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.

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