It's the fancy word for the significance of this year's Camp Meeting. Highland Park turns 125 years old this year! We want to make sure you're a part of our celebration. It's absolutely something you'll not want to miss out on. Why not? Keep reading.
125 Years ago...
In 1891, a large group of people split off from Perkasie Park Camp Meeting. Two years later, they established Highland Park Camp Meeting in Sellersville, and drew literally thousands of people. By the year 1900, Highland Park was attended by over 8,000!
Years later, in 1936, Highland Park held its first Youth Camp. This tradition has continued for 82 years! We've worked very hard to keep our Youth Camp program strong ever since, and this year, we are planning some pretty special things for you to enjoy as a camper.
This year's theme song is "Help Me Find It" by the Sidewalk Prophets. We listened! This camper-preferred theme song is all about letting God guide us on our way through life. We hope it will be a source of inspiration for you.
Chill out 3 times a day
Thanks to an incredibly generous donation by Lillian Clemens, our dining hall has now been equipped with... AIR CONDITIONING! I know this may not seem like much at this moment, considering it was snowing yesterday, but entire generations of past campers will be extremely jealous of you this July!
Hope 2018: A Free Concert featuring Bonray!
Friday evening during our Annual Camp Meeting, we have the up and coming band Bonray performing for us. As an effort for outreach to our community, this concert is free for the public and we are expecting a huge turnout. The concert will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, August 3, 2018. You won't want to miss it, it will be an incredible show!
We searched far and wide this year for a great guest evangelist for our 125th Anniversary. We found someone perfect to share the word of God for this year's Camp Meeting. David Crain is a nationally known Christian speaker and musician who uses music inspire and uplift. We are truly blessed to have David speak to us this year.
Registration for Camp is Open
Registration this year is $180. Register by June and we'll make sure you get a free T-shirt. Invite a friend for his or her first Highland Park experience, and they can enjoy a 50% off discount. We also offer discounts to youth whose parents are military personnel or veterans. Is money a problem? We also offer scholarships. We hope to see you there!
Come celebrate with us
415 Highland Park Rd
Sellersville, PA 18960
July 29-August 5, 2018
Highland Park Camp Meeting turns 125 this year, and she's looking pretty amazing considering her age! Highland Park Camp Meeting was founded in 1893, and if you are new to our community, you will notice that this is kind of a big deal for all of us, so we are truly celebrating this place that God gave us to worship together, and the wonderful community that has maintained it for so long. We are planning on sharing our story throughout the year, so stay tuned.
Just a reminder that our Annual Mid-Year Banquet is coming up this Sunday, January 14th. Reservations are $10/person ($5 ages 4-6) and can be purchased right through our website. We hope to see you there!
History has been made!
Highland Park is now officially on the National Register of Historic Places as of April 10, 2017. This was a huge undertaking initiated by Merle Landis in partnership with the West Rockhill Historical Society. Hats off to Larry and the rest of the Highland Park Historical Committee for finishing what she started.
Highland Park qualifies for the National Register because, in addition to its historic integrity, location, design, and workmanship, Highland park is a prime example of how the camp meeting movement developed, and also demonstrates specific styles of architecture, as well as demonstrating typical camp meeting layouts in the late 1800s.
Why is this so important to Highland Park?
- Highland Park will receive extra consideration in the future for planning for projects that have federal involvement.
- Highland Park is eligible for a 20% federal historic rehabilitation tax credit.
- Highland Park is eligible for historic preservation grants.
The meeting in Harrisburg was videotaped, and it contains some interesting historical information about the Park, it's cottages, and it's place in U.S. History. Because of high noise in the room, much of the speaking was difficult to make out, so we are giving you a cleaned up version that is much easier to listen to. If you happen to hear high-pitched chirping, it's what was left over after almost all of the room noise was removed. Enjoy.
Highland Park Open House
On July 15, 2017, Highland Park held an Open House to celebrate its new historical status. Park and cottage tours were led, Musicians performed, refreshments were served, and the West Rockhill Historical Society gave an incredible presentation on the History of Highland Park. They also lead a moving dedication to Highland Park's spiffy new plaque. The event was organized by Karen Van Arsdale, and it was well-attended. If you missed this event, We have some pretty amazing pictures in the gallery below. Thank you to everyone who helped out with, participated in, and attended our Open House!
UPCOMING 2018 EVENTS AT HIGHLAND PARK
We have had some very exciting news, which the Senior Board of Directors has asked be shared with everyone. We received this email last week:
Also, In partnership with the West Rockhill Historical Society, we would like you to put July 15, 2017 on your calendar for our first ever Highland Park Open House!
We hope everyone is having a safe and wonderful fall. We have had some exciting things going on at Highland Park over the past few months since Camp Meeting 2016 ended.
You may or may not have been aware that an effort has been underway, initiated by Merle and Larry Landes, and the Historical Committee of Highland Park, to have Highland Park listed as part of the National Register by the National Park Service, as an example of the Camp Meeting movement in the late 19th century.. A meeting was to take place on October 4, 2016 by the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Board to decide whether or not Highland Park's Nomination was to be carried to the next stage of the process. Highland Park's Board President Ed Van Arsdale announced that Highland Park was approved by the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Board for listing on the National Register. A video was also included in the announcement (see above).
Congratulations to our dedicated Historical Committee for some hard work that has paid off!
The Fireplace at the Highland Park Pavilion has been restored as a Memorial to Rev. Earl Trauger and Merle Landes, Larry's wife. These memorial funds are $1000.00 short, of the actual cost, of the project. If you would like to contribute to this needed repair, please send your check, made out to: Highland Park Camp Meeting and mail to Highland Park Camp Meeting, PO Box 5, Sellersville, PA 18960. Write "Fireplace" in the Check Memo section.
Highland Park Youth Camp introduced a new type of service project during the summer of 2015. Using a stash of donated fleece, campers spent an afternoon making no-sew fleece blankets for the needy. This weekend, Highland Park Youth Camp donated 16 fleece blankets to the newly established Code Blue program for Salem County, NJ.
What started as a camper service project quickly became a camp-wide effort on the last day of camp. It was inspiring to see so many people of all ages drawn to get involved to turn a pile of fleece into warm blankets for the winter. Code Blue volunteers at the River Church in Carneys Point were very grateful for the donation towards their cause. Many comments were made on how nice the blankets were and how great a blessing they would be for those in need.
The Code Blue program is actually an initiative to provide “warming shelters” for homeless people in extremely cold weather conditions. They operate from 6pm-6am on nights where the temperature drops below 25 C, or 32 C w/ precipitation. The program had previously started in Cumberland County, and has just now opened in Salem County for the first time on Wednesday, January 27. It is important to note that these are not fully operational homeless shelters, and will not be serving food other than donated water and snacks.
We are happy to help contribute to this program, and we hope to continue providing blankets and other goods to Code Blue in the years to come. We are always in need of more fleece for future donations! Each blanket is made from 2 pieces of fleece that are 1 2/3 yd (or 60"x 60"), and can be patterned or plain fleece. All blankets are given directly to Code Blue Shelters. This project is coordinated by Andi Grimes. If you would like to donate fleece, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ - Matthew 25:34-40
Welcome to our new friends, Child Evangelism Fellowship
We would like to welcome the Bucks-Mont Chapter of Child Evangelism Fellowship to our Campground, as they move into Cottage No. 1 at Highland Park. This group performs a variety of services to the local community throughout the year. While Highland Park celebrates its 122nd Annual Camp Meeting, CEF will commuting to Philadelphia for their summer missions trip, "Flood Philly" in their efforts to reach boys and girls with the gospel and show God's love in everything they do. They will also be working with our own campers as they work on their service project during camp. If you see someone from CEF, please say hello, and give them a warm welcome to Highland Park!
It's not too late to register for camp!
Our Youth Camp for grades 6-12 is still accepting registrations. The Youth camp is held during Camp Meeting week from Sunday July 26 to Sunday, August 2. Check-in is at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 26, and our on-line registration will remain open until the evening of Saturday, July 25. Cost is $160 for the week, but if you invite a friend, you can save $80. We've already had a lot of camper registrations, but the more, the merrier! Don't miss out, it's a great experience!
Introducing our new Young Adult Program
In an effort to keep our Camp Alumni actively involved with our annual Camp Meeting and maintain stability in participation, Highland Park is now offering a Young Adult Program for ages 18-30. Participants will be volunteering their time to help out with the many activities, programs, park maintenance, services, and all of the aspects of Highland Park Camp Meeting, while housed at Highland Park. While this program is still currently in its infancy, this program will ultimately include its own bible study, service projects, and community outreach. Interested persons should contact Holly Fite as soon as possible.
King's Brass Concert Next Week
Our Annual King's Brass Concert will take place Next Tuesday, July 21 at 7:30 in our Tabernacle. If you've never heard them play, this is a nationally-famous brass ensemble that plays a variety of styles, including contemporary praise, traditional hymns, classical, marching-band crowd-pleasers, and jazz. There is no cost for admission, but we will hold a love offering for the King's Brass to pay for their expenses for performing at Highland. The concert is usually about an hour and a half long, and refreshments will be sold at the snack stand afterwards. This group is no joke, and draws a crowd from all over the state. Please come and enjoy a beautiful summer night of great music and fun!
2015 Camp Meeting and Youth Camp starts Next Weekend!
Our 122nd Annual Camp Meeting will take place from Saturday, July 25 to Sunday, August 2. Our camp meeting will kick off with a concert by Norma and Roy Brunner on Piano and Organ on Saturday, July 25 at 7:30. The Youth Camp will open check-in at 1:00 p.m. in the Dining Hall, and Guest Evangelist Colleen Batchelder will deliver our first service at 7:30 p.m. Sunday Evening. Our theme for the week is "We Were Made to Thrive," based on the contemporary Christian song "Thrive" as performed by Casting Crowns. We will also have the pleasure of a praise band joining us for our services for the week.
Make sure you come out and join us during Camp Meeting week! If you have never been to Highland before, you'll love the great music, powerful messages, and the fellowship we have to offer to you. If you have been with us before, you know you can always count on a yummy ice cream cone after each service, but be prepared for how much Highland has grown over the past few years! Come visit our Camp Meeting page for our mealtime menus and daily schedule.
Interested in teaching a bible study?
Our youth camp is always in need of good, knowledgeable Christians who are interested in working with our youth ages 12-18. If you think you would enjoy leading a bible study for a small group of our youth, please contact our Youth Director, Dr. Joanne Leight. Each bible study group will have approximately 6 sessions together during the week of camp meeting from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
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When I was a camper, many, many years ago (like, the 90's), I tried very hard to convince my friends to come to Highland Park Youth Camp. "Your camp doesn't even have a lake! It's hardly a camp at all!" Unfortunately, I was not very convincing. I just couldn't make friends understand that Highland Park had something very special to offer that you just can't find anywhere else. But I apparently missed some big ones...