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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. Nearly 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 their skills needed to be future leaders.

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!

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.

Did you know that we offer season camps and family programs in addition to our summer camps? Get the whole family to take part in camp activities or let your camper experience Pendalouan throughout the year!


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

"The Perfect Sized Camp"

The average size of our weekly overnight sessions is 140 campers and 50 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 counselors 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.

Character and Friendships

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!


Our staff are trained to keep an eye out for teachable moments and opportunities that make ordinary experiences extra-ordinary. 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."


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Angela Twin Lake, MI
"My son didn't know anybody and was very shy at first. He came home a confident and happy young man!"
Lisa Clawson, MI
"Enriching. Memorable. Positve. Uplifting."
Kathryn Houston, TX
“Best week of her life!”