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- WEEKEND EVENTS
RANGER SMITH'S CLEANUP
Ranger Smith's Cleanup Party is usually held early in the spring.
It can be a great help to you in getting the park ready for the
season, and for each camper or camper family, in return for a free
weekend of camping, will give you several hours of labor in raking,
shoveling, hoeing, or doing whatever cleanup job you may have for
them. If your park is open all year round, you can still schedule
a Cleanup Party at a convenient time. You may then choose to have
it in the autumn, after the leaves fall, if you have deciduous trees.
Or, you may want to schedule it at a time when you wish to do some
planting on the grounds.
Friday 7-8 p.m
"Get Acquainted" reception at the Ranger station. Free
coffee and doughnuts; then movies.
No "special" activities should be scheduled on Saturday
morning, for this is the time you will be working on cleaning up
the campground. A WORD OF CAUTION: Legally, you may not require
the camper family to do more work than the charge for the campsite
6 p.m. – Potluck Supper
8 p.m. – Bingo; Cartoons for the kids.
Sunday – 8 a.m.
to 10 a.m.
Pancake Breakfast- free for your help!
You may want to do something different in Bingo; for example, have
"Clean-up" prizes – soap powder or liquid detergents,
scouring powder, garbage or plastic bags, a paint brush, or anything
that has to do with cleanup or spruce up. Use your imagination.
"Ranger Smith" should be on hand at all times, particularly
when campers register, since this is his party.
The Camper Cleanup Weekend has been very successful with parks that
have used it, and is an ideal way to get a good portion of you Camp
Resort cleaned up without a lot of expense, and at the same time
giving camping families a "fun" affordable weekend and
one they will want to repeat.
YOGI'S BIRTHDAY PARTY
Everybody loves a birthday party..... and when the one who is celebrating
the birthday is none other than Yogi Bear, well---that makes it
an extra special event!
Every Jellystone Park Camp Resort should have a birthday party weekend
for Yogi Bear. It is probably the most important of any of the SPECIAL
EVENTS WEEKENDS you plan for, and one of the most "fun"
weekends to arrange for.
SUGGESTIONS FOR THE WEEKEND EVENTS:
•Hayride with Yogi and the bears
•Contest and Games
•Arts and crafts; everybody makes a birthday card for Yogi
•Yogi arrives with Cindy and Boo Boo
•Cake decorating contest
•Birthday cake and ice cream
CHRISTMAS IN JULY WEEKEND
A "special" Christmas weekend can actually be held at
anytime...it could well be at it's appointed time, in December,
or just before your park closes for the season, or even in June.
You will need to plan and obtain all materials you need in December
prior to this event.
SUGGESTIONS FOR WEEKEND EVENT:
•Tree trimming at the Ranger Station: stringing of popcorn
and cranberries if desired; paper garland of red and green can also
be made for the tree.; Christmas caroling. If there is a piano available
and someone to play it, or a guitarist, use them. Serve coffee for
the adults and hot chocolate for the youngsters.
•Arts 'N Crafts: make Christmas cards for Yogi and the bears
and Ranger Smith.
•Christmas tree or Santa's face contest.
•Distribution of gifts, provided by the parents for their
•Dessert and punch
•Short movie or more Christmas caroling
When your campers register, have all personnel greet them with "Merry
Christmas!" upon registration. Tell the parents to have a gift
for each child, wrapped, with the child's full name on it, to be
given on Saturday evening. Remind the parents about giving a Christmas
ornament to put on the tree. Also, at the time of registration,
ask each family to bring cookies or a dessert for the Saturday evening
Christmas music should be played in the Ranger Station and throughout
the park all weekend, beginning late afternoon on Friday. At the
appointed time, have your activity leader begin with popcorn stringing
and Christmas caroling. Some of the children can be making paper
garland for the tree, and others can be making snowflakes out of
Santa's arrival should be on schedule. Be sure Santa has a gift
for each of the bears. Pass out free candy, perhaps a candy cane
for all those who believe in Santa. (That will be everyone!)
COUNTRY WESTERN WEEKEND
A country Western Weekend is a popular special event, and has been
very successful at Jellystone Park Camp Resorts wherever it has
been tried. It can be held at anytime during the year.
SUGGESTIONS FOR THE WEEKEND EVENT:
•Hayride with the bears: kids only
•Country music: LIVE; blue grass
•Western movies and cartoons
•Hayride and Western sing along ending up at the campfire
for a wiener/marshmallow roast; guitar sing-along at the campfire
•Western barbeque (fee charged); games for the children
•Square dancing with a caller; best "cowboy", "cowgirl",
and junior cowboy and cowgirl contests
•Pancake breakfast (paid activity)
Song sheets with the words to country and western songs are a nice
touch, such as "Home on the Range", "Bury me on the
Lone Prairie", "Don't Fence Me In", "Deep in
the Heart of Texas", and are in keeping with your theme.
Have your personnel dressed in western or country western garb,
so that when campers register, they immediately get into the spirit
of the weekend. Upon registering, be certain to ask them to sign
up for the various paid events.
The barbeque, at least, should be paid for in advance, and tickets
should be issued. Another idea for your Western Weekend, if you
have the space for it, might be a rodeo. This has also been used
successfully and is a big attraction. In some areas, you can get
a small rodeo, with about six to 12 people participating. You might
have a small charge for this event, or, if it is to be Sunday afternoon,
include it in the price of the barbeque.
EASTER WEEKEND PARTY
The Easter Weekend Party is a special event which should be celebrated
by every Jellystone Park Camp-Resort which is open at that time
of the year. Because of the many traditional activities which are
normally associated with Easter, it is an easy Special Event Weekend
to plan and present.
Choose from this list:
•Egg coloring and egg decorating
•Feature movie and cartoons
•Easter bonnet-making for Easter Bonnet contests
•Games and races for the family
•Hayride with Yogi and Easter Bunny (children)
•Easter Bonnet Parade, with judging of the bonnets and decorated
•Dance with live music - "Bunny Hop"
•Easter Sunrise Worship Service
•Free Continental Breakfast
•Easter Egg Hunt
•Ham 'N Easter Egg Potluck Dinner.
You may add some of your regularly scheduled activities to this
list, or make substitutions.
Another "fun" activity which all can participate in is
a family egg decoration contest. Upon registration, each family
is given a hard boiled egg which they are to decorate in a special
manner. You award prizes for the prettiest, the funniest, most unique,
Have several capable persons in charge for the egg coloring Friday
night. The bowls containing the egg dye should be large enough to
hold several eggs at a time, or else it will take too long. Use
enough dye, following package directions, and if it calls for vinegar,
use vinegar. Have all the basic colors, and if you wish to have
some with "speckled" effects be certain to have materials
available too. Trimmings or decoration, such as magic markers, crayons,
tissue trimmings for the boxes of dye, sequins, tape or any other
materials, should be at a separate table.
You may wish to have the Easter Bunny make his appearance at the
egg coloring activity, but whether you do or not, Yogi and the other
bears should participate.
The Easter Bonnet-making contest on Saturday is lots of fun. This
contest is for girls and ladies, and while it is going on, you may
want to plan some special activities for the boys. Cindy should
appear and take a great deal of interest in this contest. On Saturday
evening, you will have your Easter Bonnet Parade, with all the creations
made that morning being modeled, with winners being chosen, and
prizes awarded. The bears should also participate in this, with
or without the Easter Bunny. This is also an ideal time for the
judging of the special family decorated Easter eggs, with prizes
At the Saturday night "Bunny Hop," it might be fun to
have some little extras too, such as an appearance of the Easter
Bunny with Yogi and the bears, and a special dance contest.
The hiding of the eggs for the Easter Egg Hunt is perhaps one of
the hardest chores of presenting this Easter Weekend Party. It should
be done either after the Saturday night dance, when everyone is
asleep, or very early Sunday morning before the Sunrise Worship
All eggs are to be hidden out of doors. Make this very clear to
the youngsters, or they will be causing additional confusion by
searching for the eggs indoors.
Try to find hiding places that are not too easy or too difficult.
One of the most "fun" special events weekends to prepare
for and present is the Halloween Weekend. Decorating for Halloween
is simple and fun to do, and the supply of materials is ample.
SUGGESTIONS FOR THE WEEKEND EVENT:
•Hayride (for smaller children), followed by apple-bobbing
and/or apple-on-a-string bobbing
•"Spooky" movies, Disney movie "Escape to Witch
Mountain,” and free popcorn
•Teen/Young adult Hayride into the "Haunted Forest"
•Arts 'N Crafts: For younger children, this can be papercraft;
making pumpkins, black cats, ghosts, out of construction paper,
etc. For older children, it can be carving the family Jack-O-Lantern.
•Witches' Broom Hockey: use orange volleyballs.
•Pumpkins: If you have access to them or they are not too
expensive, you may wish to give a free pumpkin to each family, particularly
if they did not bring any with them. At least have them available
for purchases at your cost at the Ranger Station.
•Halloween Races and Games
•Potluck Supper (pumpkin pie or pumpkin cake for dessert)
•Trick or Treating: NOTE- THERE MUST BE NO CARS DRIVEN WHILE
THE KIDS ARE OUT TRICK OR TREATING. This rule should be strictly
•Judging of Costumes and judging Jack-O-Lanterns, with prizes
•Ghost stories and Horror-scopes with "The Witch"
at the Witches Cavern
•Witches Brew can be punch or apple cider
•Church or Worship services should be worked into your schedule
Your weekend schedule of activities for Halloween should be posted
in a prominent place, or printed for handout at the desk, so that
each registering camper will know what is going on at all times.
Upon registration, be certain to tell each one about the costume
and Jack-O-lantern contest.
If the camper has not brought a pumpkin or Jack-O-Lantern with them,
they should be given one, or given the opportunity to purchase one.
Inform the campers registering about Trick or Treating and make
them familiar with the rules:
NO CARS are to be used in the campground during that time unless
it is an absolute emergency. This rule must be strictly enforced.
Hayrides for the smaller children can be the same as usual and should
be accompanied by Yogi, Cindy and Boo Boo. The bears should make
an appearance at the movie. For this special night, we suggest you
provide free popcorn.
For the Potluck Supper, each family should furnish one main dish
and one salad or vegetable dish in quantity enough for their own
family. A nice touch is to have the tables decorated in the Halloween
HAWAIIAN LUAU WEEKEND
Aloha, all you "Malehinis"! It's time to prepare for you
Hawaiian Holiday at Jellystone Park!
This is a very popular special event weekend, and since it is customary
to charge a fee for the luau, it is not a costly event to present.
You can schedule your activities something like this:
•Hayride with Hawaiian music
•Movies and cartoons for the kids
•Full length movie (movie with South Seas Island theme)
•Tropical Fruit Games (coconut toss or races, pineapple relay,
•Hula lessons (adults, or over 14)
•Hula lessons (kids, or 14 and under)
•Hawaiian Hayride: everyone in Hawaiian clothes and leis,
including Yogi, Cindy and Boo Boo
•Hula Hoop Contest
•Hawaiian Luau (Tickets must be purchased ahead of time, certainly
no later than Friday evening.)
•Island dancing: everyone in their Hawaiian clothes, you provide
•Free punch and "Poi Juice"
EXAMPLE MENU: Sweet and Sour Pork, Tahitian Chicken, Pineapple Upside
Down Cake, or a whole pig roasted on a spit
This is a very easy event to stage, and if your preparations are
thorough, it should run very smoothly with a minimum of effort.
Hawaiian music should be part of the entire weekend and should be
played over your PA system and in the Ranger Station as background
whenever there is no conflicting activity going on. Your personnel
at the registration desk and in the store should greet the guests
with "Aloha" (which means both hello and goodbye), hand
out leis, and be dressed in Hawaiian garb and leis. When registering,
campers should be asked whether they wish to purchase tickets for
the Luau, and these should be sold at that time. (Tickets may also
be sold ahead of time).
Here are some ideas for relay games:
Coconut Relays – Roll out coconuts, using your mini-golf clubs
to push them along. Put the younger children in their own relay
so they don't get hurt. Prizes for the relay teams can be mini-golf
Pineapple Relays – This should be done as an "Over and
Under" relay. The first player in each team is given the pineapple.
He passes it over his head to the second player, who passes it between
his knees to the third, who hands it over his head to the fourth.
(Alternately over the head and between knees.) The last player runs
to the head of the line and starts it back over his head, the game
proceeds until a line has regained its original order.
Lemon Relays – Each team balances a lemon on a badminton or
ping-pong racquet from the starting line, to a turnaround, back
to the starting line, then the second person does the same, etc.
Be sure to use your bears throughout the weekend. They should certainly
compete in all contests and should appear at each activity. They
should be dressed according to your weekend theme.
MOTHER'S DAY WEEKEND
A Mother's Day Weekend is an excellent special event weekend to
hold. Since occupancy in May is normally low, this will help to
improve it. There are many activities which lend themselves to this
special event. A typical Mother's Day Weekend might include the
•Special Hayride with Yogi, for Moms only
•Wine and cheese tasting party (adults only)
•Cartoons and movies for the children
•Arts 'n Crafts: making gifts for Mother
•Special for Moms only: hair care, beauty treatment, crafts,
decorating, cooking, etc. Use your imagination.
•Mini-golf tourney (family event)
•Bingo: special prize each time a Mom wins
•Chicken Barbeque supper: cooked by all Dads (assisted by
Ranger Smith and his staff)
•Full-length movie and/or dance; music from the 30's, 40's,
and 50's: the "big band" era for Moms and Dads, Grandpas
and Grandmas too!
•Yogi and the bears deliver a flower to each Mom in the campground.
(Mom gets a "Bear Hug").
•Champagne Breakfast or brunch: free to all moms (Nominal
charge for other family members.)
•Announcement of the award of "Jellystone Mother of the
Year": crowning and awarding of the prize (Written by son or
Have a weekend schedule of activities for the event typed or printed,
and available at the desk at all time. If you have an Activities
Board, it should be posted there. Add activities where desired.
As usual, use your PA system to announce each activity and to remind
campers about what is going on and when it is occurring.
Upon registration, each youngster old enough to write should be
given an entry blank for the "Jellystone Mother of the Year"
contest. Each entry blank must be signed, and the age of the child
given. Entries must not be over 50 words, so it is not too difficult
Yogi, Cindy, and Boo Boo should attend each activity. Arts and crafts
are held the usual way. Gifts made during this session can be presented
to the mothers at the Sunday breakfast or brunch.
The chicken barbeque should be fun to present. Make a big thing
of not letting the Moms do anything at all ; they should be seated
by Dad and the kids and waited upon for anything they want.
Flowers can be delivered by Yogi and the bears with the aid of your
golf cart, Yogi Mobile, or whatever means of transportation you
have. If your campground is large, this delivery may take quite
some time, and may have to be divided up, with each bear making
part of the deliveries.
The Sunday brunch or breakfast should be the focal point of the
weekend. Each Mom again is served by her family. Champagne is to
be poured by park personnel. The program should be followed immediately
with the winning entry being read and the winner then announced.
Mom is then called up, crowned, given her flowers, and sits upon
her throne while the rest of the winning entries (as many as you
have time for) are read. Present the prizes to those who wrote winning
entries at this time. Other prizes or trophies, such as mini-golf,
etc., can be awarded at this time also. The Saturday night dance
should be for the Moms and Dads (and Grandparents) with music from
the Big Band era; records or tapes can be used.
FATHER'S DAY (SUPERMAN)
It's Father's Day Weekend at Jellystone Park and the time to honor
that "Superman" in our lives! Many of you have had some
type of special activity during the Father's Day Weekend but mixing
a bit of the "Superman" with it can give it a new and
delightful twist. (Every dad likes to think he's a Superman!)
A typical Special Event Weekend could be:
•Upon registration, Cindy (or Yogi) greets each "dad"
and presents him with a Superman button, which is his admission
to many of the events of the weekend.
•Dance with live band or some other special "Live"
entertainment, such as a magician, hypnotist, musical group, square-dancing,
•Fishing derby - dads and kids
•Arts 'N Crafts: perhaps the girls would prefer arts and crafts
and making gifts for Father's Day
•Softball Game - family event
•Volleyball Tournament - family event
•Spaghetti Supper: Dads eat free; also get a free glass of
•Full-length movie - with Superman cartoons
•Adult swim (after movie)
•Pancake/porkie breakfast: Dads eat FREE. (Their Superman
button is their admission). Other family members pay a nominal fee.
•Announcement of the JELLYSTONE SUPERDAD OF THE YEAR award:
reading of the winning entry, with the winner being awarded a prize,
and the winning Dad being presented with a Superman cape, a medal,
and perhaps a crown.
Your schedule of activities should be posted on your Activities
Board and also available at the desk. It would be nice to have some
large pinups of Superman in the Ranger Station. As each father registers,
have Cindy present him with his Superman Button. As you announce
the various activities over your PA system, make constant reference
to "Superman" - such as, "All you Supermen, get ready
for the spaghetti supper. Remember, serving starts at 6 p.m. and
all you Superdads eat FREE!!"
Remember to use the bears as much as possible during the weekend.
They should appear at each activity as it takes place. Yogi should
present the prizes and trophies for the fishing derby, horseshoe
tournament, etc., and Cindy and Boo Boo should present the prizes
for the essay winners. Have a SUPER Weekend!!
An "International Weekend" can be titled to include more
than one country, or costume and cuisine may be used individually,
giving you a choice for several Special Event Weekends in this sectional
SUGGESTED SCHEDULES COULD BE:
•Have Irish music at registration: give each registrant a
shamrock (hand made, or course)
•Games and Races
•Hayrides with "Yogi 0' Bear"
•St. Patty's Parade: all must wear green
•"Irish Stew" supper (fee charged)
•Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner (fee charged)
•Adults only: "Green Brew" cocktail party
•Movie for children
Irish music all weekend with employees and all three bears in costume.
Post your activity schedule, and keep Yogi, Cindy, and Boo Boo involved
in all activities and present at any meals.
•Hayrides with "South of the Border" music
•Full length film (with these in mind)
•Arts and crafts: have session include Mexican paper art,
Mexican painting, etc.
•Piñata party for children
•Mexican Hat Dance
•Margarita Party (adults only, fee charged)
•Taco supper or chili supper (nominal charge)
Have staff in traditional costume and instruct them to greet guests
in Spanish. "Buenos Dias, Senor or Senorita". Use traditional
music. Yogi and Boo Boo should be wearing sombreros, and Cindy can
wear a mantilla.
•Godfather look-alike contest
•"Gondola" Races (use lake or pool)
•Roman Chariot Races (use people)
•Pizza Contest (for teens)
Have staff in costume and use the Italian phrases. Have the bears
participate by using traditional dress. For the toga party, all
bears should wear togas. If you want a full length movie, some suggestions
are: "Fanny" (all ages), "Mr. Billion," or "Trouble
in Paradise". Check with your local movie rental for other
titles. Use your imagination! Many countries could be used for this
FABULOUS FIFTIES WEEKEND
Lets' roll back the calendar about thirty years and spend a weekend
in the "Fabulous Fifties"! It's a theme weekend that is
quite easy to plan and carry out, and there are loads of fitting
activities to choose from.
•Full length movie: one that is set in the 50's, perhaps an
early "Elvis" movie, etc.
•Yo-Yo Contest: Be sure to have yo-yos on hand in your store
•Bubble gum blowing contest (all ages)
•Records or tapes of the 50's
•Hula Hoop Contest
•Chicken barbeque or potluck dinner
•Sock Hop: Disc jockey playing music of the 50's; you might
begin the evening's activities with a "Fonzie" look-and-sound-alike-contest,
with a nice prize for the first place winner.
•Pancake Breakfast (fee)
There should be no special instructions necessary for presenting
this weekend event. If preparations are made thoroughly, each activity
or separated event can follow smoothly. Be sure to announce each
contest or activity over your PA system well in advance, at least
an hour, and up to the time it is carried on. Be sure to have the
three bears involved in every activity. They should appear on Friday
evening in appropriate attire, perhaps a "poodle" skirt
for Cindy, leather jacket and sunglasses “Fonzie” style
for Yogi, and maybe a sweater and jeans for Boo Boo.
Boo Boo could conduct or begin the Yo-yo contest, Cindy could begin
the Hula Hoop Contest (all bears could participate), and all should
appear at the dance.
Use your imagination and that of your staff when planning this special
events weekend, and you will think of lots more ways to make the
weekend fun and exciting! Use your activity index in the back of
the manual to add other fitting activities to the weekend events.
Wear your saddle shoes!! (Staff should also wear fifties attire.)
Sweetheart Weekend can be held any weekend, or be titled "Valentines
Weekend" for year round resorts. Everyone wants to be loved,
so plan your weekend with "Love".
SUGGESTED AGENDA MIGHT BE:
•At registration, have heart suckers and certificates available
for a nominal fee. (Have them filled out and left at desk to be
delivered by Yogi to designated person.)
•Arts and crafts
•Diamond Hunt (paint stones silver and hide them)
•Old Fashioned Box Social: women prepare box lunch, auction
it off, and eat with owner of the lunch. Resort provides dessert
•Sweetheart or Valentine cake contest
•Registration for: Newest Married Couple • Longest Married
Couple • Couple with largest family
Promote this special event by using anything with theme of "Love".
Decorate and have announcements throughout the event. Play love
songs and show romantic movies.
"KIDS ARE PEOPLE TOO" WEEKEND
Yogi has planned an "All Kid" weekend. Let the kids know
well in advance for this. Plan a bicycle safety school to be conducted
by local police or insurance agent. Have them provide literature
to kids. Have some safety items in your store for sale this weekend.
ALSO SUGGESTED ARE:
•Lunch with Yogi (peanut butter sandwich and Kool-aid)
•"Kids" full length Disney movie
•Parade with bears through park
•"Big Band Sounds": Kids form a band by using make-believe
instruments and pantomime songs played on a cassette. They put on
a show for the adults with prizes for best bands.
•Kids' Talent show (awards given)
•Pancake Breakfast (kids free)
•Birthday party for all kids: celebrate everyone's birthday
by singing "Happy Birthday to Me". Have Yogi cupcakes.
•Kids’ Swim: pool open to kids only for two hours (have
•Mini-golf: free to kids - limited to one game.
Parents can honor their kids this weekend - make available certificates
for sale. They may complete the certificates and have Yogi deliver
or present them. Keep everything simple and "kid" oriented.
Be sure to have adult supervision at all activities. This is a good
opportunity to sell "kid" items in your store by offering
a discount to kids. Give them a discount also at the snack shoppe.
Use your imagination - kids are easy to please!
Everyone likes a Carnival so plan one for lots of fun! Professional
carnival booths are available but plan in advance to obtain these.
This is a good time to get rid of your "stockroom" or
"shop-worn" merchandise as prizes at your booths... but
be sure to charge at the booth like carnivals do.
•Age/Weight guessing booth
•Coin Toss (into dishes)
•Ball Toss (ping-pong balls into muffin tins)
•Clown Face Painting
•Dunk Tank (ask for volunteers)
•Photo Booth (use Polaroid)
•Pie eating contest
•Break the balloon
Play carnival music throughout the park all weekend. Set up booths
(rent or make your own) for games, and fly banners or posters for
atmosphere. Make it colorful. All employees should be gaily dressed,
as should be the bears. Yogi could be "Yogi the Clown"
for the weekend. Have the bears participate at the carnival like
"toss the ball", "bread the balloon," etc.;
it will encourage participation. At the registration, have Yogi
hand out "carnival" poster; be sure each camper has a
Everyone enjoys solving a mystery. Combine Charlie Chan, Perry Mason,
and Agatha Christie with the imagination of all ages and you'll
create a weekend of excitement and suspense.
•Mystery lunch exchange: Everyone brings lunch for one other
person. Number the bags (as each person turns in pre-registration
ticket she/he receives a number). All bags are turned in, and numbers
are drawn for lunches. You provide refreshments. Pre-registration
•Present a mystery skit or show a tense movie, but end the
skit or movie before murderer/thief, or obvious remarks are divulged.
Give the viewers a deadline to solve the crime - 5:00 that night
at dinner, etc.
•Board games relating to mysteries: Detective, Clue, Who Dun-it?
•Sleuth match-up: In the morning or just before dinner when
people will be in a group. One person receives a character name
or cards. Another receives a clue about a movie name, plot etc.
The pairs must match up by mingling.
•Costume prizes: most convincing, etc. Some might be encouraged
to relate most famous, interesting case.
•Door prize drawing
•Mystery employee (contest where campers choose their favorite)
Much of this weekend depends on how much you put into it, since
it's a weekend of less energetic theme.
Encourage personnel to suggest early registration. Mention door
prizes. On the day of registration personnel might wear monocle,
eye patch, Sherlock Holmes hat, name tag of famous detective, writer,
etc. Yogi should definitely wear a monocle and a Sherlock Holmes
cap throughout the weekend. Maybe even a trench coat?!
YOGI BEAR'S THANKSGIVING PARTY
A Thanksgiving Special Event, though traditionally held Thanksgiving
Weekend, can be planned for any fall weekend especially if yours
is a seasonal operation. A nice gesture for a seasonal campground
would be to have it on your last open weekend of the year, as a
"thank you" to your camper guests for their patronage
during the year. This can be a long weekend event so have plenty
of things to do.
SUGGESTIONS FOR WEEKEND ARE:
•Thanksgiving welcome party: park personnel to be dressed
as Pilgrims or Indians, some of each; serve hot apple cider and
•Worship Service Thanksgiving Day
•Arts 'N Crafts: make paper turkey, etc., and Indian feathers,
beads, anything for costumes to be used for Thanksgiving Decorations.
•Thanksgiving Dinner: turkey to be served by Ranger Smith;
each family required to bring one or two dishes – salads,
potatoes, vegetables, dessert, etc.
•"Why I am Thankful" contest for children; story
of the first Thanksgiving; prizes for best Thanksgiving costumes
•Hayrides with Yogi and the Bears
•Story telling for 3-8 year olds
•Talent Contest followed by sing-along
Paper turkeys are fun to make for all ages and can be used for decorations
as well. You should request that all your park personnel be dressed
either as Pilgrims or Indians. It is fun to do and will put everyone
into a real "Thanksgiving" mood. Remember to have the
bears take part in your activities. They should be at the Welcoming
Party, should make a quick appearance at Thanksgiving Dinner and
at the movies, and should take part in the talent contest.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving Special Event Weekend!
Have a schedule of the entire weekend activities for this event
posted in the Ranger Station, and if possible, present a schedule
to each camper upon registering. Also give them a sheet with "Why
I am Thankful" for each child in the family.
Ask each camper to register any of his family for the Talent Contest
as they register for their campsite. Use your PA system to encourage
participation in each activity, as well. You may wish to have Ranger
Smith get out on his golf cart or Yogi Mobile shortly before each
activity is scheduled, to remind the campers about what is going
Have Yogi be the "Indian Chief" this weekend, with a large
feather headdress and perhaps an Indian loin cloth. Boo Boo can
be an Indian too, and perhaps you can make Cindy a Pilgrim, with
a Pilgrim hat, white collar and cuffs, and white apron.
BATTLE OF THE SEXES
Battle of the Sexes is an ideal Special Event which tests men and
boys against women and girls in physical and mental competition
for strength or wits. This should be an excellent weekend for family
We suggest a "Battle of the Sexes Re-Match" for a Special
Event Weekend at a later day in the season.
•Movie on physical fitness, sports, Olympics, or other appropriate
•Choose teams for team events
•Jogging (or walking)
•Opening of Olympics
•Baseball (or softball) Tournament: Yogi throws out the first
•Basketball Throw (free throws - ten tries)
•Sack Races (all ages)
•Swim Races (timed and individual)
•Ping Pong Tourney
•Pool or Billiards
•Discus (fun flyer) throw
•Chicken Barbeque or Western Barbeque, etc.
•Community Campfire with sing-along
•Obstacle course (use barrels, hoops, anything to make an
•"Wheaties Breakfast of Champions": Wheaties and
bananas served to all participants. (nominal fee)
•Tug of war
•Campfire with marshmallow roast
•Awards night: Grill your own Potluck Dinner. Each family
brings meat to grill; it can be steak, hamburger, wieners, or whatever.
They also bring a dish to pass. Ranger Smith furnishes rolls, butter,
coffee and milk.
•Trophies, prizes, and ribbons awarded.
If you have organized this event properly, there should be no special
problems in presentation. You may wish to tissue some type of button,
pin or name tag to each person who is participating. This would
also be their ticket for the "Breakfast of Champions,"
as well as any other event which is for participants only.
Try to start and stop each event on schedule. It is important to
keep things going smoothly and to make it as professional as possible,
while yet keeping it in the spirit of good fun. It is imperative
that you have a PA system for this special event, so that you can
continually remind people about the time for each event, and about
what is going on at the time, as well as alerting them to each coming
contest or event.
Encourage participation in each event.
This program differs widely from most of you Special Events programs.
It is geared primarily to learning, rather than merely entertaining.
While it is a very appropriate special event for "snowbirds"
and senior citizens in the southern parks, it can be used just as
effectively for a seasonal campground, to promote that very important
mid-week occupancy, and it would certainly be a popular program
for your summer seasonal campers as well. "Extra Weekend"
is a fairly easy event to handle. Most of the work lies in proper
planning, promoting, and preparing, rather than in the presentation.
A TYPICAL SCHEDULE FOR AN "EXTRA WEEKEND" COULD BE:
•A get-together and registration: cookies and coffee/tea served.
•Seminar begins. TRAVEL SAFETY. Captain of the Police Department
speaks on driving techniques and how they can be used in RV travel
and camping. (Given by someone who is an expert in this field with
a question and answer period).
•Social hour: coffee and cake or doughnuts served.
•Shuffleboard tournament (Or any event you may choose)
•Seminar on RV Fire Prevention: Given by Fire Chief or someone
knowledgeable from the local fire department, with a question and
•RV repair Clinic: This can include not only minor repairs
to the RV itself, but repairs to stoves, refrigerator, and other
appliances within the RV. It should be handled by one or more qualified
repair servicemen; perhaps your local RV dealer can be of assistance
in furnishing or recommending someone. Include a question and answer
•CPR Training (Red Cross or paramedic.): special hayride for
clinic attendees with the bears, followed by a sing-along
•Craft show: ladies bring handcrafted items to buy/sell/swap
•Chicken dinner (fee charged.)
•Potluck Dinner: Each couple to bring a favorite dish; provide
rolls, butter, coffee.
•Crackerbarrel session on the week's program, presided over
by Ranger Smith.
The clinic would probably be held in your outdoor pavilion (weather
permitting), or your enclosed pavilion or social hall, or, if you
do not have these, in the Ranger Station. There should be two hostesses,
one for registration and one to serve coffee. Issue tickets for
the Saturday night dinner. Ranger Smith should be in charge, and
say a few words before each session, introducing the speakers for
that session of the clinic. Although it is not necessary, it might
be fun to have some kind of a "test" prepared about the
week's clinic and award prizes.
Ach, du Lieber!! Bring on the pretzels, sausage and sauerkraut,
and plan a good old fashioned OKTOBERFEST weekend at a Yogi Bear
Camp-Resort. OKTOBERFEST, though traditionally held the first week
in October, can be planned for another time if you campground is
not open that late, perhaps the last weekend that you are open would
be a good time for it. Or, you could have MAIFEST instead,as most
of the various events and activities would lend themselves to either
special event - and as MAIFEST, it could be the first special event
of your seasonal year.
Because OKTOBERFEST, is a time associated with music, dancing, and
German "gemutlichkeit", the mood has already been set,
and campers get caught up into this mood with little effort on your
part. If you haven't yet held an OKTOBERFEST, this might be the
year to try it.
SUGGESTIONS FOR EVENT ARE:
•Hayride: kids only with music
•German songs and music: include Schottische instructions;
Yodeling Contest. SCHOTTISHCE INSTRUCTIONS: Obtain a couple who
dance the Schottische well - or a local dance instructor - and have
a half hour lesson before your dance. You will be surprised at the
interest this can evoke.
•Kaffeeklatsch: ladies only
•Games for children
•Jart and Horseshoe Tournament
•German Supper (paid activity - reservations required)
•Dance: German music - live - waltz contest, polka contest,
•Pancake/Sausage breakfast (paid activity - reservations)
As usual, we suggest the bears be deeply involved in the weekend
activities. They should be appropriately dressed - with the little
German hats for Yogi and Boo Boo, and perhaps some type of laced
vest and large white apron for Cindy. Yogi and Cindy could be present
for a short time at the Schottische Instructions and join in the
dance, while Boo Boo could participate in the Yodeling contest.
On Saturday morning, Cindy could join the ladies for a few minutes
at the Kaffeeklatsche. The bears should also begin each tournament,
and should make a brief appearance at the German Supper and the
Because the activities and events for an OKTOBERFEST and a MAIFEST
are basically the same, you may want to have a Maifest instead of
Oktoberfest. In fact, this is such a popular weekend with some parks,
that they have a Maifest in May, and an Oktoberfest in October!
If you have a Maifest, a Maypole is a nice thing to have with Maypole
Dancing as one of your activities.
JELLYSTONE CRUISE WEEKEND
Almost everyone has at some time dreamed of taking a cruise, whether
to Mexico, Europe, or simply down the coast and back. Now YOU can
make it happen! Set the date early, make you list of potential "passengers",
and prepare the U.S.S. JELLYSTONE to leave port for a festive weekend.
Cruise events are those one might find on any cruise ship. Promote
early to spark the interest of campers, and to allow time for them
to plan and to get into the mood of the cruise theme.
After selecting the date, use the following activity list as a guide,
changing it to fit your facilities.
•Bon Voyage Party: potluck; the purpose of this activity is
to get the passengers to mingle with other guests. Introduction
games and mix and match name tags are helpful. Now would be an excellent
time for announcements of weekend activities, especially if pre-registration
is required. Keep the idea of being on a cruise ship evident in
the entire theme.
•Movie: cruise centered themes are available; why not films
about the Titanic or Lusitania if you're really adventurous?
•Volleyball, tennis, badminton, shuffleboard; the cruise director
might schedule an aerobics workout, a limbo contest, a swim meet,
or pool games, including, of course, children of all ages.
•Captain's Ball: Captain Yogi welcomes all
•Fashion show: Cindy hosts
Captain Yogi, Cruise Director Cindy and first Mate Boo Boo should
make many appearances. Dress them in middy collars, sailor's ties
and caps. At the registration desk promote behind the desk. Use
appropriate phrases to carry out the theme of a cruise.
You might hand out "special invitations" to the Captain's
Gala Ball. On this, note a number in the corner which will later
be drawn for a door prize. Fee for the ball is one hot dish or salad
per family. Have a band! Start all activities on time - just like
a real cruise ship. Occasionally have an announcement over the PA
noting a scenic view off port, an activity that will start in five
minutes, etc. Constantly encourage participation.
Maximize decoration of Ranger Station, pool area, deck, and pavilion.
MEDIEVAL RENAISSANCE WEEKEND
Planning for this event will be as much fun as actually taking part
in it! Arrange to have a court jester (try to find one who also
juggles!), Merlin the Wizard, a cullery maid, a town crier, certainly
Guinveier's ladies-in-waiting, and King Arthur's knights. Among
the costumed campers and employees, choose the most appropriately
dressed and make them King and Queen for the weekend, to be present
at most of the events, and to conduct the Knighting ceremony. Yogi
and Cindy should also be attired in at least partial costume and
attend most of the functions, perhaps as attendants to the King
and Queen, Sir Yogi and Lady Cindy.
•Wine and cheese party with madrigal singers and music
•Yogi cartoons or Robin Hood animated movies for children
•A mock trial, stocks and all: Charges will be brought against
each guilty party and appropriate punishment meted out. An example
might be charge of laziness for a husband. Punishment will suit
the crime: dunking, spending time in the stocks with public ridicule,
performing a silly charade or stunt.
•Crafts for children and adults - make crown, shields, coat
of arms and banners
•Chicken or turkey grilled or barbecued: sell by the piece
with side dishes of salad, fruit, etc., or sell tickets earlier
for a plate lunch in the Great Hall.
•Many activities for the younger children: face painting,
finger painting, marionette shows, puppet shows, tumblers, jugglers,
crafts, and art projects
•Picture taking: Include King and Queen, Sir Yogi with Lady
•Have display of crafts and art projects set up at some time
during the day, with prizes awarded for age groups
•Banquet in Great Hall: This is paid, pre-registered event.
Suggested menus might be:
Sliced pork or beef with vegetables and baked potatoes with English
pudding, mead or wassail (wine/beer), or a hearty stew with homemade
bread, English pudding, "Blackbird" pie and ale.
•Feature Movie: Suggested Titles:
Against All Flags
The Sword & The Stone
The 5th Musketeer
The Black Knight
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
All these titles are available either on video or on film. Throughout
the day, schedule wandering minstrels, tumblers, jugglers, etc.
The worship service should be presented in a tasteful Medieval manner.
Encourage the Minster to carry this out both in dress and presentation.
Make a list of all craft items you will need and start collecting
Crowns: Coffee cans, paper bags, posterboard, foil paper, crepe
paper, crayons, paint, brushes, buttons and old jewelry (for Jewels)
Banners: Towels for banner, crayons, paints. Banners could be made
of fabric or of newsprint/white paper table covering, available
in large rolls.
Shields/Coats of Arms: Cardboard or posterboard, crayons, paints,
stapler, (to attach arm strap to shield).
For some of these projects, you might find it necessary to charge
a small fee for materials.
Each registering guest party receives a coat of arms to display
by his site number. Hand out activity sheets so the guests won't
miss one moment of fun. Take pre-registration needed for any activities
or dinner. Encourage personnel to participate by wearing costumes.
Female employees can wear at least a garland of flowers with ribbon
streamers. Start all activities on tie. This encourages participation
from all people. Throughout promotion, encourage campers to wear
period attire. You might offer a nice award for the best effort.
This weekend is to show appreciation to your summer campers for
their patronage throughout the season. Your way of saying "thank
you" can be expressed by a discount weekend or a two for one.
Try some of the following for a fun-filled weekend:
•Roll out the red carpet registration
•Coffee and Doughnuts or Cookies
•Champagne or Wine/Cheese Party for adults
•Movies and Cartoons
•Arts and Crafts for Kids
•Games and contests
•"We appreciate" Scavenger Hunt (find something
for each letter)
•Campfire and sing-along
•Free Beans and Cornbread supper (Yogi helps cook)
Honor your campers for their patronage, support, and friendship
by providing everything free or a very nominal charge. Have awards
for largest family camping for season, camper who has returned most
frequently, etc. Also this is a good time to give "Good Samaritan",
"Good Neighbor" or "Humanitarian" awards - and
also honor your staff. Have the bears participate. Yogi should give
TIN CUP WEEKEND
Tin Cup Weekend is a weekend scheduled for a charity of your choosing.
It needs to be advertised in your local community for support from
local businesses and people. "Come Out and Support a Worthy
Cause"; Yogi will present a check matching all proceeds, or
a designated amount, from the weekend activities. Hopefully local
businesses would donate prizes for carnival booths.
SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR WEEKEND ACTIVITIES:
•Carnival type games
•Contest/Horse race game
•Dance and /or Sock-Hop for teens (fee)
•Corn Roast and Ham Supper (fee)
•Band (take donations at intermission)
•Auction (scout your local area for donations)
•Arts and crafts (fee)
Yogi, Cindy and Boo Boo should be present for each event and accept
the donation when available. Keep in mind this is for charity, so
a small fee should be charged for each event. Have banners posted
as to what charity the proceeds are for, and a representative present
to accept the check from Yogi at the end of the weekend.
One of the latest national recognition days for each year should
be a good promotional idea to add to your Special Events weekends
and give recognition to all Grandparents. You might consider a discount
on camping to families bringing Grandparents with them, or Grandparents
bringing Grandchildren along - this should increase your occupancy.
FOLLOWING ARE SOME ACTIVITIES YOU MIGHT PUT INTO YOUR SCHEDULE:
•Pancake breakfast - free to Grandparents
•Arts and crafts - make items for discount
•"Granny Sale" - offer discounts in store
•Scavenger Hunt - for Grandparents and children
•Games - board games in case of rain
•Mini-golf free to Grandparents
•Ice Cream Social - fee charged
•Movies - family
•Photo Session - take a Polaroid of Grandparent/Grandchildren
- charge fee.
•Sightseeing Tours for Grandparents - of your areas attractions.
•"Grandpa" Yogi delivers rose/carnation to each
Grandmother's unit - compliments of the resort.
Have "Grandpa" Yogi and "Granny" Cindy available
all weekend with "Grandchild" Boo Boo tagging along -
dress them for the occasion. Plan your crafts to be made for Grandparents.
They are special; let them know they are.
A special teen weekend will keep the teenage group returning to
your fun filled resort. Plan carefully and keep supervision in mind.
Teens are active so keep the weekend activities rolling to satisfy
A typical schedule might include:
•Special pool hours for teens only
•Softball game/other games
•Snack Shoppe Specials (at given time)
•Teen movies (admit teens only)
•Hayride and Pizza Party
•"Junk Food Picnic" (each teen brings a junk food)
•Teen "Lock In" (teens are locked in the Ranger
Station or recreation hall from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. with adult chaperones.
They must NOT sleep or sit idle at anytime. Keep them busy with
games, dances, sing-alongs, food, etc. If your game room is in the
same building, offer free games. At 6 a.m. have breakfast and send
them home. If at anytime someone wants to leave or is caught sleeping,
an adult escorts them to their campsite and they cannot return.
Make sure teens and parents understand all rules for any event,
and have your chaperones at all events when needed. Use PA to keep
the events moving. Teens are our next camping generation, so give
them a weekend to remember and they'll return as adults!