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.”
Jane Harms was a newlywed with toddlers when her father-in-law introduced her to Kozy Rest Kampground in Harrisville, PA.
Labor Day weekend may mark the end of the traditional summer camping season, but for the Jellystone Park™ Campgrounds that offer Halloween-themed activities; their busiest season is just beginning.
“We’re just now getting into our busiest time of the year,” Dana Gabriel, co-owner of the Jellystone Park Campground in Swansea, S.C. , stated in a news release. She added that her park offers five consecutive Halloween-themed weekends that include carnival games as well as costume contests for adults, children and pets; campsite decorating contests; and trick or treating. Halloween-themed activities have gotten to be so popular, Gabriel said, that the park ratchets up the scariness, with “no scare” Halloween events on the last weekend of September and first weekend of October, followed by three full-on scary weekends for older children and adults that also include a haunted house, which Gabriel and her family created out of an old barn.
Most Jellystone Parks now offer Halloween-themed activities. Activities typically include campsite decorating and costume contests as well as trick or treating and, in some cases, haunted houses and spooky nighttime walks in the forest.
Where can you find sweet Southern hospitality, a beautiful country setting and easy proximity to big-city attractions? At Georgia’s only Jellystone Park Campground in Bremen! Located in scenic Haralson County but less than an hour from downtown Atlanta, our Bremen park truly offers the best of both worlds.
Onsite, in addition to spacious RV and tent sites, guests can rent cabins with full kitchenettes and country front porches, perfect for enjoying the breeze and meeting your neighbors. The huge 30’x 50′ swimming and splash pool is the place to beat the summer heat, while a good game of putt-putt golf will create healthy family competition!
The kids will love the playgrounds, gem mine, game room, train ride and regular children’s activities, and the entire family can enjoy a movie in the indoor cinema. Hay rides and pedal carts are also great for spending quality time together.
And there’s plenty to fill your time within a short driving distance of the park as well. Just seven miles away is the Rocky Branch Railroad and Ghost Town, where you get a taste of life on the frontier complete with gunfights, jailbreaks and train robberies. Or pan for gold at the Pine Mountain Gold Museum. Just a little farther down the road you’ll find Six Flags over Georgia, with its sky-high thrill rides and water park. The Georgia Aquarium and Zoo Atlanta are the places to see exotic sea creatures and animals.
You’ll find Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Campround in Bremen located two miles from I-20 at exit 9. Reserve your stay at georgiajellystone.com or call toll-free 877-FUN-YOGI.
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.”
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,”
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.
YOGI BEAR’S JELLYSTONE PARK AT YONDER HILL SEES UPTICK IN BUSINESS WITH LATE SUMMER DRY SPELL
Campground business levels are back to normal in August after a cool, wet spring and early summer dampened summer travel plans
MADISON, Me., Aug. 2, 2011 – The camping season got off to a slow start this summer at the Jellystone Park Camp-Resort at Yonder Hill , thanks to an unusually cool, wet spring and early summer.
“It didn’t really dry out and begin to warm up until late July,” said park owner Allen York, who recently converted the former Yonder Hill Campground to become the first Jellystone Park in Maine.
But business levels are strong this month through Labor Day weekend, and the park is completely sold out Aug. 11th to 20th during the upcoming Skowhegan State Fair, the nation’s oldest continuous agricultural fair.
York is also busy planning several themed weekends that should bring families back to his Central Maine park through early October.
Upcoming events include a horseshoe tournament on the weekend of Aug. 20th and 21st; a summer bash on Aug. 27th and 28th, with a pie eating content, a watermelon seed spitting contest, a tug of war and dancing; and a lobster dinner on Labor Day weekend.
September events also include a Halloween themed weekend Sept. 17th and 18th with a campsite decorating contest, a costume contest, trick or treating, a haunted wagon ride and a haunted house. A special discount weekend is also scheduled for Oct. 1st and 2nd, with a couple’s weekend slated for Oct. 8th and 9th with an intimate dinner.
Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts are widely known for having unique activities. 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.
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.
The Jellystone Park family is excited to welcome our very first campground in the rugged, beautiful state of Maine: Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Yonder Hill is a year-round campground located at the gateway to one of Maine’s most beautiful scenic byways. The area features recreational opportunities galore, including hiking, cycling, four-wheeling, snowmobiling, rafting, and some of the best hunting and fishing in the state. Located near the town of Skowhegan, the region also has a rich Native American history and plenty of historic sites to explore.
Summer weekends at Yonder Hill campground are perfect for family bonding, with a scavenger hunt, kids’ crafts and grown-up Bingo every Saturday, a pot-luck supper every Saturday night and a regular wagon ride. Or check out one of the themed weekends. Here’s a quick sample:
July 16-17 Wet and Wild Weekend
Time for some wet and wild fun! Pool games, wet wagon rides and more make for great fun for all ages.
July 23 – 24 Christmas In July
Celebrate Christmas with Yogi and Santa Claus! Parents, bring a wrapped gift with your child’s name on it to the office for Santa to give to your child. Saturday morning, sign up for the Christmas dinner in the office.
Aug 13 – 14 Skowhegan State Fair and Race Car Weekend
How wonderful to have the fair just a few miles away! The Skowhegan State Fair is the nation’s oldest continuously-run agricultural fair, with carnival rides, demolition derby, 4H exhibits and great food. Jellystone Park campers can support their favorite race car driver is by wearing his / her number and decorating your site. Bring your matchbox car to race against other drivers on our track! Get ready. Get set. Go!
Jellystone Park at Yonder Hill is located off Interstate 95 at 221 Lakewood Road in Madison, Maine. To make a reservation, visit http://www.yonderhilljellystone.com/ or call 207.474.7353.
It may be blazing hot outside, but we have Christmas on the brain! Bust out your best holiday decorations and join us for Christmas in July events at Jellystone Park campgrounds. Here’s a sample of events that are sure to have you dreaming of snowflakes and sleigh rides.
The Jellystone Park Yonder Hill in Madison, Maine will celebrate Christmas with Yogi Bear™ and Santa on July 23 and 24. Parents should bring a wrapped gift with your child’s name on it to the office and Santa will be sure to give it to your child. On Saturday morning, sign up for the Christmas dinner.
Head south to Delaware Beaches in Milford, Delaware where you’ll find that Santa has made a reservation at Jellystone Park for July 22-24. Santa will be checking in with all the kids and see how they are behaving! There will be a site decorating contest as well with a chance to win a free weekend of camping!
The Jellystone Park campground in Harrisville, PA , located north of Pittsburgh, will be celebrating Christmas in July on July 22-24. Join them for a best-decorated site contest with a prize for the winner. Have brownies and punch with Santa! And, the kids can work on a Christmas craft.
At our new campground in Gloucester Point VA , they’re getting into the spirit by celebrating a whole week of Christmas in July from July 12-18!
Recently Jellystone Park Campground in Mill Run, Pennsylvania, was featured in TribLIVE News announcing their grand opening of their new splashground. See the article below.
Yogi Bear’s Wetlands to Open on Saturday
By Rachel R. Basinger, FOR THE DAILY COURIER
Friday, June 10, 2011
Every year Randy Work, owner of Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp Resort in Mill Run, tries to add something new to make his patrons’ camping experiences a little more special.
This year, campers will enjoy a whole new way to stay cool.
The park will hold the grand opening of Yogi Bear’s Wetlands at the center of the park, which includes Pirates Lagoon and Hurricane Mountain, on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Work said the day will include popcorn, snow cones and music; will have a Hawaiian and pirate theme; and encourages visitors to put on their grass skirts or eye patches.
“We really were trying to give it a tropical feel with palm trees and all so that campers could get that kind of atmosphere here in the north,” he said.
Tracy Czambel, operations manager, said construction of the new water park began last October, although the concept and ideas were tossed around for a couple of years.
“Randy (Work) takes a lot of pride in the park and invests a lot back into it for the enjoyment of the families,” she said.
Pirate Lagoon includes a huge fiberglass pirate ship, smaller slides and lots of water-spraying devices as well as a gigantic bucket of water at the top of a tower that empties out onto those below about every 3 to 5 minutes.
Hurricane Mountain is the site for two new tube-like fiberglass water slides, including a loop slide and a speed slide.
The construction of the new water park was completed by Emerald FX, LLC, North American Mazur, owned by Chuck DeCaro, Norwalk, Ohio. He said his company builds any kind of fiberglass construction and has worked with Cedar Point, Busch Gardens and Walt Disney World in the past.
Work said the park was opened in 1974 and is for family fun. It spans 100 acres and has 200 campsites and cabins.
Last year a new entrance and registration building was constructed as well as a new snowless snow-tubing track.
In addition, seven new cabins were recently built and 25 new campsites are under construction. The resort is also looking at building a new store and restaurant by the water park to replace the current store and restaurant at the lower end of the park.
The park and resort and all the activities offered are open to the public from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. for $15 per day per person or $100 per person for a summer pass.
Jellystone Park Campground in Hagerstown, Maryland was recently featured in an article on Herald-mail.com for their participation in setting a world record for the largest swim lesson. Take a look at the article below.
Swimming Enthusiasts Stroke, Float Toward Record
By MAEGAN CLEARWOOD
June 14, 2011
WASHINGTON COUNTY— The 400-foot-tall water slides were tempting, but the swimmers at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort near Williamsport weren’t there to play: They were there to break a world record.
The Jellystone water park and the pool at Martin L. “Marty” Snook Memorial Park in Halfway were Washington County’s venues Tuesday in The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson.
The event was designed to inform children about water safety and aimed to beat last year’s Guinness World Record of 3,971 participants from 34 states and five countries. This year, all 50 states and 12 countries were involved, according to the WLSL website.
Between the two local pools, Washington County added more than 80 participants to this year’s total.
“It’s for kids to learn how to be safe around water and how not to be afraid of water. When they get scared and panic, then it can become a much more serious situation,” said Jellystone General Manager Carrie Cirrito. “It’s so fun to be a part of it.”
Cirrito said the park was recruited by the World Waterpark Association, one of many organizations sponsoring the event.
Marsha Moats, program coordinator of the Washington County Recreation Department, said the Halfway pool was running a weeklong swimming program with Girls Inc. on the scheduled date and decided to get involved. Sixty-one girls participated with the help of eight swimming instructors, she said.
“We were just hoping to spread the word about swimming lessons and that they save lives,” Moats said. “It was super, super successful.”
The lesson plan provided by WLSL covered beginner curriculum, including entering the water, submergence, bobbing, floating and basic swimming techniques.
“It was very well-organized. The handbook walks you through step by step. It made putting everything together pretty easy,” Moats said.
Jellystone instructors Kelly Harold and Tracey Artz said they had been preparing for the event for about a week.
“Water is fun, but water is dangerous,” Harold said. “(The kids) enjoyed it. Even though most of them knew how to swim, they said they still had fun.”
At Jellystone, participation was free for anyone older than 3. The 45-minute lesson started at 11 a.m., and swimmers were encouraged to stay and enjoy the water park afterward.
The Girls Inc. swimmers in Halfway divided into groups based on ability, and each group practiced different techniques.
WLSL participants have to carefully record the event in order to be part of the Guinness World Record, Cirrito said. Log sheets, witness records, photographs and videos are required.
The information is due next week, Cirrito said.
For Jamie Wainwright and his 6-year-old daughter, Haley, the lesson marked the first summer she was able to swim without a life jacket.
“I look for anything to do to get her to work on her swimming skills,” Wainwright said. “This is a momentous summer.”
Moats said the Halfway pool offers Red Cross swimming lessons starting next week. This is the first time Jellystone has sponsored swimming lessons.
“I think the lesson went great. They learned a lot. I was very impressed with the teachers,” Cirrito said. “We had thought about offering swimming lessons before but decided not to. We may have to rethink that.”
The Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Campground in Mill Run , PA has been recognized with the Entrepreneur of the Year Award by the Jellystone Park franchise system. The award recognizes Campgrounds that show a strong growth in business over the prior year.
The premier campground in Southwest Pennsylvania, Jellystone Park at Mill Run is in the heart of the Laurel Mountains and perfectly situated to easily enjoy nearby activities and attractions like Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, Living Treasures Animal Park, nature hiking, white water rafting, kayaking and antiquing. Onsite amenities provide fun for all ages, including recently-added snowless tubing tracks, two swimming pools, mini golf, a gem mining sluice, carousel rides, fire truck rides and more. The 2011 season will offer seven new camping cabins and 20 additional full hook-up campsites; a new store and restaurant; and a drive-through check-in process. And Memorial Day Weekend the park will introduce its new Yogi Bear’s Wet Lands water feature, with a Spray Zone, new pool and two new waterslides. While the park is open year-round, daily activities are offered Memorial Day through Labor Day.
“The team at Mill Run Jellystone Park works hard to constantly upgrade and improve our facilities and ensure our guests enjoy a fun, friendly, top-notch family getaway,” said park owner Randy Work. “We are honored to be recognized by the franchise system and look forward to a great 2011 camping season with lots of new amenities and activities.”
Themed weekends include the Grand Opening Celebration of Yogi Bear’s Wet Lands (June 10-12), complete with pirates and a magician; Christmas in July (July 8-10), when the park will be decked out in holiday lights and kids can get an early visit from Santa Claus and take a moonlit wagon ride; and Country Western Wet and Wild Weekend (August 19-21), with a haunted wagon ride and ghost town tour.
The Mill Run Jellystone Park Campground is located off Route 381. Find more information and reservations visit jellystonemillrun.com or call 800.439.9644.