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Our activities schedule begins with the First Weekend in May, and ends with the first weekend in October. See our Events Schedules for a complete listing of our themed weekends with planned activities. Our planned activities include free crafts, ceramics program ($), and wagon rides, kiddie train rides (on selected weekends only, and much, much more!
Events & Activities Schedule
Camping is all about family and having fun! Join us for our themed weekend Events or our current activities schedule!
The events are the themed weekends and provides an over view of what's happening. The Ducky News is our Weekend activity schedule that lists when the activities are happening, what is happening, and where it's happening. Every camper is provided a written copy at check in! Make sure you get yours so you don't miss any of the fun!
Ceramics Program ($) Every Saturday Afternoon from Memorial Day through mid-September!
Ginny will be here to teach ceramics classes most weekends($) from Memorial Day Through mid-September! Ginny does charge a modest fee per piece and for materials. Prices vary by piece. There are pieces you can finish in one day!
(Check our advance activities schedule at http://www.meadvillekoa.com/DuckyNews.html) It will list if there will or will not be ceramics on that given weekend. The Ducky news is published the Monday prior to the weekend on the website and lists the tentative times and places of our weekend activities.
Our swimming pool is 20 X 40. Come cool off in our refreshing clean pool!
Catch and Release Fishing - no fee, and no license required!
Be a catfish hunter! Snag a large mouth bass - they all await you in our one acre lake, our 2-acre lake, and our other 4-5 small ponds. We have large and small mouth bass, catfish, bluegills, crappies, sunfish, carp, algea eaters, and more! Catch and release, please! No license is required. We pay the fee so you can fish at no charge!
New Bear Playground
Come enjoy our new Bear Playround! You'll love all the slides, climbing walls, and walking bridge!
Campground EventsListing Calendar
* May 25-26 - Memorial Day Weekend! Family fun all weekend!
Memorial Day Weekend! Family fun all weekend! We’re reverse tie-dying t-Shirts($). Our pool opens (weather permitting), free kid’s crafts, summer ceramics program starts($), campsite yard sales (bring stuff to sell & money to buy stuff!), family & adult BINGO, horseshoe tournament, teens and adult volleyball, the illusions of David Lawrence, DJ, & much more! (*3 night minimum at holiday rate).
June 1 – 6th Annual Car Show Weekend!
Save $10.00/night on your camping if you cruise-in to our Car Show with your classic, hot rod, truck, or sport compact and compete to win a trophy! We’ll have door prizes, trophies & more!
June 8 – Wizard’s Weekend!
Come join us for a mystical weekend filled with activities like make your own wizard’s hat and wand (free crafts!), fill your cauldron scavenger hunt (prizes by age), a wizard’s magic show by Devin Knight in the evening! All aboard! The Brookdale Express will be running for all children under 48” tall!
June 15 - Father's Day Weekend! (VKR Kids camp free!)
It’s time for the Brookdale 500 Mini Auto Race (for guys only, Ages 16 thru adult!) Race a stock, 2 oz. or under Matchbox type car). Father & child (under 13) bean Bag tourney! We'll have Smith’s hotdogs & a potluck picnic dinner for dad! Bring a tureen side dish or dessert to share at our Father’s Day picnic pot luck dinner! The Thurston Classic Hot Air Balloon Festival at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA)!
June 22 – Death By Chocolate Weekend!
You're going to think you've died and gone to heaven! We'll have candy bar BINGO (7 games on one, full-size candy bar!), a free ice cream sundae social made with Marcie’s homemade, hand-dipped ice cream with all the fixings, and an after-dark flashlight chocolate hunt! It’s heavenly!
Meadville KOA Honored at Pennsylvania Campground Owners Convention!
Penn State Dec. 5, 2012: Meadville KOA was awarded "Best Brochure" and "Best Promitional Piece" at the 49th Annual Pennsylvania Campground Owner's Association (PCOA) Convention.
Meadville KOA received the award for best brochure which included winning photos from a Facebook Photo Contest, which was then printed by Print King Printing (www.printking.net)in Cranberry Township, PA. Their best promotional piece award was for the use of email blasts to market upcoming events, activities, camping specials, and discounts to their camping customers.
Meadville KOA Campground Owner Tim Chilson was also honored at the PCOA Convention held in Penn State for completing two terms (4 years) as Region 1 Director, a position which includes member campgrounds in a 15 county area. Tim accepted the position of Regional Vice President, which now encompasses Region 1 & Region 2 in Western PA for the PCOA Organization.
Tim and Robyn Chilson are 13 year members of the PCOA, and were recognized for having achieved their Certified Park Operators (CPO) Certification through the National Association of Campground Owners and RV Parks School of Campground Management and by taking continuing education classes, and graduating from KOA University.
Tim and Robyn Chilson own and operate Meadville KOA located 7 miles east of Meadville on Rt. 27 and can be reached at 814-789-3251.
Meadville KOA Celebrating 35 Years of Fun!
Meadville KOA Campground is celebrating 35 years of serving camping families. Located just seven miles east of Meadville on Route 27, this one-time fish hatchery and auction barn is now a highly rated, award-winning KOA Campground.
“We have multiple generations of campers camping with us,” said Meadville KOA owner Tim Chilson. “We’ve not only served them and their children, but we now have their grandchildren and great-grandchildren camping with us. Our goal is to provide a fun and safe family camping environment where families make memories that last a lifetime.”
The Meadville KOA is offering multiple special discounts and vacation specials this summer to celebrate their 35th year of operation, as a thank you to their camping guests. Those discounts can be found on their website at http://www.meadvillekoa.com/Discounts.html.
“We’ve got some great discounts planned for the 2013 camping season as a thank you to the great camping families who’ve camped with us over these many years,” Chilson said. “We’ve been very fortunate to meet and serve so many wonderful camping families over our 14 years of ownership. It is truly our pleasure to serve them, and we’re honored that they rate our facilities and service so highly. We’ve watched their children, and in some cases grandchildren grow up to become fine citizens and young adults.”
The land was originally purchased from the Holland Land Company in 1893 by the McClemens family, who built a homestead and barn at the site in 1914, in an area known at that time as McClemen’s Flats.
In 1945, the Roae family purchased the property and turned the farm into an auction barn and built ponds for a fish hatchery, where they raised and sold flathead minnows for fishing in Pymatuning Lake. In 1978, they turned the auction barn and farm into Brookdale 1914 Campground, taking the name directly from the date on the old red barn and the brook that runs through the center of the property.
The barn served as the main building complex for the campground until it burned in 1984. The campers helped rebuild the main building, which now serves the campers and local community with a camping & mini-mart store, which is operated seasonally with the campground. The building also houses a recreation hall, game room, restrooms and showers, and a laundry facility for campers.
Brookdale Campground was purchased by Tim & Robyn Chilson in October of 1999 and renamed Brookdale Family Campground. Since their purchase, the Chilsons have added 10 new full-hook-up pull-thru 50 amp campsites for big rigs, free Wi-Fi to all the campsites, a new camping cabin, two new deluxe lake-front cabins, and additional rental recreation with an 18 hole mini golf, a jumping pillow, and pedal karts.
In 2011, Brookdale Family Campground was invited to join Kampgrounds of America as the Meadville KOA. KOA is the largest and most recognized camping franchise in the world with 488 member campgrounds throughout the U.S. and Canada. Meadville KOA was honored to achieve both a guest "A Rating" from Guest Reviews (GoCampingAmerica.com), and the KOA President's Awards in 2011. They have won the KOA President's Award each year since joining the KOA family.
Tim and Robyn Chilson are Certified Park Operators by ARVC (The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds). They are members of ARVC and are graduates of the ARVC’s National School of RV Park and Campground Management. They are members of the Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association where Tim serves as the regional vice-president for Western PA, and they are members of KOA Owners Association.
Meadville KOA Wins 2013 President's Award!
BILLINGS, MONTANA (November 17, 2012) – The Meadville KOA Campground has been awarded the 2013 KOA President’s Award by Kampgrounds of America, the world’s largest system of family-friendly campgrounds. The award was presented Saturday, November 17 at KOA’s annual International Convention in Orlando, Florida. KOA is also celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2012.
The KOA President’s Award is presented annually to campgrounds that receive high scores in customer service from their campers, and also receive top scores in KOA’s annual Quality Review.KOA surveys hundreds of thousands of campers each year regarding their KOA camping experience.
“Our KOA owners rely on the feedback they receive from our camping guests to make almost instant changes and improvements to their operations,” said KOA President Pat Hittmeier. KOA owners do a wonderful job a listening to our campers, and I’m proud to be able to recognize the best among the best with the KOA President’s Award.”
Kampgrounds of America was founded in 1962 on the banks of the Yellowstone River in Billings, Montana. To find out more about this KOA, any of the other 484 KOAs in the U.S. or Canada, go to www.KOA.com.
Meadville KOA Win's First President's Award as new KOA!
BILLINGS, MONTANA (November 8, 2012) – The Meadville KOA Campground has been
awarded the 2011 KOA President’s Award by Kampgrounds of America, the world’s largest
system of family-friendly campgrounds. The award was presented Tuesday, November 8 at
KOA’s annual International Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.The KOA President’s Award is presented annually to campgrounds that receive high scores in
customer service from their campers, and also receive top scores in KOA’s annual Quality
Review.KOA surveys hundreds of thousands of campers each year regarding their KOA camping
experience.“Our campers play a key role in helping us select the very best KOA campgrounds to receive
these awards,” said Kampgrounds of America Inc. President Pat Hittmeier. “This year, as we
celebrate KOA’s 50th birthday, these awards take on a special meaning. To be one of the very
best in a longstanding, iconic company like KOA really is a unique honor that this special KOA
campground can share with its campers.”Meadville KOA joined Kampgrounds of America system in May of 2011. This is their first
major award as a KOA Kampground.Kampgrounds of America was founded in 1962 on the banks of the Yellowstone River in
Billings, Montana. To find out more about the Meadville KOA Campground, or any of the other
472 KOAs in the U.S. or Canada, go to www.KOA.com.
Meet Your Hosts
"We Welcome You to Meadville KOA, Northwestern PA's Family Fun Camping Zone!"
Tim & Robyn Chilson purchased Brookdale Family Campground in October of 1999. Tim was an Accountant & Office Manager for a public gas utility and Robyn was an Engineering Technician for a chemical company in the electronics industry. They are members of ARVC, NCA, and PCOA. Tim Regional vice president on the PCOA Board of Directors. Both have attended the Graduate Program of ARVC's School of Campground Management. Tim & Robyn Chilson have both earned their initial CPO Certification. In 2011, Brookdale Family Campground was invited to join Kampgrounds of America.
We would like to extend our warmest welcome to you and your family! As campers for over 30 years ourselves, our family has enjoyed many fun-filled weekends and camping vacations. We hope to bring that same camping fun to you. We hope that your stay with us in Northwestern PA will be a fun-filled, family camping experience with memories that last a lifetime!
Our entire staff works very hard to make your stay enjoyable and fun for your whole family. It is our goal to provide safe and fun family entertainment, top notch children's activities, at a well-groomed facility with clean restrooms at a price that continues to make camping the most affordable form of vacation for your family!
Thank you for camping with us, and until we meet again, we wish you many safe and fun-filled family camping experiences, no matter where your travels take you!
Sincerely, Tim & Robyn Chilson, Owners