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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Halloween Camp 2014 Recap!

Last weekend an awesome and enthusiastic group of Campers joined us for 24 hours of Halloween fun!  Over 85 campers and staff enjoyed traditional camp activities, songs and meals—all with a Halloween twist!



Friday evening began with campers meeting their counselors, playing sandlot games like, 4 square, GaGa and Scatterball. A spooky dinner was served: spaghetti and blood (marinara) sauce with dirt and worms (pudding, Oreos and gummy worms) for dessert. Returning campers were amazed to see Pendalouan in the Fall with leaves blowing and Nikana Lodge fully decorated with Halloween fun!



The festivities continued with a good ol' fashioned Pendalouan Hootenanny. Cabins traveled around camp participating in different challenges and group games, including the Haunted Trail (scare-factor modified for each age group). Camp joined back together for a traditional Pendalouan Campfire at Great Bear Fire Circle!

Saturday greeted us with beautiful fall weather! In fact, it was the best weather we've had for Halloween Camp in years! 67 degrees and sunny! Campers were able to choose between activities such as Archery, the Climbing Wall, Halloween crafts, a Sleepy Hollow Hike and more. Before lunch, camp regrouped for all camp games on the sports field.

After lunch, we gathered on the deck of the lodge for a camp favorite, (with a Halloween twist) Capture the Scarecrow! After the Scarecrows were assempled, Campers changed into their costumes and joined the hunt for the missing candy. When the candy was discovered and eaten, we finished off the weekend with a Halloween Carnival. Games like Cornhole, Pin the Wart on the Witch, Bingo, Mummify-a-Counselor and more were played in and around the lodge. 

A big thank you to all who could make it!  If you didn’t get the chance to come this year, be sure to mark your calendar for 2015!

Here are some more photos from Halloween Camp 2014:











We'll see you next year for Halloween Camp 2015!

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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 websitethe Camp Blog and our Facebook page.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Make A Wish!

Each year in October we’re asked to update our annual wish list. We are always in need of good quality equipment and supplies. Although almost any gift would be welcome, below is a list of our current needs.

And remember: even if it seems small, any donation helps out camp & makes a real difference. Many thanks to those who have contributed the funds or items on our wish list in the last 12 months! We've had donations of kayaks, a ping-pong table for the new Eddie Boersema Education and Activity Center, awesome costumes and materials for Leopold Benches.

Perhaps you know someone who may be interested in donating an item they don't use any more, or maybe you'd like to fund a gift as a Christmas gift from your family!

Let us know if you are interested in helping camp acquire any of these items! Contact Bruce Spoelman, Executive Director or Mark Olson, Alumni Development Director by email or by giving us a call at (231) 894-4538.


Under $50
Wooden canoe paddles, any size, whole or broken (we use for staff signatures), waterproof tarps (any size), Gift cards (to Sam’s Club, GFS, Best Buy, Staples, Meijer), Adult size costumes (the costume closet can always use more!), hand tools, office supplies

Under $500
Rototiller, portable shade structures & tents, push lawnmower, vacuum cleaners, garden carts/wheel barrows

Under $5,000
Industrial floor scrubber, industrial washer and dryer, wood splitter, MacBook, Digital SLR (Camera), multiple sets of snow shoes, kayaks, rowboats or canoes

Priceless
Any Pendalouan relics such as: handbooks, staff or camper autographed plaques and canoe paddles, copies of photos with names, brochures, movies, slides, emblems

Facility Projects Needing Funding
Erosion control fences - $2.50 per foot
Hydapipe showers - $450.00 each
Staff Bunkhouse - $9,000
CIT area cabin/housing - $25,000 x2
Cabin replacement/renovation - $60,000 each
Renovations to current classroom - $60,000
Replace climbing wall and zipline - $75,000 each
Dormitory/Multi-purpose bldg - $80,000
and many more!


Items donated, as well as the cash to purchase them, are likely to be tax deductible.


Let us know if you are interested in helping camp acquire any of these items! Contact Bruce Spoelman, Executive Director or Mark Olson, Alumni Development Director by email or by giving us a call at (231) 894-4538.

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 websitethe Camp Blog and our Facebook page.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Getting Ready for Halloween Camp 2014!


It’s that time again… The pumpkins are out and we’re getting ready for a spooky weekend at Halloween Camp! Have you signed up yet? Read on to see what it's all about.

In less than two weeks, campers in grades K-8 are welcome to join us on Friday, October 24th at 5pm until 5pm on Saturday, October 25th for this spooky 24 hour camp. Halloween Camp is one of our favorite weekends of the year... jam-packed with costumes, candy and camp games!


Here’s what’s in store for the weekend:

  • On Friday night, after some cabin activities and a hearty camp dinner is served, there will be a campfire full of Pendalouan songs and skits, along with other traditional camp fun!
  • On Saturday campers will have the opportunity to try our climbing wall, archery, BBs, boating and crafts. We will also be playing a camp favorite, Capture The Flag (Halloween style)! After lunch there will be trick or treating around camp, and we’ll finish off the day with a Halloween Carnival full of games, candy and fun!



Here are some pictures from Halloween Camp 2013:








We hope to see you on the shores of Big Blue Lake for 24 hours of frightening fun!

We had waiting lists the last three years for this awesome program, so sign up for Halloween Camp today!

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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 websitethe Camp Blog and our Facebook page.

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 bspoelman@pendalouan.org or Mark Olson, Alumni & Development Director, at molson@pendalouan.org 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.

Monday, October 06, 2014

“It’s like coming home…”: Pendalouan Day 2014 Recap




This past Saturday, over 85 alumni and friends came out to camp to celebrate Pendalouan's 90s years of making an impact on people's lives.

Not even the rainy and chilly weather could prevent former campers and staff and their families from returning to Big Blue Lake. In between drizzling rain, they were out around camp shooting bows and arrows, climbing at the climbing wall or even going for boat rides.

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. Movies of Eddie’s played in the classroom throughout the day.

 MORE PICTURES FROM THE EVENT COMING SOON TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGE

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. One exclaimed, “A lot has changed since I’ve last been here… for the better! But it still feels like the same old camp.”

The bell rang for lunch 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: 1970s and 2000s (It was a tie!)
For a full list of who attended: click here.

After lunch, we watched our new donor thank you video and took the all group photo. Then we dedicated the new deck and boardwalk of Wildwood Chapel and revealed plans for the Eddie Boersema Education and Activity Center. For pictures and to read more about these projects, click here. (For an in-depth blog post on the E.B.E.A.C., 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 – as had happened in the past - one 1940s alum commented on how much of the stories are still the same.

There might be no better way to spend a day than swapping camp stories with fellow Pendalouan alumni and friends. "This is the place I became who I am today," 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 x104.


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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 01, 2014

Pendalouan Day 2014: Who's Coming

As of today, over 100 Alumni and Friends have RSVP'd to Pendalouan Day 2014! 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!


We have alumni attending from as far back as 1937! Take a look at the list below and then RSVP today to attend! We'll have activities and fellowship - rain or shine.

Here is who is attending as of Wednesday, October 1st:


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 4th 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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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, 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.