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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Pendalouan Archives!

Dan Long (Camper '55, '57) provided this keepsake
from his time at Camp in 1955.
Camp Pendalouan has been around for almost 90 years and has a rich history.

Much has changed at Pendalouan over the years: faces, buildings, certain traditions - to name a few. But Pendalouan is still Pendalouan and we are lucky to have a deep archive of material - everything from old photographs to mementos, staff/camper rosters to items made in Pendy's old craft lodge.

We are lucky to hear often from alumni who want to donate or let us borrow their old camp keepsakes. Just this past Pendalouan Day, we received items ranging over 30 years from Elizabeth [Paulson] Johnson (Camper '70-'72, Staff '73-'74), Bill Paulson (Camper '37-'42, Staff '44) and Dan Parker (Camper '58-'62, Staff '63-'64)!

And then there is Eddie. For those of you who don't know, Eddie Boersema was a camper and staff member at Pendalouan for over 60 summers. He was an icon at Pendalouan from the 1930s until the 2000s. Eddie passed away in 2009 and left all of his camp belongings to us here on the shores of Big Blue Lake. Eddie's belongings make up the majority of our archives and they are such a treasure! From his old 16mm camp movies to his old correspondence and notes to staff, these items provide a rich trail of memories from which our history grows!

Organizing this material is no easy task and we still have a lot of work to do. Earlier this year, Deb Brauer, a friend and volunteer of Pendalouan who came to camp for Outdoor Education with her school in the 80s, took on the task of organizing Eddie's photos by year! This first step was an amazing accomplishment and she deserves a ton of praise! We interviewed Deb for the Summer 2012 issue of Smoke Signals. Check it out by clicking here. We are always looking for volunteers to continue with the Eddie Photo Organization Project. For more information about volunteering, click here.


Do you have any Pendalouan memories, photos or memorabilia that you think should be in the Camp Archives? If so, contact Mark Olson, Alumni & Development Director at molson@pendalouan.org.

See below for some of the items we have in our archives!



Some of the items we have in our archive:

  • 1000s of slides that need to be scanned
  • 1000s of pictures taken by several alumni and camp staff
  • Old trophies, paddles, and cabin keepsakes
  • All Camp Photos
  • Staff Photos (although we are missing several years!)
  • Paddles from past years and special events (although most are hanging up in Nikana lodge)
  • Camper and Staff Rosters
  • Old Maps
  • Eddie's Scrapbooks
  • Old Camp Brochures and Promotional Material



An old Camp Pendalouan pennant. Does anyone know what
year this was from?
Bill Paulson recently provided Camp with a postcard he received while at camp in 1940
and a woodworking project he made as a camper in 1944

"The Order of the Thunderbird" -
The Ceremony and Rules in detail
Aug. 1953, Jack Winans


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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, November 06, 2012

Important Summer 2013 Announcement!

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!



Camp Pendalouan is pleased to announce that registration for our 2013 programs is now open! Last year, we had several sessions and programs fill to capacity and it is our hope that providing an earlier registration will prevent our returning campers from getting stuck on a waitlist or not having their first pick of sessions.

Remember that if you sign up for a 2013 program before the end of the year, you will receive 2012 rates!

Planning for Summer 2013 is well on its way! We’ve been hiring staff, purchasing supplies and working with our leadership to team to make sure Summer 2013 will be the best one yet!

To see program descriptions, dates and prices, CLICK HERE.



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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.

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Choose Your Candidate & Then Choose Your Session!

That’s right, in less than two days
registration for Summer 2013 will be open!



On November 6th – Election Day – Pendalouan will be opening up registration for our 2013 programs!  This is earlier than we have opened registration in recent years, but with the large number of waiting lists last summer for several sessions and programs, our hope is this will prevent our returning camper families from getting stuck on a waitlist or not having their first pick of summer sessions and programs.

An added bonus: if you sign up for a 2013 program before the end of the year, you will receive 2012 rates!

To see program descriptions, dates and prices, click here.


Only 223 days until Summer 2013 begins! We’re getting ready; ARE YOU?



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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.