Training programs are provided at no cost to franchisees!* Leisure Systems Inc. (LSI) has created extensive training programs for both new and experienced Jellystone Park™ owners. We strive to keep our owners and operators on the forefront of the camping industry through a variety education opportunities including conferences, seminars on hot topics, notable speakers and a resource library.
Certification and Management Program (CAMP) – An in-depth program for new owners and managers. This four-day event provides training on running a campground, plus all the unique aspects that make it the Yogi Bear™ way. Attendees learn everything from how to determine site rates for maximizing occupancy, to merchandising tips for increasing store sales.
Caring About Recreation and Entertainment (CARE) – Learn from the best in the outdoor hospitality industry! Whether you need to start or improve a recreation program, you’ll come away with real-life examples that work for your park size and staff. Some new parks are intimidated by recreation programs, but we’ll help you create a plan that starts small and grows with your business. In addition, you’ll develop relationships with other activity staff who will help guide you and answer questions.
NSPF Certified Pool Operators (CPO) Course – Taught each spring by the best in aquatics safety and customer care, this course provides in-depth instruction in all facets of aquatic facility operation and management. Upon completion of the course and exam, attendees receive the official CPO certification.
Spring Meeting – Designed to get you pumped up and ready for the season, our Spring Meeting is a one-day conference packed with useful seminars, franchise updates and networking opportunities.
Symposium & Trade Show – The premier franchise event of the year, this 3-4 day conference is where franchisees gather to learn the latest in the industry and franchise, purchase the upcoming season’s Yogi Bear™ merchandise, meet and place orders with over 70 vendors, network with fellow franchisees and of course, have fun! Click here for more information about our Symposium and Trade Show.
Operations Manual & Resource Material – In addition to face-to-face meetings, LSI provides an operations manual and resource material for running your campground with proven results. We also house numerous videos and books great for staff training.
Online Business Learning – Online courses with levels for both management and staff training. It’s an easy way to get your staff up to speed on important topics like customer service and OSHA.
*Franchisee is responsible for travel and hotel expenses. There is a nominal fee for the CPO course to cover materials.
Brent Fannin – Delaware Beaches
2011 was our first year as a Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™. We saw record occupancy levels with increases of more than 35% year over year! The addition of nine cabins to our park yielded occupancy levels well over 90% each weekend! The conversion to a Jellystone Park™ did exactly what we expected – it grew our business.
Joey Coleman & Rick Coleman – Tabor City, NC
In 2001, we began a unique challenge to build a campground on our family farm 35 miles inland from Myrtle Beach. People responded to our design of large concrete pads, full hook-ups, plenty of open space, and ultimate customer service. But we soon had “growing pains” with procedures and operations.
In 2003, we joined Jellystone Park™. The operations… Read more
Denny Quigley & Tami Alessio – Harrisville, PA2011 was our first year as a Jellystone Park™. Since then, we have definitely noticed that we are attracting a lot more guests from a much larger radius that extends nationwide. And we are seeing more guests from Canada. Over this three year time period, our store sales have increased almost 45%! The increased business also helped to allow us to do… Read more
Erv & Marilyn Banes – Frankenmuth, MI
We decided to convert to the Jellystone Park™ system in 1996 because the market conditions were changing. Several of our colleagues had converted and grown in the process. We found that by changing our customer base to families, rather than seniors, we expanded.
The advantage of a Jellystone Park™ is that it is so much more alive than the average park. Plu… Read more
Chip Smith – Monticello, IAWe got into the Jellystone brand at the beginning of last year. This is the end of our first season. We are pretty excited about it. What I like most about the brand is the fact that they are drawing in families from three hours away. They all know what we’re there for, and they’re willing to spend a longer time at our park than just the weekend. The investme… Read more
Theresa Isaacson – Caledonia, WI
We’re going to be entering our 13th season, and I sure would hate to own a property without being Yogi branded. The reason we really like Jellystone Parks is because of the support behind us. With 80 other parks in the system, we have 80 sources of question-and-answer type people to go to. The support is wonderful. The franchise, the LSI system itself – their … Read more
Ian & Sally Steyn – Larkspur, CO2009 was our first year as a Jellystone Park™ and since then we have experienced double digit growth. For 2012, our revenues were up 33% and net operating income was up more than that, year over year! After almost four decades of owning various businesses, converting our campground to a Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort ranks among the smartest decisions.… Read more
Rick Spear – Estes Park, COWe’ve been in the Jellystone franchise system for 20 years this year. It was a family endeavor to begin with, but over those 20 years we’ve seen significant growth of our campground. In particular, just the last three years in a row we’ve been up double digits, 10-11% points three years in a row. We’ve really been coming on strong, and continue to see good grow… Read more
Bill Pott – Cave City, KYI really like the way it brings me a nice class of customers. I get happy families. I get people who want to come and to spend money to have fun. They enjoy our park. It’s just wonderful they way they come in, and you get so many that want to meet the other guests, they want to go have fun on the Jumping Pillow, then they want to go to the Splash Pad – and they want … Read more
Roger & Anna Barry – Fremont, IN
When we joined the Jellystone Park™ system in 1980, we were a small operation without a plan. What we have learned through the years from LSI and our fellow Yogi Bear™ owners and operators has been extremely valuable. We now have over 500 sites, RV Sales, waterslides, and a seven family member team of owners and operating managers. We couldn’t have done it w… Read more