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Friday, April 26, 2013

Meet the Rest of our Support Staff!

Last week, we introduced the first three members of the Summer 2013 staff! Today, we'll meet the rest of the 2013 Support Staff and next week, we start introducing our counselors! Let's get to know Tim, Leah, Robyn and Justine!

Greetings from Chicago! My name is Tim and I could not be more excited for another summer at Pendalouan! This will be my third summer working down at the beautiful T-dock as Waterfront Director. As a Pendalouan camper myself, let me tell you there is no better way to spend a week (or two!) of your summer than at Camp. When I'm not making sure everyone is safe and smiling at the waterfront, I love to spend time at the ropes course and beautiful Hiawatha beach. I recently graduated from Eastern Illinois University (Go Panthers!) with a degree in Elementary Education and am hoping to have a classroom teaching position for the fall. I am looking forward to helping everyone have a great summer! Get your towels ready, it's going to be a blast!

Hi! My name is Leah and I am this summer's Teen Director! I cannot wait to be at camp to work with the Counselors in Training (CITs) and Leaders in Training (LIT). I have spent the past 11 summers at Pendalouan, and this will be my fifth summer on staff! I am about to graduate from the University of Michigan with a degree in Biomedical Engineering. Next year, I am heading back to Ann Arbor to get a master's
degree in Engineering. I have been counting down the days until I am back on the shores of Big Blue Lake and I am so excited that camp is almost here! I cannot wait until I am back at Pendy singing, climbing, cooking foil dinners, living on the loose, and most importantly, hanging out with all of you!

Hey Pendy Pals!!! I'm back for year 17. My name is Robyn and I will be returning again as the Equestrian Director for Summer 2013! I cant wait until I am up at the barn teaching kids how to groom, feed, and ride our horses! Oh yeah... and how to scoop poop! Besides being at the barn, I can't wait to be at the waterfront on a hot day or adopting a cabin to eat with on cook out night (yummy foil dinners followed by a good ol' s'more)! I also love a good game of Capture The Flag and camp carnivals. Cant wait to see everyone on the steps of the lodge or around a campfire singing songs, doing skits, and making memories! Come make memories and be part of the Summer 2013 Pendalouan family. See you all soon!

Hi everyone! My name is Justine, I'm a recent GVSU grad, and I will be the Assistant Equestrian Director this year. I am looking forward to meeting all of the staff, campers, and of course our horses! I have been around horses and riding them from a young age and am excited to show our campers how wonderful working with horses can be. When not on horseback, I enjoy reading, watching movies, and spending time with friends. During the fourth grade my class went to Camp Pendalouan during the winter, and everyone had a great time. This is my first summer at Camp Pendalouan and I am so excited to experience it! See you soon!

That wraps up our Support Staff! But stay tuned... because we haven't yet introduced out 2013 Summer Camp counselors! Parents, make sure your child is able to experience all the fun and character-building that these staff will provide to hundred of kids this summer! Don't get stuck on a waiting list; sign up for Summer Camp today! Call us if you have any questions at (231) 894-4538.



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Located on the shores of Big Blue Lake in Montague, MI YMCA Camp Pendalouan is a fully licensed summer camp offering overnight and day camps, as wells as outdoor education and conference programs. While at Pendalouan kids and teens are led by highly qualified and trained staff. Campers make friends, create life long memories, and learn new skills all the while having fun in a safe environment. You are a part of the Pendalouan family from the moment you step onto camp property. If you would like to learn more about Camp Pendalouan, check out our website, the Camp Blog and our Facebook page.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Introducing... OUR 2013 SUMMER STAFF!

It's that time again! With Summer 2013 less than 55 days away, it is about time to start introducing the Summer 2013 Staff! We are so excited for Summer 2013 and we having been working hard for the past several months to make sure this is one of the best summers yet!

Throughout the months of April, May & early June, we'll continue to post about events, traditions, activities & other exciting Pendalouan developments right here on the Camp Blog, but we will also be posting short bios of our Summer 2013 Staff. If you want to make sure you see every single post, you can sign up to receive each post in your inbox. All you have to do is type your email in the box on the right side of the page under "Follow the Camp Blog By Email!"

I hope you are as excited as we are to see familiar and new faces. We have an awesome crew this year who cannot wait for summer. So without further ado... the first three Summer 2013 YMCA Camp Pendalouan Staff introductions!

Hello campers! I hope you are getting ready for a fun-filled summer at YMCA Camp Pendalouan! My name is Katie and I am thrilled to be returning to the beautiful shores of Big Blue Lake as your 2013 Program Director. Some of the things I am most excited for this summer include playing capture the flag, re-connecting with old friends and meeting all of you, and laughing and singing around one of our memorable camp fires. I love the famous camp cookies, tin foil dinners, and sailing on Big Blue. This will be my 9th year at Pendalouan - and I couldn't pick a better place to be returning to this summer! Currently, I am working as a High School Physics & Biology teacher in Southern New Mexico and will be making the trek back up to Michigan for summer 2013. See you soon!


Hi there! My name is Courtney and I am thrilled to be this summer's Day Camp Director. This will be my first summer at Camp Pendalouan and I am counting down the days until it begins. I am from Ontario Canada, but have spent most of the last few years in college in West Virginia. I am currently working at Camp getting ready for summer and working with school groups in Pendalouan's Outdoor Education program. I love being outside and am so excited for Day Camp this summer! I can not wait for the campers to arrive!!




Hey everybody! My name is Elizabeth, and I'm so excited to come back to Pendalouan to be the Health Officer this summer! I've been wandering around the shores of Big Blue Lake for eleven years now, but this time, I will be armed with bandaids to spare. This year I'm graduating from the University of Notre Dame, so taking some time away from the books to spend the summer at Pendalouan is just what I need. Some of my favorite things about camp are foil dinners, archery, fun skits at chapel, and spending time out on Big Blue. I can't wait to sing to Mr. Zip Zip and sit around the campfire making memories with all of you this summer! See you soon!

We are thrilled to have Katie, Courtney and Elizabeth joining us this summer at Pendalouan in three of our leadership positions. We'll keep introducing staff here on the blog... so stay tuned to meet more amazing Pendalouan Summer 2013 Staff!

Parents, make sure your child is able to experience all the fun and character-building that these staff members will provide. Sign up for Summer Camp today; before our waiting lists start forming! Call us if you have any questions at (231) 894-4538.

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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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Located on the shores of Big Blue Lake in Montague, MI YMCA Camp Pendalouan is a fully licensed summer camp offering overnight and day camps, as wells as outdoor education and conference programs. While at Pendalouan kids and teens are led by highly qualified and trained staff. Campers make friends, create life long memories, and learn new skills all the while having fun in a safe environment. You are a part of the Pendalouan family from the moment you step onto camp property. If you would like to learn more about Camp Pendalouan, check out our website, the Camp Blog and our Facebook page.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Spring Volunteer Work Day Recap!



A week ago, a group of about 20 Alumni, Campers, Friends & Staff of Pendalouan got together to work on a few major projects around Camp for Pendalouan’s Annual Spring Volunteer Work Day! Over the course of the day, our volunteers:
  • Organized sine of Eddie Boersema's camp memorabilia
  • Tidied up Great Bear Fire Circle
  • Raked leaves away from buildings and walk ways
  • Reinstalled some steps to the classroom
  • Emptied a building of files that will be renovated soon
  • And cleared out decomposing leaves from the shoreline!


The event was a huge success! As Bruce Spoelman, Executive Director said while gathering for snacks at the end of the day, "It would have taken several weeks to accomplish all these activities on our own. With your help, we did it all in a day!" Several of these projects were especially timely, because there are very few days in the next several months when there is not a group in camp!

A special thanks to all who made it out to help us on these important projects and who made all this work possible!

Our 2013 Volunteers:
Andrea and Kameron Walter; Paul, Kara, Nolan and Landon Batt, Liz Taylor, Erik Veurink, Courtney Rzepka, Dan and Linda Parker, Bob Jakubowski Jr., Rob Klein, Matt Mason, Fenton Jones, Harry Conrad, Mark Olson, Daniel Munoz, Matthew, Lucy and Zach Abel, Hans and Dave Paulson, Bill Baldridge, Holli Mellick, Bruce Spoelman, Dan and Lori Willson, Bryan Poeppelman



We've had so many people asking about volunteering that we created a form on our website for those interested in volunteering for/at Pendalouan. Click here to see all of the opportunities! There is something for everyone and filling out the form does not commit you to anything! It only allows you to get notified when volunteer opportunities arise!


There is always work to do! Luckily, Pendalouan is blessed with a great group of individuals and families who care about Pendalouan and support it with their time and energy! Thanks again to all who volunteered for our work day and all of those individuals and families who volunteer throughout the year! Camp can't thrive without you! If you have any questions about volunteering, feel free to give us a call at camp at (231) 894-4538 or send Mark Olson, Alumni & Development Director, an email at molson@pendalouan.org.



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SUBSCRIBE TO THE BLOG VIA EMAIL: Click here to receive blogposts in your inbox every time they are published! That way, you won't miss a single bit of news!

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 licensed resident and day camp in Montague, Michigan. 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.