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Our campers say it’s the best place in the world.

Nissokone is a place like no other: a spectacular natural environment in which the majestic Ausable River meets the shores of Lake Huron, home to transformative programs, well-maintained facilities, exciting activities, and a dedicated staff of experienced, caring professionals. Founded in 1914, Nissokone means ‘Three Fires.’ It is said that three Native American tribes met on the site of Camp Nissokone to make peace, with a fire of peace representing each tribe. YMCA Camp Nissokone is located on 170 acres of picturesque lakefront in Oscoda, Michigan. For 100 years, Nissokone has been a jewel of the YMCA, and a premier Michigan summer camp.

Today, Nissokone focuses on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility; serving youth, families and groups. Nissokone is perfect for getting out in nature for adventure and play. Nissokone offers a wide variety of age-appropriate activities, taking full advantage of the lake and thousand acres of national forest surrounding camp. In addition to the mile of spectacular shoreline, Nissokone has clean, comfortable cabins with modern bathrooms in each. YMCA Camp Nissokone is accredited by the American Camp Association.

About Our Staff

Ryan Mertz

Ryan Mertz
Executive Director

Ryan Mertz holds over 16 years of experience at the YMCA. Ryan has served in full-time leadership roles at two YMCA camps in Michigan, starting his career at Camp Nissokone. A graduate of Lake Superior State University with a degree in Sports and Recreation Management, he brings an enthusiasm for camping and connecting others to the outdoors. Ryan and his wife, Hannah, welcomed their first child, a baby girl, in May 2014. A former all-American soccer player from Oscoda, Ryan now enjoys coaching, skiing, sailing and mountain biking. Ryan’s extensive program experience includes aquatics, environmental education, high adventure facilitation, and teen leadership development. Ryan is most passionate about teaching and inspiring his staff to create safe ‘best summer of a lifetime’ experiences for campers.

Henry Weyand

Henry Weyand
Assistant Camp Director

Henry has been a longtime camper and staff member at Camp Nissokone. After graduating from Michigan State University with a degree in Social Science, he pursued a career in Education. After teaching at the high school level, he is proud to take on the role of Assistant Camp Director at Camp Nissokone. Henry enjoys all the outdoors has to offer; he is an avid skier, biker, hiker and sailor. Nissokone holds a special place in Henry’s heart not just because of the fantastic memories he has there, but also the special people he met there, including his bride Allie. The two met while working at Camp Nissokone and married in the summer of 2015. Both Allie and Henry love camp and are excited to be able to spend summers helping children grow and develop at this incredible place.

Mick Lee

Mick Lee
Properties Director

Mick Lee started at Camp Nissokone in 1993 as Resident Manager. Shortly after, he was promoted to Properties Director for both Camps Ohiyesa and Nissokone. In addition to keeping camp’s facilities top-notch, Mick has built many new additions like the Wet Willie Water Slide, four handmade 20-foot Voyager Canoes and has overseen renovation of most of the facilities at both camps, hosting for 28 volunteer AmeriCorp NCCC teams. Mick has a passion to see the mission of the YMCA fulfilled in a way that transforms the spirit and truly believes camps make a difference in people’s lives. Mick’s faith is very important to him, and he enjoys helping at Church and serving others. Mick’s positive can-do attitude and friendly smile has been a welcoming, consistent sight at camp for over 20 years, helping to impact the lives of thousands of campers.