Milton, PA Jellystone Park™ Campground Team Earns 2011 Entrepreneur of the Year

Milton PA

Jellystone Park™ Campground at Shangri-La in Milton, Pennsylvania 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. 

Nestled in central Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna Valley at the foot of the Montour Ridge, Jellystone Park at Shangri-La is well-known for its family-friendly environment and its Halloween events, especially the popular Trail of Terror. Guests will find accommodations ranging from rustic tent sites to full-hookup RV pads and a full selection of Bunk, Deluxe, Super Deluxe and Lakefront cabins. Onsite amenities include a sparkling heated pool with a wading pool and cafe; a playground with a castle, Victorian playhouse, ship and train; Frisbee golf; a fully-stocked catch-and-release lake; hiking and nature trails; basketball; volleyball and more.

“We are thrilled to win this award and believe it’s testimony from all our loyal customers that we are giving them what they want in their vacation experience. We have had great continuity in our staff, who are always striving to improve our guests camping experience each year,” said campground owner Bruce Bryant. “We’ve also been very fortunate in a less-than-stellar economy to increase our guests’ length of stays and the frequency of their visits, which keeps our revenue growing.”

Themed weekends will provide additional family fun beginning April 8-10, with a different theme every weekend all summer long. Kids and adults alike will enjoy events like Chocolate Frenzy Weekend (May 20-22); Mardi Gras Weekend (June 3-5); Wild West Weekend (July 29-31); and Murder Mystery Weekend (August 12-14.)

The Jellystone Park Campground at Shangri-La is located at 670 Hidden Paradise Road in Milton and is open year-round. Find more information and reservations visit jellystoneshangri-la.com or call 888.386.9644.

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Celebrate Easter Traditions At Jellystone Park™

Easter Bunny at Jellfystone Park

Ahh…Spring is finally here after a long and snowy winter. And the first big holiday weekend of the camping season is right around the corner. Here’s a sampling of the Easter activities at several Jellystone Park™ Campgrounds. Check the calendar at your favorite locations to see what they have planned.

Head to Memphis  for a weekend of traditional Easter activities like an egg hunt and egg dyeing. There will also be a spoon race (can you keep your egg on the spoon?!) and a coloring contest.

Jellystone Park in Fremont, Indiana is hosting an Easter Egg-stravaganza complete with an egg hunt and egg decorating. Kids will love to see live baby chicks and bunnies, and the whole family can fill up on free pancakes! And don’t forget your swimsuit because the indoor pool will be open.

For a fun twist, the Jellystone Park in Hagerstown, Maryland is hosting an egg hunt for adults only. The eggs contain valuable prizes like store coupons and game room tickets. The hunt takes place once the sun goes down, which makes it extra competitive!

In the south, Canyon Lake, Texas has a special flashlight hunt for older kids, plus crafts and pancakes. While you’re there, check out the progress on the new swimming pool (set to open this summer) and take a warm dip in the heated indoor pool.

Experience a German Easter Celebration in Frankenmuth, MI , dubbed “Michigan’s Little Bavaria.” Once a year in the area of Franconia Germany one will find many wells, trees, buildings and fountains richly decorated with colored Easter eggs, pine-branch garland and spring flowers. This tradition of decorating Easter Fountains in Germany is over 200 years old and many cities and villages in Franconia Germany still follow this tradition. Since Franconia is the area from which Frankenmuth’s early settlers originated, they mirror the Osterbrunnen tradition. 

So clean out the RV, dust off your tent or book a cabin and head to Jellystone Park to celebrate Easter and welcome the warm weather!

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Spring Into The 2001 Camping Season

Yogi and Boo Boo Spring Time

Heard the birds singing again at last? Gotten a peek of a daffodil trying to poke its way through the soil? Enjoyed a brief tease of things soon to come on a warm March day? Spring is just about here, and with it, the 2011 camping season for all our Jellystone Park™ Campgrounds. While many of you have continued to camp with our year-round parks, we are so excited to welcome everyone back to our seasonal parks as well – and we have more Yogi Bear-style fun than ever in store for this season. Let’s take a look at how one park in each region is celebrating spring and its biggest holiday, Easter.
 
For a friendly dose of Southern hospitality, visit Yogi on the Lake in Pelahatchie, Mississippi , where you’ll find excellent fishing on the 95-acre Pelahatchie Lake plus miniature golf, Yogi Bear Water Town- a splash playground, a sandy beach with volleyball, and tennis courts – as well as fully-equipped campsites and lakefront cabins. Celebrate Everything Spring Weekend April 15-17, when kids can plant their own flower pot in the park’s activity center, and the whole family will enjoy nature hikes, dodge ball and crafts. And Easter Weekend (April 22-24) just might bring a visit from the Easter Bunny himself – he’ll want to check out the Easter egg coloring and hunt that will be going on.  

 
In the wild, wild West, you’ll love the spectacular views of Jellystone Park in Larkspur, Colorado , located on a bluff in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Celebrate Earth Weekend (April 22-24) offers a wonderful opportunity to get back into the outdoors with plenty of hiking, biking, Frisbee golf, and pedal carts. Stay outside for geocaching, the fossil dig sandbox, playground, archery range and fishing pond. And since Larkspur Jellystone Park welcomes furry friends with their Bark Park, Rover doesn’t have to miss all the fun.  

 
On the East Coast, check out Jellystone Park Campground at Tall Pines in Elmer, NJ , situated on 113 beautiful woodland acres in rural southwestern New Jersey. From a full size pool and outdoor movie theater, to basketball and volleyball courts, a playground, and a private lake fully stocked with fish, Yogi Bear provides plenty of fun things to keep his guests busy. The grounds also contain miles of walking and biking trails, a picnic pavilion, wifi access, and a lending library. Kids will love pretending to be pirates for Treasure Hunt Weekend (April 15-17), as they search for hidden booty to fill their treasure chests (we’re talking hundreds of dollars here- AARGH, me mateys!) Easter weekend is sure to be egg-cellent with the annual Egg Extravaganza. 

 
In the friendly Midwest, Jellystone Park in Millbrook, IL (near Chicago) is ready to welcome guests in April with reduced rates all month. It’s Wake Up the Bears Weekend April 16-18 (buy one night, get the second free) so come ready to make lots of noise to rouse Yogi Bear, Boo Boo™ and Cindy Bear™ from hibernation. You’ll also love the family movie, Glitz & Glow Hayride, and camper talent show.

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Say Hello to Jellystone Park™ Campground in Harrisville, PA

It’s a year for Yogi Bear™ growth in 2011, as we welcome another top-notch campground into the Jellystone Park Campground™ family! The former Kozy Rest Kampground in Harrisville, PA (just one hour north of renaissance city Pittsburgh with its sports, dining and entertainment) is set in some of the prettiest countryside in western Pennsylvania. The campground, which is among the highest rated campgrounds in the country by Woodalls and Trailer Life, caters to the needs of everyone from big rig drivers to laid-back tenters. For those new to camping, they offer comfy cabins and the ever-popular yurts. There’s also a special group area with 23 campsites surrounding a picnic pavilion – perfect for family reunions or church youth groups.
 
Amenities include a sparkling pool, horseshoes, half-court basketball, sand volleyball, playground with sandbox, 18-hole miniature golf course, a winding, wooded nature trail, and four-wheeled rental bikes. The daily activities schedule might feature bingo, ceramics, crafts, scavenger hunts, and rides on a fire truck, train or wagon. Our new Jellystone Park is also a great home base for exploring western PA; whether you enjoy activities like fishing and boating on Lake Arthur, hiking in the Clear Creek State Forest, or exploring the national natural landmark of McConnell’s Mill State Park, where you’ll find fantastic hiking, rock climbing and kayaking.
 
Jellystone Park Campground in Harrisville opens April 15 with free coffee, donuts and mini golf, and a 25% discount for all military personnel and firefighters. Other fun themed weekends include Slumber Party Weekend (May 13-15); Casino Fun Weekend (June 24-26); and Kids’ Survivor Weekend (August 12-14).  
 
Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Harrisville is located at 449 Campground Road. To find out more about the newest member of the Jellystone Park family, visit pittsburghjellystone.com or call 724.735.2417.

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Beat The Clock Specials At Caledonia, WI Jellystone Park™

Now through March 4th receive “Beat the Clock Specials” when you call Jellystone Park™ Campground in Caledonia, WI between 7:30 am and 11:00 am. Discounts are for cabin and site rentals. Reservations must be made by telephone at 262-835-2565 and paid in full. Visit their site for details.

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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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New Campground in Maine Boasts Tons of Natural Beauty and Recreation

Traveling north, Jellystone Park Campground in Maine is located in the central part of the state in Madison which is near Skowhegan. Formerly named Yonderhill Family RV Park, the campground is located at the gateway to one of Maine’s most beautiful scenic byways. The area features plenty of recreation including hiking, cycling, four-wheeling, snowmobiling, rafting and some of the best hunting and fishing in the state. The region’s rich Native American history means there are many well-documented historic sites nearby.
 
The clean, peaceful campground boasts one of the largest outdoor pools in Maine and accommodations for every camper, from the smallest tent to the biggest RV – and even cabins. The renovated grounds include new electric and sewer services, as well as WiFi and cable TV for many sites. The onsite deli is open daily and weekends feature cook-outs including lobster bakes, pig roasts, steak dinners, bean suppers, and pasta plates. The nature trail, playground, outdoor pavilion and planned activities make this year-round park perfect for family fun.

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New Jellystone Park Campground In Delaware

You’ll find the new Jellystone Park campground in Delaware on Brick Granary Road in Lincoln, just minutes from the Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay’s miles of family beaches. With tent, pull-thru and roomy RV sites, the campground can accommodate any camping style. Each site offers a picnic table and fire ring, and guests have the option of a concrete slab or decking. Add a pool, clubhouse, horseshoe pit, playground, walking trails and more, and you’ve got the perfect beachside destination. 

This summer, owner Brent Fannin and his family plan to expand the park’s activities program. And look for an outdoor theater, cabin rentals and a pedal kart track to be added in the future. The season opens April 15 with a Grand Opening bash planned for Memorial Day Weekend. A full schedule of summer themed weekends is already on the books; your family will love Under the Sea Weekend, Death by Chocolate, and Relaxin’ with Yogi Bear.

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Get Moving! Staying Active This Winter

Short, cold, snowy winter days make it tough to keep the family active and healthy! Add school closings to the mix, and cooped-up kids (and parents) start to long for the outside weather of the rest of the year. With spring still a long way off, it’s easy to resign yourself to being sluggish – but don’t despair! There are plenty of ways to burn off extra energy, keep the whole family active and even have a great time between now and Daylight Savings Time!

Lace up your skates! Ice skating is a perfect wintertime activity to get the family moving – and have lots of fun doing it. If no one knows how to ice skate, sign up for group lessons and learn something new together. Then there’s roller skating; what better way to revisit your youth than to take the kids to the roller rink? And they even have those awesome disco balls.
 
Let Rover lead the way. Your dog just may miss the outdoors more than anyone. And he doesn’t care if he gets snow in his coat. Romping with him outside in the snow will warm the kids up in no time and give them a great workout.
 
Just too dang cold to go outside? Plug into the Wii (or PlayStation, or Xbox.) There are plenty of games out there that will get you moving, but a family favorite is the Let’s Dance series. Great music, groovy moves and perfect for family night.
 
Don’t forget the old standbys! Sledding, skiing and snowshoeing are wonderful exercise and perfect for making great memories. Our new Jellystone Park in Madison, Maine , with its heated cabins, is a great home base to explore the area rich in winter activities including snowmobiling.  
 
Get your swim on! Find an indoor water park at your YMCA or community center, or just swim laps. Jellystone Park Campgrounds in Frankenmuth, MI and Canyon Lake, TX have indoor swimming pools that create a wonderful wintertime destination.

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Jellystone Parks™ Receive Top Honors from Woodall’s

Woodall’s has awarded 15 Jellystone Park™ Campgrounds their coveted 5W/5W rating. This dual rating system is based on the development of the park’s facilities and its recreation. In general, the more W’s a campground is awarded, means the camper will find a more resort-like experience. Another vital consideration is a park’s overall maintenance. No matter the park’s amenities, a park can only receive 5W if it achieves a certain standard of up-keep and cleanliness.

The next time you are in the mood for camping in resort-like style, visit one of our parks who can proudly claim this honor! Those parks are: Amboy, IL; Fremont, IN; Lawrence, KS; Williamsport, MD; Frankenmuth, MI; Austin, MN; Pelahatchie, MS; Woodridge, NY; Gardiner, NY; North Hudson, NY; Aurora, OH; Mill Run, PA; Caledonia, WI; Wisconsin Dells, WI; Niagara Falls, ON.

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