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Camp Pendalouan – About


YMCA Camp Pendalouan on the shores of Big Blue Lake offers a quiet, rustic setting for campers and groups throughout Michigan. Pendalouan is located near Muskegon, Michigan, on over 105 acres of mature oak-pine forest, adjacent to the Manistee National Forest and the White River.

Schedule a tour with our team to see firsthand what our beautiful and historic property has to offer.


Summer camps, school programs, and group retreats highlight our camping program at Pendalouan.

As a YMCA camp, we have access to national standard resources for developing character. We solicit and act on parent evaluations, follow state guidelines, and maintain the highest possible standards established by the American Camp Association.


The first Muskegon Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) Camp was conducted at Duck Lake in 1923. The next year in 1924, camp was moved to a site on Big Blue Lake, now known as Hiawatha Beach. The camp had adopted the name “Camp Williams” in honor of Sir George Williams, the founder of the YMCA in London, England. It was then renamed “Camp Pendalouan” in the 1930s. Since then Camp Pendalouan continued to show steady growth in enrollment, equipment, leadership, and program.

With 100 years of camping experience, Pendalouan provides quality programming dedicated to safety, fun, healthy living, and character development. Our programming focuses on instilling our values of honesty, caring, respect, and responsibility that help provide benefits of community and belonging for all. The Pendalouan community has a wide range of campers from all over West Michigan, the Chicago area, and from across the country. Camping at Pendalouan has been impacted by thousands of volunteers, staff, alumni, campers, families, and friends in the past century. We look forward to creating more memories and serving more campers in the years to come.


Madeline Lombardo
Executive Director
Madeline grew up in Grand Haven, MI, and attended Camp Pendalouan as a 5th grader. She has worked in the camping movement for the last ten years at other YMCA camps and oversees all Pendalouan camping services.

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    Rylee Gross
    Director of Business Services
    Rylee has camped at Pendalouan as a student and worked as a previous staff member. She studied public relations from Central Michigan University and has experience in business services. Rylee assists the office with registration, communications, and weddings.

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      Bridgette McKeown
      Senior Program Director
      Bridgette has a 10-year history with Pendalouan with a Bachelors in Outdoor Recreation and Environmental Education. She has many years of experience working with youth and group camping and is in charge of outdoor education, rentals and retreats, and specialty weekend programming.

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        Use the summer months to connect your child with the beauty of nature, encourage them to make friends, help them get to know themselves better, and enhance their experience with leadership and teambuilding skills.