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Maple Syrup Open House is March 11, 2018.

Free pancake breakfast with real, homemade, pure maple syrup compliments of our hard-working maple season volunteers! Visit the Sugar Shack, enjoy homemade ice cream, tour a camp cabin, and send kids to camp when you buy some syrup to take home with you.

Event Schedule

10 am : Open House Begins

12 noon - 3 pm : FREE sausage and pancakes served with real maple syrup

3 pm : Tours continue, or enjoy the trails of this 250 acre property on your own

Download the Open House PDF Flyer... CLICK HERE

See you there!

Buy, Distribute, or help Harvest Pure Maple Syrup at Pleasant Hill Outdoor Camp

Through the generosity of Dick and Betty Jo Wiles (Dick serves on our Board of Trustees) and their committed volunteers, Pleasant Hill produces its own yearly supply of pure Maple Syrup. We sell large and small quantities to individuals and businesses and use the syrup in our camp kitchen year round.  We are lucky at Pleasant Hill to have a perfect hill on which to tap trees. This allows our system to primarily run on gravity flow. We also have a vacuum pump to help keep the low spots flowing.

Volunteers can contribute in several ways:

  1. Assist in the syrup making process.  Wood cutting, splitting, line maintenance and bottling.
  2. Buy our syrup for use in your own home or to give away as gifts. BUY SYRUP ONLINE HERE
  3. Distribute syrup at local markets, retailers, or churches and return the proceeds back to the camp.

The Process...

1. Maple trees are tapped with one to three taps per tree depending on the size of the tree. The taps are hooked together, then the trees are linked into larger tubes which feed into one main line.

2. Through this system, the sap runs into two 500 gallon stainless steel tanks. From the tanks, the sap flows into the evaporator which sits on a custom built wood fired stove, built by Aaron & Dick Baird. The sap is boiled down into syrup using fallen and dead trees culled from over 200 acres of woods.

3. Our evaporator is custom built and donated by Morton Salt. The entire finishing process is housed in our syrup barn at the foot of the hill.

4. When the sap has boiled down almost completely it is filtered, finished and bottled. It takes about 50 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup.

5. We sell the finished product and use it in our camp kitchen year round. It is served with our pancake breakfast and flavors many of our camp dishes such as our maple glazed ham, baked beans and more.

If you would like to help harvest, buy or distribute syrup to support the camp, email info@phoc.org or call 419-938-3715

I just wanted to say "Thank you"...

I just wanted to say “Thank you” for another wonderful week of camp for my son. He had a great time and could not stop talking about camp the whole way home.  I am looking forward to doing the kindergarten camp next year with my daughter, if it’s still offered. She was quite bummed she couldn’t join her brother(she’s only 4) and she asked me all week when she could go to camp.

You all made such a wonderful impression on our first visit 4 years ago that we will ALWAYS return to PHOC!   Thank you also to  your wonderful staff and counselors and all the hard work they put in all summer. We are blessed to have these wonderful people touch our kids’ lives! So again, a big Thank you to you and your staff!

Camper Parent