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4-H Annual Youth Camp

The 4-H rented the camp recently for their annual youth camp. The kids enjoy all the amenities the camp offers: they learn how to safely kayak the lake, use the archery area, play kickball in the field, sleep in bunkbeds, do arts and crafts in the craft rooms, and of course feast in the large…

Ocqueoc Outdoor Center’s 90th Anniversary

Last week’s publication of the Presque Isle County Advance (July 20th) included an article highlighting the Outdoor Center’s 90th anniversary. It covered interviews with Dr. Mary Ann Heidemann (Secretary of Friends of the Ocqueoc Outdoor Center, local history expert) and Sara Pikora (current OOC caretaker), and a brief history of its various uses over the…

Volunteer Painting Day

We had a fun day of painting during our volunteer event on July 19th. Around eight people showed up, and we were able to get most of the mess hall painted. The eggshell color replaced the previous yellow color, which was starting to fade and show the wear and tear of normal use. The new…

Huron Pines Invasive Species Decontamination Workshop a Success!

Huron Pines and the Coastal Invasive Species Network hosted a workshop at the Outdoor Center Saturday July 15th. The event was open to the public, and many people from around the Ocqueoc Lake watershed attended this informative event. The two-hour presentation taught which invasive species are threatening the lake and surrounding areas, how to identity…

Memorial for Dolores Merchant

Family and close friends gathered to remember the late Dolores Merchant at a memorial event put on by the Friends this past weekend. Dolores played an integral part at the Outdoor Center; she was an original member of the Friends group, involved in the 4-H camps, and was always ready to lend a hand when…

Hazard Tree Removed

Some of the trees on the grounds of the camp are very old, and naturally have their own lifespans. One such tree was a maple near the picnic/firepit area, which was becoming a hazard. It had many woodpecker holes, was not producing any new growth, and its large branches were falling; sure signs it was…