When I saw the photos of this next camper experience contest submission it got me thinking. I’ve always sort of thought of our campground as being “tailored” more for younger children. Having two boys under 5 when we first purchased the campground I was thinking more of activities and entertainment that would keep them and other kids of that age group happily engaged all summer long.
I’m realizing now that families are so diverse that they don’t just have kids of similar ages. They might have some young ones and some older ones. Or there might just be teenagers and because of our proximity to the beaches parents still may want to camp at our KOA. Therefore I can’t just focus on what would keep the under 10 crowd entertained. I need to make sure that I am constantly thinking of all ages and what they would desire in a camping experience.
While I know I tend to still focus on keeping little ones happy and occupied so that parents can get lots of relaxation time in, it’s important for me to remember that everyone wants to have fun while they are camping – the young, the young at heart and everyone in between.
I am always open for suggestions. I may not always have those suggestions in the budget, but the more requests I get for the same items, the more likely I am to create a budget for them. Keep those requests coming my friends!!!
I really want to thank the lady who submitted these photos and her story. She shared with me that it was their first weekend in the trailer and have two daughters – a 23 year old and a 6 year old. Now that is diversity!!!
It looks like they had a fantastic time with each other on the Big Bouncer! And doesn’t she look adorable with her face paint on?
One of the reasons I love owning a campground is getting to know the repeat campers better. We are so lucky to have such loyal campers that come back so often throughout the season that it really gives us a chance to develop more of a friendship. I look forward to seeing their kids grow up over the years.
This next camper experience was shared by one of these families I’d say was developing into a friendship. They camped with us 6 times in the 2016 season and I am really looking forward to seeing them again in 2017.
One of the weekends they camped was a long weekend so you can see them having sparklers at their site in the main photo. I LOVE the long weekends because of the fireworks. Hearing everyone clap at the end of the show always makes the cost and effort worth it.
The mom, who sent me the email, and her husband have two small children and one of the things they love about our campground is that everything is fairly close and the kids know the campground so well that her and hubby can get a bit of down time together while the kids go and play. It’s nice to see them all riding together on the wagon!
Here are some photos of them enjoying the pool. I know this is a favourite place for my kids too. We keep it heated to 84 so that the parents can enjoy getting in with the kids!
They happen to live very close by so she also mentioned in her email how great it is to pack up at home and within a very short period of time they are all set up and camping. They never hear “are we there yet?” In fact, they truly make their site a home away from home.
And then she made a comment that made my heart swell because it truly is my biggest desire that we create a campground that entertains children so that parents can take a much needed break. She said that she never hears “mommy I’m bored” at our KOA. It makes me so happy to hear that.