Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Impact of a Pendalouan Experience - Pt. 1

One of the great pleasures of working at a Camp Pendalouan is hearing the stories of parents, staff, alumni and the campers themselves. Sometimes these stories are funny. Other times they bring tears to our eyes. All of them demonstrate how when a child goes through a Pendalouan experience, their lives are changed for the better.

We've profiled some of these stories in the past, but we are always looking for reasons to share them with even more members of the Pendalouan community (which is you - YES YOU!). Today, we start a 3-part series on the Impact of a Pendalouan Experience that will highlight the testimonials and stories of campers, parents, alumni and staff.

Let's start with Brittani.

Brittani was a campership recipient for several years at Pendalouan. You may have heard Brittani's story before. Her stories have been featured on our Facebook Page. She's very passionate about Pendalouan and wants her story read by as many people as possible so that everyone can know the impact a Pendalouan experience can have on a child. Here is an excerpt from her story that she sent through a Facebook message earlier this year:
"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...

...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."
Her full story can be read here.

Would you like to make sure children like Brittani continue to have meaningful experiences at Camp Pendalouan? Then please consider making a gift to Pendalouan's Year-End Campaign. The money raised will go towards providing more camperships, better facilities and enhanced programming in 2013. Donations are coming in (click here for a list of donors so far), but we still need several donations still to reach our goal. Every gift - of $10 or of $1000 - will help us reach our goal of $10,000! Please donate today by clicking here or pressing the button below.


Please, help Camp Pendalouan this holiday season by making a donation today. Your gift will make a big difference to our campers in 2013 and beyond! You can also send a check for Camp Pendalouan to:

YMCA Camp Pendalouan
1243 E. Fruitvale Rd.
Montague, MI 49437

Be on the lookout for Part 2 in our series: Testimonials from Parents and Campers. Coming soon!

We are extremely grateful for all of our Alumni & Friends who support YMCA Camp Pendalouan in many different ways. If you are interested in volunteering for Pendalouan or would like to donate money or supplies for any of our year-round programs, contact Mark Olson, Alumni & Development Director at or give us a call at camp at (231) 894-4538.


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YMCA Camp Pendalouan is a fully accredited resident and day camp. While at Pendalouan, kids and teens make friends, create life long memories, and learn new skills all the while having fun in a safe environment. At Pendalouan, you are a part of a family and campers are led by highly qualified and trained staff. If you would like to learn more about Camp Pendalouan, check out our website, the Camp Blog and our Facebook page.

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