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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Halloween Camp 2012: A Frightfully Good Time!


Last weekend, Pendalouan welcomed 85 campers for our annual Halloween Camp! From 5pm Friday to 5pm Saturday, campers enjoyed traditional camp activities, games, and meals - all with a Halloween twist!





Friday night started with campers meeting their counselors, playing games like 4 Square, GaGa, and Scatterball, and eating a meal that you wouldn't see during regular summer camp (see left)... Returning campers were amazing to see what Pendy looks like in the Fall and to see Nikana Lodge decorated with Halloween lights, pictures and props!

In the evening, after decorating their Trick or Treat bags, cabin groups took turns walking our Haunted Trail. The scare-factor was adjusted for each age level as to make sure our younger campers were not too frightened. Camp then joined back all together for a good ol' fashioned Pendalouan Campfire! Performances included 3 Plump Pumpkins (a take on 3 Blind Jellyfish), Purple Soup, and a story about a pig that surely will be retold at next year's Halloween Camp.

On Saturday, after breakfast, campers were able to choose between Archery, the Climbing Wall, a Pumpkin Craft, BB Guns, Parachute Games and a Sleepy Hollow Hike during our Rendezvous Choice-Time. Before lunch we also played an all camp game where campers were split up as either Ghosts or Zombies to see which team had the most Halloween spirit!




After lunch, we played a game of Capture the Flag! Then, after changing into their costumes, campers went looking for clues to see where all the Halloween candy was hidden! After putting all the puzzle pieces together and getting their candy, all of camp met up to finish the weekend with a Halloween Carnival in and around the lodge. Games included: Musical Chairs to Halloween Classics, Pin the Wart on the Witch, Pumpkin Bozo Buckets, Mummify-A-Counselor, Bingo, and more!




Thanks to all who could make it! Click here to head to our Facebook to see more pictures from the weekend! If you didn't get the chance to come this past year, make sure to mark your Calendar for next year to guarantee a spooktacular good time!





Also, registration for our 2013 programs opens up on Election Day - November 6th! Choose your candidate and then choose your programs! You can even sign up for Halloween Camp 2013! Click here to see prices and program descriptions.


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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, October 24, 2012

When You Wish Upon A Star...

Every year at about this time, we are asked to compile our Annual Wish List for the community. We’re always in need of good quality equipment, supplies and materials for Camp. Although almost any gift would be welcome, below you will find a list of our current needs. We are putting this list out on the blog so that maybe if YOU have one of these items, you can help us out!

Left: One of our old backboards, in need of repair (2011)
Right: The Papes/Adama Family in front of a wish-turned-reality,
one of our new basketball backboard!


Last year, the Adama/Papes Families saw our list and decided to work together to provide Camp with two new backboards as a way to give to others as a family during the Holiday season. The result was a tangible difference at Pendalouan that will be enjoyed by campers for years to come!








If you're able to help camp acquire anything on the Wish List, please email Mark Olson, Alumni & Development Director or contact us at the office at (231) 894-4538. We've already heard rumors of a gorilla suit being donated after this year's Halloween Season...

Without further ado,


Camp Pendalouan's 2012-2013 Wish List

Under $50

Wooden canoe paddles, any size, whole or broken (we use for staff signatures)
Waterproof tarps, any size
Giftcards to Sam’s club, Gordon Food Service, Best Buy, Staples, Meijer
Adult size costumes (e.g. Gorilla Suit)
Hand tools
Office supplies
Skateboard helmets (we use them for mt. biking)

Under $500
Rototiller
Portable shade structures & tents
Push Lawnmower
Vacuum cleaners
Ping Pong Table
Garden carts/wheel barrows


Under $5,000
Industrial floor scrubber
Industrial washer and dryer
Wood splitter
MacBook
4wd Utility Vehicle aka Mule or Gator
Kayaks

Rowboats

Priceless
Any Pendalouan relics such as: Handbooks, Staff or camper autographed plaques and canoe paddles Copies of photos with names, brochures, movies, slides, emblems

Other
7-passenger (or more) minivan
Pickup truck

Facility Projects Needing Funding
Pedal boats (Heavy duty) - $3,000 each
Luggage/Welcome pavilion - $8,000
Erosion control fences - $2.50 per foot
Deck for Pawnee cabin - $5,000

Staff dormitory/Multi-purpose building - $80,000 
New Trail lights (low light pollution so we can see the stars) - $200 each 
Replace climbing wall and zipline - $75,000 each 
Hydapipe showers - $450.00 each
CIT area cabin/housing
Ropers and Wranglers Cabin
Cabin replacement/renovation - ~$60,000

Items donated, as well as the cash to purchase them, are likely to be tax deductible.

Let us know if you are interested in help camp acquire any of these items, please email Mark Olson, Alumni Development Director or contact us at the office 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.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

So... What Exactly Happens at Pendy During the Non-Summer Months?

We've been asked this question a lot by several alumni, families, and community members: What is happening at Pendalouan when it is not summer?

The answer is... A WHOLE LOT! A lot is happening at Pendalouan during the non-summer months! Summer is definitely our focal point of the year, but we do quite a bit during the school year that is important work on its own and a great deal to prepare for the next summer. Read on to get a better understanding of what we do during the school year!

Outdoor Education
Our biggest program during the school year is a our Outdoor Education (OE) Program. Starting in September and going all the way to the beginning of June, our OE program brings schools out to camp to learn about a variety of topics in a unique setting. Teachers bring out their classes for day trips, or multi-day overnights. Throughout the day, we offer activities such as team building, our high ropes course, Michigan history (pioneer, lumber & Native American), science education, outdoor living skills, and more! Throughout the year, our Outdoor Education program serves about 5,000 students from over 50 local and regional schools! Talk about an awesome field trip! If you would like to learn more, check out our website.

Seasonal Events/Camps
We also have several seasonal events that take planning and preparation. Some of our major ones are Women's Adventure Weekend, Pendalouan Day, Halloween Camp, Spring Break Escape Day Camp, and our Summer Camp Preview Days. Halloween Camp is our next seasonal event, click here for more information. In addition, several local businesses, organizations, clubs and groups have everything from weddings to company picnics to weekend retreats out here at Camp! We also typically have a Camp Clean Up Work Day in the spring!

Preparing for Summer Camp
We also spend the entire 9 months of Fall, Winter and Spring planning and getting ready for Summer. Would you believe it? Within a month after Summer Camp at Pendalouan is over, our senior leadership team meets to thoroughly go over the previous summer and start planning for the next one! Some of the things we do to prepare include: heading to Camp Conferences, hiring new staff, spreading the word about Summer Camp, making improvements to our schedule, finding new games and activities, and raising money for Camperships.

As you can see, Summer Camp is busy in the the non-summer months as well! We hope that you'll join us throughout the school year at one of our several events and then also again in Summer 2013!


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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, October 16, 2012

Get Ready for Halloween Camp!

BOO!
Did we scare ya?


We are in a frightfully excited mood here at Pendalouan because Halloween Camp is less than two weeks away! Have you signed up yet? It's not too late! But make sure to do so soon, because last year we had a waiting list!

Here at Pendalouan, Halloween Camp is one of our most favorite weekends of the entire year! I mean, what can be better than costumes, camp, and candy - all at once! This 24 hour camp starts at 5pm on Friday, October 26th and goes until 5pm on Saturday, October 27th.


On Friday night, campers will enjoy a hearty camp dinner as well as a campfire full of Pendalouan songs and skits. On Saturday, after a delicious breakfast, campers will have the opportunity to try out our climbing wall, target sports ranges, boating and crafts! We will also play a Halloween themed version of Capture the Flag! After lunch, we will go trick or treating around camp and end the day with a Halloween Carnival full of games, candy, and fun!




Take a look below for some pictures of from Halloween Camp 2011!






For more pictures, click here to head to our Facebook Album from Halloween Camp 2011. To sign up for this year's Halloween Camp, click here.

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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, October 09, 2012

Celebrating Pendalouan: Pendalouan Day 2012 Recap

Greetings from Beautiful Big Blue Lake!


This past Saturday, over 70 alumni and friends came out to camp to celebrate Pendalouan's more than 85 years of making an impact on people's lives.

These alumni and friends didn't let a little cold weather stop them from reliving their Pendy days. With temperatures in the 40s at 10am when the day started, former campers and their families were out around camp shooting bows and arrows, climbing at the climbing wall or even going for a boat ride. Luckily, the rain that was forecasted never showed up and we all stayed dry all day!


For those that wanted a warmer alternative, the lodge was full of activities, refreshments (cider and donuts), and a warm fire helped keep everyone comfortable. Memory displays with old camper handbooks, photos, newspaper articles, staff manuals, camp newsletters, craft projects, and other mementos were out on tables to take a look at. We also had a slide show with more recent photos from the past few summers. In addition to the slide show, we also projected some of Eddie's old films. Those films are invaluable. Eddie had some great foresight!

The bell rang for lunch a little before noon and everyone gathered for a brief introduction by Bruce Spoelman, Executive Director. Bruce updated everyone on some recent developments and other exciting news. After a delicious fall bbq meal, everyone introduced themselves and told their connection to Pendalouan. It was fun to hear which alumni overlapped!

After the introductions, we realized that we had 5 former Program Directors in attendance (Bob Andrews '62, Hillary [Julien] Fisher '03, Matthew Abel '06-'08, Kalin Franks '09-'10, and Mark Olson '11-'12)! Last year, we realized half way through the event that we had 5 recipients of the Bill Boyden/Rotary Counselor Scholarship present, and a few years ago there were several Waterfront Directors present. I wonder what group will show up in force next year for Pendalouan Day!


Oldest Year Represented: 1937 (Bill Paulson)
Most Represented Year: Summer 2011 Staff (with 7 alums present)
For a full list of who attended: click here.


The all group photo occurred after lunch and then we made our way to the newly carved and painted Totem Pole to dedicate it. Our old Totem Pole had been removed due to rotting and we had been wondering when we were going to get this important Pendalouan landmark back in it's rightful place. Our answer came this past summer, when our 2012 Father Son Campers nearly $300 for replacing the Totem Pole. One of the first time Father Son Campers, Ken Wyman Sr., volunteered to carve and paint the new pole and a couple months later... this beautiful replacement Totem Pole was finished and put up in the Sandlot.

After dedicating the Totem Pole, we made our way up to the Hoop House which is on the way to the barn. This wonderful new structure was made possible from donations by Roger and Jan Spoelman, Weesies Brothers Farms Inc., Don and Sue DeLong, The Olsen Family Fund, Bruce and Margaret Spoelman, MasterTag, and the Musekgon Conservation District. Currently, kale is the only thing planted, but there are plans to get garlic and lettuce planted soon!

After the dedications, activity areas were once again opened for alumni and their families to enjoy. A Hike to Sleepy Hollow was also offered. Our oldest hiker was Bill Paulson, a camper from the 1930s!

Our last activity was an all group Songfest and Trivia Competition (with questions like: What year was the Camp Motto officially adopted? Click here for the answer). Recent and our more seasoned alumni helped lead songs such as Johnny Rebeck, Little Cabin in the Woods, Purple Soup, the Moose Call, Little Bar of Soap, and others!

There might be no better way to spend a day than swapping camp stories with fellow Pendalouan alumni and friends. "It's like coming home," one alum said (and several echoed).

Thanks to all of our alumni and friends who made it out to Pendalouan Day! If you couldn't make it, we still want to hear from you! Contact Alumni Director, Mark Olson at molson@pendalouan.org or by calling the office 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.

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Who Is Coming: Pendalouan Day 2012!

Pendalouan Day is only 3 days away!


As of today, over 60 Alumni and Friends have RSVP'd to Pendalouan Day 2012! This group of alumni consist of former counselors, campers, maintenance men, kitchen staff, neighbors, parents of campers, family campers, former Outdoor Education instructors and general supporters and friends! 

Here are some of those 60 Alumni & Friends:

Dave Sieplinga      (Former Summer Staff and Waterfront Director - 1960s)
Don Potter      (1950 and 60s Camper)
Rob Andrews      (Camper from 70s and 80s)
Bob Andrews      (Camper 1940s, Staff 1960s)
Tim Andrews      (Staff 1960s)
Dan Parker      (Camper and Staff in 50s and 60s)
Judy Evans      (Camp Emery Alum) and Family (Sons are Alumni)
Hilary [Julien] Fisher      (Camper 1990s, Staff and Program Director in 90s and 00s)
Jason Piasecki and Family      (Summer Campers, Father-Son Campers)
Holly Hughes      (Friend and Neighbor)
The Weekley/Lasser Family      (Neighbors, Friends, Outdoor Education Alumni)
The Rostar Family      (Neighbors)
Nicole Wright      (OE Staff Alum)
Carol Denke and Family      (Mom and Kids Campers, Friend)
Julie Raynor       (Summer Staff 1990, Friend, Parent of Campers)
Lisa [Ash] Beimers       (Staff in 90s and 00) and Family
The Walter Family      (Current Camper and Parent, Volunteer)
Kalin Franks      (Staff & Program Director 00s) 
The Wemple Family
The Varso Family
Ken Wyman Sr. (Friend, Father Son Camper, Carver of New Totem Pole)
Summer Staff from the last few Summers
Bruce Spoelman, Executive Director
Mark Olson, Alumni & Development Director
AND MORE!

And it's not too late to RSVP!
CLICK HERE TO LET US KNOW YOU'RE COMING!

We hope to see you THIS SATURDAY, October 6th from 10am-4pm for activities, camp tours, a complimentary lunch, and good times with fellow Pendalouan Alumni and Friends!

Questions? Contact Mark Olson, Alumni Director at molson@pendalouan.org


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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.

Monday, October 01, 2012

Women's Adventure Weekend Recap!


Happy October!
 

This past weekend a great group of 24 women gathered on the shores of Big Blue Lake to tackle our high adventure courses, go boating on the lake, and relax among friends - old and new. Women's Adventure Weekend is our fall women-only weekend that provides fun, relaxation, and friendship to whomever signs up!






"Relaxing weekend! So much fun. A break from the kids and meals you don't have to cook yourself! Awesome tradition," said one participant. Another said, "What a carefree weekend of adventure, opportunity and friendship!" One woman said she'd tell her friends to "Come for a chance to experience all of those awesome activities you loved as a kid, or even to experience something new!"




Friday evening was full of fun and introductions as the women settled into their cabins and got to know each other with some group games and make-your-own pizza in Nikana Lodge. Following the late dinner, some women elected to take a Night Hike! Many of the women said that the Night Hike was their favorite part of the weekend. Afterwards, many of the women had small fires in some of the several fire pits around camp.


Saturday was jam-packed with activities! After breakfast, Archery, Slingshots, BB Guns, Tye-Dye and Album Bowl-making were provided. In addition to these target sports and crafts, the zipline and our high ropes course was open to the group.
 

  

After lunch, many of the women went on a canoe trip down the White River, while others relaxed by the lake on our Adirondack chairs or with a boat ride. The climbing wall and candle-making were also open to enjoy! A pontoon ride and twilight Sleepy Hollow Hike were two activities that the women partook in after a delicious dinner.


On Sunday morning, there was one last chance to enjoy the beautiful scenery, take a boat ride, try out the target sports ranges and tackle the climbing wall. Then, it was time to head home!

With near-perfect weather and a great group of women, this weekend could not have gone any better. We can't wait to see them all next year and maybe you or someone you know will join them!


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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.