Thursday, March 29, 2012

Why We Do What We Do

Every day here at Camp is full of moments where we as Pendalouan staff are able to look around and say to ourselves, "Wow. We really do make a difference." But every once and a while, we hear from a camper or alumni and it really hits deeper than our daily reminders. Below are the words of a recent young Pendalouan alumni who recently helped us cement our commitment to creating strong kids and reminded us of why we do what we do. Enjoy.

"I cannot put to words the excitement that arose within me each year as we traveled through the trees down the curvy roads to get the Camp Pendalouan. I always knew that that week at Pendalouan would be full of surprises, support, and love.

I started going to camp when I was seven years old, and I can honestly say that I felt safer and happier at camp then I ever felt at any other point in my life. As a camper, I felt no judgments, no persecution. My counselors just encouraged me to be myself, to enjoy life, to have fun. I knew that at camp, I would be safe and cared for no matter what and that meant a lot considering that I came from a home where love was never consistent.

Pendalouan encouraged me to be more than I thought I ever could be. Camp challenged me to overcome obstacles and helped me develop skills that would allow me to conquer many difficult situations in life. Without Pendalouan, I would not be the strong person I am today. I would have never felt like I was worth anything. Because of Pendalouan, I became a good leader, a hard worker, and a caring person.

I would like to thank anyone who has ever contributed to the Campership program. Without it, my mother would not have been able to afford to send me to Pendalouan, and I would not be who I am today. I look back on my time at Pendalouan and realize now that it was way too short. Those were truly the best years of my life whether it was learning that I was worth more when I was a camper or helping campers understand their importance when I was a counselor. Pendalouan will forever be in my heart, and I hope that many other children will have to opportunity to love camp as much as I do."

-Brittani, Campership Recipient 

Do YOU have a Pendalouan Story to share with the Pendalouan Community? If so, send it to Mark Olson, Alumni Coordinator at If you'd like to learn how to help to provide important camp experiences to kids who may not otherwise have the chance to get them, please check out our website or contact Bruce Spoelman, Executive Director at (231) 894-4538.

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