Camp Deerpark (Westbrookville, NY)

Name

  • Name:Mr. Ken Bontrager
  • Title:Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Camp Deerpark
  • Address:200 Brandt Road
    Westbrookville, NY 12785
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:845.754.8669

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Location

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General

  • Mission:
  • As an outreach of approximately 15 New York City Mennonite Churches, Camp Deerpark stands alone as a camping ministry owned by and dedicated to serving inner city Mennonites. The camp offers people of all ages, races and backgrounds the opportunity to enjoy Christian camping at a reasonable price.

    Distinctive to Camp’s program are its cross-cultural ministry (both in terms of ethnic culture and rural/urban culture); opportunities for hands-on leadership and ministry experience for inner city youth; and affordable and welcoming retreat facilities.

    Camp Deerpark seeks to promote fellowship and community building, and to embody hospitality, stewardship and respect for creation.

  • History:
  • The farm that would eventually become the site of Camp Deerpark was settled in the early 1800s. Around 1935 the owners began taking in guests, mostly city folks wanting to experience country life. Such “farm resorts” were common in the area and as they gained popularity, the farmers transformed more of their buildings into guest rooms: first the buggy shed, then the chicken barn. By the 1950s the future home of camp had become less “farm” and more “resort”; at one point, 10 acres were even turned into a golf course.

    In 1968 Mennonite Action Program—the parent organization of Camp Deerpark—was formed with only $5,000 in assets. With the help of many personal gifts and loans MAP purchased the 277-acre property for $85,000. The camp was put to use almost immediately; MAP closed on the property May 6 and the first campers arrived Memorial Day weekend!

  • Year established:1968
  • Endowment:Unknown

Staff

  • Executive / Trustee board size:12
  • Advisory board size:
  • Staff size:8

Registration

  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Unknown
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
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