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Hello Travel Resorts of America Campers! Welcome to the june 2018 Newsletter. Here you can find updates on your favorite resorts and more!

 

THIS IS YOUR TRAVEL RESORTS OF AMERICA ONLINE NEWSLETTER

We hope everyone is excited for summer! We love seeing happy campers all over the map at our Travel Resorts of America resorts!

Read on to find out all about what is to come this year. So many exciting events and activities for you and all of our Travel Resorts of America Family!

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TRA Firewood Policy

In keeping with continuing to provide a great outdoor experience for our members and guests, as well as protecting the natural resources on our beautiful resorts, TRA will no longer be allowing members to bring firewood with them when they visit a TRA resort. By now, most Members are familiar with the numerous “Don’t Move Firewood – It Bugs Me!” campaigns that are in place in states where we have resorts. Our alliance with these state campaigns is intended to protect our trees and continue to provide our Members with the lush destinations our resorts offer. We have recently discovered damage at one of our resorts from the Emerald Ash Borer, and we wish to be more proactive in protecting our tree resources. Our Members who wish to have campfires, you will be able to purchase firewood at the resort store. Firewood that is sold at the resorts will either come from trees harvested on resort property, or from vendors who deliver certified insect-free packages of bundled wood. For more information on this spreading problem we invite you to visit websites such as www.dontmovefirewood.org or any of the state DNR websites. We appreciate your help and cooperation with helping to prevent the further spread of this problem.

Wally World Riverside Resort

Manager Update:

Hello!

July is here, and it has been hotter then a firecracker! But never too hot for camping. Our member build project was a huge success and fun. We were greeted with one downpour but that did not stop the gang that we had working. Thanks to everyone for your help.

We have had a lot of rain over the last 2 months. We are doing our best to keep up with the mowing and keep the roads in good shape.  We will continue to address the drainage issues as time permits. I have received some great suggestions over the last couple of weeks and plan to get them done soon. If anyone has suggestions please share with me, it could end up on our project list.

It is such a joy to see folks having a wonderful time camping here at Wally World. I have enjoyed many conversations with members and love to here their stories. Thank you for sharing.

Hope to see you soon,

Barb McClintock, Resort Manager

GettySburg Battlefield Resort

Manager Update:

Happy Birthday America!

4th of July brought Amazing campers and record temps! And re-enactments all over Gettysburg along with Carnivals and fireworks.  Following two weekends celebrating ‘Independence Day’; we shall see bikers from all over and of course the ‘Parade of Chrome’ will once again be on our trail and one can have FRONT ROW seats.

Projects are still progressing here at the resort. The Pavers at the pool are almost complete, the new shade sails are up, our first member build is completed, and we are in full swing.

We would like to thank the Boy Scouts of Troop 1392 who provided so much help along with some other members who all completed most of our member-build projects, which was more of a ‘Spruce Up’, in just a little more than 2 hours. They assisted with washing the fencing at the pool, filling potholes, replacing fencing at the maintenance building, helping to move brick pavers and then joined us for a cookout of hamburgers and hotdogs in the pavilion. The weather was most un-cooperative, but this didn’t stop our members nor scouts, they donned raincoats and went to work with gusto. All 18 scouts and 8 members of you were amazing and your help was greatly appreciated!

We would like to take a moment to introduce you to our front desk/store team under the Supervision of our New store Manager, Kathie whom we introduced you to last time. Both are new to the resort team and new to the front Desk. Mandy Humphrey, and Mark Nicholson Jr. Returning from last year in the store are Connie Brown and Pat Davis and new to the store and the Snack bar is Karen Hemler, also returning to the Snack bar this year are Grace May and Nancy Sherry! We are excited to see al the new faces and glad for our returners.

Until next time, Happy Camping.

Richard Kellerman, Resort Manager

Activities Update:

June was a blast in activities with the dinosaurs, dads, and casino night! We’ve already started our Independence Day festivities and we have a lot in store for July! We’re bringing back, by popular demand, Death by Chocolate and Fear Factor weekends!  Don’t forget bike week starting on the 13th with our own golf cart and bike parade. We have a new band joining us on July 14th; Henry & Ellis. Our beloved Elizabeth will return July 7th for face painting and Jes for canvas painting on July 28th. Keep a lookout for our fun guides released weekly on our facebook page and at the front desk or pavilion. Happy camping!

Kodi Walker, Activities Director

North Shore Landing

Activities Update:

Hey Ya’ll.   

Greetings from Georgia – where we are having a long, hot summer, with a lot of rain and thunderstorms.  The rain has only enhanced the beauty of our beautiful park. 

We have been very busy – especially over the July 4th week.  People are loving our two beautiful pools – great way to cool off with this hot weather!  Potlucks and an awesome DJ performing on Saturdays.  Kids games – crafts – water balloons, etc. 

Some of the highlights of our activities include: 

An Awesome Fish Fry: 

One of our members has been putting fresh caught fish – from our beautiful Lake Oconee – in our freezer.  We had the fish fry on a Friday – with attendees bringing delicious pot luck dishes to go with fish.  It was a great success with a total of 115 people attending.  We then enjoyed great gospel singing.   

Bingo: 

Bingo has been very popular with 75 people in attendance at our last game.  We usually celebrate with potluck deserts or appetizers after. 

July 4th  

Was celebrated with a golf cart parade – with some very decorative carts.  1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes were given for best decorated.  Afterwards, we celebrated with smores on the beach – with about 200 people in attendance – and made the big announcement of the winners of the golf cart decoratins.   

Movies: 

The “I can Only Imagine” Movie, which just came out on DVD – was shown on a Sunday afternoon – good way to get out of the heat and enjoy a great movie. 

Upcoming events: 

Chocolate Slip ‘N Slide  

50’s Party – Costume Contest – Cookout Potluck – Entertainment from “Big Dave”. 

Glenda Kikta, Activities Director 

Pymatuning Adventure Resort

Manager Update:

Happy 4th of July from Pymatuning Adventure Resort!

It’s hard to believe we are in July already! But what a great season so far. We have some great things planned for this month and I hear Santa will be stopping to check on us here at Pymatuning so Let’s get those holiday requests to him early!

If you enjoyed the first week of water wars join us again for part II July 6-8th. Slip n Slide dodge ball was a hit and so much fun to watch. I think the kids won first round of water wars, but my bet is on the adults next round! We had about 70 people turn out for our Birds of Prey presentation. What a great chance to see these beautiful birds up close and learn so much about them.  Please tag us in your pictures on Facebook, we love to see all the smiling faces!

We would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding this past week as we dealt with sewer and water issues. Huge shout out to our staff for their quick response to get us back up and running.

Happy Camping Everyone!

Erica Schork, Resort Manager

Rocky Fork Ranch

Manager Update:

Hey Y’all!

It is my hope you all have a red, white and boom of an Independence Day! Hopefully since it falls smack dab in the middle of the week you are having a week of celebrating. We really hope you can come and enjoy the ranch during one of our Independence Day weekends. The month of July is beginning with a bang! Our recreation staff have planned a full array of fun activities for the young and the young at heart! So, when you arrive get that schedule and jump in with both feet! Our support staff are working hard to do all they can to make your stay a great one. Please let us know if there is something we missed or something that needs our attention. We also have gotten into full swing with our rodeo’s. Every other weekend beginning June 2nd through September 22nd, we host Rocky Fork Youth Rodeo where some amazing kids ranging from kindergarten to 12th grade compete. So, make plans to join us July 14th, July 28th if you would like to watch these little buckaroos rope and ride.

Just a few reminders while you’re here. Our temperatures are hitting record highs so remember to stay hydrated no matter where you are! We are still reminding folks the speed limit is 9 ½ miles per hour. Remember you’re on vacation what’s the hurry😊. Please also remember when booking your site that your camper can’t be left unattended overnight. Refer to rule 34 of your member guidelines for clarification. Dog’s must be on a leash at all times and use our pet stations throughout the resort when cleaning up after your pet.

Just wanted to say as I continue to meet more and more of you I am very thankful for each encounter. Your honesty, sincerity and hospitality have been such a great blessing to me. So, if we have not met yet it is my hope we meet soon.  Y’all come see us when you can and have a fun filled summer!

Sharrie Yarber, Resort Manager

Luna Sands Resort

Manager Update:

Luna Sands Resort has settled into the heat of summer.  As we roll into the dead heat of summer, we are all taking our time and keeping the lawns mowed.  This is our slow season of the year and all of the LSR team members do a little bit of everything.  You might see Dusty, Kelly, or Carol doing an activity, and you might see any of them in the store.  Lewis, Clarence, Vincent and Carlos all work on special little projects and take care of the campsites and systems.  Our slow season is also our rainy season.  During this time, we keep the grounds mowed and roads graded.  Sometimes that takes all 4 men to keep those tasks completed.

The sidewalk near the store entrance was replaced, new street signs have gone up, and tables have been fixed.  During the heat of the summer, we also experience electrical issues.  We’ve had our share this past month and believe we’ve repaired everything.  We still have a major electrical project back in the alphabet section that we want to complete before November.

It’s time to start thinking ahead.  We have a limited amount of sites available for TRA seasonal visitors.   Most of our sites are small and can not accommodate large or 50 amp rigs.  Call now to get yourself on the list, or pre-pay for your site.  The offer is open to any TRA member on a First come first served basis.  You may e-mail us at lemert@travelresorts.com to learn more about seasonal sites and prices.

We celebrated Father’s Day, and even though it was raining we had a fabulous time.  We built a large Jenga game that has been a big hit with everyone.  The kids had a great time on Father’s Day playing Jenga, and outside in the rain, the adults gathered under the TIKI bar for their Father’s Day celebration.   4th of July was also a big event for us, with over 40 people coming for our picnic and some more party on the deck.   Jenga was a big hit with both adults and kids during the 4th celebration.  Although we don’t have very many scheduled activities in the month of August, we will be celebrating Pets and People on the 11th .  You want to bring your best friend for a good time.  Then on August 25th, we’ll have a good old fashioned backyard BBQ.  come spend the day with your fellow campers, or just drive up the event.  Be sure to sign up for this event at the store or call us or e-mail us that you’re coming so we know how many people to prepare for.

Lewis Emert, Resort Manager

Bass Lake Resort

Manager Update:

As I write this little bit  of information about Bass Lake, we are finishing up our 4th of July weekend.  Pictures and more information will be posted on Facebook, so please look us up and “Like” our page.  June was a great camping month at Bass Lake.  We hope you had as much fun as we did.  The weather was just wonderful all the way up to June 30th and our “heat wave”.  We are not used to the high 90’s, and we all complained about the extreme heat in Upstate New York.

During the month of June, we completed the deck work at the Lower Pool, and had it open and operating by June 8th.  That was a good thing since we experienced some very hot days and needed both pools to accommodate everyone that wanted to swim.   The roofs were replaced on 4 buildings, roads were graded and cold patch was put down on most potholes, we repaired 3 underground water leaks,  replaced water faucets, and got the boat dock and all of our boats back in the water.  Now that summer is in full swing, we are committed to taking care of the immediate needs that come when the campsites are full.

The Happy Camper Café has settled into the summer hours.  Sheila and Chef Richard, along with “Norm”,  will have the Café open Wednesday through Sunday for the majority of the summer.  there are some new faces and Hours might fluctuate slightly, but you can be assured that lunch and dinner are available every day except Monday and Tuesdays.  The café is closed on Monday and Tuesday.

Immediately following July 9th, we will begin to decorate for Christmas in July.  Santa Claus takes his vacations here, and everyone is encouraged to decorate their sites and HOHOHO it up.  Site decorating contest and winners will be announced and the Happy Camper Café will provide a pancake breakfast on Saturday morning and pictures with Santa from 8am to 11am.  Bring your families and make Christmas in July an event to remember.

Our Member Build project this year is scheduled to coincide with our Friends and Family weekend on July 28th and 29th.    For the member build project, we like to build new things for the resort, but this year we are going to renovate our mini golf course.  It’s looking worn out and needs some TLC.   We will be replacing bumpers, obstacles, and surrounding gravel.  Please come out and join us for this event.   We need some construction skills, painting skills, and some good old fashioned manual labor.  We’ll start at 9am on Saturday July 28th and end at noon with a burger lunch for everyone.  A couple of past member build projects include our Dog Park and GaGa Pit.

We had another successful Father’s Day fishing tournament, and a new activity called slip and slide hockey was so much fun that everyone wanted to play.  Upcoming in July is Candy Lover’s Weekend and Thunder Canyon, Christmas in July with Mood Swing, and Friends and Family Weekend featuring Flipside.  See the pictures for additional scheduled details.  If you would like detailed information about future weekends that you don’t see, please feel free to e-mail Nikki at the following e-mail address:  blrrecreation@travelresorts.com

Lizette Bradley, Resort Manager

Sycamore Lodge

Manager Update:

Summer is here!

The summer camping season is off to a hot start with average temperatures in the upper 90s.  Even though it feels like I might spontaneously combust at times I’m getting used to it.  This hasn’t stopped everyone from having a great time at the resort.  So, if you aspire to perspire come out and join the fun!

As I write this newsletter folks are checking in at the store for some Independence Day (or should I say Independence Week) fun in the sun. There is no shortage of things to do with tons of activities scheduled all month long.

We have installed a new GAGA Pit as our Member Build Project and the kids love it.  We’re looking forward to seeing everyone enjoy this new addition to our activities lineup.  We would like to give a special shout out to everyone who helped with the project, thank you very much!  Job well done!

Great news…  we are scheduled to have a totally new HVAC system installed in the bath house/laundry!  Work begins on Monday July 2nd. Phase one of the new sewer system was completed last fall and we’ll be moving forward on phase two soon.  I will supply updates as we progress. With fiber optic high speed internet now in the resort at the Lodge, pool, game room and store area we are working to have internet connectivity to the sites very soon.  Our I.T. department has been to the resort recently preparing a game plan for getting service to the sites.

Please join me in welcoming Jeanna Plants to our resort team.  Jeanna joins us by way of North Shore Landing and is now the Assistant Operations Manager at Sycamore Lodge!

We will no longer be accepting general mail at the resort as of July 1st 2018.  We will however still accept UPS/Fedex packages for members that have been forwarded in advance of your visit with us.  For those folks who visit frequently and using the resort address as a primary address we ask that you set up a P.O. Box at the nearest Post Office of your choice.

Everyone using the storage area needs to please stop by the store and fill out a new storage agreement and receive a new sticker to display on the tongue of your camper. Please be sure to pick up after your pets and leave your site as tidy as you would expect to find it. As always, it is our most sincere hope that you enjoy your stay at Sycamore Lodge Resort!  Sit back, relax and get your camp on!  See you all very soon.

Take care and safe travels,

Rod Jones, Resort Manager

Activities Update:

Hey everyone, during the month of June at Sycamore Lodge was very exciting.  We started off the month with our favorite Four Legged Friends weekend.  We had horses come out for riding, a pet washing, fun costume contest and a human pet pot luck.  Very fun washing the dogs as several of the kids helped wash members dogs for them.  A very wet experience.  We ended Saturday night with the Loaded Dice Band.  Lots of good rock and roll.

The second weekend was our summer Zombie Halloween weekend.  We had Zombie face painting, a costume contest, trick or treating around the campground, and a Zombie Halloween Carnival.  We had a lot of games for the kids to play for candy and a bounce house to help absorb all the candy energy from the kids.  The band Dark Horse entertained us on Saturday night.  We also had a Zombie Scavenger hunt Saturday Night with black lights.  Members had to find the Zombies hiding and could only use black lights which made the Zombies to glow in the dark.  We had over 30 members searching for all the Zombies.

The third weekend was Father’s Day weekend where we started with a pancake breakfast, then blind golf cart trials of children directing the father to drive an obstacle course while blind folded.   We had a child/father’s corn hole tournament, a child/ father’s line dancing class and a Father’s Day pot luck.  We finished the evening with the band Blind Crippled and Crazy entertaining us.

The fourth weekend included our annual member build project during our Super Hero weekend.  The members helped build a GaGa Ball pit for the campground.  The kids really love playing in the pit after it was built.  We also had a Super Hero costume contest and a super hero scavenger hunt.  Members had to find a member that most resembled a super hero and take his picture.  We ended Saturday night with the Home Wreckers Band playing us a variety of good music.

During the month June we started to have weekday activities for the members.  We had everything from crafts, card games, candy bingo, water aerobics and a lot of pool fun.  The next weekend is our first weekend to celebrate America’s Independence.  We look to have a lot of activities including horseshoes, cornhole and other fun things to do.  The month of July we will start with our annual Vacation Bible School.  On the fourth of July we will have a flag retirement ceremony, softball game, parade and a DJ to end the night.  We are looking forward to having a blast in July, so come out and enjoy all the festivities here at Sycamore Lodge.  Thank You and have a great summer from the activities department.

Bob Johnson, Activities Director

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