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