TOCO Music Fest from Friday September 9 to Sunday September 11 at Jellystone Park™ Campground near Six Flags - St. Louis. The campground is located at 5300 Fox Creek Road Eureka, MO. Camping options range from primitive to deluxe. It features music, camping, art, food, beverage vendors, campsite decorating contest, collective arts project, kids concerts and a party zone with a variety of children’s entertainment including face painting, performances and workshops. Tickets or information: tocofestival.com or call 257-8626.
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.
Looking for an easy campsite recipe that will feed a hungry group? Check out this Garbage Can Dinner from Jellystone Park Campground guest Stephanie Miller. This hearty meal is cooked over the campfire and feeds 12-18 people.
18 ears of corn, unhusked
5 lbs. medium potatoes, washed but uncut
5 large onions, peeled
8 lbs. sausage (any kind)
1 lb. carrots, peeled
Prepare a 30-gallon galvanized garbage can, including the lid, by heating over your campfire until it’s black inside and out. When cool, wash well. This process removes the galvanizing chemical, which is toxic.
Stand up corn in bottom of can. Top with whole potatoes, onions, carrots and then sausage. Fill with water just to cover food by an inch.
Arrange two concrete bricks on either side of your campfire. Set the garbage can on the bricks; cover and cook one hour. Remove can from fire and serve, using a large slotted spoon.
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 siouxfallscornmaze.com or call 800-638-9043.
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.”
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.
Club Yogi Rewards is excited to announce our latest members-only auction. Any member with Club Points in their account can participate in this exclusive program benefit. Between now and April 29, you can bid on an autographed Yogi Bear™ movie poster!
Own this authentic Warner Bros. poster signed by these famous stars of the recent Yogi Bear movie.
Includes autographs from:
- Dan Aykroyd
- Justin Timberlake
- Anna Faris
- Tom Cavanagh
- and Director Eric Brevig
This bright and fun poster will look great in your home, office or kid’s bedroom.
The poster has been professionally mounted and framed.
Size: 30.5″ wide x 43.5″ tall
Shipping is included.
Here’s how to bid:
- Members log onto Jellystonerewards.com
- Your current point balance is available on your personalized web page
- Navigate to the Auction section of the web-site
- Follow the instructions to bid your points up to your current balance in the space provided; or visit any Jellystone Park to earn more Club Points for bidding
When you bid, your Club Points will be frozen in your account. You won’t be able to redeem for Free nights or Yogi merchandise with those points for the duration of the auction, but you will get your points back if you don’t win.
The Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Campground in Toronto, Ontario has 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.
Jellystone Park Toronto offers guests a choice of 150 spacious campsites, each with a picnic table and inground campfire ring, or their unique “Canadian Habitats,” 200-square foot, full-frame camping shelters (sometimes called “yurts.”) The closest campground to Canada’s Wonderland theme park, the campground also features a heated swimming pool, sand volleyball, mini-putt golf, playground, walking trails, wagon rides with Yogi Bear, and an activities pavilion. Just a short drive away are: golf courses, antiquing, the Metro Toronto Zoo, The Hockey Hall of Fame, and the Skydome.
“Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Parks are a great place to camp as well as work,” said owner Gary O’Rourke. “I very much enjoy the opportunity to meet people from around the World and help make their vacations that much more special. Jellystone Parks across Canada and the U.S.A. are a great destination for clean, fun family camping. It is an honor to receive this award.”
Theme weekends begin May 20-23 with Victoria Day Weekend, when guests will enjoy a fiesta-style celebration complete with spicy salsa music. Not only will families create new memories, but they will enjoy camping while making use of the park’s recreation program at discounted pre-season rates. Another example is July 1-3, Canada Day/Western Weekend, when the park will celebrate the weekend ‘western style’ while participating in a western style dance and the annual corn roast.
The Toronto Jellystone Park Campground is located at 3666 Simcoe Road 88, on the northwest corner of Hwy. 400 & Simcoe Rd. 88 at Exit 64B West. The park opens for the season May 1, 2011. For more information or to book a reservation, visit www.jellystonetoronto.com/ or call (905) 775-1377.
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 jellystonesbest.com.