Camping: No Better Way to Celebrate Labor Day

Labor Day (or Labour Day, as they call it in Canada) is coming our way August 29-September 1st, complete with cookouts, pool parties, and plenty of fun. It’s one of our very favorite holidays, and our parks work hard to make sure you don’t have to! We’ve come up with activities galore for your family to choose from; all you have to do is join us and let loose for a Labor Day you’ll never forget! Three full days (and nights) of camping and wholesome outdoor fun with friends and family – there’s no better way to spend summer’s last holiday.

Elmer, NJ - The unofficial end of summer is here. Although there is still plenty of camping left in 2014 we’re going to celebrate the end of summer in style! Pool Parties, Dancing, Games, Live Bands and much more will send the 2014 summer off right.

Milford, DE - (Delaware Beaches area) – Summer’s not over yet! So come join us for Tournaments, Arts and Crafts, Candy Bar Bingo, Scavenger Hunts, Paper Airplane Launching, hayrides, music, and movies.

Mt. Gilead, OH - (North of Columbus)- Join us for an all park sports competition version of Labor Day week. Each section of the park will be a team to compete to be crowned Gold Campground Winner. Also, join us for a dance where Six Pack Theory will be performing live. An outdoor movie and water activities are planned too.

Bagley, WI - Yogi Bear™ and his crew still want to have some fun. Pool party, daylight madness sale in the Ranger Station on Sunday, crafts, tournaments and more!

Branson, MO - Labor Day is designated Mystery Site Weekend: Which will it be?  One site or cabin has been designated the mystery spot this weekend, and if you are the one who books it, it’s FREE!  Join us for mysterious games, and scavenger hunts!  Join Ranger Smith™ for one weekend that will leave you guessing! This weekend we will have two inflatables for you to try.

Kingston, Nova Scotia - Olympics Weekend (Labour Day) -Calling all competitors to Jellystone Park™ for this fun filled weekend! Participate in the Mini Golf Tournament, Marshmallow Shot Punt, Slippery Water Balloon Carrying, Synchronized Swimming, Basketball Tournament and the Olympic Torch Glow-stick Parade! Enjoy the Medal Ceremony and Victory Dance with Yogi Bear™!

Yogi Bear™ and all his friends across North America look forward to celebrating Labor Day with you and yours!

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Snowbirds, Head South

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SNOWBIRDS: ENJOY RED CARPET

CAMPING AT DISCOUNTED RATES

Are you one of those lucky folks who get to flee the frozen north every winter and spend the coldest months of the year staying warm in the South? With scenic, full-service RV parks in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas, Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resorts offer snowbirds the perfect winter getaway. You’ll find new friends, lots of amenities and deeply discounted off-season prices. Our parks offer:

  • Highly-rated campgrounds
  • Clean comfort stations
  • Well-maintained grounds
  • Activity centers
  • Convenience stores
  • Large pull-thru sites
  • Concrete pads
  • Nearby attractions
  • Laundry facilities

As you get ready for your winter migration, see if one these campgrounds might be your seasonal home. Check the campgrounds’ websites for special snowbird rates.

Alabama

Elberta, AL – Fall in love with Alabama’s beautiful Gulf Coast at our Elberta park, only 20 minutes from Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, and five miles from Pensacola – in fact, it’s one of only a few RV parks in the Pensacola area. With 43 full-service campsites, free WiFi, a clubhouse and a fully-stocked fishing pond onsite, the Elberta Jellystone Park Camp-Resort is perfect for a winter stay.

Florida

Madison, FL – This 125-acre North Florida RV park with its own lake and sandy beach is close to Florida and South Georgia attractions. Its all-natural setting and perfect weather make a quiet, peaceful winter getaway. A pet park, catch-and-release fishing, pools, camp store and snack shop offer plenty to do onsite. Enjoy old-Florida charm and salty breezes in a laid-back atmosphere.

 Georgia

Bremen, GA  – Less than an hour west of the bright lights of Atlanta, our Georgia campground offers a country getaway with easy proximity to city entertainment. This award-winning campground features full hookup RV sites in a lovely, relaxing setting.

Louisiana

Robert, LA – Located within easy driving distance of the Big Easy, Baton Rouge, and the Gulf Coast the Robert Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort offers two fishing lakes, golf cart rental and storage, free WiFi, a convenience store and more.

Mississippi

Memphis, TN (Horn Lake, MS)– Just five minutes from the home of the King, this northern Mississippi park was built in 2007 and offers all the modern conveniences you would expect. It’s the perfect base for exploring Graceland, sampling barbecue, checking out the Beale Street blues scene, and enjoying all the peanut butter and banana sandwiches you can eat. The park is also close to nine Mississippi major casino resorts. All RV sites are full hookup, and the park offers cable TV, free WiFi, and propane.

Pelahatchie, MS – Located east of Jackson, MS, this award-winning park is situated on the peaceful 95-acre Pelahatchie Lake. Lakefront, off-lake and premium RV sites are available, all full hookup with free WiFi. A camp store is onsite for last-minute needs, and the lake is fully stocked for fishing in the cool winter air. A 24-laundromat is also available.

North Carolina

Cherokee, NC  – Nestled deep in the Smoky Mountains, this beautiful park is a peaceful getaway with amazing scenic views. RavenFork River runs the length of the park, and many sites offer a river view; trout streams are also on property. Fire rings and picnic tables come with many RV sites as well. Three bathhouses, a park store, 24-hour laundry room and craft center are onsite. If exploring the area around the Smoky Mountains is your goal, this is your park.

Tabor City, NC – Not far from the Grand Strand of Myrtle Beach, the Tabor City Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort boasts numerous awards and offers a welcoming home for the season. Perfect for the nature lover, fishing and hiking opportunities abound. Tabor City offers 125 RV sites, all with a fire ring, picnic table, 20/30/50 amp service, cable TV, WiFi, and water/sewer. Enjoy the tranquility of the beach during the uncrowded winter months and get to know the friendly staff at this beautiful park.

South Carolina

Swansea, SC – Find plenty of Southern hospitality on this park’s 43 acres of rolling South Carolina farmland. The accents are sweet and the tea is sweeter!  Catch bass, sunfish and bream in four fully-stocked fishing ponds, and walk the park’s nature trails winding down to the North Edisto River. This pet-friendly campground is found less than half an hour from Columbia, SC and less than an hour from the legendary links of Augusta, GA.

Texas

North Texas/Burleson, TX – They say everything is bigger in Texas, and with 248 full hookup RV sites, this park just might prove it. Enjoy all the big city attractions of Dallas/Ft. Worth while soaking up the relaxing country atmosphere at North Texas Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort.

Canyon Lake, TX - Located in breathtaking Texas Hill Country, a half mile from the Guadalupe River and 2 miles from Canyon Lake, the area around our Canyon Lake park offers plenty to do, such as floating and fishing the Guadalupe River, onsite fishing, boating, sailing, or scuba diving; biking trails, hiking trails, Schlitterbahn, and Natural Bridge Caverns. New Braunfels is just 15 minutes away, and San Antonio is a 35 mile drive. The legendary music scene of Austin is less than an hour away, making this a perfect base for exploring all that this area of the Lone Star State has to offer.

Fredericksburg, TX  – Just outside historic Fredericksburg and in the heart of Texas Wine Country, this beautiful park offers an upscale retreat – even the bathhouse has granite tops! Oversize RV sites offer a variety of views and are pet-friendly. Enjoy wine country tours and tastings, explore nearby art galleries, and sample a long list of award-winning restaurants during your stay.

Tyler, TX - Located on 47 acres in the rolling hills of the East Texas Piney Woods north of Tyler, Texas, Whispering Pines is one of the most beautiful parks in the South. With 130 full-hookup RV sites, there’s lots of opportunity to make new friends and enjoy the wide open spaces and clear starry skies of East Texas. Two saltwater swimming pools (one for adults only), a catch-and-release fishing pond, a convenience and gift store, golf cart rentals and more make the award-winning Tyler Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort a great choice.

Waller, TX – Explore Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast from the Lone Star Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort in Waller, 35 miles northwest of the city. A stocked fishing lake, scenic lakeview sites, beautiful landscaping, a park store and more make Tyler a quiet, relaxing getaway.

Wichita Falls, TX  – One of Jellystone Park’s newest additions, this park offers true Texas country on the edge of city convenience! Jellystone Park™ at Coyote Ranch is host to 123 beautiful RV sites (73 pull thru and 50 back in.)A 90-acre fishing pond, wedding chapel, event site complete with catering, two pavilions, two swimming pools, golf cart rentals and free DirecTV are just a few of the things that make this park unique. A dog run is onsite – and you can even book spa treatments at Coyote Ranch. Golf, shopping, top-notch dining, museums and much, much more are nearby.

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Want to Go Camping in Ohio? Try Mt. Gilead!

Camping; whether cabin camping in Ohio, RVing or camping in a tent is one of America’s favorite pastimes. According to the Outdoor Industry Association, around 50 million Americans go camping each and every year. Camping, after all is one of the most wonderful ways to connect with our nations woodlands, streams, and other natural wonders.

Mt. Gilead State Park: Paradise for Camping in Ohio
For more and more Americans, camping in Ohio’s Mt. Gilead State Park is becoming extremely popular. The parks 181 acres according to Ohio State Parks, was given to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Parks and Recreation Department in 1949. From that time on, Mt. Gilead’s beech forests, vast expanses of different wildflowers, and Whetstone Creek have been protected and maintained for all Americans to enjoy.

Here are some of the activities that you and your family can enjoy while camping nearby Ohio’s Mt Gilead park:

    • Fishing
      Mt. Gilead, according to MountGilead.net, is home to two lakes, along with Whetstone Creek. Bluegills, bass, and others make their homes in these waters, making Mt. Gilead a perfect fishing destination for the whole family to enjoy.
    • Hiking
      Altogether, Mt. Gilead State Park has more than four miles of trails coursing throughout its woodlands. These trails, which are safe for families, take visitors through forests, open groves with beautiful, multicolored wildflowers, and the habitats of many Ohio’s wildlife species. You will enjoy exploring the area rich in nature’s beauty.

If you’ve been wondering about where to take your next family vacation, explore the different camping resorts that are in the Camp Jellystone family. We are committed to providing the very best in family camping adventure!

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Award Winning Camping In Texas near Fort Worth

Next time you are camping in Texas, visit North Texas Jellystone Park™ Burleson and tell General Manager Steve Stafford congratulations – he’s been named Operator of the Year by the Jellystone Park franchise system. The Operator of the Year Award is presented to the person or people directly responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Camp-Resort. It represents excellence in management, improved inspection ratings, and growth in business. In other words, Steve is tops in our book!

Stafford Named Operator of Year at Award Winning Texas Campground

Ranger Steve and one of his staff at an event – now you see why he’s awesome!

Here’s Ranger Steve and one of his staff at an event – now you see why he’s awesome!   Located 15 minutes south of downtown Fort Worth and 40 minutes west of Dallas, the year-round Texas campground has 37 custom-built luxury cottages (25 of which have a two-person spa and fireplace) and 248 RV sites with full hookups, 50 amp, and cable connection. Amenities include two family pools, a kiddie pool, playground, four meeting facilities, and more. Families will also love the laser tag field, candy bar bingo, hayrides, visits from Yogi Bear™ and fire truck rides.The park’s Pirates Cove Wet & Dry Fun Park is located next door to the resort and offers seven waterslides, multi-platform play area, inflatables, arcade games and more. Add themed weekends throughout the summer, and it’s a perfect getaway.

North Texas Jellystone Park™ is known for its innovative features . You’ll find the Lost Maze to be a fun challenge for parents and kids to navigate together, while the improved Crafts & Activity Room offers opportunities to indulge your creative side through candle-making, woodcrafts and more. The Inflatable Corral is a Texas-style “bouncy” park sure to wear any kid out; woodlands walking and biking trails are perfect for strolls or family rides. And this past summer saw the opening of a Tropical Sno Cone stand at the park’s Ranch Pool. If that’s not enough to keep your brood busy – all we can say is, Paintball is coming very soon.   The North Texas Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort is located at 2301 S. Burleson Blvd. in Burleson, TX and is open year-round.  Find more information and reservations visit www.northtexasjellystone.com or call 800.855.9091. Don’t forget to tell Steve and his team they’re doing a great job!

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New Jellystone Park Great for Family Camping in Michigan

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Camping in Michigan just got better with the addition of South Haven Family Campground to the Jellystone Park family.  Located in South Haven, just a few miles from the beautiful beaches of Lake Michigan, this campground is a perfect home base for exploring the area’s many attractions. From swimming and sunning on the lake’s sandy shores to taking a catamaran or dinner cruise (or bring your own boat – there are plenty of launches just minutes from the campground.) If it’s not lake season, check out the area’s scenic hiking trails, U-pick farms, wineries and cider mills.

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Spooktacular Weekends for Camping in Michigan

But perhaps the best part of the new South Haven Jellystone Park is that you never have to leave the park at all. Full of features you expect and love, this campground offers a beach-entry pool, gem mining, a jumping pillow, playgrounds and of course our famous themed weekend activities. If you’re in the area this month, check out their Halloween Spooktacular.

Family Camping in Michigan – Choose from tent campsites, RV campsites or Vacation Rentals

While the campground offers tent and RV sites for camping in Michigan, they also have plenty of vacation rentals available. From a one-room cabin to cottages with private baths and even a hot tub, you can enjoy all the fun without a tent or a rig. Or check out their poolside campsites, where the pool is just a few feet from your camper.The South Haven Jellystone Park Camp-Resort is at 03403 64th Street in South Haven, MI. To check it out or make a reservation, visit www.southhavenjellystone.com or call 269-637-6153. We’re looking forward to seeing your family there!

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Groups at Jellystone Park Amboy Illinois Campground Raise Over $30,000

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Throughout the course of the 2013 camping season, various fundraising groups at Jellystone Park Amboy, Illinois campground have donated almost $30,000 to worthy charities including Relay for Life, March of Dimes, Camp Sunshine and various food pantries.

“Our campers are amazing people,” said Holli Rapp, Recreation & Special Events Manager at the northern Illinois campground. “They are very supportive of our activities and their events have become staple events to our activity schedule.”

amboy illinois campground fundraisingLeading the way is $20,000 that will be donated to Relay for Life/American Cancer Society in the name of the Jellystone Park Joggers team in Lee County. The group, including annual and weekend campers along with the support of the Camp-Resort, held various fundraisers including a silent auction, bake sales, pancake and sausage breakfast, ducks for Dads (rubber ducky) races, and various raffles.

An annual camping family, Lisa and Ken Koenen’s March of Dimes team held various activities the weekend of August 9-11 that raised over $2000. The campground also donated $225 to the team with the proceeds of their second annual Ms. Jellystone Park contest held on Father’s Day Weekend. Camp Sunshine and local food pantries have also benefited from campground wide garage sales held on major holiday weekends where guests pay a fee to be listed in the Garage Sale Listing.  Another worthy charity, Give Kids the World, received $1525 from the Kids Carnival proceeds.

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Owners Overcome Hurdles at New York Camping Resort

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A love of camping-but no experience running a resort-helped these neophytes turn a rundown New York camping resort into one of the top Jellystone Parks in the country.

Story by Steve Bibler, Woodalls Campground Management

When brothers-in-law Glenn Bracklow and John Lawrence and John’s wife, Heidi (Glenn’s sister), decided in the early 1990s that they wanted to go into the outdoor hospitality business, they had two choices: start from scratch or buy an existing campground.   They chose the latter and in late summer 1991 bought a rundown campground in the Hudson River Valley near Gardiner, N.Y.

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A former barn now serves as the campground’s office and store.

The facilities were meager, John recalled. There was a single cash register in the office and a pop machine outside. “There were a couple of hookups. The place wasn’t nice,” John says succinctly. But the site had some special features. The Wallkill River bordered the mostly level campground on the east side, thick woods covered a portion of the park and a stately barn and 40-foot silo served as a focal point to the 80-acre property.

They kept the campground open that first fall but when the season ended in October, they began to gut the barn and update the sites, running water lines and 30-amp service to 100 sites. They added an inviting covered porch to the barn – which serves as the office and campground store – thereby creating a popular gathering place for guests to sit and chat.When they reopened in May 1992 as the Lazy River Campground, they had something they could be proud of.   Today, the 170-site Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Lazy River is one of the top Leisure System Inc.’s (LSI) franchises in the country, earning multiple awards from LSI and endearing generations of campers.

The trio was all in their 30s when they bought their campground. They were neophytes in the business: Glenn was a machinist and tool & die maker, John was a homebuilder and Heidi helped in her husband’s business. But they knew they wanted to offer a campground that was neat and tidy that would attract repeat customers. The Lawrences loved to camp and wanted to share their favorite pastime with others.

After just two years in business, the owners chose to join Leisure Systems. John explained, “We thought LSI is a quality establishment and wanted to be part of it. When we were private, people tended to skip over our park. Being part of LSI takes that doubt out of their minds. Getting new people to come here for the first time became easier. Once people have been here, getting them to come back was not a problem.”

Indeed, John figures 50% to 60% of Lazy River’s campers are repeaters. The LSI affiliation helped spread the word well beyond the Hudson Valley. Not only does the campground draw much of its trade from New York and the adjoining states of Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, it also attracts campers from the South and points West.

Read the full story here.

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Texas Camping Resorts Continue Move Into Rental Accommodations

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Texas camping used to be synonymous with staying in a tent or RV.  But Texas camping resorts across the Lone Star State are finding they can accommodate bigger groups and introduce more people to camping by making park model rental accommodations available to them, according to Brian Schaeffer, executive director and CEO of the Texas Association of Campground Owners.

“We’re seeing a dramatic increase in the number of parks that offer rental accommodations,” said Schaeffer, whose organization launched a separate website called TexasCabinRentals.net to help people find campgrounds with park model rental accommodations.  Park models are 400-square foot, factory built units that are built on a chassis, like a trailer, but look like cabins or cottages. They come fully furnished with beds and kitchen appliances. Some even have lofts for the kids.

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“We’re adding a dozen of them to our park this year,” said Steve Stafford, manager of the Jellystone Park Texas Camping Resort in Burleson, outside of Dallas.
Major campground chains like Jellystone Parks have joined independently owned and operated campgrounds across the country in adding park models as rental accommodations for their guests. Government run campgrounds are also investing in park models.

More information on the park model surge in Texas is available from the Texas Association of Campground Owners, the Crowley-based trade association that represents and markets campgrounds, RV parks and resorts across the Lone Star State. The association’s 2013 RV Travel & Camping Guide to Texas highlights the fact that Texas is a birders paradise and includes detailed information on campgrounds, RV parks and resorts, as well as old Western style maps.

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Sturbridge Massachusetts Campground Wins Camping Award

James Leaming, manager of the Jellystone Park Sturbridge Massachusetts campground, has been recognized as Operator of the Year by the Jellystone Park franchise system.

The Operator of the Year Award is given in recognition of excellence in management, customer service, inspection scores and growth of business.

“We are so excited to be recognized as Operators of the Year,” said Leaming. “We truly love taking care of our guests, and we’re proud to bring families a great budget-friendly way to enjoy each other and make wonderful memories.”

The closest Massachusetts campground to historic Old Sturbridge Village, the park features full-hookup RV camping, tent camping and rustic cabin rentals. Guests will enjoy the well-stocked private lake with its sandy beach, the Aqua Center with pools, Jacuzzi and waterslide, and an award-winning recreation program featuring movies, mini golf, a video arcade, shuffleboard, a sport court and two playgrounds. Pets are welcome at campsites and cabins (leash and proof of vaccinations required.)

Massachusetts Campground Activities

In 2013, a full schedule of seasonal entertainment kicks off April 19. Plans include live bands, nationally-known impersonators, clowns, magicians, hypnotists, record hops and more, performed live under the stars at the park’s poolside patio lounge.

Jellystone Park Camp-Resort at Sturbridge is located at 30 River Road and is open year-round. For more information and reservations 508.347.9570.

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New York Camping Resort To Host Wrestling Event to Benefit Autism

Families who visit Jellystone Park’s New York Camping Resort in North Hudson on Saturday, June 22, will have a chance to see an entertaining, family oriented wrestling performance by P.A.C. Wrestling.

Proceeds from the 6 to 9 p.m. event will be donated to Upstate NY Autism Awareness (UNYAA), a non-profit group that was formed by dedicated parents of children experiencing the effects of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). UNYAA is a 100 percent volunteer organization based in Queensbury, N.Y. that provides resources and support to over 300 families and children in northern Upstate New York.

Admission to the event is by donation and is open to the public as well as guests spending the weekend at Jellystone Park New York Camping Resort. In addition to the wrestling event, there will also be a 50/50 raffle, basket raffles and concession stands.

Jellystone Park campgrounds are famous for their family-friendly activities, which also include kids crafts, themed weekend activities throughout the camping season and, of course, visits by Yogi the Bear. P.A.C. Wrestling is a non-profit group that provides family shows full of action, drama and comedy with a goal of helping those in need.

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