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!

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