Geocaching: A Modern Day Treasure Hunting Experience

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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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Cave City, KY Hosts Spring Clean-Up/Reward Weekend

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Jellystone Park™ Campground in Cave City, KY is hosting its Spring Clean-up/Reward Weekend from Friday April 1 through Sunday April 3. For that weekend only receive free camping (or $30 credit towards a cabin per night) with 4 hours per adult clean-up help on Saturday. Please mention “Clean-up” when reserving to get this special so we’ll know to count you in! Help finish the winter chores and get Jellystone Park spick and span for the new season. Turn flower beds for planting, shovel, rake, paint, grass seeding, landscaping, and more. Bring rakes, shovels, paint brushes, brooms and window cleaner. A complimentary lunch will be served on Saturday for all workers and their families. For reservations call (270) 773-3840; (800) 523-1854.

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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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Spring Bonus Offer for Club Yogi Rewards Members

To celebrate the opening of the 2011 camping season, we are offering our spring celebration bonus! Add to your camping fun with a visit to a Yogi Bear’s Jellystone ParkTM during select dates in April and May and earn double Club Points for your stay and on qualified purchases*. What a great way to celebrate all that camping has to offer and to earn FREE nights faster.

Club Yogi Rewards members who stay with us ANY day between April 1 and May 15 will earn double Club Points on stays and qualified purchases.* That’s 45 days of double Club Points earning opportunities!

Make your reservation today and take advantage of this special offer. To receive points, be sure to provide your Club Yogi Rewards membership number when making a reservation. The points will automatically be doubled in your account 2-4 weeks after check-out.
 
Not a member? Register online at http://www.jellystonerewards.com/. It’s FREE! 

*Qualified purchases include spending that is able to be captured in the park’s Point of Sale system.

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New Survey Confirms: RVing Is The Way to Save

A new survey by the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) confirms what many of us already knew; RVing (and camping) is a great way to stretch your vacation dollars, allowing you to get more vacation for the money. According to the survey 90% of RV owners felt RVing had the benefit of affordability with 79% reporting between 15-75% savings over other means of travel.

The following chart was produced by RVIA and shows how the savings can quickly add up.  

Vacation Type Itinerary Amount Saved By RV
Folding Camping Trailer vs. Car / Hotel Denver toGrand Canyon 54 percent
Type C Motorhome vs. Airline / Rental Car / Hotel Atlanta toOrlando 53 percent
Travel Trailer vs. Airline / Rental Car / Rental Home Washington, D.C.to Cape Cod 43 percent

If RVing is a way of life to you then this is nothing new, but if you are unfamiliar with the benefits an RV can bring, try it today and see what the buzz is all about. You just might find there is more left in your wallet than you expected!

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Club Yogi Rewards Member Exclusive!

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We are excited to announce our first members-only auction for 2011! Any member with Club Points can participate in this program benefit.

Between now and February 28, you can bid your points to win this exclusive Yogi and Boo Boo™ Cartoon Cel:

“Yogi on a Rocket”
This hand-painted limited edition cel was produced in 1989 and is piece number 216 in an edition size of 300. It features signatures by Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera, co-founders of Hanna-Barbera Studios.  
• The cell is matted and framed. 
• Size with frame: 19″ wide x 17″ tall
• Hanna-Barbera Original Hand Painted Limited Edition Cel emblem is printed on the cel
• Includes a Certificate of Authenticity
• This Limited Edition Cel was created by transferring an artist’s inking onto a sheet of Exlar film through a high quality silk-screening process. The cel was then hand-painted on the reverse side. The background is hand-painted on the cel layer. Upon completion of the edition, the original artwork was archived. 
 
Here’s how the auction works:

1. Members-log into your account at Jellystonerewards.com

2. Your current point balance is available on your personalized web page

3. Click on Auctions – found on the left side of your screen

4. Follow the instructions to bid your points up to your current balance. (Stay at any Jellystone Park™ to earn more Club Points for bidding.)

5. When you bid, your Club Points will be frozen in your account. You won’t be able to redeem for Free nights or Yogi Bear merchandise with those points for the duration of the auction but you will get your points back if you don’t win.

Questions?
If you have questions, please use the Contact Us form on Jellystonerewards.com

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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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