Steve Hufstader / Leelanau Outdoor Center Director
The month after I graduated from Northwood University, I was invited to work, short term, at the Leelanau Outdoor Center (LOC). Even though my degree was in Business, with a focus on advertising and marketing, the opportunity to work at LOC was greatly appreciated, and ignited a fire and passion to educate and work with students outdoors. I was “sold” after 2 days when I realized that LOC not only provided an exceptional outdoor learning environment, it also emphasized self-worth, leadership development through cooperative learning, character education, and fun.
My short term invitation to work for LOC for just a few weeks lasted 3 years, and ended when I decided to accept a position more fitting to my degree. However, I discovered that I dearly missed working with all of the students who came through the LOC program. So when the timing was right, I made the transition back to LOC where I could make a positive impression, and impact students’ lives.
As the LOC Director, I am overjoyed to be a part of an amazing program! I have seen LOC bring greatness out of students of all ages as well as teachers, administrators, corporate groups, and families. My goal is to share this experiential learning with all.
Katie Duntley / Program Coordinator
I knew that I wanted to work at the Leelanau Outdoor Center (LOC) ever since I first heard about it during the summer before my freshman year of college. “Playing outside with kids all day in the most beautiful place on earth? Yes, please!!” But, LOC is much more than having fun and being outside. It’s about learning what we’re capable of and growing into our true selves.
Outdoor education is immeasurably valuable for today’s youth. Kids who attend a LOC session are able to push themselves beyond their comfort zone, ultimately reaping the benefits of realizing their true potential. Whether they are learning about pond ecology, scaling the climbing tower, or running down the sand dunes, they are growing and learning about themselves in a loving and judgement-free environment. In short, LOC Rocks!
I have worked at LOC almost every season since graduating from Principia College. When I wasn’t here on Pyramid Point, I was either traveling abroad or coaching collegiate volleyball.
Caroline Savoye Hufstader / Director of Development and Marketing
My introduction to the Leelanau Outdoor Center (LOC) came after I graduated from college. A friend convinced me to spend the fall at LOC and
assured me it would not only be fun but that I would be inspired by the growth I would see in the kids that come through the program.
Needless to say, I loved my fall LOC experience and was hooked on the LOC program and beautiful northern Michigan. I made wonderful friends and I also met my future husband! After just one season I moved to Boston where I began working in the Development Department at Chestnut Hill Benevolent Association. After a couple of years in Boston it was time to return to camp.
I’m so excited to be back on the shores of Lake Michigan and I am honored to be serving in the position of Development and Marketing Director. Camp is such a special place and it is incredible to see how it continues to influence and shape lives in such positive ways. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with such a dedicated staff and am excited to be a part the