Participants in the Camp Occohannock Polar Duck Dip, some in costume, took to the water on Saturday to raise money for the facility. 

By Ted Shockley


A spirited group waded into Occohannock Creek despite a water temperature of 38 degrees during the annual Polar Duck Dip, a longtime fundraiser for Camp Occohannock on the Bay near Craddockville.

“No ice this year,” said Stephanie Pierce, one of the camp’s board members, during the Saturday event.

Before the event, the suspense was who would take the challenge and wade into the Chesapeake Bay tributary for money pledges to support the camp.

Afterward, the suspense was if the camp would surpass its $15,000 goal.

“We’ve met our goal for three years in a row,” said Nancy Lewis, the camp’s treasurer since 1993.

“There are people who have said there will be more money coming in.”

She said the donations and pledges continue to come in, and a firm total should be known within a few weeks.

The biggest fundraisers this year were Michael Henry, camp director, and Wayne Johnson.

Camp Occohannock on the Bay is a ministry of the Eastern Shore Conference of the United Methodist Church. Each summer, hundreds of children from around the area enjoy waterfront camping experiences at the 50 acre site.