Club Yogi Rewards

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The Devich Family won the first Bass Pro Shops® Camping Gear Package in our July Auction!

“My family’s involvement with Jellystone Park™ and Yogi Bear™ began in July 2004 when we first rented an RV for three days at Mill Run, PA. We liked it so much that we kept increasing the time we stayed and “graduated” to a cabin in 2005. Eventually our stay was built up to two weeks – which, of course, by that time everyone at Mill Run was like family. The “Devich’s” love Yogi’s Jellystone Park and have a great deal of confidence in Bass Pro Shops® and their products. They are #1 for our camping needs.”
Thank you,
~Patty Devich

 

The Plemmons Family won the second Bass Pro Shops® Camping Gear Package!

“The photo is of my family and I was actually fortunate enough to have been asked to don the coveted outfit which my children were completely unaware. It was a fantastic experience and the entire staff at the Nashville Park couldn’t have been nicer. We stayed for 3 months and felt like family during that time. During our stay we were also fortunate enough to be able to attend the grand reopening of the Bass Pro Shop® in Nashville which had been closed due to the disastrous flood that impacted the region in May of 2010. It was quite an event as they were the first business within the mall area to reopen after the flood. We visited many more times during the remainder of our stay.
Thanks again to Jellystone Park and Bass Pro Shop for an incredible time,”
~Scott Plemmons

 

Fall 2011 Double Points Bonus Offer

As a way of showing our appreciation for a great summer camping season, we are offering a Fall Bonus Offer. Add to your camping fun with a visit to a Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ during select dates in September and you will earn double Club Points for your stay and on qualified purchases. What a great way to celebrate all that camping has to offer and to earn FREE nights faster.

Club Yogi Rewards members who stay with us ANY day between September 6th to 29th, 2011 will earn double Club Points on stays and qualified purchases.* That’s 23 days of double Club Points earning opportunities!

Make your reservation today and take advantage of this special offer. To receive points, be sure to provide your Club Yogi Rewards membership number when making a reservation or at check-in. The points will automatically be doubled in your account 2-4 weeks after check-out.

*Qualified purchases include spending that is able to be captured in the park’s Point of Sale system.

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Montrose, CO Campground Joins LSI

BLACK CANYON JELLYSTONE PARK CAMP-RESORT IS A CONVENIENT GETAWAY FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS AND TOURISTS ALIKE

MONTROSE, Colo., Aug. 2, 2011 – When Shawnie and Oliver McMichael took a weekend camping trip with their five kids and other family members a few weeks ago, they didn’t have far to go.

They camped at the Black Canyon Jellystone Park Camp-Resort – just a few minutes away from their home in Montrose.

“My husband wasn’t convinced it was going to feel like camping because it was so close to home,” Shawnie McMichael said. “But he actually liked it.”

In fact, their kids, ages 8 to 17, had so much fun there with swimming, crafts and other activities that the McMichaels plan to make a return trip.

“I think our family will definitely go back,” Shawnie McMichael said. “The pool was very cool and clean and refreshing. The kids loved being able to hop in and run back to the campsite.”

While the campground has RV and tent sites, it also has lodge rooms that families can rent if they don’t have an RV or tent or if they need overflow space for large groups.

The park, in fact, has had many improvements in recent years.

Formerly known as Country Village RV Resort, it was acquired three years ago by John Barber and a group of investors bought the park out of bankruptcy court.

“It was in pretty rough shape,” Barber said of the then mostly vacant 140-site park, located at 22045 South Highway 550.

But after investing roughly half a million dollars in improvements, including a new swimming pool, a new septic system and new paint and carpeting for the park’s buildings, Barber and his investor group are now targeting the family vacation market by joining the Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts chain.

“We’re officially a Jellystone Park now,” Barber said, adding his park is the third in Colorado to join the national franchise chain, which is famous for offering fun, family activities throughout the camping season.

Barber is already developing an activities schedule that will include ice cream socials, indoor movies and scavenger hunts. He’s also planning several themed weekends, including a murder mystery weekend and a chocolate themed weekend later in summer. Halloween themed weekends are also being planned for the first two weekends of October. Of course, all these activities now have an extra element of fun with Yogi Bear participating. Yogi is on site daily to greet campers, pose for photo ops and take part in events.

Barber is also continuing to make improvements to his park, including expanding the campground store.

The park is located about 9 miles south of Montrose, 70 miles south of Grand Junction and is about 25 minutes from Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Other Colorado Jellystone Parks are located in Estes Park and Larkspur.

About Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resorts

Launched in 1969, the Jellystone Park system now boasts over 75 campgrounds with more than 15,000 campsites in 30 states and three Canadian provinces. Its Camp-Resorts are among the best campgrounds in the industry with a quality reputation for being fun, friendly, clean and customer service-oriented parks. Additionally, each Jellystone Park is themed with Yogi Bear elements providing instant recognition and consumer appeal. It is truly a place “Where You Camp With Friends.”®

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts are franchised through Leisure Systems, Inc. (LSI), a wholly owned subsidiary of The Park River Corporation, Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Montrose, Colorado Welcomes New Jellystone Park™ Campground

The new Jellystone Park™ Campground in Montrose, CO , is a perfect home base for exploring the “Real Colorado,” including Black Canyon National Park and Ouray Hot Springs. The slopes and upscale attractions of famous Telluride are less than an hour’s drive. Onsite, you’ll find 140 spacious campsites as well as camping cabins, all with spectacular views of the breathtaking San Juan Mountains, and a walking path leading to the state wildlife preserve, perfect for hiking. A unique indoor/outdoor pool lets you enjoy the Colorado summer to its fullest, and the hot tub is the perfect place to melt your cares away. In-season activities include billiards, a fitness center, shuffleboard and bocce ball, planned daily activities, a playground, campfire nights, a dog run and even a horse pasture. The new Jellystone Park is found at 22045 South Highway 550 with convenient access for big rigs. Call 970-249-6382 to reserve a space, or visit countryvillagervresort.com.

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Campfire Safety

The Jellystone Park Campground franchise is a proud partner of the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, an educational, nonprofit organization dedicated to the responsible enjoyment and active stewardship of the outdoors. 
 
We know how much fun a safe, responsibly-managed campfire can be – that’s why this recent blog post from Leave No Trace caught our eye. 
 
For your next campfire, keep the following in mind:
 
• Ask about pertinent regulations and campfire management techniques.
• Restore the appearance of the fire site.
• Judge the wind, weather, location, and wood availability. Decide whether it’s safe and responsible to build a campfire.
• Where there are no fire rings or grates, bring a fire pan or set aside time to build a mound fire.
• Have a trowel or small shovel and a container for saturating the ashes with water.
• Never leave a fire unattended.
• Don’t try to burn foil-lined packets, leftover food, or other garbage that would have to be removed later.
• Burn the wood completely to ash: Stop feeding the fire, and give yourself an hour or more to add all the unburned stick ends.
• Saturate the ash with water. Make sure it’s cool to the touch, and remove any trash.
• Scatter all the ashes widely with a small shovel or pot lid.
 
Log on to www.LNT.org to learn more about how you can Leave No Trace when you play outside.

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Camping Is Always In-Season!

While the weather has turned frosty in most of the country, campers need not despair – there are still plenty of Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Campground open year round!

You’ll find our friendly staff and top-notch hospitality still very much in working order during the winter months, so don’t give up on camping fun just yet. In addition to RV campsites, many of our campgrounds offer heated cabins and lodges, as well as access to winter-time activities at northern parks. With rates at their off-season lowest, it’s the perfect time for a quiet getaway. And further south, you’ll find Yogi Bear-style fun (and warmer temperatures!) at Jellystone Park campgrounds.

From Larkspur, CO (nestled in Pike National Forest), where you can rent a premium cottage for $99 and enjoy the quiet of the Colorado winter, to Burleson, TX , where you’ll find yourself perfectly positioned to explore the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex, and plenty of places in between, now’s the time to see a new side of camping. Visit here for a full listing of year-round parks.

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Yogi Bear Corn Maze in South Dakota Opens This Weekend

Sioux Falls campground corn maze

Sioux Falls campground corn maze

Yogi Bear™ and his crew have been busy just outside our campground in Sioux Falls , South Dakota cutting the likeness of one of America’s favorite bears into the corn. The Corn Maze at Jellystone Park™ is set to open to the public on August 6.

Located at the Jellystone Park campground just three miles east of Sioux Falls, the maze features over 7 acres of turns, twists, and dead ends carved into stalks that reach over your head and offers an experience for those hungry for fun. Admission to the maze includes the maze which offers two levels of difficulty, use of the jumping pillow, two playgrounds, wagon rides, and visits by our “smarter-than-the-average bear” – Yogi Bear.

Hours of operation for the corn maze are Friday 5 pm to 9 pm, Saturday 12 pm to 9 pm, and Sunday 1 pm to 5 pm. The maze will be open through Halloween and will feature several special events, including a Superheros day on September 11th, a Yogi Bear’s Corny Fun Carnival and “Fright Nights” at the end of October.

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Montana RV Park Named Entrepreneur of the Year

The Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park campground in Missoula, MT has been recognized with the Entrepreneur of the Year Award by the Jellystone Park franchise system. The award recognizes Camp-Resorts that showed an ability to thrive despite a challenging economy, generating a large increase in revenue while continuing to offer a quality product at a reasonable price. 

Conveniently located in the heart of Big Sky Country on the road to both Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park, Jellystone Park campground in Missoula boasts some of the most amazing scenery in country. With RV and tent sites available, as well as camping cabins, every guest will find accommodations to suit their needs. Families will love the many onsite amenities, including a heated swimming pool, playground, championship miniature golf course, free Wi-Fi connections throughout the park, a kids’ pool and gameroom, and nightly visits from Yogi Bear himself. 

beautiful mountain backdrop

beautiful mountain backdrop

“We are honored and delighted to be named Entrepreneur of the Year,” said park owner Tom Mahlum. “I believe this is a testament of the quality of our facilities, luxury cabins, and unwavering commitment to service. We strive to create memories that last a lifetime through our daily planned activities, themed events and first class amenities.”

The Jellystone Park campground in Missoula is located at 9900 Jellystone Drive and opens for the season May 1, 2010.

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Sioux Falls Campground Wins Resort of the Year

While all Jellystone Park™ campgrounds offer excellent opportunities for family fun and top-notch camping, each year the system’s franchisor, Leisure Systems Inc., digs deep into the details to determine the very best of the best. This year, that campground is the Jellystone Park Camp-Resort of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and it’s been named Camp-Resort of the Year.
 
This is the highest honor that can be awarded to a Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park. The facility as well as its operators must exceed all Jellystone Park standards of operation. The recipient must be ranked in the Pinnacle Club (inspection rate of at least 95%), have shown a strong growth in business, implemented sustained improvements to the facilities and be viewed as a leader in the campground industry.

 Jellystone Park campground at Sioux Falls offers some of the best family camping and entertainment in the region. Just three miles from the Falls of the Sioux River and near attractions like Catfish Bay’s recreational waterski park, the Great Plains Zoo and Wild Water West water and amusement park, this campground has large campsites and three types of cabins. Kids will love the Jumping Pillow (and parents will love how it tires the little ones out), while everyone will enjoy the heated pool and spa, indoor theater, miniature golf, arcade and theme weekends and daily activities in-season. The campground owners, the Aljets, are always ready with a warm welcome for guests.  

deluxe cabins make for a comfortable stay

deluxe cabins make for a comfortable stay

Jellystone Park campground at Sioux Falls opens again in April.

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Jellystone Parks Named “Best of the Best” Campgrounds

Four Jellystone Park campgrounds have been recognized by the Good Sam Club as being the “Best of the Best” campgrounds in North America. Each year, campgrounds are inspected and rated on three categories on a scale of 1 to 10: completeness of facilities, cleanliness and physical appearance of restrooms, and visual appeal. Only those campgrounds who rate in the top 100 of all North American campgrounds are honored as “Best of the Best.” While all Jellystone Park campgrounds pride themselves on above-average facilities and cleanliness, these locations are consistently recognized for their achievements. 

Jellystone Park campground in Frankenmuth , MI received a 9/10*/9

Jellystone Park camground in Memphis , TN received a 9.5/9.5*/9.5

Jellystone Park campground in Missoula, MT received a 9.5/10*/9

The new Jellystone Park campground near Branson, MO received a 9.5/10*/9 (this campground was formerly named Shoals Bend RV Park & Campground)

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Jellystone Park Hosts Denver Youth for Outdoor Experience

Safe City Kid’s Go “Wild” with Rotary Club of Conifer

By Bruce Ward with Choose Outdoors

The questions, spoken by the tall, thoughtful supervisor were simple enough; “What did you enjoy most about the day and how has this experience effected you?” They were questions I later realized we should ask ourselves every day.

As I listened to the 15 inner city kids, many who had never traveled west of Federal street from their homes in Denver, I was amazed at how this one day had effected all of us.

The young adults, from 15 to 18 years old, had demonstrated leadership ability and had been interviewed by their peers for the Safe City leadership program, started by the Mayor of Denver’s office after the particularly violent summer of 1993. They are paid to work on inner city initiatives, in libraries, recreation centers and the like. They have rigid criteria relating to community service, attendance, grades and behavior that they must abide by or face loss of their position on the team.

“This day has made me feel closer to all of you, my real family in many ways,” said one.

“It’s been an amazing day and has helped me realize I can do things I never before thought possible,” said another.

“It helped me escape from the stress and I feel in the city and really appreciate the natural beauty,” was another’s perspective.

Each member, in turn, reflected on our day rafting the Arkansas River and camping at Jellystone Park in Castle Rock. In doing so they revealed a bit of their soul and emotions that had until now not been explored. The blazing campfire added a touch of drama to the thoughtful comments and the group began to bond as never before.

For most of these diverse youth; black, Hispanic, native American, even Iraqi the day had begun at 5 am as they scrambled to catch buses, cajoled rides from friends and family, somehow making their way to the downtown office building where they would be met by volunteers with SUVs stuffed with tents, sleeping bags (donated by Coleman), marshmallows, chocolate bars and graham crackers (for s’mores of course).

The three hour drive to Salida gave them all time to think (and sleep) as the day they had dreamed of began to unfold.

This first adventure for the Safe City program, into the wild, was organized by Choose Outdoors, a Pine, Colorado based national nonprofit working with the US Forest Service, numerous outdoor companies and trade associations, nonprofits and elected officials to increase support for all forms of outdoor recreation in America.

The trip was done with the help of Rotary Club of Conifer, SOS Outreach, CityWild, Big City Mountaineers and Wonderful Outdoor World in a unique collaboration focused on making the most of their unique resources. A full day of rafting was followed by a night under the stars at Jellystone Park/The Outdoor Experience in Castle Rock that included a native American drumming ceremony and mountain man story telling by the campfire for the ultimate “social networking” day.

This was one aspect of Choose Outdoors effort to bring the recreation community together and create a national initiative involving a spectrum of partners focused on the importance of outdoor recreation.

Why is this type of engagement of our youth so important? Young people are spending on average six hours a day looking at a screen of some sort-tv, internet, video games etc and as a result there are ever increasing health issues like obesity, diabetes, and attention deficit disorder that we are seeing across the country.

So this model program, designed to be replicated across the country, has begun the task of getting more kids to experience the great outdoors and more importantly to love it-because if they won’t who will?

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