National Camping Month: Camping Safety Tips

June 18th, 2018 9:45 am

We really want you and your family to enjoy your vacation and get the most out of your experience at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone ParkTM at Kozy Rest. Safety is our top priority and should be yours, too! We encourage you to follow these tips to ensure you have a fun and safe summer at the campground.


Bug Off. There’s nothing like a few itchy bites to put a damper on your day. Fight the bite by applying insect repellant throughout the day or light citronella candles while you’re hanging out around a fire at night. Ticks are a bug that you need to keep an eye out for in Pennsylvania, so check regularly for ticks along sock and cuff lines and in hair. To help prevent and spot them, wear light-colored clothing, pants and long-sleeved shirts.


Bright Idea. The sun is great for warm temperatures and our favorite summer activities, but its UV rays can be both harsh and harmful. You even need to be careful during overcast days, because although the sun is hidden, you’re still vulnerable to its UV rays! Protect your skin by applying (and often reapplying) sunscreen with at least SPF 30 or 40; you may want to get water resistant sunscreen if you plan on jumping in our pool! Seeking shade or wearing floppy hats and sunglasses will help protect you, too. Also, remember to stay hydrated when spending long hours in the sun.


Go Not So Wild. Immersing yourself in nature and experiencing the natural elements is the perfect way to enjoy your camping adventure. If you see animals in their habitat, be sure to view them from a safe distance. Do not get too close, feed or try to touch wild animals. They can be dangerous or even carry diseases that may make you sick. And don’t let your pets get too close either!

The staff is always here to help keep you safe. If you ever need help or are seeking more safety tips, don’t hesitate to ask a staff member or call 724-735-2417. And if you ever forget your bug spray or sunscreen, the camp store is close by and fully stocked.


On behalf of the entire Kozy Rest staff, we look forward to seeing you this camping season.