You don’t have to own a recreational vehicle to camp in an RV park. Many such parks have sites where you can put up your own tent, and some have cabins, yurts, or even RVs that you can rent for a few nights at a reasonable price. Some national associations of RV campgrounds are especially good resources for finding a camp if you want to spend time in an area that you don’t know well, or if you’re planning a leisurely cross-country trip. These camps usually have staff available who can direct you to interesting local scenic or historic sites. I want to tell you about three of these groups.
Ever since I started researching my book, Camping With Kids, I’ve been getting e-mails about Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts. They sound like so much fun! Jellystone Parks are called “resorts” because they offer so many of the amenities you would expect to find at a resort, like swimming pools, playgrounds, tennis and croquet courts, and planned activities, like barbecues and special parties. Some have shops and cafes. Many Jellystone Camps present themed weekends and special holiday events, whole weekends of fun, and not just for the summer holidays. You can find Hallowe’en, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s activities at some parks. And of course since they are Jellystone Parks, you have Yogi Bear, Boo Boo, and all their friends. Watch your picnic baskets!
Kampgrounds of America, KOA, is another association of campgrounds. Maybe they are not as elegant as Jellystone Parks, but KOA camps usually have a little grocery and notions store, laundry facilities, playgrounds, planned activities, sometimes a dog exercise area, sometimes a pool, and also sites for tents and yurts and cabins. KOA Kampgrounds have “unique” camp spots–an Airstream trailer? a caboose? a tepee? Have fun!
Woodall’s is the last association I want to write about. Technically, I shouldn’t lump Woodall’s with KOA or Jellystone Park Resorts, because Woodall’s is an information resource, not an association of parks. Woodall’s publishes lots of books on RVing, and camping in an RV. Woodall’s publishes directories of campgrounds all over the country and organizes tours for RVers. On the Woodall’s website you can join a forum for tent campers, where individuals share problems and solutions. (I got good information last year, when we were replacing our inflatable mattress.)It also gives other information for campers, including recipes and “bloopers” that are fun to read. Sign up for an e-mail letter that comes once a month, and check out Tent Camping.