurts!! I am just finishing up my sophomore year at Grand Valley State University (and I’m excited to see some fellow Lakers on staff!). I love swimming, the beach, and pretty much anything that can be done in (or near) a lake! I am eagerly waiting for June, and to see you all this summer!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Must Be May!

Flowers are blooming, the sun is shining and you can almost feel the warmth of summer! It must be nearly May at Pendalouan!

Have you signed up for camp yet? Better hurry, space is filling up and we would love to see you this summer. Our staff is busy finishing up school and final exams and getting ready to head off to Big Blue, unpack their bags and give you the best summer of your life!

Hope you're having a great week, here are more staff members for the summer!

Hello, my name is Tatiana. I'm 17 and currently go to Groves High School which is in Metro-Detroit. Though I have been a camper at Pendalouan before, this is my first summer working as a staff member at camp. I love music, dancing and reading. I am looking forward to singing camp songs, swimming in the lake, and hanging out in the craft shack this summer! Can't wait to see you there!

Hi everyone! My name is Elizabeth and this is going to be my third summer working as a counselor, but eighth overall! I am a freshman at the University of Notre Dame right now, but I can’t wait to finish up the year and head back to Camp Pendalouan. I love archery, swimming, and looking up at the stars, and you can usually find me hanging out at the store when we have a little bit of down time. I am so excited to sit at Opening Campfire and listen to all the crazy songs and see all the funny skits! I just cannot wait for summer to be here and I hope you can’t either!! I’ll see you soon!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Busy Busy Busy!

May is just around the corner and we are gearing up for our busiest time of the year at Pendalouan! Outdoor Education groups come out to camp in droves in order to squeeze in some fun classes before school gets out. At the same time we are busy preparing for summer! Today we are introducing two new staff members... here they are!

Hey everybody! My name is Gretchen and this will be my first summer working at Camp Pendalouan. I'm so excited to be part of the staff this year, camp is my home away from home. I can't wait to swim in Big Blue, play capture the flag, sing all my favorite camp songs, and help kids in general to have the same great experience at camp that i did. I will be a senior at Grand Haven High School next year and plan on going into early childhood education. I can't seem to stay out of the water, so swimming is my sport. I enjoy reading, doing anything outdoors and I love meeting new people. I'm looking forward to an amazing summer!! See you all soon!

Hey, everyone! I’m Chelsea. This will be my first summer as a counselor at Camp Pendalouan. Ahhh! I’m excited. =D I’m a sophomore at Grand Valley State University in good ol’ west Michigan studying biomedical science. Yep, I’m a huge dork and I love learning. However, I’m VERY ready for the school year to be over and for a fun filled summer to begin! I love running, biking, rollerblading, soccer, and I’ve been a gymnast for as long as I can remember. I’m looking forward to meeting all of you and hanging out with all of the campers, obviously! Seriously, what better way to make memories than sitting around a fire sharing stories and eating s’mores?!

Monday, April 12, 2010

New Things at Camp!

Each year, when Summer ends at Pendalouan we start almost immediately thinking of ways to make the next one ever better. Lists and meetings, brainstorm sessions, long drives wherever we can put our ideas together we make it work.

This summer will be no different, improvements to the East Moon Bath House (on current Girl's side of camp) will make the place look brand new, we are also introducing a new "Gaga Pit" at camp for a fun new game everyone can learn, in addition to awesome craft improvements, new plans for each activity, healthier options in the Trading Post, and of course AMAZING new staff members!

So much to look forward to! Don't worry, camp will still be the Pendalouan you know and love but we love bringing new things to the table for you to enjoy.

Hope you all had an awesome Spring Break! Camp had nearly 80 kids in last week for our Spring Break Escape and everyone had a rocking good time. Can't wait to hopefully see some of you Spring Break Escapers in this summer for resident or day camp!
Have a great week everyone! In the Spirit of Pendalouan....

Hi! My name is Katie and I'm absolutely thrilled to be returning to the shores of Big Blue Lake for Summer 2010!!!!! I can't wait to splash around the waterfront, roast marshmallows over a flickering campfire, play capture the flag, and in general, just have good old fashioned fun!I love almost anything to do with the water, as well as road biking, running, and my new found passion for cooking. When I'm not at camp, you can find me attending Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where I'm working toward Med-School and completing my degree in Exercise Science. I'm ecstatic to meet all of you this summer, as we're going to have an absolute BLAST at camp!

Hello all! My name is Sheila Dugan. I recently graduated from Eastern Illinois University to be a teacher. I love reading, swimming, and anything that has to do with being outside! I am so excited for this summer, this will be my first one at Camp Pendalouan and can't wait for it to be here!

Monday, April 05, 2010

Double The Staff = Double The Fun

You may have heard already that this summer things will be a little different around Pendalouan...
We will be having only six sessions this summer! This is due to our friends from Special Days camps coming in to Pendalouan for the final two weeks in August. Meaning your opportunities to get to camp are fewer this year! It is super important to register now in order to secure your spot! Be sure to check here for rates & dates for Summer 2010! We will see you there!
This week is double the staff which means double the fun! Enjoy!

Bonjour to every camper, my name is Mathieu and I'm from Belgium (the tiny country north of France) and as you might of guessed my first language is French. This will be my 6th year at camp and Pendalouan has always been fun but I'm sure that Pendalouan 2010 will be the best yet :D. I hope to see you this summer to bring back great memories once again.
Why hello there! My name is Brittani and I am looking forward to another fantastic summer at Pendy! This will be my 12th summer at camp and my 3rd as a camp counselor! I have always considered Pendalouan a "home away from home." There has never been a better place to spend my summer. I absolutely love camp and cannot wait to share this wonderful experience with all of you! When away from camp, I am studying in Spring Arbor, MI to become a Music Therapist. Music is a great passion of mine, so many of the things I enjoy and try to bring to Pendy somehow relate to music such as the campfires, chapel, musical theater class, TAPs, and playing my keyboard as my cabin falls asleep. I also enjoy meeting new people, the Raggers Program, and playing cards in the sandlot. This is going to be a great summer. I can't wait for it to start!

Hi! My name is Will, and this is my fourth year as a counselor at Camp Pendalouan. I am an Environmental Engineer at Washington University in St. Louis. I love the outdoors, reading, and band and orchestra. You'll see me plenty at the archery and riflery ranges, and also some down at the waterfront. I'm looking forward to seeing you all at camp!

Hello friends new and old! I'm eager for summer camp to start; when my days will be filled with smiling campers, juice pops, and fresh Pendy air. My name is Marissa, and this will be my 2nd year as a counselor. When I do grow up, I'd like to work at a non-profit organization helping to change the world. I'm really looking forward to summer camp, especially some neat nature walks, spectacular songfest's, magical marshmallow roastings, and crazy capture the flag games. So everyone close your eyes and get ready for the spectacular summer of 2010, it will be here before we know it!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Dreaming The Day Away

Recently it seems that everyone has that itch. At the first sight of sunshine and spring all one can think of is an afternoon swinging in a hammock on the hill. Or maybe running down to the lake and jumping in with a friend. Perhaps the high ropes course is more you- gazing out above the tree tops and feeling the sunshine on your face. Over on the sports field you can hear everyone laughing and cheering as a cabin puts together a game of soccer. At the barn the horses graze on hay while riders learn new techniques and games. Or maybe your favorite place is the deck of Nikana Lodge where you can always find someone to talk with or play a game, enjoy a juice-pop underneath a brightly colored umbrella....

Camp is a magical place for everyone, and we cannot wait to see you back at Pendalouan this summer.

Here are two more people who are just as excited to meet you!

Hey everybody! My name is Hannah and this is going to be my first year as a counselor at Camp Pendalouan. I cannot wait to spend time biking, swimming, and sitting around the campfire! I attend Macalester College in Minnesota and I am studying psychology and education. Some of my favorite things are making sandcastles, crocheting, synchronized swimming, and eating puppy chow. I’m so ready to have the most amazing summer ever with all you campers!

Hey there, I'm Egan! I am ecstatic to be working at Pendy and take in all of it's beauty again this summer. So many wonderful memories were created my first summer, I didn't think twice about returning for my second! When I'm not at camp, I create at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I grew up in Southeast Michigan, but Pendalouan is really a home away from home. My favorite things about camp are: meeting new people, sandbar, campfires, Craft Shack, foursquare, and grilled cheese (it's kinda scary how many I can consume in one sitting). Anxiously shakin' in my boots until June!!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Snow is Gone! Sun is Here?

The snow is gone! What remains is a lot of brown, wet, earth waiting for a couple super warm days to start the growing process!!!

It was a busy Camp weekend for us here at Pendalouan! A couple of us visited a conference that was all about camp and we have some awesome plans for the summer. Many amazing speakers and educational sessions have us more pumped up than ever to try some exciting NEW things this year!

Monday means new staff and boy do we have a lot of awesome new staff members this year! Of course some staff is returning and they are spectacular but this crew of fresh, new faces is sure to make Pendalouan an even better place!

Without futher ado....

Hey Everyone! My name is Alyssa. This be will my first summer at Camp Pendalouan and I couldn’t be more excited! I am from outside Philadelphia but I am currently going to school in Minnesota. All this cold Minnesota weather is making me even more pumped for summer. I can’t wait to go swimming, eat s’mores, run around outside, and meet everyone. I really like soccer so I’ll always be up to kick the ball around! I know it’s going to be a great summer! See you soon.
Hello there! My name is Mike Perna and I'm a junior at DePaul University in Chicago. I'm SO excited for this summer! It will be my 6th year at camp, and my first year as a counselor (though I did some volunteer work as a counselor last summer and had a BLAST!). My favorite things about camp? Why, the campers of course! I find the intelligence, maturity, creativity, and uniqueness of each of our campers to be fascinating and intriguing. I'm also fond of scatterball, frisbee, sing a longs, and hikes down to Sleepy Hollow! My personal hobbies include guitar, voice, basketball, and so much more. Looking forward to seeing you at Big Blue!

Monday, March 08, 2010

Sunny Sunny Days!

This weekend was the first time in forever that the sun was shining, birds were chirping, not a cloud in the sky and the air was warm! Spring really has sprung it seems on the shores of Big Blue Lake.

I hope that you're excited for school to let out and Summer fun to officially begin. It's hard to believe that in just three short months hammocks will be swaying in the breeze, songs will be sung, crafts made, swim tests passed, and memories made at Camp Pendalouan.

This week we are introducing two of our *NEW* Counselors to you, they are both excited to meet you and cannot wait for their very first Summer's at Pendalouan on staff... here they are!

Hi everyone! My name is Melissa and this will be my first year as a counselor at Camp Pendalouan! I'm ecstatic to play sports, sing silly songs, and meet new people. This spring, I will graduate Clio High School and will be attending the University of Michigan-Flint in the fall. I enjoy singing, drawing, dancing, and playing games. Taking pictures is something I love to do as well. I think about summer at Camp Pendalouan on a daily basis and I can’t wait! See you then!

Hey hey, everybody! I?m Mark, and this is going to be my first summer as a Camp Pendalouan counselor! I'm super pumped to be there, doing arts and crafts, hanging out on the lake, and just running around and being crazy. I go to Michigan State, where I'm studying History. I love playing guitar, playing video games, and running. I'm super psyched for this summer, and I know that it's going to be awesome!

Monday, March 01, 2010

March'in Right In!

Wowza. March! It's a gorgeous day here at Pendalouan... sun is shining and if you listen very very closely- you may hear birds chirping! Hard to believe that spring will be here so soon, followed by another amazing summer!

This week we highlight two more staff members, these two smiling familiar faces are sure to put a bright moment in your day when they greet you each morning. I know both of them cannot wait to see you!

And with that, here they are!!

Hey Hey Everybody! My name is Tim and I am so excited to be apart of summer 2010! I've worked at Pendalouan as a counselor for four years, but this is my first summer as the Waterfront Director. When I'm not keeping everybody safe at the water, you can usually find me taking a hike or up at the ropes course. When I'm not at Pendalouan I'm a full time student of Elementary Education at Eastern Illinois University. I love meeting new people and learning new things. I can't wait to have yet another fantastic summer, and I can't wait to see you there!

Hi my name is Juice! This will be my third summer at Camp Pendalouan. I am so excited to be joining the incredible staff of summer 2010. This will be my second summer of being the H.O.T girl at camp (Health Officer Trained). I am currently attending CMU with a major in Physical Education and minor in School Health Education. My favorite things about camp are the s’mores on cook out nights, campfires, building lifelong friendships, Cook Out Day, and the weekly duals of capture the flag. I look forward to taking care of all your bumps, scrapes, bruises, cranial aches, and pains of any other sorts. Here’s to summer ’10!

Monday, February 22, 2010


Listen up! Only 111 days until the entire Summer Staff starts our orientation together! We will be super busy the week before campers arrive training, getting to know one another and preparing to give everyone the best summer ever!

We woke up this morning to 3 more inches of fresh snow covering everything in camp. It's beautiful but we are having a bit of Spring Fever! We miss birds chirping and most importantly the sounds of summer... slashes off the dock... silly songs... the crackle of a campfire. But soon enough!

This week officially kicks off our Summer Staff 2010 introductions! I hope you are as excited as I am to see familiar and new faces. We have an awesome crew this year who cannot wait for summer.

So without further ado... your Summer 2010 YMCA Camp Pendalouan Staff!

Hi everyone! My name is Kalin and I am ecstatic to be returning to good ole' Pendy this summer as Program Director. Hard to believe it will be here in just a few short months! When I'm not constantly carrying a clipboard and running around camp I am studying journalism in Chicago! I'm from Michigan and Pendalouan feels like home to me each time I drive down Russell Rd. My favorite things about camp are; CookOut Day, swimming in the lake, all camp activities, sailing, laughing until my stomach hurts, s'mores, meeting new people and singing on the steps of Nikana Lodge. I cannot wait to see all of you this summer I can promise you it's going to be another great one! Here's to Summer 2010! I'll see you then. :)

A BIG PENDALOUAN HELLO from Northfield, Minnesota!! My name is Mark and I am the 2010 Teen Director. This summer will mark my 12th year at Camp Pendalouan! I was a camper for 7 years, and this will be my 5th year as a staff member. This summer I'll be once again working with the Teen Programs (CITs, LITs, and Teen Adventure). 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! My favorite things about Pendalouan are Kitchen Staff Parades, Sailing and canoeing on Big Blue Lake, hiking to Sleepy Hollow, and Capture the Flag. Campfires, smores, and singing to Mr. Moon also help me get through the school year. Summer 2010 will be like no other!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Shores of Ice!

Greetings from the Shores of Big Blue Lake!

Or, to be slightly more accurate, Big White Chunk of Ice. It's quite white up here at Camp Pendalouan, and we're loving it. The groups coming in are enjoying the skiing and toboggan, and all winter activities in between.

As we get to the tail end of winter, though, it is easy to start thinking of summer. One of my personal favorite parts of summer days and summer camp is the much warmer waters of Big Blue. In the chilly days of February, then, I'll remember one of my favorite soaking wet camp days.

The morning started out like many mornings at camp: our whole cabin went down to the early 7:00 polar bear swim in the cold morning air. It was chilly and fun, and a great way to wake up. A little after breakfast, we went down to canoeing class and canoed in the lake, making sure to check out the wildlife in Turtle Bay. By Open Waterfront, it was hot, and everybody wanted to go swimming. We had enough time to wipe off the water just before lunch.
After a relaxing rest hour, though, it was back to the water. There was a Mud Hike and a water fight in Rendezvous Choice Time, and then some more boating and even sailing during afternoon Open Waterfront. An open fire cookout let us dry for a bit before a trip to the sand bar and some games on the Water Mat. By the evening all camp game, we were completely waterlogged, and dripping with smiles. Though we had never really dried off, it had been a great wet day.

Until the days are sunny, then,
Until the sailboats creek
Until the water is wet and warm,
Or at least until next week

- Counselor Will, guest hosting for Chief Pendalouan

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

And The Countdown Begins...

Hello all -

A warm-up is on the way (mid-30s)and some of our beautiful snow is going to melt. Although Summer Camp is very much on our minds, we are not even remotely ready for winter to end! We have many school groups on their way out to camp to ski, toboggan and play broom-ball; weekend groups coming to enjoy hot chocolate by the warm fire; and Special Days coming for their Winter Camp!

What? You haven't heard about Special Days?!? It's this awesome camp for children who are living with cancer and their siblings. This winter will be the first time Special Days has camped with Pendalouan and we are super excited!!! I have heard great things about all things related to Special Days and am quite anxious to try deep-fried Oreos! Check out the Special Days website at

So please, even if you don't like winter, say a prayer that we keep our snow for quite a bit longer!!

Suumer Camp, as mentioned before, is very much on our minds! I have a room full of arrows, canoe paddles, crafts items and more just waiting to be put to use. Staff is steadily being added to the Summer 2010 roster. Next week, I will begin to introduce them to you'll just have to wait to see who will be filling our summer days with fun and laughter!!

For the record...the first day of summer camp is just 158 days away!!

-Chief Pendalouan

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Happy New Year!!

Hello Campers, Staff, Parents and Alumni -

Camp is absolutely beautiful right now!! It is covered by a blanket of snow at least 12 inches deep and there is more snow in the forecast. We are so lucky to be in such a winter wonderland!

Happy 2010! Do you make New Year's Resoultions? If so, I sincerely hope that one of them is to make sure you visit Pendalouan at least one time this year. So much is happening - East Moon Bathhouse is getting a facelift and promises to be amazing; staff - both old and new - are being put into place on the Summer Camp 2010 team; school groups and weekend rental groups will begin their treks to camp in just 2 weeks; and summer camp planning is in full-swing.

Make sure you stop back here to see what's happening!

Until next time -

Chief Pendalouan