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We’re more than halfway through one of the strangest years to ever have kicked off a decade, and it has us feeling nostalgic about the past and simpler, less complex times. As summer is coming to a bittersweet end, we want to take a look back on camping through the years – how it’s evolved, advanced, and maybe even things we miss.

(Photo: Wikipedia)

How it all Began

The founder of modern recreational camping was Thomas Hiram Holding, who wrote the first edition of The Camper’s Handbook in 1908. Traveling by wagon train across the prairie as a boy fostered his idea of camping and he wrote books about his ventures.

From Roughing It to Glamping

Early camping was done out of necessity, as hunters, fishermen, and traders tracked their game and goods. It was not until the late 19th and early 20th centuries that recreational camping became the leisure activity we all love today.  From silk tents to aircraft grade aluminum alloy, campers throughout the years have found refuge in several forms of shelter.


Trends and Innovation

Technology:
Technology has driven the evolution of modern camping, providing everything from camp stoves that charge smart phones to water bottles with advanced filtration technology for safe hydration.  What technology can you not live without on your outdoor adventures?

(Photo: RV Share)

DIY:
On the flip side, many modern campers find delight in the challenge of a good DIY project, spending their days Googling camping hacks and homemade granola recipes. One of the biggest outdoor leisure trends is vintage camper renovation. Quirky, retro, and outdated recreational vehicles get a facelift from skilled DIY-ers, replacing upholstery with no-sew ease and covering walls with ship-lap or chic peel & stick wallpaper. Glampers can easily get lost down the rabbit-hole of renovation search results – the options and ideas are endless!

Camping Couture:
Tartan. Buffalo check. Gingham. We can all agree that plaid is a staple when it comes to camping attire. Dating back to the 1920’s, men and women alike could be seen sporting the pattern on their knickers and skirts. Through the years, more functional and fun apparel could be found in campers’ backpacks as they spent their days in rolled denim or showing a little leg with the well-known capri pant introduced in the 1950’s.

Camp tees are now collectors items and a fashion statement for those who haven’t even stepped near a tent or campfire. Vogue even doles out advice on “what to wear camping this summer” featuring everything from swimsuits to $400 sweatshirts.  Pinterest boards are growing as “pinners” find inspiration in mixing function with fashion.

FUN FACT: Abercrombie & Fitch got its start in 1892 as a leading outdoor adventure, fishing, and hunting gear supplier. Having sold women’s hiking boots and socks, the store dressed America’s notable visionaries and leaders, like President Theodore Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Charles Lindbergh, and Amelia Earhart. It’s only more recently that they’ve been pumping out tunes and woodsy fragrances to lure ripped-denim-coveting teens.

(Photo: Camp Collection)

A Walk in the Park: Jellystone Park™
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ was conceptualized by Doug Haag, of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, in 1968 with the dream to create a “destination” campground, where families could spend their vacations swimming, playing, and enjoying nature. Whether you are an RV owner, enjoy the comfort of a cabin, or prefer “roughing it” in a tent, Jellystone Park’s accommodations, amenities, and activities provide the perfect family getaway.

FUN FACT: Paul Bunyan, Lewis & Clark, Hiawatha, Pocahontas, and Robin Hood were all names tossed around as a potential namesake for the beloved parks, but none seemed to be quite right. In 1969, the idea struck after Saturday morning cartoons and the park’s founder landed on today’s Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™.

Although the years have brought many changes, we can find comfort and happiness in tradition, including new ones that you and your loved ones create in the great outdoors. One thing (or a few!) remains the same: there’s always s’mores, campfires, friends, and memories to be made while doing this thing called “camping”.

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Happy Earth Day! 🌎 We love our planet and are honored to be a part of helping people get outside and enjoy the outdoors. Today, we encourage each of our campers to find a way they're able to improve their clean & green efforts in the upcoming year! ⁠

Here are some ideas:⁠

🌲 Swap your disposable plastic water bottles for travel ones⁠
🌲 Buy second hand or organize a clothing swap⁠
🌲 Ditch plastic grocery bags and use cloth & reusable ones instead⁠
🌲 Start composting as a family⁠
🌲 Opt for air drying after wash day⁠

It's up to you! We're proud to say that by switching from paper to digital this past year, we saved over 24,061 pieces of paper. No matter how big or small, every action matters. Let's keep our planet healthy and beautiful for years to come!
...

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Click the link in our bio to read now!
...

Today marks the beginning of #NationalParkWeek ! While we don’t have any national parks in our state, we’re still so fortunate to be surrounded by truly breathtaking nature. This picture is from the White Mountain National Forest.⁠

If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about one of our nation’s parks, be sure to follow @nationalparkserivce !
...

We're hiring! 🐻 If you're looking for a fast-paced job that aims at helping families make lasting memories, we have the perfect position for you!⁠⁠
⁠⁠
We're hiring for Guest Relations staff, Recreation/Activities staff, and a Recreation/Activities Supervisor in addition to other positions. Click the link in our bio to learn more & apply!
...

It’s officially 30 days until we open for another incredible season! We hope you can join in on the fun. 🐻🏕

Have you heard about our BOGO deal for opening weekend? Pay for Friday and stay free on Saturday! For more info, just tap the link in our bio!
...

Happy National Pet Day! Will you be taking your furry friend to camp this season? ...

It’s National Sibling Day! We’re looking forward to seeing many brothers and sisters having fun at camp this season! ...

From golf carts to hot tub rentals, we have an add-on to make your stay more convenient and FUN!⁠

Check out our latest blog for 5 reasons you should consider one (or multiple) add-ons when you book.⁠

Link in bio.
...

Happy Easter from your friends at Jellystone Park™! ...

No fools, just facts.⁠

⛺ 8 Ways to stay�⁠
💦 24 Awesome attractions included in your stay⁠
💰 9 Great deals to help you save on your vacation⁠
✨ 1 Unique Jellystone Park™ Lakes Region⁠

Click the link in our bio to discover more.
...

Discover the wonders beyond a screen. Get outside & get active! ...

From increased serotonin levels to fresh air and exercise, camping offers many health benefits!⁠

Check out our latest blog for 5 reasons why a visit to Jellystone Park™ Lakes Region is great for both your mental and physical health!⁠

Link in bio.
...

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If you're ready to book your stay, click the link in our bio!
...

Today’s your lucky day! Make a reservation this St. Patty’s Day and receive and additional 500 FREE Club Yogi™ Rewards Points! TODAY ONLY! ...

We PAWS-itively love our furry guests! 🐶 We know that they are a member of your family, and we invite you to bring them along on your next family vacation to Jellystone Park™!

Ready to book? Simply add your number of pets under the guest count to find the best campsite or cabin for you and your bestie. Link in bio. Woof!⁠
...