Sunday, August 26, 2012

Father Son Camp 2012 - A Weekend of Tradition!

It's hard to believe that it's only been a week since 74 fathers and sons left Big Blue Lake after spending a weekend of fun camp activities, relaxation and male family bonding!

Father Son Camp is a rich Pendalouan tradition. The first Father Son Camp started in 1936 and for those 75+ years, Pendalouan's Father Son Camp has been providing fathers, sons, and grandfathers the chance to come together for 3 days of laughter, bonding, and good times.

Dads and sons came from the Muskegon area, Ohio, Illinois, and other parts of the mitten to enjoy a weekend on the shores of Beautiful Big Blue Lake.Throughout the weekend, there were opportunities to swim and boat on Big Blue Lake, hike to Sleepy Hollow, shoot at the Archery, Riflery and new Slingshot Range, conquer our climbing wall, high ropes course, and take a ride on our Zipline! Horseback riding, Capture the Flag, Ultimate Frisbee, and campfires also make the weekend a memorable one.

 "What a fun weekend. There is a ton of stuff to do over the two day period and you get to build lifelong memories with your son or sons in a beautiful, outdoor environment."                    -2012 Father Son Participant

The strength of the weekend is seen in some of our attendees. We have a few families who represent three different generations of fathers and sons. It is not uncommon for grandpa and dad to have been coming to Father-Son Camp for more than 30+ years in these families! We are proud to have alumni here at Pendalouan who consider it home and we are happy to have all campers, young and old, returning and new, at camp in our various programs and family camps, such as Father-Son.

That being said - we also had several new father and son families this year at Camp! Many of these new families are the new wave of Pendalouan Father Son campers. It will be fun to see them still attending in 30 or even 40 years!

If you couldn't join us this year, we hope to see you next summer! Next year, Father Son weekend will be July 19-21, 2013. Save the date now!

Father-Son Camp is one of Pendalouan's Family-Oriented Camps. In addition to Father-Son Camp, we also have a Mom & Kids Camp, a Family Camp, and a Women's Adventure Weekend in just a few weeks! For more information on any of these camps, contact the Pendalouan Office at or (231) 894-4538.

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