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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Meet the Summer 2013 Staff: Part 6

The staff just keep on coming! Today, we are going to meet Kelly, Dalton, Lila and Ruth! Take a moment to check these 2013 counselors out!

Hey everyone! My name is Kelly and I am beyond thrilled to be coming back to Pendalouan for my third summer on staff. I've spent my past year attending the University of Utah, having an amazing time skiing, hiking and rock climbing in the gorgeous mountains out here (oh, and studying of course!). But it's just about time to say goodbye for the summer and I could not be more excited! I cannot wait to be back on the shores of Big Blue Lake going on lake swims, making foil dinners, singing silly songs and making amazing memories! See you soon!

Hey guys! My name is Dalton and this will be my tenth summer spent on Big Blue Lake! Ever year I look forward to spending my summer at Camp Pendalouan and creating memories and friendships that last a lifetime! My favorite camp activities to do include synchronize swimming, arts and crafts, and singing camp songs! I can't wait to have an amazing fun-filled Camp Pendalouan summer!




HELLOOOO to the campers, parents of campers, and other fans of YMCA Camp Pendalouan! My Name is Lila and this is going to be my ninth summer spent on the shores of Big Blue. I'm from Chicago, Illinois, but I'm currently finishing up my freshmen year at Pacific University just outside Portland, Oregon. I could not be more excited to be coming back to camp this summer! I've missed the beautiful lake, the delicious food, the wonderful people, and most of all, making a fool of myself at any possible chance to make my campers smile. I'm really looking forward to way too many songs, games of Capture the Flag, and foil dinners. But more importantly, I can't wait to see all the new and returning campers and staff at YMCA Camp Pendalouan! I'll see you there soon!!!



Hey everybody! My name is Ruth, this is my second summer here at Pendy and I couldn't be more excited to get started! In the fall, I'll be starting internships to finish up my Therapeutic Rec degree from Central Michigan University. Until then, I can't wait to get back to the shores of Big Blue Lake for another exciting summer of swimming, crafts, foil dinners, and so much more. I'm looking forward to seeing both new and familiar faces, and am sure Summer 2013 will be the best one yet!



We are thrilled to have Kelly, Dalton, Lila and Ruth here this summer! Our staff are already preparing for Summer 2013... ARE YOU? Get your child signed up for summer camp or take a look at our Family Camps today!

To see staff bios from other
Summer 2013 counselors, CLICK HERE.


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Located on the shores of Big Blue Lake in Montague, MI, Camp Pendalouan is a fully licensed summer camp offering overnight & day camps, as well as outdoor education & conference programs. While at Pendalouan kids and families make friends, experience personal character development and learn new skills – all while creating lifelong memories and having fun in a safe environment with highly qualified and trained staff. You are a part of the Pendalouan family from the moment you step onto camp property. We invite you to learn more about Camp Pendalouan, by checking out our website, the Camp Blog and our Facebook page.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Meet the Summer 2013 Staff: Part 5


Summer is fast approaching!
This week at camp we have over 500 students enjoying Pendalouan’s Outdoor Education program! But in addition to giving these students an amazing outdoor learning experience, we also have been busy, busy, busy getting ready for Summer Camp. Trading Post items are being delivered, registrations keep flooding in and donations are being made to help assist our Campership Fund.

Our staff are getting ready too! They've been preparing for our upcoming trainings, reviewing materials, and getting ready to give your children a safe and exciting summer! Let’s meet four of our 2013 summer staff. Join me in welcoming Seth, Anna, Adam and Audrey! To see past staff bios, click here!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Summer 2013 Staff Bios: Part 4

Summer is less than FOUR weeks away and we are in our busiest time of the year! This week:
Registrations are coming in, sessions are FILLING UP, and the number of days until Session One begins is shrinking fast! Have you signed up for overnight camp or day camp yet? Sign up your child today!

But now, let's introduce four more staff members! Please join me in welcoming Katie, Justin, Fenton and Clair to the Summer 2013 staff!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Camp Gifts for Mom!

Happy Mother's Day to all!

Need a last minute Mother's Gift for a special mom in your life? We have three gift ideas that will make Mom feel all warm and fuzzy!

Mom & Kids Camp (July 12-14)
There may be no better gift to mom than a weekend where she can spend time with her children and NOT have to cook! That's right, at Mom & Kids Camp, we'll do the cooking while Mom & kids have fun doing activities like boating, archery, our climbing wall, horseback riding, and more! Participate in all the activities or go on hikes and swim at your own pace! It's Mom's decision!


Hot and filling meals are served family-style in picturesque Nikana Lodge overseeing Big Blue Lake. We have a variety of offerings at every meal, including vegetarian options. Cold water, fresh fruit and peanut butter and jelly are available throughout the day. Cabins and facilities are rustic, but clean. Spend some great quality time with the your kids.


Women's Adventure Weekend (September 27-29)
Then again... sometimes Mom needs a break from the family. Women's Adventure Weekend gives mom the opportunity to relax and rejuvenate in the woods with fellow 18 and over women. This weekend balances relaxation and outdoor recreation with optional activities like a river trip, campfires, high ropes, zipline, climbing wall, archery, crafts, kayaking and swimming in Big Blue Lake. Many participants comment that they love doing the same activities that their children had experienced only weeks before during Summer Camp! 




Camp Pendalouan Gear
Of course, you can always give Mom something from the Pendalouan Trading Post. We have camp t-shirts, sweatshirts, sunglasses, water bottles and more in our camp store! This summer we will also be selling Pendalouan sweatpants! Moms love showing off their Pendy Pride and sharing with the world where they send their kid to camp! Call us at (231) 894-4538 if you would like to order an item over the phone!




Once again, Happy Mother's Day to all of our Moms out there in the Pendalouan Community. We appreciate all you do for your kids.

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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.

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

We Build Strong Kids at Pendalouan!

"Camp is a wonderful and powerful vehicle for positive youth development. Your kids will tell you they had a great time at camp, but as a father and as a clinical psychologist, I'll tell you that kids will grow in ways they won't even realize while they are at camp, but ways that will last them a lifetime."
- Dr. Chris Thurber, Psychologist at Phillips Exeter Academy, NH
If you ever went to or worked at summer camp for many years, you know exactly what Dr. Thurber is talking about in the above quote. Yes, camp is fun and games, but IT IS ALSO SO MUCH MORE.



Pendalouan Summer Camp provides...


Sunday, May 05, 2013

Meet Four New Pendalouan Counselors!

Last week, we finished introducing the Summer 2013 Support Staff! Today, we'll meet the first four summer 2013 counselors! Every week, we’ll be introducing more and more Summer 2013 staff, so stay tuned! To see the bios of staff we already introduced, CLICK HERE!

We thought we’d start off our counselor bios with three new Pendalouan Summer Staff members. Some of them came to Pendalouan as campers, others will be joining the Camp family this year! Please join me in welcoming Karlene, Eric, Laura, and Liz!


Hello! My name is Karleen. I am a junior at Central Michigan University studying special and physical education. I am a part of the women’s water polo team as the coach and a player. Also, I am a part of Best Buddies at CMU; my buddy’s name is Suzie. She and I like to go to Big Boy on free pie Thursday! I love Adventure Time and Glee (I secretly want to be on Glee). When I first heard of Pendalouan, I fell in love. The grounds are beautiful and heard wonderful things about the campers and staff. I am so blessed and honored to work there this summer and to call myself a staff member. This summer, I am most excited to sing around the campfire and spend long days out on the water! See you soon!



Hi, my name is Eric. I'm from a small town near Camp Pendalouan. As a child I spent nine summers out at Pendy as a camper! Now things have come full circle as I have become a counselor. I'm excited to help create a fun environment for campers and help get them interested in new things! I am hoping that I will be able to teach kids about nature and camp. As an avid fisherman I hope to teach kids about the lake. I look forward to meeting all of you this summer!


Hi! My name is Laura and I am from Spring Lake, MI. I am attending Central Michigan University and I am going into elementary education. I love swimming, hiking, volunteering, and traveling. This is my first summer at Camp Pendalouan and I am so excited about it! I am most excited to meet all the campers and staff and have a great summer!




Hello! I'm Liz. I'm from a little town called Fruitport, Michigan (not too far from camp). I was a camper at Pendalouan for nine years, and it will be so fantastic to spend my tenth summer at camp with all of you! I like to read books, knit, and play four-square, and I most definitely cannot wait for the warm summer days and the yummy foil dinners! See y'all soon!




We hope you enjoyed getting to know the first four of our 2013 summer camp counseling staff! We’ll be introducing more staff as we get closer to summer... so stay tuned!

Parents and grandparents, our sessions are starting to fill and waiting lists are beginning to form (to see what's still available, click here)! Don't have your child 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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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.

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Bugs 'N Bunks: Summer Camp For the Little Ones!


YMCA Camp Pendalouan's traditional Sunday through Friday overnight camp is offered for boys and girls ages 7-15, but what about younger kids or first time campers who want to experience the magic of Pendalouan, but aren't ready for that full week yet?

Have no fear! Pendalouan's Bugs 'N Bunks program is here! Read on for more information about our overnight camp programs for girls and boys age 6-8!