Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Water Mat Madness

This week cabin groups have spent a lot of time on one of our favorite waterfront toys, the Water Mat! Campers enjoy having "fashion shows," wrestling, jumping on and off the mat. "The most popular game to play on the water mat is King of the Hill. It's a great way to spend an evening with your cabin on Big Blue Lake." says, Waterfront Director, Tim M. Tonight the CITs will be hosting "The Big Event" which is a weekly all camp evening program. This week's theme is Jungle. Staff and CITs will be dressing up as their favorite jungle animals and playing wild games across camp.

Camp on!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Session 1 2011 is nearly history; and history-making it was! 18 CITs, and probably an equal number of inches of rain -was there a day without precipitation? And, perhaps a record number of positive attitudes by staff and campers that helped make it a great week. We hope the first year campers realize that it doesn't always rain at Beautiful Big Blue lake!

Next week is looking great for both weather and a full camp. There are still openings in other sessions, but some are definitely filling up.

Sunday, June 19, 2011



That's right. The first day of summer - do you know why? Because today is the first day of Session One for the Summer Camp 2011 season! Today marks the beginning of another summer filled with campfires, archery, friend-making, swim lessons, adventure, fireflies songs, and skits.

Last week, the Summer 2011 Staff - who you met on the blog this spring - was hard at work getting training by Pendalouan's Leadership Team in Homesickness, Merriment-Making, Emergency Protocol, Cabin Unity, Bedwetting, and several other important areas.

The staff bonded as they went through several of the same experiences that campers do when they head off to a week (or two) at camp. Many reunited with returning staff they knew. Both our 1st year staff and our returning staff members met and made new friends with the 1st year staff. They learned in "Family Groups" - an attempt to simulate the cabin bonding experience. They did Taps Talks (our nightly ritual that involves recaping the day and reflecting upon it) and made Chapel Skits for the rest of the Staff. We raised and lowered the flag daily, and in between we had sessions such as working with challenging campers or incorporating the Four Core Values into teaching activities.

They even had a chance to canoe down the White River, an experience that our older campers especially have been known to love.

Now that Staff Training is over, and our staff is rested from a relaxing weekend, we are so excited for our first campers of the Summer to come and join us for an amazing summer.

On a related note about changing kids lives for the better, Happy Fathers Day to all you Dad's out there!

Peace, Love, Pendalouan.

Monday, June 06, 2011

Less Than One Week!


In less than one week, the Summer 2011 staff you’ve met all spring here on the camp blog descend upon Beautiful Big Blue Lake and begin our Staff Training. Some of our staff are already up here working with school groups, advancing towards their lifeguard certification, or getting trained in CPR/First Aid.

Pendalouan’s Staff Training is an intense experience. There is a lot to learn and much to be done during that week's span. We work hard to make sure our staff is getting the best training out there. We do, however, make sure that it is done in an enjoyable and meaningful way as well. After our week of training and orientation, excited children pour into camp and Session One begins, officially kicking off Summer 2011!

Throughout the summer, please check back and look for periodic updates about how camp is going. There will be about one or two updates per a session. We’ll try to include some pictures too! If you have something you want to see or hear about, let us know in the comment page or on our Facebook wall!

BUT, before we get too ahead of ourselves. Let’s meet the remaining Summer 2011 staff.

Hey everyone, my name is Joselito Robles. I am a junior at Central Michigan University who is currently studying Recreation. This will be my first year on staff at Camp Pendalouan. I’m excited to do ropes course and rock wall belaying. On my free time, I enjoy playing volleyball and riding my longboard. I cannot wait for summer to start because by the sound and look of it, I will have a blast.

Hey everybody! My name is Jack, and I'm very very excited to be returning to work my second year at Camp Pendalouan. I am a graduating senior at Oak Park River Forest High School in Illinois, and will be attending DePaul University in the fall. I love to explore Chicago, play basketball, and hang out with awesome kids! I'm confident that this will be an amazing summer.

You’ve met the 2011 Staff, you’ve heard about our Staff Training, and you’ve gotten updated on what the blog will be like this summer. But have you registered for a session at Pendalouan this summer yet? For information on registration or any camp inquiry, take a look at the Pendalouan website or give the office a call at (231) 894-4538.

That’s it for now!

Peace, Love, Pendalouan.