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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Busy as Bees This May!

What a month it has been at Camp Pendalouan so far! Outdoor Education season is in full swing and we here at camp are working hard to give school groups an incredible experience as they finish up their school year.

As we provide school groups with a learning experience that the classroom cannot provide, we are simultaneously preparing for Summer Camp! Did you know that we have some great new activities and programs this summer? First is our Fine Arts Specialty Camp during Session One and Session Five. Campers will be exposed to a wide variety of different art mediums, including ceramics, painting with acrylics, and drawing with pastels, charcoal and pencils. Campers will be bringing home their projects to share with the family. Second, we are in the process of developing a Water Polo program at camp. This exciting new feature would be available during Cabin Activity Time, Rendezvous (our "Choice Time"), Aquatics Camp, and other Special Waterfront time. Lastly, we are currently fishing ideas from our new staff about new activities to offer based on their unique talents and abilities. We have already talked about a Gymnastics class, a movie making class, and a new and improved nature class with some of our Summer 2011 Staff Members. Can you say, exciting?!

But let's continue our Meet The Staff series! Today we have Tatiana, Myk and Kelly!


Hey everyone! My name is Tatiana and this will be my second year work at camp! Previously, I was a camper for 2 years and a CIT. I am currently a senior at Groves high school and will soon be graduating to attend Michigan State University for education and psychology. I love to dance in the shower, sing in the car, and laugh with my friends. In my spare time I enjoy reading, drawing, and walking my dog. I can't wait for this summer! It's gonna be the best summer ever!!!!!


Hi! I am Myk! I love hanging out with my friends, working out and fixing things like my truck and tractors. I love working with my hands . I also love rockclimbing and doing other sports like wrestling and lacrosse. This year I coached middle school wrestling. We went 13-1! I grew up around animals all my life and I participated in 4H. I am also a hunter, I love to bow hunt. I don't do to much with a gun yet, but I still am good with one.I really enjoy working with kids. I hope from camp that I make a bunch of little friends and have a memorable summer counseling experience!



Hey everyone! My name is Kelly! I'm from Utah, but have spent my summers in Michigan for as long as I can remember. I'm currently finishing up my junior year at Salem Hills High School and can't wait to be done so I can come hang out with all of you at my favorite place ever, Camp Pendalouan! This will be my fourth summer at Pendalouan, but my first as a counselor. I'm so super duper excited!! I cant wait to swim in beautiful Big Blue Lake, play some gaga, capture the flag, eat juice pops, and sing songs! :)

Wow, 2011 is sure going to be one for the books. Won't you join us? Sessions are filling up fast. Check the Pendalouan Facebook Page for discounts, registration information and contact info!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Just a few more days!

Hey There! We are INCHES away from camp. Let's meet some of our remaining staff!


Hey everyone! My name is Baylee Tuggle and I'’ve been a member of the Pendalouan family for nine years. My favorite camp activities include Arts and Crafts, canoeing down the White River, playing GaGa, and pretty much everything else at camp. I have been dreaming of being a camp counselor since I was seven, and now my dream is finally coming true! I can’t wait until summer, when we’ll sing silly songs and eat s’mores around a campfire. Summer of 2011 will be the best one yet!


Hello! My name is Dasha and this will be my 5th summer at Pendy. I enjoy running. I just graduated from the University of Michigan, where I studied nature. Things I love about camp: capture the flag, cookies, cookouts, the trading post, and CAMPERS! I can't wait for this summer, I'm sure it will be amazing!



Hello Friends! My name is Matt and the other day was my first full day as a Pendalouan staff member- I can already tell it's going to be a great summer. Although I just started working at Pendy, I am not new to YMCA Summer Camps. For the past six summers I worked at YMCA Camp Benson, where I was a counselor and Ropes Director. This summer I will be floating all around camp helping out from the kitchen to the waterfront and everywhere in between. Currently I'm a senior at Western Illinois University, majoring in Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration with a double minor in African American Studies and Analog Photography. In my free time, I am an avid supporter of the Chicago Fire Soccer Club and have been a season ticket holder since 2007. Can't wait to meet you all!

Less than 4 Weeks Until Summer 2011!

Can you believe it?!? We only have 26 days until Session One of Summer 2011 starts! I get goose bumps just saying it out loud! From now on, we'll be introducing THREE new staff a post. Are you excited because I know these three are! Let's give a big Pendalouan Welcome (and Welcome Back) to Fenton, Kathleen, and Stefan:



Dear Campers, My name is Fenton Jones I live in Detroit Michigan. This is my first year at camp Pendalouan and boy am I EXITED! I am a very enthusiastic person; I am told I am very outgoing and that I have boat loads of Energy. I am a recent graduate from University high school (Ferndale) Class of 2011. WOHOOO! Next year i will be attending Saginaw Valley State University where I will take up English education or International Studies. My favorite hobby is learning Japanese, mentoring, writing and of course playing Soccer! I cannot wait for this journey begins as I learn and gain new experience. I look forward to working with all of you. See ya at CP. I'm third!




Hi Everyone! My name is Kathleen Pallante and this will be my 11th summer at Camp Pendalouan. When I am (unfortunately) not at Camp, I enjoy playing volleyball with my school, singing in the choir, and reading. I live in the often cold but beautiful state of Michigan and could not be more excited for a great summer at camp! I'm looking forward to playing scatterball, singing songs, and playing the greatest camp game of all, Capture the Flag! I can't wait for the day I wake at Camp Pendalouan and begin the summer!




Hello! My name is Stefan and this will be my second summer working at Camp Pendalouan. I am a senior at West High school in Madison Wisconsin. Last year was one of my favorite summer experiences and I can’t wait for this summer. I am looking forward to having fun all day every day. I can’t wait for camp to begin once again. See you in June!


Fenton, Kathleen and Stefan are PUMPED to see you. Have you signed up for summer camp or day camp this summer yet? Check out the website for contact and registration. Hope to see you soon!

Monday, May 16, 2011

We're Back... WITH MORE STAFF!

HELLO THERE!

Late last week, there were some technical difficulties with blogger.com, so we were unable to continue our sibling staff bio series! But now we are back in business and ready to introduce Alyssa (Katie's sister), Liz (Braden's sister) and Gretchen (Our Teen Director's sister). Without further ado, here they are:



Hi everyone! My name is Alyssa. This will be my second summer at Pendy and I couldn’t be more psyched. Although I am originally from the great state of Pennsylvania, I am currently living in St. Paul, MN as a sophomore at Macalester College studying Geography and Educational Studies. While the snow the starting to melt and signs of spring are coming, I really just want to fast forward to those perfect sunny days on Big Blue. I’m most excited about making foiled dinners, playing on the water mat, and getting to see all the wonderful faces of camp everyday. To make this summer even better my older sister, Katie, is joining the staff, which will be a blast! I can’t wait to meet everyone. Summer 2011 is going to be amazing!




Hey everybody! My name is Liz and this is my third year as a counselor at good ole Camp Pendalouan :) I have spent the past 12 summers at camp, either as a camper or counselor, and I couldn't imagine my summer any other way. I'm currently a freshman at the University of Michigan where I'm studying engineering. But I'm counting down the days until I'm back at Big Blue Lake. I can't wait to sing songs at the top of my lungs and enjoy the savory taste of foil dinners hot off the campfire. But what I look forward to the most this summer is sharing my enthusiasm and love for camp with others. Can't wait to see you there!




Hey everyone! My name is Gretchen. This will be my seventh year at Pendalouan and I’m so excited to be spending my summer on Big Blue Lake once again! I currently live in Grand Haven Michigan, but I cannot wait to graduate and begin attending Northern Michigan University in the fall. My favorite things to do at camp include making new friends, canoeing down the White River, playing four square, singing songs, swimming at the sandbar, and having cookouts. When I’m not at camp you can usually find me outside, with a book, or just hanging out with my friends and family. I know it is going to be an amazing summer and I can’t wait for camp to start! See you there!


Make sure to check back later this week for more staff bios as we get closer and closer towards Summer 2011!

Peace, Love, Pendalouan

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Countdown Continues!

Can you believe that we only have 40 days left until Session One of Summer 2011 begins?!? The days will fly by and it will be before we know it!

You may already know that this summer we will once again only be having six sessions of resident camp! This is because our friends from Special Days Camps are coming back to Pendalouan for the first two in August. We had a blast with Special Days last year and we can't wait for them to return. But this does mean that it is super important to register now in order to secure your spot in the 6 sessions of Resident Camp! Be sure to check our website for rates & dates for Summer 2011! We can't wait to see you there!


Today, we are introducing two staff members who both have siblings working here at Pendalouan this summer! Today is Braden and Katie. Later this week, we'll meet their siblings Liz and Alyssa.


My name is Braden and I LOVE Camp Pendalouan! This is going to be my 12th summer at camp, and my first as a counselor. I can hardly wait for summer to get here and get to see Big Blue Lake again. I am a junior at Muskegon High School and am on the Cross Country Team. I also have a sister, Liz, who is also a counselor at Camp Pendalouan. My favorite meal at camp is Teriyaki Chicken, with chocolate pudding for dessert. YUM!!! I can't wait to be at camp having fun with everybody playing games and singing songs. This is going to be an amazing summer at camp and I am really excited to be part of it.

Hello everyone! My name is Katie and I am beyond excited to be a counselor at Camp Pendalouan this summer. This will be my first summer at Pendalouan and I cannot wait for the adventures to begin! I am currently finishing up my senior year at Carleton College in Minnesota where I enjoy studying Anthropology, making art, floating down the Canon river, and generally spending as much time out in the sunshine as possible. I'm looking forward to meeting everyone and spending an amazing summer at Camp Pendalouan!

Stay tuned later this week, to meet their siblings, Liz and Alyssa!

Friday, May 06, 2011

More Michigan Staff!

Hey Everyone! We have less than 45 days until Summer 2011 officially begins! Pendalouan is gearing up and getting ready. We are hosting the last few weeks of school groups, cleaning out cabins, and starting to plan and buy things for the Summer (Juice Pops and s’more supplies by the truckload!!!).

As we get closer and closer to the Summer, we’ll be meeting more and more staff! Today we are introducing Melissa and Egan. Coincidentally, both of these staff members have older siblings who also worked at camp! We really are all one big Pendalouan family!


Hey Hey! My name is Melissa and this will be my second summer at Camp Pendalouan! I currently attend the University of Michigan-Flint. When I'm not dancing or cheering, you'll see me hanging out on the lake, sitting by the fire, or eating smores. I'm super ecstatic to meet new friends! This cold is getting old! Bring on summer 2011!

Hey there! I'll be receiving my third bead this summer! How exciting it is to be coming back. I'm Egan (the one giving the adorable chocolate lab a squeeze). I study art in Chicago, have recently taken up the banjo, and can always go for vanilla soft-serve. While at camp, I love cookouts, crafts, and trips to the sandbar. I'm looking forward to seeing familiar faces, and spending time with new ones! Can't wait for Pendalouan 2011! See you there!

Thanks for reading! Check back next week and we’ll have more bios and more information to share about Summer 2011. Have an enjoyable, safe, and (hopefully) warm weekend!

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Less Than A Month To Go!

You're probably itching to get out of school and get to camp! I know the staff is! Some of the staff are already here, working with school groups and gearing up for Summer 2011! In less than one month, we all meet to train and get ready to give hundreds of campers the summer of your life!

Cookout night, all camp games, cabin activities, lake swim, boating, high ropes, archery, rifles and bb's, hikes to sleep hollow... those are just a FEW of the things you can look forward to this year! And we cannot wait to see you!

Enjoy your week! Here are three more staff to meet: Jose, Leah, and Mathieu!


Greetings Earthlings! I’m Jose and this will be my 2nd year at Camp Pendalouan. This summer is going to be great. I’m looking forward to spending warm sunny days playing games and having fun! In my spare time, I love to play video games, draw, and listen to music. I also like to run to stay in shape and for fun. In June, I am going to graduate from Muskegon High School and next fall I am attending Kendall College of Art & Design where I plan on double majoring in Graphic Design and Art Education so that I can be an art teacher. I love working with kids, which is why I am excited to be a counselor this summer. It’s going to be awesome! :)

My name is Leah. This will be my third summer working at Pendalouan, and it is my my ninth summer ever! I can not wait to be back on the shores of Big Blue Lake to have more INCREDIBLE days with all of you! I love spending time up on the ropes course and out on the lake. I love the smell of campfire, especially if there are foil dinners and s'mores involved! I am currently a sophomore at the University of Michigan, where I am studying Biomedical Engineering. But the school will be over very soon, and I am extremely excited for this summer to begin!

Bonjour a tous my name is Mathieu and I'm from Belgium in Europe. I go to a french school and my first language is French. This will be my seventh year at camp and my first one as a real counselor. I'll do my best to make it the best one yet. I can't wait to meet new people that I never met and listen to their stories. My favorite part of camp is the high ropes and singing silly songs all day long. When you'll see me for the first time this summer, don't hesitate to say Hi my ears are open to anything you have to say.


Feel free to contact the office if you have any questions regarding resident camp, day camp, registration, or even just to say hi! See you soon!

Open House Recap and Michigan Staff!

Well hello there! Happy Wednesday to you from Big Blue Lake! It is currently 60 degrees and Sunny here at Pendalouan and we are enjoying the nice spring morning while we think about summer camp. If it was a resident camp session, we’d be right about to switch from our 1st Activity Period to our Second. Maybe from Archery to Sports and Games? Or Canoeing to Nature?

Well we had our Spring Open House this past Sunday and it was a blast! We had absolutely amazing weather and offered boating, archery, tours, and the climbing wall for visitors to enjoy and experience. In addition to Alumni that stopped by to reconnect and revisit, we also had families and youth who had never been to Pendalouan before, who came to get a good feel of this wonderful place before registering for a Summer camp session.

Unable to make it last Sunday? Don’t worry, if you give the office a call at (231) 894-4538, you can set up a time to stop by Camp Pendalouan and get a tour and check us out!

But now its time to meet some more of our wonderful Summer 2011 staff. Last week, we introduced four out-of-state staff members, hailing from Minnesota to New Mexico to West Virginia. This week, we’ll be highlighting some of our Michigan born and raised staff! So without further ado, here’s Mishael and Julie!

Good day readers! I'm Mishael. This will be my first summer as a staff member but my 9th year going to summer camp. I'm so excited to work at camp. After this summer, I will be going into my senior year at Dexter High School. I love building stuff in my spare time and my passion is fixing anything that I can find thats broken. I've wanted to work at camp for as long as I've been going and I can't wait to see everyone there!

Hi everyone! My name is Julie and I am 21 years old. I love eating peanut butter cup ice cream, running, and water skiing. Right now I am studying at Grand Valley State University. I can’t wait for school to be over and summer to begin so I can get back to Camp Pendalouan! This will be my second summer on staff and I am so excited for summer 2011! I look forward to playing capture the flag, singing to Mr. Zip Zip, and swimming in Big Blue. I can’t wait to see you all this summer!

Julie and Mishael are just itching for summer to come and so are we. We hope you join Julie, Mishael, and the rest of us for a session (or two) of Summer 2011!