Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Friends & Fun at Women's Adventure Weekend 2011

This past weekend, a group of over 20 women, with ages ranging from the 20s to the 80s, gathered at Camp Pendalouan for a weekend of outdoor activities, memory making, and relaxation.

The weekend started off on Friday with a low key evening in the lodge. The group of women played some fun team-building games to get to know each other a little better. There were so
many smiles and a lot of laughter!

While Friday was relaxing, Sunday was a jam-packed day of activity and adventure! Several women tried their hand on our zipline, climbing wall, and high ropes course. Many commented that it was fun to try the activity that their kids had done while at Pendalouan for Outdoor Education or Summer Camp. Our archery and riflery ranges were also open to enjoy shooting bows and arrows or our air-soft rifles. Another highlight of the day was the canoe trip down the White River - a beautiful trip down a winding, but calm river not too far from camp.

In the evening, there was a Craft Fair in the lodge! The group of women - having bonded quite a bit after 24 hours of fun, laughter and activities - bounced between making journals, bookmarks, Halloween decorations to bring back to the family, while enjoying each other's company and hand-dipped caramel apples.

The schedule allowed for as much or as little participation as participants wanted and there were always opportunities to enjoy our boating and swim areas whenever they pleased. One daring group of women decided to do a "Rejuvenation Dip" in the early morning on Sunday. (sounds a lot like our Polar Bear Swim during the Summer!

Even with such a plethora of activities, the weekend was relaxing and so much fun! New friends, new memories, great times! We can't wait for Women's Adventure Weekend 2012!

Women's Adventure Weekend is one of Pendalouan's Family-Oriented Camps. In addition to Women's Adventure Weekend, we also have a Mom & Kids Camp, a Family Camp, and a Father-Son Camp during the Summer. For more information on any of these camps, contact the Pendalouan Office at or (231) 894-4538.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A Recap of Pendalouan Day 2010

Time to go back in time... to 2010! As Pendalouan Day 2011 gets closer and closer, we thought it would be good to recap last year's Pendalouan Day! So without further ado... let's go back to Pendalouan Day 2010...

Pendalouan Day 2010 was a huge success! We had alums from over 20 years present, spanning over 50 years! Red Heeres, former Waterfront Director from 1957-60 shared powerful words at the re-dedication ceremony for Wildwood Chapel, a definite highlight to the weekend.

Other highlights included camp tours, open activities (climbing wall, boating, archery, etc), and the showing of a newly created Camp Pendalouan Memory Video (see below).

A good handful of families decided to go for the full camp experience by spending the night in a cabin, enjoying a multi-generational Pendalouan campfire, breakfast, and a chapel service in the morning.

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!

Are you an alum or friend of Pendalouan? Join us for Pendalouan Day 2011? Pendalouan Day/Alumni Weekend is on OCTOBER 15TH, 2011. See the previous blogpost for more information. Please register by October 10th to If youLinkhave any questions, feel free to call camp at (231) 894-4538. We look forward to seeing you!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Announcing... PENDALOUAN DAY 2011

Have you heard the news...? It's coming! What is coming?

A way to get back and relive some special camp moments.
A chance to reconnect with old camp friends.
An opportunity to discover camp improvements.



That's right! Pendalouan Day/Alumni Weekend 2011 is coming up soon on OCTOBER 15TH, 2011. Pendalouan Day is your chance to reconnect with this special place and other friends & alumni of Pendalouan. If you consider yourself a friend or alum of Pendalouan, we welcome you to join us - no matter your affiliation!

Open Activities will start at 2:00pm and will include archery, boating, the climbing wall, a hike to Sleepy Hollow and other fun options. We will offer several camp tours, a presentation on camp improvements, and dinner!

If you'd like to extend your stay, feel free to spend a night in one of our cabins Saturday evening and enjoy breakfast and chapel on Sunday Morning. There WILL be a campfire - so make sure you practice your favorite song or skit!

Please register by October 10th to If youLinkhave any questions, feel free to call camp at (231) 894-4538. We look forward to seeing you!

Keep checking the blog for updates on Pendalouan Day. Next week, we'll also be posting a recap on Pendalouan Day 2010! Stay tuned!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Father-Son Camp 2011... A Success!

A little more than a week ago, Camp Pendalouan held our annual Father-Son Camp. This rich tradition, which started in 1936, provides fathers, sons, and grandfathers the chance to come together for 3 days of laughter, bonding, and good times.

Father-Son Camp is one of our longest standing traditions here at camp. And its no secret as to why... The weekend is a blast! Throughout the weekend, there are opportunities to swim and boat on Big Blue Lake, hike to Sleepy Hollow, shoot at the Archery and Riflery Ranges, conquer our climbing wall, high ropes course, and take a ride on our Zipline! Horseback riding, Capture the Flag, Ultimate Frisbee, and campfires also make the weekend a memorable one.

This year, over 78 fathers and sons - many who were first timers - descended on Camp Pendalouan to have a fun weekend with just the guys. As per tradition, a hat was passed around at the Sunday Chapel to raise money for a specific camp improvement. This year's donations went to new fences. -we need at least a few fences for safety along the trails, as well as protecting some of the more environmentally sensitive areas. We're replacing split rails that were installed over 20 years ago! During Father Son Camp, the families together donated $324 dollars, which will help pay for 162 feet of new fencing! Thanks so much Fathers and Sons!

The strength of the weekend is seen in some of our attendees. We have a few families who represent three different generations of fathers and sons. It is not uncommon for grandpa and dad to have been coming to Father-Son Camp for more than 30+ years in these families! We are proud to have alumni here at Pendalouan who consider it home and we are happy to have all campers, young and old, returning and new, at camp in our various programs and family camps, such as Father-Son.

For those of you who couldn't make it this past August, we hope to see you next year! Mrk your calendar now for Aug 24-26, 2012!

Father-Son Camp is one of Pendalouan's Family-Oriented Camps. In addition to Father-Son Camp, we also have a Mom & Kids Camp, a Family Camp, and a Women's Adventure Weekend in the Fall. For more information on any of these camps, contact the Pendalouan Office at or (231) 894-4538.