Thursday, October 09, 2014

A Tribute to Eddie Boersema

Last weekend at Pendalouan Day, we unveiled plans for the new Eddie Boersema Education & Activity Center. This project has been in development for the past two years and we're excited that it finally is coming into fruition. If you haven't heard about the plans for this new camp building, take a look below to learn more about it!  

The Education and Activity Center will honor Eddie Boersema, a former camper and staff person who spent over six decades serving Pendalouan summer camps. This new building will provide opportunities for our next generation of campers to begin their own legacy at Pendalouan.

The new facility will be used as a classroom and activity area during all four seasons and will add improved indoor meeting space for outdoor education classes, other group meetings, and families-- especially during foul weather or those cold Michigan winters.

In addition to being an orientation and teaching space, the new building will provide secure storage for cross country skis, mountain bikes, and High Adventure equipment (High Ropes Course, Zip Line, and Climbing Wall). This new space will also allow us to remove two well-used storage sheds at the new location.

An additional benefit of this project is that the basement will house the staff lounge, which frees up other buildings during the Summer/Winter months, increasing Pendalouan's bed capacity without building a new cabin. The Education and Activity Center will also include a steel roof, a stone fireplace and a donor-designed covered deck.

This project is the genesis of a group of alumni who wanted to make a difference at camp and worked with camp staff to identify needs and find a solution. John and Kathy Workman were proud to use their naming rights to honor Eddie. John spent 7 years as a camper at Pendalouan and 2 years working in the kitchen. This past summer his grandson attended Father-Son Camp, continuing the tradition as a 4th generation participant.

Eddie Boersema is an icon at Pendalouan. He taught swim lessons, lead nature hikes and told campfire stories to thousands of campers. His history with Pendalouan begins in the 1930’s as a camper and then a counselor. He later served as the Waterfront Director as well as the Nature & Hiking coordinator and his legendary stories and clever tall tales are still told to this day.

Eddie passed away in 2009 after 66 summers at Pendalouan.  Campers and staff from every decade remember him and appreciate what he gave us.

We are thrilled to see this project come to life, and honor a man who inspired us all with his stories, spirit, and passion for Camp Pendalouan. We thank everyone who has contributed so far. 

There are still some giving and naming opportunities available for this project. Please contact Bruce Spoelman, Executive Director, at or Mark Olson, Alumni & Development Director, at for questions or to participate in this tribute to Eddie.

Hail Pendalouan!


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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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