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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Halloween Camp 2013 Recap!

 

Last weekend, we had our biggest Halloween Camp in Pendalouan history! From 5pm Friday to 5pm Saturday, over 100 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, cabin groups took turns walking through our Haunted Health Lodge. The scare-factor was adjusted for each age level as to make sure our younger campers were not too frightened. Cabins also competed against each other in the Halloween Camp Hootenanny, a series of challenges that included block stacking, stuffed animal tossing, relay races and more! Camp then joined back all together for a good ol' fashioned Pendalouan Campfire at Great Bear Fire Circle!


On Saturday, campers were able to choose between Archery, the Climbing Wall, a Pumpkin Craft, BB Guns, Parachute Games, Candle-making, a Sleepy Hollow Hike and more! Before lunch we also played an all camp game where campers were split up as either Dentists or Halloween Creatures to see which team had the most Halloween spirit!

After lunch, we had more camp activities and then we played a game of Capture the Flag! Campers then changed into their costumes and 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: Pin the Wart on the Witch, Pumpkin Bozo Buckets, Mummify-A-Counselor, Bingo, and more!


Thanks to all who could make it! If you didn't get the chance to come this past year, make sure to mark your calendar for next year (October 24-25, 2014) to guarantee a spooktacular good time!


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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.

Friday, October 18, 2013

A Reunion Like No Other: Pendalouan Day 2013 Recap

Greetings from Beautiful Big Blue Lake!


This past Saturday, over 170 alumni and friends came out to camp to celebrate Pendalouan's more than 85 years of making an impact on people's lives.

The weather was perfect - 60s and sunny! And the rain that was forecasted never showed up and we all stayed dry all day! 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.

In the lodge, memory displays with old camper handbooks, photos, newspaper articles, staff manuals, camp newsletters and other mementos were out on tables to examine and bring back old memories. We also had a slide show with more recent photos from the past few summers. 

Bruce Spoelman, Executive Director, took a large group of alums on a tour in the morning. Since some alumni had not been back at Pendalouan since their camper days, it was an exciting tour. Many of the alumni commented that they were impressed at the improvements around camp. 

The bell rang for lunch a little around noon and everyone gathered for a brief introduction by Mark Olson, Alumni & Development Director. He and Bruce updated everyone on some recent developments and other exciting news. After a delicious fall meal, attendees introduced themselves and told their connection to Pendalouan. It was fun to hear which alumni overlapped!

It was great to have so many different decades and types of alumni (former campers, former staff, current campers/staff, parents, volunteers, supporters and friends) represented. 

Oldest Year Represented: 1937 (Bill Paulson)
Most Represented Decade: 1960s

After lunch and the all group photo, we dedicated our new wood-burning gasification boiler, trail lights and Welcome Pavilion. Thank you to the Muskegon Y's Club, the Paul Stearns family, the Community Foundation for Muskegon County, Lowell Dana, our 2013 Father-Son Campers, Pratt & Whitney, Peter Damm and other donors from the greater Pendalouan Community who helped make these projects possible. For pictures and to read more about these projects, click here.

After the dedications, activity areas were once again opened for alumni and their families to enjoy. A Hike to Sleepy Hollow was also offered. Typical of oral tradition, the stories have changed over the years, but one 1950s alum commented on how much of the stories are still the same.

Our last activity was an all group Songfest at Wildwood Chapel. Recent and our more seasoned alumni helped lead songs such as Little Cabin in the Woods, An Austrian Went Yodeling, Hail Pendalouan, Good Morning Mr. ZipZip, Johnny Rebeck and others!

There might be no better way to spend a day than swapping camp stories with fellow Pendalouan alumni and friends. "This is where I found out how to be a good person," 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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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.



Monday, October 07, 2013

Pendalouan Day 2013: Who's Coming


As of today, over 100 Alumni and Friends have RSVP'd to Pendalouan Day 2013! This group of alumni consist of former counselors, campers, maintenance men, kitchen staff, neighbors, parents of campers, family campers, former Outdoor Education instructors, supporters and other friends! 

Here is who is coming as of Sunday:


Marilyn [Horsley] DeFord     (Chief Horsley's Daughter/1950s Staff Member)

Daryl & Marie Sieplinga (Former Summer Camp/Father-Son Camper, Summer Staff and Camp Director)
Don Potter      (1950 and 60s Camper)

Fred Beck and Family (1950s Staff Alumni)

Dan Parker      (Camper and Staff in 50s and 60s/Father Son Camper)

Bob Leder     (1950s Camper, 1960s Staff)
Randy Rogoski     (1960s Father-Son Camper/Summer Camper)
Douglas McKibben & Family     (1960s Camper)
Rob Klein     (1960s/70s Camper, 70s Staff Alum)
Jason Piasecki and Family      (Summer Campers, Father-Son Campers)

Alan Biczak and Family     (Longtime Father-Son Alum)

Troy Harwell       (70s Camper/80s Counselor)

Sally & Mike Segers     (Both Staff of 1986, Parent of Summer Camper)
Kimberly [Hamilton] Johnson & Family (Camper Alumni 1980s)
Lindsey [Rup] DeLuca    (Former Camper/Staff/Program Director of the 90s-2000s)
Jamal Larkins      (Staff 90s)
Ami Smith     (Staff 90s/Current Camper Parent)
Debbie [Shivlie] Menon      (Camper of the 90s and Staff 00s)
Jeff Mayberry & Family     (Camper and Staff of the 90s/2000s)
The Schaub Family     (Former Campers and Staff Alumni)
Paul Batt & Family    (Summer/Outdoor Ed Staff of the 2000s)
Arika Harkema     (Staff 2000s)
Kalin Franks      (Staff & Program Director 00s) 
Matt Sheick     (Summer Staff/Outdoor Ed Coordinator 00s)
Dom Paschal & Family    (90s/2000s Camper, Staff Alumni)
Leah Vosburg & Family     (Alumni Campers)
The Blain Family     (1970s Alum, Current Camper Family)
The Masko Family (Women's Adventure Weekend, Summer Camp Family)
The Marks Family     (Camper/Staff Alumni from the 90s & 2000s)
The Bailey Family     (Current Camper Family)
The Sundberg Family      (Current Camper Family)
The Billings-Carter Family     (Current Camper Family/Staff Alum)
The Grunow/Witt Family     (Current Camper Family)
The Bultema Family      (1980s Camper)
The Walter Family      (Current Camper Family)
The Hill Family     (OE Alum, Women's Adventure Weekend, Current Camper Family)
The Gonzales/Bertapelle Family (Alumni/ Current Camper Family)
The Rutkauskas/Moreno Family      (Former Camper 90s/Current Camper Family)
The Goodwin Family     (Current Summer Camp Family)
Celia Fuller      (Camper 00s)
Cedric Scott     (Y Board Member)
Bob Jakubowski     (Volunteer)
Will Ferriby     (Campers/Staff 00s)
Leah Jennings     (Camper/Staff 00s-2010s)
Nick Swanson     (Father-Son Camper, Staff 2010s)
Members of the Stearns Family
Members of the Muskegon Y's Club 
Bruce Spoelman, Executive Director
Lori Willson, Associate Executive Director
Dan Willson, Kitchen Manager

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 12th from 10am-4pm for activities, camp tours, a complimentary lunch, and good times with fellow Pendalouan Alumni and Friends!

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

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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, October 02, 2013

Women's Adventure Weekend 2013 Recap!

This past weekend, 59 women (a record number!) joined together on the shores of Big Blue Lake for Women's Adventure Weekend, our fall women-only weekend that provides fun, relaxation, and friendship to whomever signs up!


More pictures to come!
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, several women gathered together and had small fires in some of the several fire pits around camp.

Saturday was jam-packed with activities! After breakfast, Archery, Slingshots, BB Guns, Christmas Ornament-making and Tye-Dye 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, candle-making, yoga, a hike to Sleepy Hollow and our compass course were also open to enjoy! 

The evening offered tomahawk throwing, high ropes, BB guns and our twilight zipline. Some women, however elected to just relax by the shores of Big Blue Lake with a good book.


On Sunday morning, there was one last chance to enjoy the beautiful scenery, take a boat ride, fly down the zipline, shoot an arrow and tackle the climbing wall. Then, it was time to head home!
"I had a spectacular weekend with friends kayaking, conquered the 50' rock climbing wall, attempted paddle board yoga stunts, laughed my bum off, traversed high ropes course, canoed the river while playing clever autumn inspired games... Another memorable year!"
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!


SAVE THE DATE FOR NEXT YEAR'S WAW:
SEPTEMBER 26-28, 2014


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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.