Thursday, December 29, 2011

2011 Year In Review!

What a year 2011 was for YMCA Camp Pendalouan! We provided high quality character-building and outdoor education programs to over 6,000 campers, we had record numbers in some of our seasonal and family programs and we continued to connect with our friends and alumni.

The first few months of 2011 were characterized by having some wonderful school groups come out to camp for a winter outdoor education experience! In addition to enjoying our year-round classes and activities we provide, these school groups had the added benefit of enjoying our winter activities such as cross country skiing, our toboggan run, and broomball on the frozen lake.

But eventually the snow melted and winter turned to spring. In the spring, we had even more school groups come in and we were thrilled to be able to work with so many great groups of teachers, students and parents. In the Spring we also had our “Spring Break Escape” Day Camp and our two Open Houses for those who wanted to get a feel of what Pendalouan is all about.

Summer is Pendalouan’s busiest time of the year and for good reason! Our summer staff join us early for an intense week of Staff Orientation/Training and then we are going, going, going for 6 weeks straight of Summer Camp Fun. It was an amazing summer! We also welcomed Special Days Camps for the first two weeks in August. In addition to our Resident Camps and Day Camps, the summer is when our Mom & Kids Camp, our Family Camp, and our Father-Son Camp take place. What a blast those all were!


As summer came to a close, the school year started up again and we focused again on our Outdoor Education Programs. School groups ventured in the outdoors with us and grew in our unique learning environment. In addition to our OE programs, we also welcomed over 100 alumni & friends back to camp for Pendalouan Day, had a great group of women for Women’s Adventure Weekend, and had record high numbers for our Halloween Camp. What a great Fall! We also capped our year off with our Year End Campaign. Since we have a few more days until 2012, the campaign hasn’t ended yet, but as soon as it does, we’ll let you know the results!

And now, as 2011 wraps up, we are busy thinking about how to make 2012 the best year yet for Pendalouan. We already have some excited things planned for 2012 including a cool new T-Shirt Promotion, some awesome additions to our summer camp programs, and some innovative Alumni initiatives. Do you have any ideas on how we can make 2012 the best year yet for Pendalouan? If, so let us know! Email with your ideas.

Now the fun part… Resolutions! Some of our 2012 New Year's Resolutions:
  • To continue to offer high quality programs to those who walk through our door
  • To continue to grow in Mind, Body and Spirit as an organization and to facilitate that growth in those we service
  • To constantly work to improve communication with parents
  • To find more ways to share the Pendalouan experience with even more children
  • To find and reconnect with alumni who we’ve lost contact with

Thanks to everyone who made 2011 such a success and we look forward to seeing you in 2012!
Happy New Year!

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