Thursday, October 20, 2011

Halloween Camp! October 28th-October 29th

Halloween Camp is less than two weeks away! Have you signed up yet? It's not too late! YMCA Camp Pendalouan's Halloween Camp is a 24 hour stayover camp full of costumes, spooks, and Halloween fun.

Campers arrive on Friday at 5pm, enjoy a camp dinner, and launch into a frightful scavenger hunt before enjoying a campfire!

On Saturday, campers enjoy a morning of traditional camp activities like Archery, Riflery, Crafts, and our climbing wall. Did I mention we also do a game of Capture the Flag? In the afternoon, we offer a sleepy hollow hike, open boating, and other activities. We end the day with a Halloween Carnival full of fun spooky activities!

Enjoy these photos from last year's Halloween Camp! And see below for information on how you can sign up for Halloween Camp 2011!

Two 2010 Campers showing off their Costumes.

Not exactly your typical Cabin Photo!

Our staff LOVE dressing up in costumes! No wonder this event is so fun.

Halloween Camp is one of our favorite seasonal events of the year! This 24 hour camp starts on Friday, October 28th at 5pm and goes until 5:00pm on Saturday, October 29th. This event is for grades K-8. The Fee is $60/person. Want to register or have questions? Call the office at (231) 894-4538. You can also register online here.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A Weekend With Alumni & Friends!

What an amazing weekend we had here at Pendalouan! This past Saturday, over 100 Alumni & Friends of YMCA Camp Pendalouan made their way back to the shores of Big Blue Lake to gather together and share memories, stories and laughs while showing their families what Camp here at Pendalouan is all about.

There were memory displays in the lodge with old camper handbooks, photos, newspaper articles, staff manuals, camp newsletters, craft projects, and other mementos for alums and friends to peruse. We also had a slide show full of trivia and more recent photos from the past few summers. In addition to the slide show, we also projected some of Eddie's old films. We played video clips from 1964, 1970, and 1982. What treasures those films are!

Throughout the day, there were open activities, camp tours, and a warm fire with cider and donuts in the lodge. Before dinner, we also had a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the re-dedication of the Sugar Shack and a short presentation about Pendalouan's Past, Present and Future by Bruce Spoelman, Executive Director.

After a delicious camp meal and ice cream sundae dessert, we made our way to Great Bear Fire Circle where we had a multi-generational campfire! It was great seeing kids of former counselors and current campers lead songs side by side.Link
One of our side projects for the weekend was raising money for fences. Many of our old split-rail fences are worn down and need replacing. With the help of our Alumni and Friends, we raised over 230 feet of fence! Thanks so much to all who donated! What a great cherry on top to a wonderful event!

If you could not join us, but would like to learn more about what happened at Pendalouan Day, hear about ways to be involved in future Alumni & Friends events or volunteer projects, please email or call the office at (231) 894-4538.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Fall at Camp: Busy as Bees!

Camp has been busy, busy, busy! We have been wrapping up Father-Son Camp and Women's Adventure Weekend, preparing for Pendalouan Day, getting ready for Halloween Camp, and teaching hundreds of students in our Outdoor Education Programs!

In previous posts, we recapped our Father-Son Camp and our Women's Adventure Weekend. But would you believe it if we told you that we are already getting calls and registrations for Family Camp 2012! That's right! Attendees from Family Camp 2011 and these other two family-centered camps are getting their registrations in soon, because they know that space is limited.

With Pendalouan Day only four days away, we have been getting volunteers, calling alums, digging out old staff paddles, gathering up old pictures and mementos and getting ready for welcoming more than 120 alumni and friends back to the shores of Big Blue Lake! One highlight has been going through old footage that Eddie Boersema took in the 60s, 70s, & 80s! An alum has graciously donated his time and energy to converting the old 16mm films to DVD. What a treat it has been to see this priceless old footage. We plan on showing some of it during the big event!

We've also been planning our annual Halloween Camp! Expect a whole post dedicated to this wonderfully spooky 24-hour event for campers in the coming week.

School groups have also been out to camp by the busload! Hundreds of students have already come out to camp and learned about Local Native and Pioneer History, the Michigan Fur and Lumber Trades, Food Chains and Food Webs, how to use a compass, and working on their team building skills, among other things! We've had a blast with these groups and we can't wait for them to return in the spring or next year year!

Throughout all this, the trees have been swaying, the leaves have been changing, and the weather has been pleasant. What a wonderful time of year at camp! We hope you can find a way to enjoy it! Call the office at (231) 894-4538 to find a way to get out here before the leaves all fall!

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Our Annual Wishlist!

Every year at about this time, we are asked to compile our Annual Wishlist for the community. This year, we've compiled our Top 50 items that Pendalouan could benefit from.

We are putting our wishlist 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 Wishlist please contact us at the office at (231) 894-4538!

Without further ado...

"Camp Pendalouan's Wishlist"

Any Pendalouan relics such as:
Staff or camper autographed plaques and canoe paddles
Copies of photos with names

Under $50
Digital Picture Frame
Ceramic mugs
Wooden canoe paddles, any size, whole or broken
Sand toys
Waterproof tarps, any size
Giftcards to Sam’s club, Gordon Food Service, Best Buy, Office Depot, Office Max, Meijer
Adult Sized Costumes (e.g. Gorilla Suit)
Hand Tools
Board games
Office Supplies
Skateboard helmets

Under $100
White boards
Vacuum cleaners
External hard drive

Under $500
Portable shade structures
Push Lawnmower
New basketball backboards and hoops

Under $5,000
Industrial Floor Scrubber
New Industrial Washer and Dryer
Wood splitter
Riding Lawnmower
4wd Utility Vehicle

7-passenger (or more) minivan
Pickup Truck
Monetary Donation for Camperships
Monetary Donation for Facility Improvements
Montetary Donation for Property Acquisition

Facility Projects Needing Funding
Fences ($2.00 per foot)
New Picnic Tables
Paddle boats
Light poles
Luggage pavilion (~$8,000)
Erosion control
Boardwalk along shoreline
Deck for Pawnee Cabin
Replace Climbing Wall
Replace Zipline
Outdoor Wood burning Furnace
Hydapipe showers ($450.00)
CIT Area Cabin/Housing
Wood Fencing for Horse Area
Ropers and Wranglers Cabin

We hope you can help us out! Have a great rest of your week!

Do you think you can help us out? If so, please contact us in the office at (231) 894-4538 or email Bruce, Executive Director, at You can also make a payment online by checking out our giving website.Link