Monday, March 5, 2018

Meadville KOA Campground is Celebrates 40 Years of Serving Camping Families!


Meadville KOA Campground is turning 40 this year!  It’s expected to be another busy summer camping season for this hidden treasure in NW PA.  The campground has a history of serving camping families and also has a rich area heritage that pre-dates it as a campground. 

The McClemens family, who originally purchased the land from the Holland Land Company in 1893, built a homestead and barn here 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. 

According to the current owners, Tim and Robyn Chilson, people still come in and talk about the big barn with roller skating in the top of it at the campground.  The barn served as the main building complex for the campground until it burned down in 1984.  The campers helped rebuild the main building, which serves the local community and campers with a convenience store.  The main building also houses a rec. hall, game room, restrooms, showers, and laundry facility for the camper’s use. 

In 1983, the campground had only 60 campsites.  The Smorey family added another 100 plus sites to the campground prior to the Chilson family purchasing it in October of 1999. 
The Chilsons have continued to expand the campground, adding ten additional 50 amp sites, 2 deluxe cabins, a camping cabin, a mini golf course, a jumping pillow, new playgrounds, and sewer service to all seasonal campsites and 23 additional overnight campsites, Wi-Fi, and cable TV to all full-hookup overnight and seasonal campsites! 

In 2010, the Chilsons franchised with Kampgrounds of America, and joined North America’s largest and best known camping organization.  KOA boasts almost 500 campgrounds across the United States and Canada.  According to owner Tim Chilson, the campground infrastructure improvements are to continually improve the campground and to meet the ever-changing needs of the RVer.  “As the technology changes and RVing changes, we have to expand our infrastructure not only to continue to meet our customers expectations, but to exceed them. We also need to maintain KOA quality standards which stays at the forefront of those RVer demands.” 

Meadville KOA is rated in the top of campgrounds nationally.  In addition, camper reviews have helped us achieve the KOA Founder’s and President’s Awards again for 2017-2018.  “We’re already booking this year for many of our summer and holiday weekends.  We have campers who stay with us every season who have their sites already reserved, and the phone is still ringing,” Chilson said.  

In addition, Chilson added that their seasonal camper numbers are up, but they still have some availability for the 2018 camping season.  “Seasonal campers,” Chilson explained, “are people who park their RV at the campground for the entire summer.  As such, they can drive more economical vehicles to the campground instead of towing, and save money on fuel, and all the work of short term camping.  They get the maximum use of their RV for minimal costs and less work.”

Meadville KOA is hosting a 40th Birthday Weekend on June 10 to celebrate the campground’s 40th year of operation! We’re inviting campers who’ve camped with us over the years to come and visit for the afternoon and take a stroll down memory lane with us!  There will be photos from seasons gone by, cake, ice cream and some social time with our campers.  They can visit with old friends and maybe make some new friends!  “We’re not just celebrating our 40th anniversary one weekend,” Chilson said, “We’ll be celebrating it all summer long!” 

The Chilson family hopes the business will continue to grow by introducing more people to the fun and family oriented events and activities they provide at the campground.  “We continue do a host of fun events and activities every summer,” Chilson said.  

Chilson added, “As an example, our campers continue to support us by inviting their friends to come try Meadville KOA.  Friends and family are still our biggest source of new camper referrals, and has been for the 18 years we’ve owned the park.  This year, on Oct 14 & 15, we have a customer appreciation weekend and BOGO.  When an existing camper brings a new camping family with them, each family gets one night free when they buy a night.  It’s a great way to introduce their friends to Meadville KOA and it’s a great way for us to thank them for doing that.” 

Meadville KOA invites current and past campers to join them for this great celebration!  The cake and ice cream will be Saturday afternoon at 2:00!  We hope you’ll stop in, bring your old photos, and visit with old friends and maybe make some new friends.

Tim & Robyn Chilson CPOs, own and operate Meadville KOA Campground.  Robyn can be reached at robyn@meadvillekoa.com.


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

KOA’s Big Discount Weekends!

February is a great time of year to begin booking your summer campouts.  Everyone loves a discount, and that is why you need to know about the KOA Value Kard Rewards Membership, and these special discount weekends offered at KOA Campgrounds.  They can provide big savings for your family!

You do not have to be a KOA Value Kard Member to camp at a KOA campground.  All campers are welcome at KOA campgrounds.  If you do become a KOA Value Kard Rewards Member, it pays you back with big savings!  The more you camp at KOA Campgrounds, the more points you accumulate, and the more discounts or free camping you’ll receive. 

First, for a yearly membership of just $30.00, you save 10% on every stay at any of the almost 500 KOA Campgrounds across the US and Canada.  Secondly, you receive points for each stay, card renewal, special offers, and more.  The points you receive with each campout, can later be redeemed for more discounts or free camping.  And, as long as you maintain your membership they even carry over from year to year.  Third, being a KOA member entitles you to these special discount weekends listed below, and the Hot Deals advertised on the KOA website for each individual KOA Campground.  You can get more information about KOA’s Value Kard Rewards Program at https://koa.com/value-kard-rewards/.  If you have any questions about the program that we can answer for you, please feel free to call us, and we’ll help you!

Each year, KOA offers these special weekends.  If you take advantage of just the VKR weekend, where you receive one night free when you purchase one, it will more than pay for your $30 membership fee, and you’re saving additional money every time you camp!   

May 11 & 12 is Care Camps Big Weekend!  All paying guests renting a campsite Friday May 11, receives Saturday May 12 for just $20.00!  We dedicate this weekend to raising money for Care Camps across the United States to help send sick children to enjoy the healing nature of camp.  In 2017, thanks to the generosity of our wonderful campers and suppliers, KOA raised over $1,000,000 for this effort.  In addition, KOA covers all the administrative costs for the charity.  That means, that every dollar of every donation our campers make, goes directly to sending a critically ill child to camp!  This weekend can save your family on camping! We hope you’ll donate to help us send a child to camp!  Your family saves big on your weekend of camping, and you’ll walk away feeling great about helping a sick child enjoy just being a kid at camp!  It truly redefines who they are, and as always, we thank you for your generosity.     

On Father’s Day Weekend, June 15 & 16, kids camp free for all Value Kard Reward Members at all participating KOA Campgrounds!  If you have a large family or want to take the grandchildren or bring extra kids camping for Father’s Day, this is the perfect weekend for you to come camp!  The participating campgrounds will have fun family events and activities planned to celebrate Father’s Day!  Come join us at Meadville KOA! 

Each year in September, KOA hosts a national Value Kard Reward Members Appreciation (VKR) Weekend!  KOA wants to make sure you know how much we appreciate all of our great KOA Value Kard Reward Members!  All KOA Value Kard Members receive Saturday night at no charge when they purchase Friday night at all participating KOA Campgrounds.  This year, the national Value Card Weekend is September 14 & 15 at all participating KOA Campgrounds.  Come join us for this great weekend of fall camping that more than pays for your KOA membership and gets you points!   

No matter how you add it up, if you take advantage of just the Care Camps Big Weekend, or just the Value Kard Rewards Membership Appreciation Weekend, you’ll have more than paid for the cost of the KOA Value Rewards Kard Membership fee and already started saving money and collecting points.  You can get more information about KOA’s national events and which campgrounds are participating at http://koa.com/national-events/.           

We hope that your summer camping plans include us at Meadville KOA Camp-ground! We invite you to join us for Care Camp Weekends and to not only get a great discount for your family, but to help us change the lives of critically ill children. We thank you, as always, for your generosity.  

We look forward to seeing you this summer!  Until we do, we always wish you safe and fun camping, wherever your travels take you!     

By Robyn Chilson

Tim & Robyn Chilson own and operate Meadville KOA Campground in Meadville, PA.  Robyn can be reached at 814-789-3251 or at www.MeadvilleKOA.com.

Monday, January 1, 2018

It’s 2018 RV Show Season!

It’s Time to Attend the 2018 RV Shows!

RV Shows are a great place to begin your search for local reputable RV dealers.  Local RV Shows are generally scheduled for January and February in the Northwestern PA and Eastern Ohio when dealerships are slowest. 

RV Shows provide you the opportunity to see newest models and talk to dealerships that you may not have heard of, and reduce your expenses and time by not having to drive to many different dealerships. 

It’s one stop RV shopping.  As a customer you can see and compare prices of like models, brands, layouts, and more with one stop shopping.  There is always a huge range of quality and prices. 

Finding the Right RV


When comparing units, make sure you’re comparing the prices of like models of differing brands.  One RV may look like another one, but you need to compare the construction, included equipment, options, and features they both have to offer. See who offers the best deal but remember if the dealer isn’t reputable or isn’t equipped to work on the RV, or is located too far away to conveniently return the RV for service, your purchase may not turn out to be the best deal.  Don’t be afraid to talk with other RVers at the show. Many of these people have years of RV experience and knowledge of different products and dealerships.  Most will be honest and tell you when and where they’ve gotten the best deals & service.   

Buying an RV from a local reputable dealer insures you the best possible service, convenience, and shortest distance to travel for maintenance, repairs, & warranty work.  It is always a good idea to visit the dealership’s physical location before you buy, check out their service department, service hours, etc.  In addition, many RV dealers offer show discounts and sometimes manufacturer rebates are available.  So not only do you save money with the one stop shopping, but there are huge savings in the purchase prices!  RV shows sometimes include educational seminars, entertainment, and raffles for door prizes, free RVs, and more!  So there are a lot of potential gains to attending!  Show specials also sometimes include discounts or coupons from campgrounds.  So, your new RV sometimes comes with savings to use it, too!

Special Camping Deals


For more information about local RV Dealers who have partnered with campgrounds in Western PA who offer over $1,000.00 in free Camping with the purchase of a new RV from those dealerships in a Very Special Camper (VSC) Discount Offer, visit our website at: http://meadvillekoa.com/discounts/

Campgrounds and RV Parks Featured


RV shows aren’t just for RV dealers to showcase new and used RVs.  RV shows offer a wealth of information on the whole RVing industry.  Most campgrounds or RV resorts are slow or closed for the winter.  RV shows allow campgrounds to showcase new activities, special events, new amenities & extended stay (aka seasonal camping) availability to potential campers.  Make sure you stop by their booths and find new places to explore and exciting things to do with your family this summer!   

Other Camping Accessories 


You can also find information for aftermarket RV products, RV accessories, RVing insurance, Camping or RVing Clubs, Discount Clubs, pick up brochures, camping directories for your state and other states, or the free KOA directory for the whole USA and Canada and more!  

Tent Camping and Cabin Vacations Information


You don’t even have to own an RV to enjoy camping or go to the RV Shows!  Even if you don’t intend to buy an RV, you can learn about cabin camping or pick up information about campgrounds for tent camping! 

Many people think of a camping vacation as ‘roughing it” with a tent, on the ground, in the rain, and a less than pleasurable vacation.  This is no longer the case.  For about the price of a hotel room, most campgrounds are now offering cabin rentals.  Prices for the cabin rentals vary by campground and the amenities offered.  “Camping cabins” are generally the least expensive because they offer the fewest amenities.  They are generally one room with beds and a table.  Cottage Cabins sleep 2-4 people may offer kitchenettes, or a few more amenities. Deluxe cabins are lodges with deluxe facilities like multiple bedrooms, full kitchens, and bathrooms.  There is no requirement to own an RV to have a family fun camping vacation!  You can enjoy the luxury of RVing with a camping vacation in a cabin and not miss any of the campground recreation programs and planned activities! 

Why not pack up the family for a fun winter-day activity and attend one of the local RV shows in your area.  Invite a friend to come along, and enjoy a day of looking forward to a summer camping season filled with friends & fun at these RV Shows!

RV Show Dates and Locations


Pittsburgh RV Show January 06 - 14  At David Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA!  See their website for show hours, admission prices, parking, and discounts offered at:  http://www.pittrvshow.com/!  Check them out on Facebook (they raffle off free tickets)!  And follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MeadvilleKOA, for a chance to win free tickets too!   

Cleveland, Ohio RV Super Show, January 10 – 14, at the I-X Center, Cleveland, OH. 
Info on show hours, admission, and parking fees along with discount coupons for admission available on their website at: http://www.ohiorvshow.com/!

Erie RV Show Feb 10 - 13 At the Bayfront Convention Center, Erie, PA!  The show entrance is family affordable and the parking is free, but the limited floor space limits the number of dealers and RVs on display! For more info see their website online at:  http://www.eriepromotions.com/RV/eri/default.aspx

We invite you to attend any and all of these RV Shows!  Stop by the KOA Kampgrounds booth and pick up some brochures, a KOA directory and a KOA bag!  Tell folks in the booth that you received your invitation to the RV Show from Meadville KOA Campground!  We hope to see you there!    

By Robyn Chilson

Robyn and her husband Tim Chilson, are CPO campground owners who own and operate Meadville KOA.  You can reach her at 814-78-3251.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Thank you for Camping with us at Meadville KOA!

2017 has been another great summer at Meadville KOA! We met new campers and were visited by old friends, making 2017 another banner camping season!  Thank you for choosing Meadville KOA!  

We had some great fun this last season, and hope we got a chance to catch you and your family having fun!  You can check out some of those camping memories at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrMXoTJIYZM

As we’re planning our events and activities for the 2018 season, we want you to know that it is our plan to continue to make improvements to our events, facilities, amenities, and customer service at Meadville KOA Campground. 

We hope that you will bear with us while strive to make those changes, and that you will continue to provide us your input and assistance in making the changes that you, the camping consumer want.  We hope you’ll continue to do that through our KOA Guest Surveys.

We achieved both our Presidents and Founder’s award for 2017.  We thank you very much for your very kind comments and ratings.  We ask you, especially if you’re a regular who camps with us multiple times a summer and loves our campground, to please remember to complete and submit your Camping Customer Survey to KOA each time you camp with us!  All you have to do is provide us an email address to do that.  KOA will automatically send you the survey, which has just two questions, and only takes a couple minutes of your time.  Your ratings and comments count and are important to us!  And, we thank you for your support and making Meadville KOA an award-winning KOA Campground!     

We have some great fun in store for next season which you can find on our website at https://meadvillekoa.com/themed-weekends/.  We hope that when you’re spending time with friends and family over the holidays, that you’ll include some great fun family camping at Meadville KOA in your schedule for 2018!  We hope you’ll check out and join us for some new fun events and some old favorites!  Don’t forget to book early to ensure you get your favorite campsite!  

We’re looking forward to seeing you at the winter RV Shows and then again next spring!  We hope you’ll stop by the booth to see us and say hello!  The RV Shows are a great opportunity to get out this winter, and start thinking about the summer season and camping!

Until we see you again, we always wish you safe and happy kamping, where ever your travels take you!

See you soon!
Sincerely,
Tim & Robyn Chilson, Owners

Tim & Robyn Chilson are both CPO, own and operate Meadville KOA Campground in Meadville, PA.  Robyn can be reached at 814-789-3251.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Autumn Camping

As summer gives way to autumn, most campers’ thoughts turn to thoughts of school starting, autumn campfires, and Halloween Weekends.  While you're enjoying those camping weekends, maybe it's time to think about next summer, and begin planning your family’s camping vacation time!       

Here are some reasons why we think Meadville KOA might be the right choice for your family! 

The Price is right!  When you compare our unlimited seasonal camping rates to overnight camping, the discount you get by being a seasonal camper is huge!  Most campgrounds provide similar services and activities, but ask about extras!  Some campgrounds provide all inclusive seasonal rates like we do, and some do not.  Make sure you know exactly what your expenses will be before you sign that Seasonal Camping Agreement!   When you do the math, you’ll find that the price is right!  Your RV is all set up and ready to camp, for about the same price as a weekend of camping!  

What’s included in the Seasonal Rate?

  • We do the mowing!  That is a premium service.  Meadville KOA Campground is the only campground in NW PA that offers that at no additional charge.  What that means is no mower to buy, transport or store.  No gas to buy and transport, and no work!  You can spend more time having fun and less time working!  Even more importantly, it makes our park quiet.  There aren’t mowers running on Saturdays when you’re trying to relax and enjoy sleeping in. 
  • Unlimited camping for 2 adults and 2 children, or a 3rd adult.  Most campgrounds charge extra for extra adults. 
  • Seasonal Campsites have water, sewer, refuse, and the electric is metered.  The water, sewer, and garbage services are included in your seasonal rate.  The electric (and we offer 30 and 50 amp) are metered, which means you only pay for what you use. 
  • Wi-Fi and cable TV are included!  We provide Wi-Fi to all of our Seasonal campsites, and each campsite has 48 channels of Cable TV.  Channels include Disney, ESPN, Movie Channels, 5 local channels, The Weather Channel, and more!  They make camping on rainy weekends easier with, or without the kids or grand kids!
  • Themed event weekend’s planned activities are included!  We even include children’s crafts and meals for the people listed on your seasonal camping agreement!  Where else do you get that?
  • We have a reduced, pre-paid visitor’s program, and a reduced pre-paid extra camper program for your extended family members.  It’s affordable and allows your extended family to come enjoy the campground!
  • We have a reduced cost fun band for the rental amenities!  It’s affordable and will keep your tweens and teens busy!
  • The rate includes your on site winter storage of your RV!  (With your deposit and signed camping agreement for the following season.)
  • We have an interest-free payment plan with a $75 Rebate if you pay in full by January 1!  That helps make it fit your family budget!

Right now is the perfect time to select a site!  Like most campgrounds, we have a few openings for next season this time of year.  So it’s the perfect time to shop for a campsite!  Don’t forget that we have a winter payment plan and we even include on site winter storage in the fees!  If you normally pay for a storage facility, that’ll save you even more money!   

Save more by getting an early bird discount!  You can save even more money by paying for your campsite early.  We provide that $75 rebate off the seasonal fee if you pay in full when you reserve your site this fall.  Or, you can save $50.00 if you pay it off in full by Jan 1!  Now there’s a savings!    

Store Your RV onsite all winter at no additional fee!  With your deposit for 2018, you get free, onsite winter storage.  Get set up on your site for camping next season, and then leave it there all winter!

Meet new people!  Seasonal campers are like a small community.  They become friends, hang out, play cards or yard games, have group campfires, their children become friends, play together, and much more!  Many volunteer to help with activities and events and bring lots of fun to their camping environment in a family-friendly way!  What a great way to meet new people and make new friends!  We hope you’ll consider joining our KOA family!      

We’re a family campground!  We run a campground that caters to families of all ages.  We are all about family fun!  We want your family to create a lifetime of memories from camping here!  That is our goal!  And we have 3rd and now 4th generations of campers camping here at Meadville KOA! 

We save you work!  Recreating is never work free.  But, you can save all the work of hooking up, unhooking, setting, up, tearing down, and towing expenses by camping seasonally.  You get a vacation home away from home, for about the price of one vacation! Now that’s a savings and it makes vacationing every weekend all season long even easier!  Vacation right into autumn and enjoy the fall foliage and autumn events and activities, and who doesn’t love sitting around a campfire?

Make the right choice!  Seasonal camping maximizes your summer vacation time and use of your RV while minimizing your expenses!  It can provide your family a summer full of fun, family oriented camping experiences for about the same price as one vacation!  Make sure you take a little time to consider that idea, and how it can help your family get the biggest bang for your buck next summer!  Then, we hope you’ll start looking at local campgrounds and thinking about becoming a seasonal camper!  It’s not too late to move onto a site this fall!  Campground owners are looking forward to talking with you and showing you all the fun events and activities we’re already planning for next summer! 

By Robyn Chilson


Tim & Robyn Chilson are both CPO, own and operate Meadville KOA Campground in Meadville, PA.  Robyn can be reached at 814-789-3251.

Enjoy Halloween In September!

At Meadville KOA, we do Halloween in September.  Generally, the weather is little better than in October, and we’re not competing with other campgrounds who do their Halloween Events on or near Halloween.

Halloween is a big deal.  Kids love trick or treating, parents love the creativity, and it’s just good, family fun!  If you’re looking for some family fun this fall, then come to Meadville KOA!  We have some great Halloween (and other autumn) event weekends in store for your family!  But you better reserve now, because the weekends are upon us!

The weekend, Sept. 16, we have Pumpkinfest Weekend! – This is a great weekend for tweens & teens!  We’ll have free crafts with the younger kids, and free pumpkin carving for teens, and then enjoy free pumpkin treats like pumpkin cake and ice cream!  Turn your campsite into a Haunted Campsite!  Big prizes (Free Camping) for 1st, 2nd & 3rd Scariest with Best Pumpkin Theme!  Tweens & Teens, join us on our pumpkin scavenger hunt!  Find a magic pumpkin and bring it to the store before you leave for your prize!  (* 2 night min. at holiday rate.  Leave your RV for free if you’re coming back next weekend!)

The Next weekend, September 23 is Our Halloween Weekend!  We have costume contest (prizes for all ages), trick or treating, apple cider, donuts, after dark glowing wagon ride, and a Sunday morning free all you can eat pancake breakfast with the purchase of your campsite (for 2 adults and 2 children)! We have a campsite decorating contest!  Prizes for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Day & Night time!  Breakfast is just $3.00/person for visitor’s & extra camper’s!  (* 2 night min. at holiday rate.  Leave your RV for free if you’re coming back next weekend!)

September 30th is our Applefest Weekend!  (Save $5.00 per night this weekend!  Discount Code CD)  Or, Bring a friend who never camped at Meadville KOA before and you each get a night free, when you each buy one! Ask for Discount Code C1! Come join us and enjoy the flavors of the season!  We’ll have free crafts for kids, an apple dessert dish to pass social, and an afternoon wagon ride to enjoy the foliage!  This is Franklin Applefest(tm) Weekend!  (+ Leave your RV for free if you’re coming back next weekend!)

October 7 is our Customer Appreciation Weekend & Columbus Day Weekend!  (Save $10.00 per night on your campsite if you camped with us earlier this summer!  Discount Code CA)  Or, Bring a friend who never camped at Meadville KOA before and you each get a night free, when you each buy one!  Ask for Discount Code C1.  Adults & Children play Farkle (a dice game!)  Winners go home with a pocket Farkle game as the prize!  Then, we’re having a free pizza party after the Tournament!  The Fall Saegertown Steam and Gas Engine Show is this weekend!  (+ Leave your RV for free if you’re coming back next weekend!

October 14 is our Closing Weekend!  (Save $5.00 per night on your camp-site!)  Or, Bring a friend who never camped at Meadville KOA  before and you each get a night free, when you buy one!  Ask for discount code C1!  This is our last camping weekend for this season!  Please note that all amenities may not be functional this weekend!

If you don’t own an RV, don’t panic!  We have a camping cabin, kitchenette cottage cabin, and deluxe lake-front lodges to rent so your family doesn’t have to miss any of the fun!  And all of our autumn campsites and cabins (unless otherwise noted) are at our lower autumn rates!  Come enjoy some autumn camping with your family!

By Robyn Chilson
Tim & Robyn Chilson CPO, Own and Operate Meadville KOA Campground. You can contact her at 814-789-3251.