Nova Scotia Campground Wins Camping Award

June 14, 2013

Henk-John and Mary Ann Kuipers, owners of the Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Nova Scotia campground, have been recognized with the Maple Leaf Award by the Jellystone Park franchise system. The award honors a Canadian franchisee for commitment and dedication to the Jellystone Park franchise and to providing a top-quality camping experience for guests.

For more than 15 years, this award-winning Nova Scotia campground has been the prime family camping destination for the area. Situated near the North Shore of Nova Scotia, the campground is only 10 minutes from the world-famous Bay of Fundy, yet enjoys the balmy summer micro-climate of the beautiful Annapolis Valley. Scenic RV and tent sites, as well as 14 rental units ranging from deluxe cottages with electric fireplaces to rustic cabins, wait to greet guests for a fun-filled stay. Amenities include a huge jumping pillow, heated swimming pools with lifeguards, bumper boats, large playground, beach volleyball, nature trails, a dog park and much more.

“We love taking care of the families who stay with us,” said Nova Scotia campground owner Henk-John Kuipers. “Our entire team is dedicated to making sure their vacation is filled with memories to last a lifetime. This award is a credit to our staff’s hard work and devotion to our guests.”

In addition to the Maple Leaf Award, the park has been the recipient of numerous accolades over the years, including customer-voted awards for Outstanding Customer Service and Outstanding Recreational Programming, and selection as one of Canada’s Top 25 Campgrounds by “Today’s Parent” magazine. The Good Sam Club, the world’s largest RV club, rates the campground in the top 10 in Nova Scotia and the number-one campground in the Annapolis Valley.

Daily activities and themed weekends are held throughout the season.  Keep an eye out for Canada Day Circus Carnival (June 28-July 1); Christmas in July (July 26-28); and Country Western Weekend (August 16-18), to name just a few.

The Kingston Jellystone Park Camp-Resort is located at 43 Boo Boo Blvd. in Kingston, Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia B0P 1R0.


Jellystone Park™ Gears Up For Halloween

September 9, 2011

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.

Yogi Bear™ Corn Maze Now Open in Sioux Falls

September 6, 2011

For the third consecutive year, Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park™ Campground of Sioux Falls is welcoming families to get lost in seven acres of twists, turns and dead ends in the world’s only Yogi Bear Corn Maze.

Opening Friday September 2, the corn maze is located at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Campground at the I-90 Exit 402. Admission is open to the general public and includes the corn maze with two levels of difficulty, jumping pillow, wagon rides and visits by Yogi Bear. Discounts are given to camping guests or groups of 20 or more

“Whether you solve the maze under blue skies, with flashlights, or the light of the moon on a starry night, the maze is fun for all ages,” said Bruce Aljets, owner of Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Campground. “Once again, we are excited to offer folks from the tri-state region a unique, budget-conscious option for the whole family to enjoy.”

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Campground of Sioux Falls was named Campground of the Year in 2009 by the Jellystone Park franchise system. The campground has won a number of awards since it was founded in 1989.

For more information regarding the corn maze hours and rates, visit or call 800-638-9043.

Club Yogi Rewards

August 24, 2011

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.

The Summer's Maine Event

July 5, 2011

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 or call 207.474.7353.

Christmas Comes Early to Jellystone Park Campgrounds

July 4, 2011

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!

Jellystone Park in Hagerstown, Maryland Helps to Win a Guinness World Record

June 16, 2011

Jellystone Park Campground in Hagerstown, Maryland was recently featured in an article on 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

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.”

Mill Run Jellystone Park™ Campground Team Earns Entrepreneur of the Year

May 5, 2011

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  or call 800.439.9644.

Geocache at Maryland Campground

May 4, 2011

Jellystone Park™ Campground in Hagerstown , Maryland is ground zero for a great cache located in this beautiful natural setting. Special cache—treasure hunts are scheduled four times per year. Please contact the park at  (800) 421-7116 for their event dates.   

Other Geocaching Events: With room to roam and various lodging accommodations, Jellystone Park Campgrounds are a great place to get involved in geocaching. Many Jellystone Park campgrounds have their own geocaches and participate with special geocache events and activities. Check out the other geocache events happening in 2011 at our family campgrounds.

Jellystone Park™ in Fremont, Indiana Wins 2011 Facility of the Year Award

April 9, 2011

The Barry and Corcimiglia families, owners of the Jellystone Park™ Campground in Fremont, Indiana , have been recognized with the Facility of the Year Award by the Jellystone Park franchise system. The award is given to the Campground that has added new amenities and facilities while also showing sustained improvements on current amenities.

Located on northeastern Indiana’s beautiful Barton Lake, Fremont’s Jellystone Park Campground offers 540 scenic campsites and 36 cabins and cottages; three additional rustic cabins will be available this season. The campground features a wide array of amenities, from indoor and outdoor pools to a water playground, Zoomflume and Speed & Tube waterslides, five playgrounds, kiddie train rides, Water Wars, paddle and rowboat rentals, and so much more. A new lounge pool will make its debut in the swimming area this season. Planned activities and themed weekends make camping more fun than ever all season long. This year’s weekend lineup includes Fantasy and Fairytale Weekend (May 13-15), when guests can dress up as their favorite storybook character; Honor our Heroes Weekend (June 3-5), which offers 25% off two-night reservation fees to all active military, veterans, firefighters, police, EMTs and teachers; and Cindy Bear’s Sweet Delights Weekend (July 29-31), where each guest’s sweet tooth will enjoy special treats!

The park earned the Facility of the Year award in part due to the 2010 addition of a fourth swimming pool complete with a pavilion. “We are honored to have received the 2010 Facility of the Year Award from our franchisor,” said Roger Barry, who has owned the Fremont park for more than 30 years. “We take great pride in providing excellent amenities and customer service so each guest has the ultimate camping experience.” The campground has won the Facility of the Year award a total of five times since joining the Jellystone Park family in 1982.

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Fremont opens for the 2011 season on April 16. For reservations, call 800-375-6063 or visit