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Effective Christian Day Camps – Video Series
In this free 10-part video series, Brian Weed, associate pastor at Calvary Chapel of Philadelphia, and other experienced camp staff, share from their wealth of experience on how to plan and manage successful day camps at Camp at Old Mill and other Christian camp sites. After more than 15 years of experience in using Camp at Old Mill as base for outreach to the children of Coatesville, Brian and his church learnt what works best and what to avoid. These short videos (combined duration of 47 minutes) are available online and are ideal tools for training and orientation of camp directors and counselors. Click on the hyperlink above to access the videos.
Videos made at Camp at Old Mill
Groups or individuals that make use of Camp at Old Mill often upload short videos of their experience to YouTube. Scroll down in this page to view a few such videos, some dating back a few years!
Volunteers Build Gazebo On Northern Bank
Construction of the new gazebo on the northern bank of the Brandywine Creek at Camp at Old Mill was completed just in time before the start of a busy summer camp schedule. The structure adds another multi-purpose facility to the camp and is accessed by a 50 feet foot bridge across the creek that was completed in the fall of 2012. The octagon-shaped gazebo was designed by Leon Brubaker and work was done exclusively by volunteers who came mainly from churches in Pennsylvania and North Carolina. View the picture gallery here to follow the daily progress.
New Foot Bridge To Northern Bank
Jack Crans’ long held vision to develop the part of Camp at Old Mill that lies between the northern bank of the West Branch of the Brandywine River and the bed of the former Reading-Baltimore railway track has finally been realized.
Gifted artisans Leon Brubaker and Richard Dickens volunteered their time and skills to construct a beautiful two-direction foot bridge with a total span of 50 feet. The construction of the bridge was completed on Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Access to the other side of the creek now creates many exciting opportunities for adventure including hiking trials and a sheltered gazebo.
The pictures here show how the work progressed over several days.
Pictures of Camp at Old Mill in Different Seasons
View pictures of Camp at Old Mill in Fall and Winter. Click here
859 House enjoys retreat at Camp at Old Mill
“859 House” at 859 19th Street NE in the Trinidad neighborhood of northeast Washington, D.C. (aka Carver Terrace) is a beacon of hope in a “tough inner-city neighborhood” where crime and drugs wreck havoc in the lives of teenagers and entire families.
The 24 minute video produced by volunteers from Green Valley Community Church gives a brief overview of the tremendously positive impact that this community center, under the leadership of Jeff Spencer and his leadership team, has on this community. The 19th Street Center is mainly used for afterschool activities to enrich the educational and social experience of children in this part of Washington DC.
The staff and children of 859 House enjoyed their annual retreat at Camp at Old Mill in Pennsylvania. County Corrections Gospel Mission, owners of the camp facility next to the Brandywine River, is proud and happy to be affiliated with 859 House. The pictures here capture some of the fun.
Stuart Hammons, Chainsaw Carver, Visits Camp at Old Mill
Stuart C. Hammons is an artist and chain saw carver from Honey Brook, Pennsylvania. He carved an owl on the stump of a 50-year-old maple at The Camp at Old Mill and returned 4 years later to do some maintenance on the piece. Contacted Stuart at 1-610-802-8582
During Wilderness Adventure camps, Stuart also offered to show the campers how he can turn an ugly stump next to the Brandywine Creek into a beautiful toad! See the pictures here.
Grace Chapel Church Builds Paddle Closet
A team of skilled craftsmen from the Grace Chapel Church in Sanford, North Carolina spent a couple of days in May at Camp at Old Mill to help prepare the camp site for the busy summer schedule. Doug Davidson, Richard Dickens and Mike Perry donated their skills and expertise to do general maintenance and construction. One project was constructing a much-needed closet for life-jackets and paddles on the bank of the West Brandywine Creek. View some pictures here.
Keller Williams Realty (Exton) spents RED Day at Camp at Old Mill
RED Day (Renew, Energize and Donate) is an initiative dedicated to celebrating Keller Williams Realty’s year-round commitment to improving our local communities. Each year, on the second Thursday in May, tens of thousands of associates from across the United States and Canada participate in a wide range of projects, devoting their time to renewing and energizing aspects of the neighborhoods in which they serve.
Leona Mendenhall and a large group of enthusiastic realtors from Exton spent the day at Camp at Old Mill painting, mulching, chopping, planting, washing and many other “ings”.
A stonewall at Camp at Old Mill, recently knocked over by an intoxicated driver, was beautifully restored by Master Stone Mason, Al Stoltzfus and his father-son crew of Herb and Jad Burkhart. The wall in Brandamore Avenue is on the roadside of the historic old barn on the Camp at Old Mill property in Honey Brook. Al, a committed Christian, has is the past done similar work at the Camp and his work is highly recommended. The pictures here show some of the progress. Al Stoltzfus Masons can be contacted at 1-717-587-1391
Troop 216 Eagle Project at Camp at Old Mill
“Cutting a path with machetes and spades through thick bush, where hardly any human ever walked, is how Tim Grenz started his campaign to earn his Eagle badge…” Read more
View some pictures here of Tim and his team at work.
The Miracles to Restore Camp at Old Mill
Hear Jack Crans explain the miracles involved in obtaining and restoring the dilapidated Camp at Old Mill. Click here to view the video clip
Brandywine River Floods at Camp at Old Mill
The West Branch of the Brandywine snakes through the Camp at Old Mill, a property owned and managed by County Corrections Gospel Mission. The river occasionally floods its banks after torrential rains. Watch a short video of what this looks like.