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Monday, December 29, 2014

2014: The Year In Review!

2014: The Highlight Reel


It’s the end of another year... and what a year it’s been for YMCA Camp Pendalouan! New ideas and exciting plans have been brewing for 2015, but before taking the leap into the New Year, let’s look back at some of the highlights of 2014:


  • We had a RECORD BREAKING SUMMER! Over 1,000 overnight and day campers joined us on the shores of Big Blue Lake this summer! If we could school and outside group campers, the number is even higher! We had more waiting lists than we’ve ever had before (we're expecting more in 2015!)


  • Thanks to some of our incredible alumni & donors, we are able to appreciate the beautiful view from the new deck at Wildwood Chapel (below).
  • Every weekend between summer camp sessions was full this year. From weekend family camps such as Mom & Kids Camp, Father-Son Camp and Family Camp to Stay-Over weekends, we rarely had a day this summer that wasn't full of campers and guests of all ages making Pendalouan memories!
  • A record number of women joined us for Women's Adventure Weekend 2014! Over 75 ladies came to Camp to relax, rejuvenate and participate in camp activities like the high ropes course, a canoe trip and tye-dye! That is double the number of participants of past years!
  • A big thank you to the over 80 alumni and friends that came out for Pendalouan Day 2014! Click here to see pictures and find out who attended.
  • We opened up registration for our 2015 programs on December 1st! A lot of camper families are taking advantage of our drawing... if you register for a week of overnight camp before the end of the year, you'll be entered to win a FREE 2nd week! We've had a lot of registrations! We're so excited to pick and announce a winner!
We have so much to be cheerful about this Holiday season! Thank you to everyone for your support, time, donations and well-wishes. Exciting things are unfolding in 2015… We'll see you there.

Hail Pendalouan!

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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 websitethe Camp Blog and our Facebook page.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Happy Holidays From Camp Pendalouan!

To the campers, parents, alumni, staff and friends, we wish you a Holiday full of cheer and a Happy New Year!


Enjoy your Holidays!  

Here’s to what will surely be an amazing 2015!
Hail Pendalouan!

-Your Friends at YMCA Camp Pendalouan

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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 websitethe Camp Blog and our Facebook page.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Tis the Season... for Camp Gifts!

The Holiday season is full of friends, family, food and fun.  But there's also the gift giving part of it all. The busyness of the season can sometimes make picking out the perfect gift harder than you thought.



Have no fear! We've once again come up with a list of gift ideas to get the creativity flowing for the Camp Pendalouan fan in your family. Here are some campy gift ideas for all of you camp enthusiasts: 
  • Trading Post Apparel - Wear your Pendy pride with you wherever you go. Pendalouan shirts, hoodies, hats, bandanas, you name it! Give camp a call to order at (231) 894-4538. You can also buy Trading Post gift certificates!
  • Tie Dye Kit - This along with a white t-shirt makes an awesome gift that will get any camper (young and old) in the summer camp mindset.
  • YCP Songbook - Songs are a huge part of the camp tradition.  Songbooks hold the classics, the shenanigans, and all the Pendalouan favorites. You can buy a copy of the YMCA Camp Pendalouan Songbook by giving us a call at (231) 894-4538. They are only $3.00 (+ the cost of shipping)!
  • S’mores kit - Marshmallows, chocolate, graham crackers, and the perfect roasting stick.
  • Book of Campfire Stories - Anyone who attends summer camp will remember the stories told around the fire. Share the experience with your friends and family by compiling your favorite stories and gifting it to a friend or your camper.
  • Scented candle - A lot of memories are associated with a certain smell. Bring the scent of camp and the outdoors into your home with a candle such as ‘Silver birch’ or ‘Balsam & Cedar.’ 
  • Seeds - Fill your garden with wildflowers and the beauty of nature! Or if your camper was in the Garden Club while at camp, perhaps start compiling materials for a backyard garden!
  • Nature Hike Guide Book - A book on tree identification, outdoor survival or leaf & flower pressing is great for all ages.
  • A Handmade Craft - From lanyards and friendship bracelets to God's eyes and nature weaving. Noting says Summer Camp like a thoughtful handmade craft.
  • Photo Album/Scrap Book - Bring back memories of carefree summers, crazy songs and unique friendships with a collection of camp photos.
  • Memory Box - Another handmade gift from the heart. Decorate a box dedicated to camp memories, crafts and trinkets.
And last but certainly not least…

  • A Pendalouan Experience! - Send your loved one to Pendalouan this summer! Whether it's overnight, day or family camp, the gift of camp and time at Pendalouan is one of the greatest gifts someone can receive. (And if you register for a week of overnight camp before Jan. 1st, 2015, you'll be entered into a drawing to win a free additional week of camp!)

To read our previous list of ideas for the Pendalouan Camper (present and alumni), click here.

Whether you are a last-minute shopper, are looking for ideas for next year, or just want to give someone a gift that you can't just pick off the shelf, we hope this list is helpful for you! Spread the Pendalouan Spirit by focusing on camp this Holiday Season!


Happy Holidays from YMCA Camp Pendalouan!
Hail Pendalouan!

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SUBSCRIBE TO THE BLOG VIA EMAIL: Click here to receive blogposts in your inbox every time they are published! That way, you won't miss a single bit of news!

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 websitethe Camp Blog and our Facebook page.