Every year we try to bring something new to the park… Offer a new amenity, purchase new equipment for our guests to use or enjoy. This year is no different…
With that being said, we are finally working on the building that is next to us. The back end will have an indoor Laser Tag arena. We will continue to have the outdoor arena for Laser Tag but we will now have an indoor laser tag arena! No more cancelled games due to rain or for the arena being too wet, not to mention Mosquitos! We also have new laser tag equipment coming as well – 24 guns! That is more guns/taggers than we have had before. With this equipment we will be able to have different games and easier to operate as well.
The Bears have been invited to a Wedding at the campground! This year our favorite youngest daughter, Kylie is getting married. This is something new for us, having never experienced this before. We will be welcoming a new son into our lives! His name is Jimmy and the big day will be on September 7, 2019. For this reason, we are completing the back half of the building that is attached to our property. This area will become the NEW – The Barn at the Resort – South Haven. This Event Center will have 3500 square foot area that will accommodate about 240 people. It will not be completely done with it this year, as in the outside finishing touches but the inside will be done in time for the summer of 2019. We have a half moon barn with original wood showing thru that is perfect for the wedding ceremony. So far, the first person that will use The Barn at the Resort will be our favorite oldest daughter, Katie. Katie will be graduating from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC on May 18th. There she will receive her Doctorate in Pharmacy! Katie will be having her graduation party at The Barn at the Resort in June. We are extremely proud of our girls and wish them the best with the new chapters that they are starting.
As some of you may know, there is a gas pipeline that goes through our property and they will be working on the back side of the property. We will have to wait for them to complete their work before we can add the Paintball field. Unfortunately the timeline for them to work has changed and they will not be able to complete their project until the middle of June. With that being said, if there is no delays, that starts to become a busier time at the campground and hoping we will be able to start the Paintball field. So cross your fingers and hope that 2019 will be the year to complete paintball arena! **Please note that this is not our doing but something that the pipeline must do to be compliant with the federal government. They will be working hard to not disturb our guests. They will not be working during the Memorial Day Weekend, as well as taking Saturdays off during the time frame that they will be there April-June. The pipeline will be working at the Northeast corner of our property, beyond the current laser tag field.
The next improvement you may or may not notice is new software, sorta behind the scenes… Once in place you will be able to register and schedule for Birthday Parties or Bear Appearances at any register and hopefully online. This will also allow you to book your laser tag games through out the park, as well as online. We hope that the software will be easier to use, as well as allowing our guests and families, a more Cashless system. This will allow you (the parents) to put money on card for the little ones to use. This will also allow us, South Haven Jellystone, to keep track of your purchases to make sure you get the proper credit for your Jellystone Rewards. One of the changes with this that you may notice, is in the bike area. If all goes according to plan, our Jr Ranger will be able to scan the wristband and then scan the bike to check the bikes in and out.
Staff training continues to be of utmost importance and this year we are starting a new software to assist us with that. Being a seasonal business that starts slow makes it difficult to train. With this program, we will be able to make sure that every team member receives that same training, regardless of when they start. As always at this time of year, we are busy interviewing and hiring Great Team Members to assist our guests!
There has been some updates to our reservation software, allowing us to truly have an express check-in. We will be trialing it in the spring, hoping to decrease time in line. As long as you sign prior to arrival, you will be all set for express check-in. We will have more on this later.
We have a couple of new crafts coming your way… These are for our Teens and Adults…. Leather craft is one and the other some metal stamping… We found a new vendor for some cute ceramic magnets coming this year and they are a little cheaper too! We continue to add more to our activity schedules on a daily basis, making sure to keep everyone busy. Hopefully you notice some new theme weeks this year, as well as moving some of the favorites around. My favorite is the two weeks of our Egg Spectacular Weekends in April!
It is that time of year that many RV shows are taking place. Now is time to check them out! We are currently at MARVAC’s 53rd annual RV & Camping Show, located at the Suburban Collections Showcase in Novi, Michigan. Whether you are looking for a Pop-Up, Travel Trailer or a Motorhome, they have it all here. What a great way to get out from the cold weather of winter and enjoy the day reminiscing about your favorite summer activity…camping! RV shows are a family event, so pack of the kids
Attending an RV show is perfect to compare prices of the local dealers, while checking out all the new features that are being offered on the units. Here they will assist you in finding the right unit for your pocketbook. Bring the family, let them try out the bunkbeds and lofts, while mom and dad check out the kitchen and outdoor cooking and TV area.
They have educational classes offered daily from wifi connectivity in your RV, innovative products to make your RV lifestyle easier, along with tips for the RV’ers.
At this RV Show, along with other shows, there are plenty of booths to shop from. Need a part for your RV, a new sun room, or portable TV? Maybe you want to get a personalized Mystic Light to hang on your RV. You can even help out the schools and buy your Michigan Lottery Ticket here. You can get it all here and more. It is a one stop shop for RV lovers….
Of course an RV show would not be complete without campgrounds! Here you can pick up literature from a variety of campgrounds. Be sure to check out different areas to explore! If you want to check out other Jellystone Parks, there are 3 others besides us, to talk to. At our booth you can obtain literature on Birthday Parties, Recreation that we offer, and our Halloween Spooktacular Weekends (7 this year!). Best part is the great vinyl bag that we are handing out!
Can’t make this one? Then check-out these other RV Shows...
32nd Battle Creek RV & Camping Show
February 28-March 3, 2019 at the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek, Mich.
24th Port Huron RV & Camping Show
March 7-10, 2019 at the Blue Water Convention Center in Port Huron, Mich.
42nd Annual Flint RV & Camping Show
March 14-17, 2019 at the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center in Flint, Mich.
27th Annual Northwest Michigan RV & Camping Show
March 22-24, 2019 at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center in Traverse City, Mich.
It all started with a dream….and here we are going into our 11th season this year. Hard to believe that we started with 26 sites and 5 cabins. Every year for the last 10 years we have always did something to make our park better. We have worked hard and pushed ourselves to take it to the next level. We feel that it is important to do something each year to beautify the park or allow more guests to come and camp here. This year alone, we redid the shower stalls with ceramic tile behind the Cartoon Cafe. We added 16 new RV sites behind the Ranger Station, adding more games to the Video Arcade and adding a Redemption Center, along with adding 6 more golf carts to our fleet of golf carts.
We know that many of our guests that have been coming over the years, know how far the park has come and how far it has grown. Each one of these “growth spurts” have not come without some sacrifice on all parties involved. We have endured 12-18 hours days of hard work, working in the dark, and along with that, the aches and pains of running a business, as well as working full time jobs elsewhere. We also realize that some our guests have had to endure some headaches and frustrations too. They may have had to hear the roar of the bobcat engine or the dozer leveling the dirt. We do appreciate the pats on the backs, the “5” Star Reviews or the “I understand we live in Michigan” mentality. The last thing that we set out to do is to anger or frustrate our guests that are here during those times.
Unfortunately, we live in Michigan and it can be 80 degrees in March or it can be 20 degrees. Having a campground in Michigan, makes you be as resourceful and organized as possible but you are still at the mercy of the weather. The spring of 2018 has definitely one for the record books. In the ten years of having the campground, we have never been this behind in our construction plans. We were not able to complete the tile in the bathrooms behind the cafe, as we were delayed due to freezing weather in April. We hope to complete the bathroom tile now in the fall or in the spring of 2019. We were ahead of the plans for our new 16 FHU RV sites the first of May. Then the six inches of rain came and put that idea to rest. Followed by rain every other day, or rain on the weekends. Just when it dried out, more rain came, and when it rained, it rained 2 inches at a time. We certainly are not complaining, actually feeling blessed, there is so much flooding in the United States, we cannot even comprehend what others are going through. The rain has delayed the hydroseeding, and recently got 85% completed on Wednesday, June 20th. The rain is continuing this weekend as well.
Please note it was not our intention to still be working on a expansion project into the end of June. We wish it was done too. We appreciate the understanding that many of our guests have shown. For others, this is just an insight of the issues of having a campground in Michigan and the issues that we have as we try to provide a great place for you to visit. If this is a concern for you, when calling, please ask us where we are in our expansion process.
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- Weekend Stay on our Anniversary Weekend, May 18-20, 2018.
- Choose any form of camping – Cabin, Cottage, or Premium RV Site.
- 4 VIP Wristbands
- 4 “I Won It Big” T-Shirts
- 12 pc Broaster® Chicken Family Meal
- 4 Ice Cream Desserts