Above is the theater building at Camp Nissokone as it appears today. It once doubled as a boat house.

OSCODA – Summer camp. For many individuals, no matter their ages, the words evoke memories of long sunny days or even longer rainy ones, making lifelong friends, hiking, sports, campfires, telling stories, camp songs, water activities, games, crafts – and all the other experiences that make summer camp unique.

Generations of youth have been, and still are, experiencing summer camp at YMCA Camp Nissokone in Oscoda which is in its 100th year of operation.

“Our purpose has not changed,  which is teaching core values of honesty, caring, respect and responsibility,” said Ryan Mertz, executive director.

Mertz said the idea of getting youth out in nature to make friends and be part of a community has not changed, but some of the activities have. At this time the camp has added a high ropes course, fencing activities and water slide. Horseback riding and sailing, popular 100 years ago, have endured into 2014.

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