Our Camp Staff:
Teens, ages 14 to 18, are involved in a year round leadership training program at Mystic Mountain Training Center that culminates with the development and instruction of the Great Adventure Day Camp. Instead of "being campers" these teen are the instructors and mentors of the summer camp program that is available to children ages 5 to 13. Overseeing this team of teen volunteers are qualified, responsible adults, who are present in every discipline.
We are a camp like no other in Pennsylvania! We believe that by raising the bar and expecting high quality performance from our volunteer team of teens and adults, you will get the very best programming for your children as campers. And you do! Many of our teens were once campers themselves, who looked up to their instructors and wanted "to be just like them."
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Denise Olczak - Camp Director
Denise is passionate about sharing her love of God, family, children, and horses with everyone. One of her favorite sayings is that "strangers are just friends you haven't met yet!" Denise has served as volunteer executive director of Mystic Mountain, pouring her blood, sweat, and tears into the people and animals she loves. She seeks to share God's love through Mystic Mountain.
Terry Sadler - Riflery Director & Nurse
Terry has been involved with the Great Adventure Day Camp since its founding in 2001. Shooting sports has always been his passion and he has moved the rifle program from its humble beginnings with air rifles into a dynamic live fire .22 rifle program. Terry has a healthy perspective on safety measures & no one questions his authority! He is also a RN at Meadville Hospital & serves as the camp nurse.
Jane Lenart - Art Co-Director
As a professional artist, Jane understands the importance of quality in art - creating projects that will become treasures. Each year she and her staff meet this challenge with projects that have included hand painted silk scarves, wind chimes, crystal & silver jewelry. As always, this summer's projects will again leave parents saying, "an eight year old created that?!"
Matt Maynard - Sound Technician
Matt has been involved with various projects at the Great Adventure Day Camp since 2004. He is in charge of the sound systems at camp. In 2013, through a generous donation to Mystic Mountain, we were able to purchase a new sound system that Matt set up for us. This new equipment has made a world of difference for Matt and his ability to make our sound system work properly.
Scott Lux - Support Staff
Scott has served at Mystic Mountain every summer since 2001 in whatever capacity he has been needed. You will often see him manning the grill and serving the Friday Night Program dinner.
Kit Torelli - Shooting Sports Assistant
Kit joined the team in 2018. He brings a new and fresh perspective to the shooting sports program. Kit and Terry have been putting their heads together to bring some new material for the 2019 camp season.
Bill Olczak - Operations Director
As Operations Director, Bill has spent endless hours designing, constructing, and maintaining every structure on the property. Everyone is aware that Bill is the glue that holds it all together at Mystic Mountain.
Bev Sadler - Art Co-Director
Bev has co-directed the art program for over 10 years. As an art graduate of Edinboro University, she brings a wealth of expertise in different mediums. Over the years, we have seen anything from mosaic mirrors to leaf-imprinted concrete birdbaths. Bev feels that all children should have the opportunity to explore their creativity through art & this is evident in what is shows at the Friday Night Program.
Jessica Maynard - Young Explorers & BTB Director
Jess was part of the original team in 2001 that formed Mystic Mountain. In 2013 she became the author & director of Beyond the Blue's drama program. This is the teaching program that is designed and created every year in order to help campers understand that Jesus loves them, lived & died for them, & rose again so that they might have hope & a future with Him. Jess is also the director of the Young Explorers camp.
Christine Maynard - Art Assistant
Christine has diligently brought her grandchildren to Mystic Mountain for many years and finally decided to join the team in 2012. She loves creating things and working with the campers. Her other responsibility is to keep an eye on the Maynard toddlers so that Matt and Jess are free to complete their responsibilities at camp. She is one great grandma!
Katie Lux - Support Staff
Katie has been on the Mystic Mountain team since it began in 2001. Katie has been involved with food preparation and the purchase of supplies for staff meals, along with camper snacks and Friday Night Program dinners. If it needs done, Katie is the one to ask!
Jennifer Chamberlin - Food Director
Jennifer joined the team in 2017 as head of the camp daily snacks and Friday Night dinner for parents and friends. Her hospitality makes all feel welcome, and each camper loves seeing her every day!
Liz Dilla - Nurse and Support Staff
Liz joined the team in 2017 stepping into whatever area she was needed. She has helped out in the Challenge Course, art programs and snacks. She is also one of the two nurses on the grounds during the summer camp weeks.
Quintin - Riflery Teen Director
Quintin participated in the Great Adventure Day Camp as a camper and joined the Teen Leadership Development Team in 2014. He loves everything have to do with the Rifle and Archery Disciplines and is an on-hands instructor in both disciplines. This is one young man that goes above and boyind to make sure campers know what they are doing and are having fun.
Deb - Horsemanship Teen Director
Deb came to Mystic Mountain as a camper and participated in several years of riding lessons with Denise. She fell in love with the American Bashkir Curly breed of horse and eventually purchased her own horse. Deb then began to take advanced dressage and jumping lessons. She joined the Teen Leadership Development Team in 2014 and has been an active member of the equestrian team as an instructor in both the Horsemanship and the Hands on Horses Discipline. She is also a member of the Mystic Riders Drill Team. In addition to these roles, Deb is a member of our Beyond the Blue team, playing key roles in the skits performed for the campers.
Michelle - Art Teen Director
Michelle is on her second year on staff and we are super excited to have her return. Last summer she experienced camp life for the first time at Camp Venango for Jesus and is looking forward to sharing her love of Jesus with the campers through the Art and Outdoorsmanship Disciplines. This year she is stepping up as the Teen Director to Art Discipline.
Hannah - Challenge Course Teen Director
Hannah was a camper for a couple of years before joining the Teen Leadership Development Team in 2015. Last summer she served in the Horsemanship and Theater Disciplines. This summer, Hannah will be serving in the Challenge Course and the Outdoorsmanship Disciplines and is stepping into her new role as Teen Director of the Challenge Course. Wherever Hannah is, there is sure to be a party! Her positivbringtude and joy brings light to wherever she happens to be!
Jaslynn - Young Explorers Teen Director
Jaslynn discovered camp when she was a camper and learned about what it means to be on staff from her older brother, Quintin. Jaslynn enjoys working with younger children and is excited to be a part of our Young Explorers team this year.
Meghan - Horsemanship Instructor
Meghan enjoyed the Equestrian Discipline for two years as a camper and just couldn't wait to be old enough to join the Teen Leadership Development Team. This year, she has jumped in with both feet as an instructor of the Horsemanship and Hands on Horses disciplines and as a member of the Mystic Riders Drill Team. In addition, she is a member of our Beyond the Blue team.
Emma - Horsemanship Instructor
Emma has been a camper at Mystic Mountain for many years. I don't know who is more excited to have her on the Teen Leadership Development Team: her or us! This is her second year on staff and she will be on the Beyond the Blue team and will be an instructor in the Horsemanship Discipline and Hands on Horses Discipline. Emma loves horses and is excited to be able to share with the campers her love of camp!