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Camp Penn


Camp Penn is operated by the  Susquehanna Conference, the United Methodist Church. The camp is located across from Old Forge State Park, nestled in the southern edge of the Michaux State Forest.  Check out these PDF's below:

Retreat Facilities | Retreat Rates | Reservation Application | Resources Available at Camp Penn | Kitchen Usage by Rental Groups | Parent Questionaire | Let's Get Acquainted Form | Camp Penn Brochure 

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 4LODGE_1.JPGThe site is rich in history dating back to 1811 with the start of an ore forge. Around 1900 the site was used as a Boy Scout and YMCA camping area. In 1934 the current facilities were under construction with the CCC Boys and FDR's New Deal plan to get the country back on its feet. After W.W. II, the United Brethren Church started a summer camping program which continues today under the auspices of the United Methodist Church.

Camp Penn provides weekly summer camps for ages 6 through 18 in a Christian environment with a variety of events such as Elementary, Junior/Senior High, Music, and Computer camps. Daily activities include family groups with Bible study, swimming, hiking, sports and crafts.


Retreat day use and weekends are available in late April, May, September and October for youth groups, family and adult groups.  This is a place where lives are changed through God's Word and friendships are formed that can last a lifetime.

Questions about Camp Penn and the facilities? Contact the site director:
David A. Hykes
8005 Old Forge Road, P. O. Box 511, Waynesboro PA 17268
Phone: 717-762-2693 or 717-762-6869
Fax: 717-762-0080

Questions regarding events, prices and availability? Contact the Administrative Assistant for Camp and Retreat Ministries:
Kaye Anderson
303 Mulberry Drive, P.O. Box 2053
Mechanicsburg PA 17055-2053
Phone: 1-800-874-8474 or 717-766-7441
Fax: 717-766-5976

Questions regarding the general camping program? Contact the Director of Camp & Retreat Ministries:
Anne Horton
303 Mulberry Drive, P. O. Box 2053
Mechanicsburg PA 17055-2053
Phone: 1-800-874-8474 or 717-766-7441
Fax: 717-766-5976

911 Emergency Contact Info is:
Camp Penn
8005 Old Forge Road
P. O. Box 511
Waynesboro PA 17268

History- In 1933, the country was deep in the woes of the "Great Depression." President Franklin D. Roosevelt devised the "New Deal," which was a plan aimed at the economic slump of the nation. Within the plan was the "Civilian Conservation Corps." This program gave young men of that time a sense of worth, needed financial support, and a military lifestyle that would prove beneficial for those who would later serve in World War II.

Company #307 was organized April 24, 1933 at Fort Meade, MD. The "307" arrived in Waynesboro on May 6, 1933.


Camp Penn was then called S-70-Pa. and construction of the permanent camp began immediately. The barracks were completed on November 18, 1933. Work at the camp consisted of trail blazing, road building, timber improvement, surveying, auditing the state forest, and construction of a fire tower. For their labor the men received $30.00 per month ($5.00 for pocket money and $25.00 was sent home to their families).

In 1942, as W.W. II escalated, the CCC camps ended. The forestry department used the site through the war years.

The United Brethren Church rented the site in 1946. The Chapel was built and completed by the start of that summer's camping season. The building was funded in part with a sizable contribution made by Mr. W. Oscar Knaub in memory of his daughter, Hilda.

On November 16, 1946 the United Brethren Church merged with the Evangelical church to form the Evangelical United Brethren Church (E.U.B.). Summer camping was held for as many as 300 campers with staff.


Throughout the next twenty years the site saw little change. In 1966, an in ground swimming pool was completed, a sewage treatment plant was installed and the kitchen was remodeled. On April 23, 1968, The Methodist Church merged with the E.U.B. Church to form the United Methodist Church.

Although the site has not varied much from its original physical design, Camp Penn has remained current and on course in its goal to be a cornerstone in the foundation of the faith for the youth of the Susquehanna Conference.

Retreats- Retreats at Camp Penn may be scheduled for the last two weeks of April and the months of May, September and October. All the facilities are seasonal only, with the Recreation Hall being the only source of fireplace type heat. Groups up to 200 people can be accommodated.  All groups must provide their own towels, bedding and personal toiletries.  See the "Facilities and Rates" page for cabin and beds available.


Summer Camps- (We have 4 pictures for this section.) The 2008 summer camping season at Camp Penn will start the week of June 15.  Music Camp, Mini-camps,

Elementary, Junior High, Senior High, Computer Camp and other events are held throughout the 9 weeks of our summer program. A full schedule of events is available on the conference camping website at  All full-week events start at 3:00 PM on Sunday afternoon and end on the following Saturday at  10:00 AM.

KIDSIN_2.JPGA Day in Camp - A typical day begins with rise and shine at 7:00 AM and breakfast at 8:00 AM.  Mornings are spent in family groups with discussion on theme-based curriculum.  An interest activity of various electives such as sports, fishing, dancing, singing and wilderness survival normally precede lunch at 12 noon.  Afternoons are divided between swimming, crafts and recreation or games.  Supper is served at 5:00 PM and between 6 & 7 PM the evening activities begin.  Scavenger hunts, swimming and land events, talent night, dances and games can be part of the main evening events.  After snacks, the evening vesper service can be in the outdoor chapel, campfire circle, and/or the indoor chapel.  Lights out timing varies according to the age level of the event.


Recreation- The Recreation Hall seats up to 200 people and contains a built in stage. Audio-visual items provided include a piano, television, VCR/DVD, sound system, an overhead projector and pull down screen.

The Bowen Pavilion has a gas grill and 12 picnic tables nestled along a small stream at the lower end of the site. The Pavilion seats about 75. A cooking deck with serving counters and several outlets provide for a crock-pot style meal. Lighting is also provided.

Activities include the following:

  • Hiking: Nature Trails around the site, the Appalachian Trail and the surrounding State Forest land
  • Biking: On many of the mountain dirt roads and horse trails of the Michaux State Forest
  • Fishing- In the pond across from camp and the local streams and reservoirs
  • Outdoor Games: Sand volleyball, 2 basketball courts, 1 tennis court, horseshoes, miniature golf, and a large ball field in the Old Forge Park
  • Indoor Games: Ping pong, billiards, board games and puzzles
  • Swimming: In-ground 40' x 75' pool, available only during the summer camping season


Upcoming Events

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