Northgate Resorts of Grand Rapids, Mich., has broken ground on a multimillion dollar project to convert a former 550-acre Girl Scout camp in Golden Valley, N.C., into a Jellystone Camp-Resort that will open June 22, 2018.
“We’re very excited to take what is already a beautiful campground at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains and transform it into a Jellystone Camp-Resort that will provide exceptional camping experiences for families,” Zachary Bossenbroek, CEO of Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Northgate Resorts, stated in a release.
A groundbreaking ceremony took place Oct. 19 at 164 Camp Golden Valley Road, during which time Bossenbroek and other Northgate officials outlined their plans for the resort, which will include furnished park model RVs, tree house cabins, glamping tents and large, multi-bedroom accommodations for family reunions and other large groups.
The park in Bostic will be Northgate’s first Jellystone park in North Carolina. The company owns eight other Jellystone parks across the U.S., including resorts in Gardiner, N.Y.; Quarryville, Penn.; Hagerstown, M.D.; Luray, Va.; Canyon Lake and Kerrville, Texas; Memphis, Tenn.; and Lodi, California.
Activities across Jellystone Parks include arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, face painting, jumping pillows, gem mining as well as plentiful interactions with the bears. Themed weekends are usually scheduled from March through early November, depending on the park’s location, and range from family athletic competitions with various sporting events to Christmas in July with Christmas Carole Karaoke and other holiday themed activities to pre-Halloween themed weekends with costume and campsite decorating contests and trick or treating.
Jellystone Parks are also known for their water play parks, which often include water slides and interactive water features, and Bossenbroek said Northgate plans to build a water play park at its Bostic campground as part of a series of improvements over the next eight months.