Wednesday, February 26, 2014

It’s a great Time to Plan Your Summer Camping Trips!

It may seem like summer is forever away, but it’s not!  It’s really just around the corner!  Which brings us to a very important question: Have you made your summer camping plans? 

This is the perfect time of year to make your Memorial Day weekend reservations, summer reservations for that week of fun with your family, or multiple three day trips, if you have not already done so. 

Why?  Because booking early helps you to get your favorite campsite, at your favorite campground and gets your vacation started off on the right foot!  There is nothing worse than planning your favorite camping outing with your family only to find out that your favorite site has already been reserved by someone else, and you are camping somewhere other than your favorite spot.

Looking forward to summer and making plans will help brighten your winter days!  Planning fun evenings around the campfire, a snipe hunt with the kids, or the kids swimming or wading in the creek will help you look forward to those fun summer days you enjoyed as a child, and now share with your children or grandchildren.  

Like most campgrounds, many of our campers book their favorite sites for the next summer, when there are here for their favorite weekends this summer.  So that is something else to consider.  We put your name on a site for next year at no charge, and then call you for your deposit in the new year.  You can always cancel, but you can’t always get a site if they are already booked up!  So, give that some thought, and don’t be afraid to book ahead.

We have some great new events and returning favorites to give you some fun events and activities to look forward to!  This summer, we’ll have our annual Care Camps BIG Weekend – to raise money for Children’s Care Camps for critically ill children to enjoy the healing nature of camp.  We provide a buy one night, get one night free discount, and ask you to donate all or part of that savings to the Care Camps! 

Our 2014 themed weekends feature a Cinco De Mayo Weekend in May, Civil War Living History Weekend in June, a new Knights and Princess Weekend in July, Jungle Terry is back in August, and a tailgater Weekend in September!  But that’s not all, we’re featuring a kiddies weekend for children under 12 one weekend each month, just like we have the last two years, which will feature the kiddie train ride.  And because you requested it, we’re playing BINGO on care Camps Weekend, Holiday weekends, and on BINGO, BINGO, BINGO Weekend on September 13.  And of course, we have our Pumpkinfest and Halloween Weekends returning in late September!  We hope you’re checking our themed weekends ( and make our new events calendar ( part of your calendar so you don’t miss any of the fun!

We have some great discounts offers for you!  We have a created a frequent camper program that is new for 2014 on all tenting and RV campsites!  You get 15% off your second visit, and 20% off your third visit or more!  Now there’s some savings that will help defray the higher fuel costs.

Do you know about our fuel saver program and camper storage plan?  If not, call us and we’ll tell you all about it.  You can store your RV here, and we’ll spot your RV on your campsite for you for a small fee.  When you’re done camping, we return it to storage for you for a small fee, and you save the money, work, and wear and tear of towing.    

If you find that Meadville KOA campground is your favorite place to be, and you want to be here every weekend all summer long, or if you’re tired of the work and expense of towing, we invite you to join our Seasonal Camping family (!  Our rates provide your family turn-key camping all summer long for about the price of one vacation.  We are the only campground in Western PA that mows and trims your site at no additional cost, and we have 50 amp sites, free Wi-Fi, and much more!       

We’re hoping that with new activities and our annual favorites, great discounts, gas saver program, and seasonal camping availability, that we’ve created some great reasons to spend some of your summer with us at Meadville KOA Campground!  We hope you’ll come see why Meadville KOA Campground is NW PA’s Fun Family Camping and Cabins Zone!    

We hope to see you soon!  Until then, hang in there, winter will soon give way to spring and camping season!            

By Robyn Chilson

Tim & Robyn Chilson, own and operate Meadville KOA Campground.  Robyn can be reached at 814-789-3251.  Kampgrounds of America, is now the world’s largest system of open-to-the-public family campgrounds.


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Erie Couple Wins $500 of Camping in Western PA Camping Very Special Camper Contest!

(Shown in photo above from front left are: Kathy & Denny Quigley from Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park at Kozy Rest, Winners Ron & Betty Ulrich of Erie, Scott Boyer from Boyer RV Center, Tim Chilson from Meadville KOA Campground, Mark Wineman from Kalyumet Camping and Cabins, Jeff & Debbie Cepris from Rocky Springs Campground, Elizabeth & Matt May from Presque Isle Passage RV Park & Cabins, Jeff Carmosino from Sparrow Pond, Rick & Debbie Yeager from Rose Point Park, Jake Timmerman from Bear Run Campground, Dennis Shadron from Goddards Park Vacationland Campground, Ed Tanski and Jacob Hagofsky from Buttercup Campground, and Tracy Czambel & Boo-Boo from Yogi Bear Mill Run).

ERIE, PA (February 7, 2014) – Ron & Betty Ulrich of Erie, Pennsylvania already had plans to camp more this year with the RV they purchased in 2013 at Boyer RV Center.  They just never dreamed that after receiving $800 of free camping in 2013 with the purchase of that RV that they’d wind up winning another $500 of free camping for 2014 too!  In addition, Boyer RV Center presented them with a gift certificate worth $200.00 of RV supplies from their store and B & R Camper Sales gave them a $100 gift certificate from their store, bringing their total winnings to $800.00!
The Ulrich family was recently named the winners of the fourth annual Very Special Camper Contest (VSC), sponsored by participating campgrounds and RV Dealers in Western Pennsylvania.
“This program gave us the opportunity to visit campgrounds we’d never been to before,” said Betty Ulrich. “I’m planning to retire in March, and we plan to visit even more of them in 2014.”
Like the Ulrich family, any camper purchasing a new RV from any of the participating RV dealers receives one night of free camping for a family of four from each of the 24 participating Western Pennsylvania campgrounds.  This program is valued at over $800 of free camping.
In addition, any camper who stays at eight or more of the 24 participating campgrounds and RV parks and then submits their completed contest entry form within a year of their RV Purchase, is then entered into a special drawing to receive an additional $500 in gift certificates, which can then be used at any campground in the organization.
Denny Quigley, owner of Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Kozy Rest Kampground, said the successful contest will be available again in 2014.  Quigley added that, “Anyone planning to purchase an RV in 2014 can get more information from any participating RV dealer displaying the Very Special Camper 2014 information, or at any of the participating Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association campgrounds which can be which can be found at
Participating Western Pennsylvania RV dealers for 2014 program include Hufnagel & Majors in Harmony; Fame RV Center in Saegertown; Clem’s Trailer Sales in Ellwood City; Starr’s Trailer Sales Brockway; Boyer RV Center in Erie; Brooks Camper Sales Connellsville; and B & R Campers Sales in Butler. 
The participating Western Pennsylvania campgrounds include Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Kozy Rest in Harrisville; Kalyumet Camping & Cabins in Cook Forest; Rose Point Park Cabins & Camping in New Castle; Meadville KOA Campground in Meadville; Goddard Park Vacationland Campground in Sandy Lake; Farma Family Campground in Greenville; Shenango Valley RV Park in Transfer; Pineview Campground in Linesville; Nautical Mile Campground & Marina in Templeton; Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Mill Run; Buttercup Woodlands Campground in Renfrew; Campers Paradise Campground and Cabins in Sigel; Sparrow Pond Family Campground in Waterford; Bear Run Campground in Portersville; Butler North KOA Campground at Peaceful Valley in West Sunbury; Uniontown KOA at River’s Edge; Harts Content Campground in Beaver Falls; Harecreek Campground in Corry; Friendship Village Campground in Bedford; Oil Creek Campground in Titusville; Camp Wilhelm Campground in Clarks Mills; Rocky Springs Campground in Mercer; Presque Isle Passage RV Park & Cabins in Fairview; and Benner’s Meadow Run Camping and Cabins in Farmington.
By Robyn Chilson
Tim & Robyn Chilson own and operate Meadville KOA Campground.  Robyn can be reached at 814-789-3251.  You can lean more about us at







Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Febuary RV Shows, A Great Valentines Day Surprise, and More!

RV show season isn’t over just yet.  We still have a couple to go!  So, make sure that if you haven’t visited one of the local RV Shows, that you get out to visit one!

Erie RV Show Feb 6-9 At the Bayfront Convention Center, Erie, PA!  Show Hours: Thursday 2 pm to 8 pm, Friday Noon to 8 pm, Saturday 10 am to 7pm, and Sunday 10 am to 5 pm.  General Admission: Adults $5.00, Children 10 & Under Free, and FREE PARKING!  More info online at:
Bulter RV Mall RV Show at the Clearview Mall, in Butler PA! February 15 - 17, 2013 Time: During mall hours!

We invite you to attend any and all of these RV Shows!  Stop by the Meadville KOA Campground booth and tell us hello, and that you received your invitation from our blog! Stop by the KOA booth for your free KOA Directory and those great KOA tote bags! We have fun online in the winter with our campers too! Follow Meadville KOA & PA Camping on Facebook for your chances to win FREE tickets! We hope to see you there!
Valentines Day Specials and Discounts!  NEW FOR 2014!  Sweetheart of a Cabin Deal!  Book your Cabin between now and Feb 16 for 5 nights for the price of 3 the whole month of May, 2014!  Book our Lake-Front Deluxe Cabins, Kitchenette Cottage Cabin, Or Camping Cabin between now and February 16th, and get 5 nights for the price of 3!  It’s a great gift for your special someone just in time for Valentines Day, or a great early vacation deal for the whole family!  Anyway you look at it, it’s a sweetheart of a deal!  (This offer is only good on cabin rentals in May 2014 reserved with a deposit for one night between now and Feb 16, 2014.)  Ask for Discount Code CV!  Book early!  At this price, they won’t last long!

RV Show Special!  Seasonal Camping Discount!  Become a Seasonal Camper for the 2014 season by the end of February!  When you pay for seasonal campsite in full by May 1, 2014, you receive a $75.00 rebate!  See our Seasonal Camping page for campsite availability, prices, and more details!  Check out these and other great discounts at

By Robyn Chilson
Tim & Robyn Chilson own and operate Meadville KOA Campground. Robyn can be reached at 814-789-3251.Kampgrounds of America, is now the world’s largest system of open-to-the-public family campgrounds.