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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Smoke Signals Preview!

Greetings from Beautiful Big Blue Lake!

Did you know that an issue of our Alumni and Friends newsletter, Smoke Signals, is currently being printed at this very moment?

That's right, in a matter of days, the Fall edition of Smoke Signals will go from being hot off the presses to being in your mailbox!


And we are pretty excited... because this issue is a special DOUBLE ISSUE! Here are some of the things you can expect to see in this upcoming issue:
  • Color!  Probably our first color issue; we intend to begin having at least one color issue per year.
  • A Profile of a Pendy Alum who sailed around the world on a tall ship between summers of working at Pendalouan
  • An exciting announcement about the camp Totem Pole
  • Summer 2012 Recap
  • Alumni Notes from Alumni and Friends from as far back as 1960s and as recent as the 2010s!
  • Letter from Bruce Spoelman, Executive Director
  • Pictures and much more!
If you are not on our Alumni & Friends Mailing List (or are not sure if you are), update your contact information here and we'll make sure you get a copy of the newest Smoke Signals!


Other Exciting Smoke Signals Links:
View Our Online Past Smoke Signals Archives
Read about the history of Pendalouan's Newsletters
Sign up for the Alumni & Friends Mailing List


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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.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Pendalouan Day! It's Coming!

Your way to get back and relive some special camp moments
Your chance to reconnect with old camp friends
Your opportunity to discover camp improvements

IT'S PENDALOUAN DAY 2012!
Saturday, October 6th, 2012
10am - 4pm


Calling all Pendalouan Alumni and Friends!

Pendalouan Day is YMCA Camp Pendalouan's alumni and reunion day and it is just around the corner!If you consider yourself a friend or alum of Pendalouan, we welcome you to join us - no matter your affiliation!


Activities will include:
  • Complimentary Lunch
  • Hikes to Sleepy Hollow
  • Open Boating, Target Sports, Climbing Wall, and more activities
  • Story Swapping and Song Singing
  • Pendalouan Trivia Competition
  • Camp Tours highlighting recent improvements
  • Dedication ceremony
  • An update of some exciting camp developments by Executive Director, Bruce Spoelman

To RSVP, fill out this form and fax or email it to ycamp@pendalouan.org. Or call the office at 231-894-4538 to RSVP! For more information head to our Pendalouan Day Webpage

See you there!

Want to hear about past Pendalouan Days? Click here for blogpost recaps from Pendalouan Day 2010 and 2011.


Executive Director Bruce Spoelman holds our new Hail Pendalouan Flag!



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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.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

FLASHBACK: Women's Adventure Weekend 2011!

Two weeks from tomorrow marks the beginning of Women's Adventure Weekend 2012! Several women from last year have signed up - along with a handful of newcomers! But there are still several spots open! So sign up today -  it's going to be a great weekend!

To get people excited about Women's Adventure Weekend 2012, we thought we'd republish the blogpost that recapped last year's Women's Adventure Weekend. Check it out and then sign up or tell Mom, Sis, Grandma, or a friend about it!
 
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Friends & Fun at Women's Adventure Weekend 2011

This past weekend, a group of over 20 women, with ages ranging from the 20s to the 80s, gathered at Camp Pendalouan for a weekend of outdoor activities, memory making, and relaxation.


The weekend started off on Friday with a low key evening in the lodge. The group of women played some fun team-building games to get to know each other a little better. There were so
many smiles and a lot of laughter!

While Friday was relaxing, Sunday was a jam-packed day of activity and adventure! Several women tried their hand on our zipline, climbing wall, and high ropes course. Many commented that it was fun to try the activity that their kids had done while at Pendalouan for Outdoor Education or Summer Camp. Our archery and riflery ranges were also open to enjoy shooting bows and arrows or our air-soft rifles. Another highlight of the day was the canoe trip down the White River - a beautiful trip down a winding, but calm river not too far from camp.

In the evening, there was a Craft Fair in the lodge! The group of women - having bonded quite a bit after 24 hours of fun, laughter and activities - bounced between making journals, bookmarks, Halloween decorations to bring back to the family, while enjoying each other's company and hand-dipped caramel apples.


The schedule allowed for as much or as little participation as participants wanted and there were always opportunities to enjoy our boating and swim areas whenever they pleased. One daring group of women decided to do a "Rejuvenation Dip" in the early morning on Sunday. (sounds a lot like our Polar Bear Swim during the Summer!

Even with such a plethora of activities, the weekend was relaxing and so much fun! New friends, new memories, great times! We can't wait for Women's Adventure Weekend 2012!
 
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Ladies, do you need a weekend away from the busyness of home and work life? Then come spend a relaxing weekend in the woods! Enjoy a calm boat excursion on Big Blue Lake, tackle our high adventure courses, or enjoy some crafts and cocoa in the lodge by a warm fire. It's your weekend to just let loose and enjoy the outdoors in a not-too-rugged way with other mom's and women.
 

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

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Something for Everyone: Upcoming Fall Events!

After a hotter than normal July, and a pleasantly perfect August, September is finally here. That means several things for Pendalouan: packing up summer supplies, changing leaves, and the beginning of the Fall Outdoor Education season.

 
But it also means that we have some exciting Fall events coming up - events that we'd like to share with you and that we hope you attend! As each of these events gets closer, we'll be highlighting them more in depth, but for now mark your calendars, sign up, and stay connected for more information!


For the kids: Halloween Camp!
October 26th-27th, 2012


The spookiest and most costumed weekend at Pendalouan all year! This 24 hour camp is full of candy, princesses, monsters, and of course camp games and traditions.  Last year, we had a record number of campers, so sign up today to make sure your child doesn't end up on a waitlist!


For a recap of last year's Halloween Camp, click here.
For more information and to register, click here.


For the moms: Women's Adventure Weekend!
September 28th-30th, 2012
Calling all moms, sisters, aunts and 21+ year old women of West Michigan! Need a weekend away from it all? Come spend a relaxing weekend in the woods! Enjoy a calm boat excursion on Big Blue Lake, tackle our high adventure courses, or enjoy some crafts and cocoa in the lodge by a warm fire. It's your weekend to just let loose and enjoy the outdoors in a not-too-rugged way with other mom's and women.



For a recap of last year's Women's Adventure Weekend, click here.
For more information and to register, click here.



For Alumni (and other Friends of Pendalouan):  Pendalouan Day!
October 6th, 2012 - 10am-4pm
Whether you were a camper or staff member, had chapel at Wildwood or Boyden, came for Summer Camp or Outdoor Education, worked with Dan Willson or Daryl Sieplinga - everyone is welcome to Pendalouan Day! This Alumni Reunion Day is a chance for Pendalouan Alumni and Friends to reconnect with fellow campers and staff, share stories about their times on Big Blue Lake, and rekindle the Pendalouan Spirit. Lunch will be provided. Optional activities include camp tours, alumni interviews, Pendalouan Trivia, dedication ceremony, updates on camp improvements and recent developments, & more!
 
For a recap of Pendalouan Day 2011, click here.
For more information and to register, click here.




We'll see you at these upcoming events! If you have any questions, give us a call at Camp at (231) 894-4538 or email any questions to ycamp@pendalouan.org.



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ARE YOU A PENDY ALUM or FRIEND OF PENDALOUAN? Former Camper/Staff, Parent, Neighbor? We'd love to hear from you! Send us a message and update your Camp History by clicking here! Also, check out our Camper/Staff lists on our Alumni Website.

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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.

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Back to School!

Happy Tuesday from Big Blue Lake! Today marks the first day of school for many of our campers and as we jump into training our Fall Outdoor Education staff, we are thinking of the thousands of summer campers and outdoor education students we will see in the next 12 months!

Recently, we heard from a parent who shared with us that her daughter "always came back from camp a little grown up and a little more mature" and that she believes Pendalouan "helps kids become better students, and later adults." We couldn't agree more! Summer camp is much for than just fun in the sun - it's teaches youth many skills that, if referenced often, can be shown, embraced and expressed throughout the school year as well!

Peg Smith, CEO of the American Camping Association, has a short video to parents that highlights this idea. She lumps these skills into three C's. Below is a short summary and the video:

So along with those camp friends and songs, encourage your camper-student to remember the skills he or she learned this summer. These skills are sure to get the school year started off right and help your child thrive all year long!

  • Confidence — All through the camp experience, children and youth have tried new activities and been successful; they feel empowered.
  • Curiosity — Camp has given children and youth the chance to explore, study, and observe in an experiential learning environment.
  • Character — Camp has challenged children and youth to develop character — through fostering respect for each other, a sense of community, and the ability to solve problems.





But just because school has started, that doesn't mean the fun of Summer Camp has to end! September is still full of many sunshine-filled, warm days that are just waiting to be enjoyed in the outdoors. Need some ideas of where to look for ideas? Check out this list from Slowfamilyonline.com. It includes activities like star gazing, skipping stones, and whistling a blade of grass!

But soon Fall will hit with full force and the leaves and temperatures will change. Stay tuned for our next blogpost, which will give a preview of the upcoming fall events at Pendalouan - including Women's Adventure Weekend, our alumni Reunion - Pendalouan Day, and Halloween Camp!




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ARE YOU A PENDY ALUM or FRIEND OF PENDALOUAN? Former Camper/Staff, Parent, Neighbor? We'd love to hear from you! Send us a message and update your Camp History by clicking here! Also, check out our Camper/Staff lists on our Alumni Website.


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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.