A venerable Hereford Township campground that has served generations of campers is up for sale.
Howard Kriebel appeared at the Sept. 3 regular meeting of the Hereford Township Board of Supervisors to report on the fate of Camp Mensch Mill.
The camp, owned and operated by the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference of the United Church of Christ, is located at Conrad and Mensch Mill roads in the township. The bleak financial climate facing the Conference forced the organization to vote to “divest themselves of property” including headquarters located in Collegeville and the camp property.
By a slim margin of two votes, the conference elected to sell Camp Mensch Mill in November 2012. In January of this year the camp was “mothballed” and did not reopen for the 2013 camping season.
Kriebel noted that he and a group of concerned others were dismayed at the turn of events, and believed that the “witness and mission” of the camp had “given so much to the church.”
He further stressed that the camp has “a long history in the Reformed Church and the United Church of Christ.”
Kriebel said that the conference is actively looking for a buyer and that his coalition would require at least $1,000,000 in funding to embark on preserving the camp.
Individuals interested in more information about efforts to save Camp Mensch Mill should call the Hereford Township municipal office for Howard Kriebel’s contact information.
In road crew news, road master Keith Masemore reported that the crew painted lines on roads and mowed part of Tollgate Park for the first time since the bridge renovation.
“We didn’t get any line painting done last year because we couldn’t get the paint,” Chairman John Membrino said.
Masemore also stated that former crew member Craig Leiser retired and Bret Marks filled his position, starting this week.