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Camp Pendalouan – Camp Overview



Pendalouan is where imagination and adventure come alive. With over 80 years of creating great summer memories, Camp Pendalouan has the foundation to provide a fun summer camp experience as well as a safe summer camp experience, sure to be full of treasured memories. A century of operation has led Pendalouan to become a premiere Michigan summer camp for both summer overnight camps and summer day camps.

Our traditions build friendships that go beyond a canoe ride to Turtle Bay or sharing a bench and watching flickering stars above the campfire. At Pendalouan, we specialize in personalized character development and helping kids make lifelong friends. With our leadership camps for kids, we empower youth to see their personal strengths while building on the skills needed to be future leaders.


Overnight Camps
Overnight Camp / Bugs ‘N Bunks / Staff In Training
The magical summer camp experience! At Pendalouan overnight camps, we specialize in personalized character development and helping kids make lifelong friends. Join us in one of our overnight options!
    Day Camps
    Swimming, canoeing, rowboats, large group games, archery, and much more!
    Sign up for a mix of traditional camp activities and environmental learning, led by professional and well-trained staff. Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
      Specialty Camps
      Friends and Family Camp / Mom & Kids / Father & Son / Women’s Adventure
      Get the whole family to take part in camp activities or join us for an adults only weekend here at YMCA Camp Pendalouan.  During the summer and early fall we offer a variety of camps to increase connection between families and groups in a pristine natural setting.


        When speaking to prospective parents, we describe ourselves as a traditional YMCA Camp. We offer activities such as archery, canoeing, swimming, hiking, crafts, nature, campfires, and horseback riding. Additional items include a climbing wall, Mt. Bikes, creative writing, drama class, and kayaking. While we do offer add-on activities allowing more time at the barn or waterfront, those campers join in on the regular activities as well.


        The average size of our weekly overnight sessions is 120 campers and 40 staff members. The average number of kids in each cabin is 12, with at least two counselors. Our relatively small size is a major attribute that sets Pendalouan apart. It allows for both campers and cabin leaders to get to know other kids outside of their cabin. This gives campers more opportunities to make friends and builds a stronger sense of community and family each time they attend.


        Campers can learn a lot during their time at Pendalouan – how to shoot a bow and arrow, how to cook a meal over an open fire, and tons of songs. However, our real strength, focus, and priority is creating friendships, making memories, and building character – all while having fun in the sun! Pendalouan focuses on the 4 core values of Honesty, Caring, Respect and Responsibility.


        Our staff are trained to keep an eye out for teachable moments and opportunities that make ordinary experiences extraordinary. Since many of our activities are cabin-based, campers often become very close to their fellow cabinmates. We believe strongly in creating a cabin culture that emphasizes teamwork, friendship, and respect. As one of our counselors once said of his cabin, “Working together like a team is an expectation, but becoming close like a family is the goal.”


        Each week campers experience an immersive theme that permeates evening programs and activities.  Staff dress up as different characters and follow different plot lines.  This provides a fun and imaginative experience for our campers. Additionally, each cabin group participates in a cabin culture and theme that encourages campers to be creative and silly, strengthening bonds within the cabin.

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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.