Wisconsin Campground Offers Family Fun

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Here’s a nice article we found about the Jellystone Park in Caledonia, WI. Thought we’d pass it along if you’re looking for a vacation in Wisconsin.

Looking For A Place To Beat The Heat Or Have A Stay-cation?

By Denise Lockwood

The hot weather has zapped all of us, but here’s a fun place you can go to beat the heat and even have a few laughs and giggles around the campfire.

Looking for a place to cool off? Yogi’s got you covered.

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park, 8425 State Road 38, just may be one of the coolest places to escape the hot weather, and the park and RV/campground isn’t far from home.

Randy and Theresa Isaacson, along with their three adult daughters – Rachel, Bridget and Marley and their families – operate the camp-resort from early May through mid-October each year.

The campground recently added a 173.5-foot waterslide that drops 25 feet, new mini golf greens, and two premium campsites, and four basic cabins to the 250 plus sites. They also upgraded the bathrooms.

Bridget Bender, the general manager for the park and Randy and Theresa’s middle daughter, said they added the amenities to provide their guests a better camping experience.

“The feedback we’ve gotten from riders has been fun to listen to,” Bender said. “Everyone loves the new waterslide, but the adults seem to be more surprised by it than anyone. This is what might explain the look on people’s faces as they exit the flume. Everyone has a shocking look on their face initially as if they are surprised by its speed, and then it is all smiles.”

Next year a second slide will be added, Bender said.

The park also features recreation activities and just recently held a mystery-themed weekend where campers needed to figure out who stole Yogi’s picnic basket and JellyFest, which features everything from karaoke to a “gel…ly hair style contest,” will be held from July 13 through July 15. They also have laser tag, a jumping pillow, pool and water balloon slingshots.

“We want our guests to have an experience that they can’t get anywhere else,” Bender said.

But you don’t have to camp at the park to enjoy the pool and recreation area. Day passes are $14 for an individual or $50 for a family from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, but some weeks are excluded.

Visit the campground’s website for campground pricing. Camping prices include all of the activities and recreation events.

They offer sites for tent and RV camping, but if lugging around all of that camping gear isn’t your thing, they also have a number of cabins, and they have air conditioning.

“We’re an expensive campground, but we offer a value vacation,” Bender said.

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PA Campground Hosts Deaf Timberfest

From Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

mud wrestling at deaf timberfestWhen Ron Markel attended the world pro lumberjack event 15 years ago, he noticed that there were no interpreters and thus no way for deaf people to participate.

“We decided to found our own world deaf lumberjack (event),” he said in sign language.

Markel, a logger from Williamsport, Md., helped to found the Eastern Deaf Timberfest, a four-day event held this year at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Mill Run in Fayette County. More than 1,000 deaf people were expected to participate by the end of the weekend.

Participants compete in activities including logging contests, water log-rolling, chain saw competitions, ax throwing, pole climbing, darts and horseshoes. The event also featured a Mr. and Ms. Timberfest competition as well as entertainment and activities for children.

This is the 11th Eastern Deaf Timberfest, which started as a yearly event and now is held every two years. It’s held at various locations across the East, and this is its first time in Western Pennsylvania. The event is organized by a committee of volunteers, and it’s held every other year at a different campsite.

On Timberfest off years, a family camp is held.

The vast majority of participants are deaf, Markel said, though a few hearing children of deaf parents participate. Markel and the other participants spoke through volunteer interpreter David Wright of Orange County, Va.

“I am proud of 1,000 deaf people. Deaf power,” Markel said, as he used his hand to cover his ear, then pumped his arm in the air.

As Markel signed, participants nearby practiced climbing a tall wooden pole while others tried their hand at cutting through a hefty log with a chain saw. In both events, participants compete for the best time.

At first, many deaf people didn’t know how to use the tools for the event, Markel said, but they’ve learned and become experts.

Markel, who serves as the event’s logging assistant director, attends workshops and courses to learn about safety guidelines.

“It is completely run by the deaf,” Marie Ann Campbell, the event’s chairwoman, said.

She said she finds Timberfest exciting.

“If it wasn’t for Timberfest, we wouldn’t have the time to be with our friends,” said Campbell, of Charles Town, W.Va.

Attendees travel from Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio and even the West Coast, she said.

Participants either stay on the campgrounds or at nearby hotels.

Rick Colosimone traveled from Ottawa, Ont., and called the event a “heartfelt” one, full of “warm friendship.”

Bruce Hubbard, one of the founders, said he knows of four other similar events in the nation. Campbell calls him “grandfather of the Timberfest.”

Beth Hortie, executive director of Eastern Deaf Timberfest, said the event brings everyone together talking about wood, relaxing and sharing in fellowship with one another.

“It’s our leisure, recreation activity,” Hortie said.

 

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Beat the Heat with Jellystone Campgrounds

There’s no doubt about it – so far, summer 2012 has been a hot one! With much of the country facing record-breaking, super-intense heat, it’s hard for families to come up with activities that keep everyone cool but entertained. Look no further than your favorite Jellystone Park Camp-Resort, where swimming pools, splash parks, watersides and more offer a wet ‘n wild time for the entire family. Here’s just a glimpse at the fun to be had; be sure to check your nearby campground to see how they are helping guests beat the heat.

• A half-hour’s drive from Houston, the Lone Star Jellystone Park in Waller features a 350-foot whoosh into the water on its famous Pine Tree Plunge waterslide. Don’t miss the Ride the Serpent slide, the plunge pool and the swimming pool. For younger kids, visit the Splash Playground with its 5000-gallon Picnic Basket Blaster. And when you need to dry out just a little, the Wet-n-Wild Hey Wagon will keep you cool outside the pool.
• A giant swimming pool and a separate slide pool with three different water slides make this Minnesota campground perfect for pumping up the excitement. Keep an eye out for the Slip ‘n Slide, where kids will have a belly-busting good time.
• Teens, tweens and kids (not to mention Mom and Dad) splash into fun at the Splash Park and Yogi Bear’s Water Zone in Gloucester Point, VA. With waterslides, spray guns, buckets dumping gallons of water from far overhead and of course old-fashioned swimming, a weekend at Gloucester Point is sure to be wet, wild and full of memories.
Caledonia Wisconsin’s Water Zone features Yogi Bear’s Picnic Splash, with water slides, sprayers and a giant picnic basket that fills with water and dumps it out every few minutes. The Water Wars area offers water balloons and sling shots – what better combination for kids to help keep their parents nice and cool? The swimming and activity pool is for those who actually want to swim – and maybe play a little water basketball, volleyball and more.

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Delaware Jellystone Park Breaks the Ice Between Tweens and Teens

Teena Stout says there’s one question parents always ask when they arrive at the Jellystone Park in Lincoln:

“What am I going to do with my 14-year-old who will not disconnect from the Internet?”

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts, of course, are nationally known for having a wide assortment of family friendly activities. But Stout, manager of the Lincoln, Delaware campground , is taking a new approach to prying children away from the Internet.


She recently hired two specialists in childhood education to develop new strategies to engage tweens and teens in activities that encourage them to step out of their comfort zones and participate in a variety of outdoor activities that stimulate their minds as much as their bodies.

The specialists include Jessica Lehr, who recently graduated from the University of Delaware in Newark with a Bachelor of Science in elementary education; and Marcy McKee, a student from Methodist University in North Carolina, who is assisting Jessica in developing new approaches to Jellystone Park’s activity programs.

The activities start on Friday nights, usually with “Hey Rides,” which are designed to break the ice between many of the children who are spending the weekend at the park.

Saturday’s activities often include a variety of relay races and timed scavenger hunts that require the kids to take pictures of various items with their cellphones.

“When we did this over Memorial Day weekend, we thought it would take an hour for the kids to complete the scavenger hunt with their cellphones, but with Jessica’s help, the kids formed teams and we had winners in half an hour,” Stout said.

The park has also developed building block games in which children of different ages are paired up to build igloos and other structures using oversize, styrofoam building blocks. It’s a way to engage older children in teaching younger children how to work cooperatively with others to complete a task.

Stout said these activities break down barriers and help create bonds of friendship that temporarily enable the kids to replace their focus on “being cool” with a focus on simply having fun and participating in park activities, many of which encourage physical activity.

“We want kids to learn how to have fun exercising in fresh air,” Stout said.

Jellystone Park activities also include bicycle parades and themed weekends in which kids and their parents dress up in clothing or costumes that reflect the weekend’s theme. This summer’s themes include a Mardi Gras weekend June 22nd to 24th; a Family Olympics weekend July 13th to 15th, complete with bronze, silver and gold medals for the winning athletes; a Christmas in July weekend July 27th to 29th and a chocolate lovers weekend Aug. 3rd to 5th.

“We get them to do things they would never do at home, and they have fun,” Stout said, adding that when children form friendships in organized activities they are more likely to have more fun when they see the same kids swimming in the swimming pool or going down the waterslides or simply bicycling around the campground.

Jellystone Park also takes pride in establishing a safe and secure environment for families.

“Everything we do is focused on establishing this family community,” Stout said, adding that children are often seen playing basketball until 10 p.m. or 11 p.m. before quiet hours are enforced.

The park also has weekend dances and Karaoke competitions. “We know we’ve done well when we see children with tears in their eyes when they leave.”

It’s good for two reasons. For starters, Stout knows they had a good time. It also means they will likely come back!

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Bloomington Campground Reduces Cabin Rates

Jellystone Park campground in Bloomington has announced a rate reduction for their White Pine Cabins. You can save over $30 per night! Call 812-824-3322 to make a reservation.

Weekends: $85.00 per night
Weekdays: $75.00 per night
Holidays: $95.00 3 night minimum

Our White Pine Cabins feature a separate bedroom. They are not in a wooded setting but offer a nice area for your outside relaxation. These cabins are rustic inside featuring beautiful knotty pine wood interiors with high ceilings, and white pine exteriors. These cabins sleep 2 adults and 2 children nicely.
 
*A separate bedroom with full-size bed
*Pull-out couch or futon
*Full bathroom with toilet, sink and shower
*Microwave
*Coffee maker
*Mini-fridge
*Heat (space heater) and air conditioning
*Porch
*TV with DIRECTV
*Picnic table and fire ring

We have one handicapped White Pine Cabin that does not have a separate bedroom. It has a full size bed and bunk beds.

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PA Campground Upgrades & Expands

From the Daily Courier, By Rachel Basinger

Campers at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park campground in Mill Run are experiencing the newly constructed 6,500-square-foot space in the most recently developed area at the top end of the resort that houses a store, a restaurant and a deck that overlooks the pool, spray zone and waterslide area.

Each year owner Randy Work tries to commit to adding something new or updating the facilities in some way that will benefit the campers.

“We want to strive to develop and run the best camping facility possible and to do that, we need to continue to expand and offer the unusual camping experience,” he said.

The camping resort had meager beginnings, opening in 1974 as Mill Run Campground with just 40 camping sites.

Today there are more than 200 campsites, 43 cabins, a snowless snowtubing track, ceramics, massage area, night-time movies, scavenger hunts, themed weekends and two water parks.

The lower water park includes a swimming pool, two 400-foot slides and a small spray zone. The newest water park, built just last year at the upper end of the resort includes a pool, two additional slides known as Hurricane Mountain and a Caribbean-themed spray park known as Pirate Lagoon.

In recent years, Work and his family were able to purchase additional property in order to expand the park and develop the upper end.

Operations Manager Tracy Czambel said that with the purchase of the additional property, they decided to create a new entrance in that area. The former entrance was beginning to be too small and crowded with the growth of the park as well as the continually expanding size of campers, she said. “We just had too short of a driveway and needed to redo the entrance.”

With the new entrance, Work decided to construct a new pool and water park in that area, quickly making it the new center of the campground for activities.

Because of that, a store and restaurant were needed. The old store was located at the former entrance and a little out of the way.

Construction on the new store and restaurant began in August last year and was completed in March.

While the former restaurant had the typical hamburger, hot dog, pizza and other quick-pick foods, Czambel said the new restaurant offers three meals a day, including a breakfast buffet from 8 to 11 a.m. on weekends, that is open to the public.

“We wanted to offer a variety of foods on the menu as well as a lot more dinner specials, like barbecue chicken and ribs,” she said. “We’ll always have hoagies and pizza and those other quick hits, but we wanted to be able to offer more.”

Work said they are planning to renovate the former store at the lower end of the resort to offer a larger Laundromat, a small fitness area and a rental facility for business meetings, receptions or showers.

With all of the expansion, the resort has become a five-star campground. Within the Yogi Bear franchise, it has garnered such awards as camp resort of the year, operator of the year, customer service award, recreation award and, consistently, the Pinnacle Award.

“We are now a destination,” Work said. “People come here to enjoy what we have to offer because we offer an experience that most RV parks don’t.

“Our cabins have cable, television, heating and air conditioning and Wi-Fi, and some have fireplaces, refrigerators, stoves and screened-in front porches,” he added. “There isn’t much lacking as far as what our customers want.”

While Work did not name any specific future upgrades or expansions, he did say they are continuously looking at different and unusual ways to expand.

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Indiana Campground Hosts Operation Appreciation for Military Families

For the second year, CrossRoads RV and Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Fremont, IN hosted an open house in honor of all active-duty and retired military personnel. Operation Appreciation Open House was held on Armed Forces Day, May 19. The event was in celebration of the continuing partnership between the two Northern Indiana businesses, according to a news release. The program was designed to benefit active-duty military personnel with some “rest and relaxation.” For Operation Appreciation, Jellystone Park donates a seasonal lot while CrossRoads RV supplies a luxurious Hampton destination trailer for military personnel and their families to use, free of charge.

During the open house, which ran from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., all of Jellystone Park’s amenities were available, including mini-golf, a waterslide and basketball. Additionally, special children’s activities were planned and a lunch was served. CrossRoads RV also offered tours of the Operation Appreciation Hampton unit.

Boo Boo and Yogi get a chance to thank Roger Barry, (left), Fremont, Ind., Jellystone Park owner, and Don Emahiser, Pesident of CrossRoads RV, for making Operation Appreciation a huge success.

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Trailer Life Directory Highlights North America’s Best Campgrounds

These Jellystone Parks are in the top 100 of all Good Sam parks and are named the “Best of the Best” for 2012.
Harrisville, PA
Woodstock, NB

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Campground Is Home Away from Home for Pittsburgh Family

Jane Harms was a newlywed with toddlers when her father-in-law introduced her to Kozy Rest Kampground in Harrisville, PA.
 
Thirty years later, four generations of the Harms family still camp at the Kozy Rest Jellystone Park Camp-Resort.
 
“Kozy Rest is like a second home to me,” said Jane Harms, who lives an hour and 20 minutes away in Pittsburgh. “At least twice a month, all four generations of our family are there together. We’ve celebrated some wonderful times there.”
 
Jane said Kozy Rest is so closely woven into the fabric of the Harms family that they’ve celebrated every family milestone there, including her father-in-law’s 90th birthday, her in-laws’ 65th wedding anniversary, her grandson’s first communion and her granddaughter’s first birthday.
 
“I’ve loved that park since the day my father-in-law bought his first trailer,” she said, adding that there’s something magical about spending quality family time camping in the great outdoors.
 
“I love the beauty of nature and being with family and having a good hot dog over an open fire,” she said.
 
Jane and her family enjoy the park so much they rent campsites for the entire camping season and leave their trailers at the park. That way they can use them on weekends or whenever they want to be there.
 
Many families use Jellystone Park at Kozy Rest as their venue of choice for quality family time.
 
Fifty-one-year-old Tom Slayton lives in eastern Ohio, but meets at the park with his father and brother twice a year to have quality family time together.
 
“We always camped together when we were kids. But we had never done it as adults,” Tom said, adding that he and his brother and father started camping together again about seven or eight years ago.
 
“We like staying in their yurts. We just bring our sleeping bags and food and we have a blast together,” he said.
 
The Slaytons also cook gourmet meals together when they camp. In fact, their latest dinner menu included plans to cook stuffed veal chops with spinach and bread crumbs, mushrooms and ham; smashed potatoes; and glazed carrots.
 
“We’ll cook it all from scratch at the campground,” Tom said. “We’ll even have a bottle of Cabernet from Napa Valley in California.”

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Jellystone Park Cave City, KY Recognized by Trip Advisor

Jellystone Park Cave City, KY was recognized by Trip Advisor with their 2012 Certificate of Excellence. According to Trip Advisor, “our travelers consistently commend your property with the highest praise, and we recognize your 4.5 rating as an exceptional achievement.”

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