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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 delicious syrup anytime with one click https://www.jotform.com/build/63395463842969/publish . 
  3. Distribute syrup at local markets, retailers, or churches and return the proceeds back to the camp.

1 Gallon - $50

1/2 Gallon - $28

1 Quart - $16

1 Pint - $9

1/2 Pint - $5

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

What Others Are Saying

"Our ten year old son, (Ben), just returned from a week at Pleasant Hill. To better understand the situation, I need to give you a little background. (Ben), our only child, was adopted from Russia at the age of 11 months. And up until last Sunday, he had never spent a night away from us. We are a little protective to say the least. We advised Chris, his counselor, to expect a few challenges and to call us if necessary. According to our son, Chris helped him through some very rough times. Because of his patience and kindness, (Ben) now has a new level of confidence and pride in his abilities. I am so impressed with the time Chris took to calm and reassure a very homesick child, helping him to overcome his fears and make it through the week. Many would have opted for the easy way out, leaving a child with a sense of failure that they would carry with them for a long time. We are so grateful to Chris for what he has given our son and would appreciate if you could pass that on to him."