June 15, 2020: It was officially announced today that the Penn Central Conference of the UCC will be closing Hartman Center and selling the camp. There will be some official closing activities later in 2020. Please go to the Hartman Center website above for more information. The information below is out of date and will be removed from this website soon.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT CAMPING IN SUMMER, 2020
We are heartbroken to share with you that in light of our current situation, we have made the difficult decision to suspend all Penn Central Conference sponsored activities at Hartman Center until September- including summer camp. Please listen to a message from Zoë, our coordinator of camps and retreats, and remember that our love of camp, Christ, and one another is as strong as ever.
Peace be with you.
Coordinator of Camps and Retreats
Penn Central Conference
Click below for more information from Hartman Center 2020:
St. John’s has a long history associated with camping and outdoor ministries. Historically, St. John’s once owned a small campsite known as Salford Cabin, and there were once two camps within the UCC Pa. Southeast Conference, Camp Fernbrook and Mensch Mill. Our church camping opportunities continued from 2013 to 2019 at Hartman Center, a UCC camp run by the Penn Central Conference of the UCC, about a 3 hour drive from St. John’s in Milroy, Pa. The interest in attending church camps began losing popularity to other activities in the 2000’s, and financial issues lead to closing the UCC camps in our area by 2020. many of our members still have fond memories of attending UCC camps.
HISTORICAL NOTES – CAMP MENSCH MILL & CAMP FERNBROOK
For about 80 years camp Mensch Mill served as a camp, retreat and conference center for the Penn Southeast Conference, located in Barto, Berks County. The camp closed after the 2012 camping season and was sold by the PSEC in 2014. The PSEC also had camping at Camp Fernbrook near Pottstown for many years.
HISTORICAL NOTES – SALFORD CABIN – OWNED BY ST. JOHN’S 1933 – 2015