Club Yogi Rewards Auction

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:

  1. Members log onto Jellystonerewards.com
  2. Your current point balance is available on your personalized web page
  3. Navigate to the Auction section of the web-site
  4. 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.

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Toronto Jellystone Park™ Campground Wins Maple Leaf Award

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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.

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

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.

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Memphis Jellystone Park™ Wins 2011 Facility of the Year Award

The Russell family, owners of the Jellystone Park™ Campground in Horn Lake, Mississippi , just south of Memphis, 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 just five miles south of Elvis’ hometown, the campground is the perfect home base for exploring attractions like Graceland, the Beale Street Music Festival, riverboat cruises on the mighty Mississippi (including the legendary Delta Queen), and the lively casinos that dot the region. The park’s 20.5 picturesque, beautifully landscaped acres include 136 RV campsites and 12 rustic cabins; 28 more full-hookup concrete sites and six new three-bedroom luxury cabins will open in April. The entire family will love the swimming pool, playground, recreation room with video games, and live entertainment at the pavilion. The 2011 camping season will introduce a new Jumping Pillow, a huge inflated pillow where kids can bounce until they wear themselves out (and adults can let their inner kid loose without blowing a knee) and two inflatable waterslides.

Planned activities and themed weekends make camping more fun than ever all season long. This year’s weekend lineup kicks off April 23-24 with Easter Weekend, with its egg-cellent egg hunt and decorating contest. A sample of upcoming weekend festivities include the Hawaiian-themed Luau with Yogi Bear Weekend (June 10-12); Medieval Weekend, when you can make your own magic potion, wizard’s wand or fairy dust (July 29-31); and Chocolate Weekend (August 19-21).

 “We are tickled pink and so proud to have received the Facility of the Year Award,” said Keith Russell, the park’s owner. “We are so happy to provide a clean, beautiful, family-friendly camping experience where everyone can relax and make great memories.” 

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Memphis is open year-round and is located at 1400 Audubon Point Drive in Horn Lake, MS. For reservations, call 888-305-GoRV (4678) or visit memphisjellystone.com.

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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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Double Club Points for Club Yogi Rewards Members

Ready for spring camping? So are we! And to celebrate the opening of the 2011 camping season, we are offering our spring celebration bonus: Club Yogi Rewards members who stay with a Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ ANY day between April 1 and May 15 earn double Club Points for your stay and on qualified purchases*. That’s 45 days of double Club Points earning opportunities! What a great way to celebrate all that camping has to offer and to earn FREE nights faster.
 
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. 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.

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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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Tabor City Jellystone Park™ Earns Awards for Inspection and Outstanding Service

It’s a big year at the Jellystone Park™ Campground in Tabor City, North Carolina , where the campground has been recognized for the third consecutive year with the Carroll Award, which is presented to the campground receiving the highest inspection score of the entire 75-park Jellystone Park system. 

In addition, Rick Coleman and his family, owners of the Tabor City Jellystone Park, received the system’s Jim Webb Spirit Award, which recognizes outstanding service and commitment to both guests and the franchise system itself. 

The Coleman family built their campground on an old farm, creating a big, open space similar to a national park – but with all the amenities and activities of a top-notch family resort. Tabor City Jellystone Park guests enjoy meticulously manicured grounds, concrete pads, sparkling restrooms and a helpful, attentive staff. Tucked away on a quiet farm in Southeastern North Carolina, the campground is just minutes away from the Grand Strand of South Carolina, Myrtle Beach and Wilmington, NC. Whether you are an angler at heart, enjoy hiking, area social butterfly who loves planned activities or you just want to relax, you will experience natural beauty like you’ve never seen before at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Tabor City. Guests can choose from a range of accommodations, from tent and RV sites to camping cabins and even pet-friendly yurts.
     
First-rate amenities include free Wi-Fi, accommodations, and activities for the whole family. There’s also a pool, lap pool, Yogi Bear’s Splash Zone, and Water Wars for fun in the sun; an arcade, indoor theater and amphitheater; a jungle gym playground; gem mining; basketball and volleyball courts; and the Locomotion Ride Truck, which takes guests on a four-wheel open-air trek through muddy terrain. Nature lovers will enjoy miles of hiking trails and fully-stocked fishing ponds.

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Tabor City is located just off Highway 701 on Richard Wright Road. The campground is open year round with planned activities beginning April 2. For reservations, call 877-668-8586 or visit taborcityjellystone.com.

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Jellystone Park™ in Luray is Campground of the Year

The Rust family, owners of the Jellystone Park™ Campground in Luray, Virginia , have been recognized with the Camp-Resort of the Year award by the Jellystone Park franchise system. The award – the highest honor that can be earned by a Jellystone Park Camp-Resort – recognizes a campground and operators who exceed all standards of operation, show a strong growth in business, implement sustained improvements to the facility and are viewed as leaders in the campground industry. 

The picturesque Luray Jellystone Park is found on Lee Highway at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Luray Caverns, world-famous Skyline Drive and the main entrance to Shenandoah National Park are just a few miles away.

The park boasts beautiful tent and RV sites, ranging from full hookup (water, electric and sewer) Red Carpet sites to rustic tenting. Nine new camping cabins will be added this year for a total of 59 cabins. For bigger groups, the Three Bears Lodge sleeps 10 and includes a gas fireplace. And activities abound for every member of the family – a twisting, turning tornado of a waterslide; Laser Tag; pedal boats; Old Faceful gem mining; two swimming pools, including one with a spray feature; kiddie pool; miniature golf; fishing; a game room; and a Jumping Pillow. 

Planned activities and themed weekends kick off March 26 with Wake Up the Bears/Two for One Weekend, when guests can camp two nights for the price of one (not valid on cabins and cottages.) Other great themed weekends include Pirate Adventure Weekend (May 14-15) and the campground’s popular Halloween Weekends (October 14-16, 22-23, and 29-30.) During mid-summer themes are extended for a full week; examples include Christmas in July Week (July 5-10); Kids’ Revenge Week (August 1-7); and Yogi Bear’s Birthday Celebration (August 22-28).
 
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Luray is located at 2250 Lee Highway. The campground is open year-round. For reservations, call (800) 420 –6679 or visit their campluray.com.

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Geocaching: A Modern Day Treasure Hunting Experience

Geocaching (pronounced geo-cashing) is an activity that combines technology and the great outdoors. It is a modern day treasure hunting experience; a game of hide and seek. Anyone can become a geocacher at anytime.

There are two types of geocachers: hiders and seekers. The “hider” hides a cache and announces its GPS coordinates on a web site such as geocaching.com. “Seekers” then look up the caches that are located near an area they want to search. The coordinates of the cache are typed into a handhelp GPS unit, then the seeker follows it to the site, typically within 6-20 feet of the cache. They are on their own at that point and must follow their intuition, rely on previous experience, or turn to clues provided by the hider or previous seekers to find the exact location of the cache.

The cache is a water tight container that usually consists of a log book or sheet and small trinkets. Once the cache is found, the seeker then signs the book, takes a trinket, replaces the trinket with one of their own, and hides the cache in the same spot so the next seeker may have the pleasure of the find. Keep in mind caches should always be family friendly since many families use geocaching as an opportunity for family bonding and exercise. 

Check out this video from geocaching.com that explains the basics. And you can read more information about geocaching events at Jellystone Park campgrounds on this blog. 

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