Monday, April 21, 2014

Introducing... OUR SUMMER 2014 STAFF!

It's that time again! With Summer 2014 less than 50 days away, it is about time to start introducing the Summer 2014 Staff! We are so excited for Summer 2014 and we having been working hard for the past several months to make sure this is one of the best summers yet!

Throughout the next several weeks, 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 2014 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 left side of the page under "Follow the Camp Blog By Email!"

We 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 Summer 2014 YMCA Camp Pendalouan Staff introductions! Let's meet our 2014 Support Staff:

My name is Katie and this will be my second year returning as Pendalouan's Summer Program Director. I absolutely cannot wait for summer and am already busy planning the fun and adventures! While at camp, I enjoy splashing around in Big Blue Lake, eating the delicious foil dinners on Tuesday nights, paddleboarding, and joining in on the singing and skits at opening campfire. When I'm not at camp, I love to hike, run, go on adventures and travel. Looking forward to meeting all of you and wishing we could all just fast forward to summer! Bring on the warmth and sunshine!

Hi there! My name is Courtney and I am thrilled to be Day Camp Director again this summer. This will be my second summer at Camp Pendalouan. I am from Ontario Canada, and I have also spent time living 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't wait for the campers to arrive so I can hear music and laughter throughout camp everyday.

Hey everyone! My name is Gretchen, and I am so excited to be spending another amazing summer at YMCA Camp Pendalouan! This will be my 5th summer on staff, and my first as Waterfront Director! I cannot wait to spend my days on the shores of Big Blue Lake getting to know each and every one of you. :) I will be entering my senior year at Northern Michigan University this fall to finish up my degree in Elementary Education, and I love spending time in the great outdoors. When I am not at the waterfront making sure everyone is safe, you can find me just about anywhere in camp! I am counting down the days until summer arrives and we can start singing songs, eating s'mores and making many new friends! Summer 2014, here we come!

Hey everybody! Robyn here! I'm back for Summer 2014 as Equestrian Director again. It is going to be a great summer at Pendy. I'm looking forward to capture the flag, the cupcake bar, foil dinners, lunch out at the barn, and hanging out with the horses. I hope to see everyone up at the barn either for trail rides, cabin activity time, and/or Ropers and Wranglers. One of my goals this summer is to learn how to Whistle. So if you have some tricks of that trade, please find me at camp and let me know! Can't wait to see everyone's smiling faces at Camp Pendalouan!

Hi everyone! My name is Bridgett and with me in my picture is Duke! Summer of 2014 will be our first year at Pendalouan and we are both very excited to meet everyone! I am a sophomore in college at Central Michigan University majoring in outdoor recreation with a minor in natural resources. I grew up in a very small town with my parents and my one older brother. Loving animals throughout my entire life I found my passion of horses at a very young age and before I knew it, I was the proud owner of one. Duke came into my life as a gift to me when I graduated high school. Duke is an Off the Track Thoroughbred (OTTB) and he is 14 years old. We both love the outdoors and going on long trail rides. One of our favorite activities on a warm summer day is to find a big patch of green grass to mow down. Duke and I cannot wait to see what this summer has in store for us! We look forward to meeting each and every one of you!

Hello everyone! My name is Elizabeth and I can’t wait to head back to Pendalouan for my 12th summer under the stars. I will once again be your Friendly Neighborhood Health Officer, always ready with a band-aid. I’m currently finishing up an Americorps program in Denver, Colorado, and I am so excited to come back to Michigan and be able to look at the lake every day! Big Blue Lake definitely tops the list of my favorite things at camp, but I also enjoy foil dinners, opening and closing campfire, square dances, archery, and singing in the lodge during clean up way too loudly. Summer can’t come soon enough.

We are thrilled to have Katie, Courtney, Gretchen, Robyn, Bridgett (and Duke) and Elizabeth joining us this summer at Pendalouan in our summer leadership positions. We'll keep introducing staff here on the blog... so stay tuned to meet more amazing Pendalouan Summer 2014 Staff!

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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.

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