Rising fuel costs have little impact on Thad and Rita Frost, who work as elementary school teachers.

They rent a seasonal campsite at the Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Lincoln, Del., which is only 15 minutes away from their home in Milford. They leave their RV there for the whole summer and camp with their two children, 11- and 14-year-old boys, whenever they want, which is usually most weekends.

“Even though it’s close to home, we feel like we’re on vacation,” Thad Frost said. “I don’t have to drive two hours to feel that way.”

“Across the country, growing numbers of families are renting campsites at Jellystone Parks for the entire camping season, including many who live less than a half-hour away,” said Michele Wisher, a spokesperson for Milford, Ohio-based Leisure Systems Inc., which franchises Jellystone Parks across the country.

Frost said there are numerous benefits to camping close to home.

For starters, he said, his family can still have a weekend away from home, even if the boys have soccer or football practice. The Frosts can also bring their pets along whenever they want to.

“One of the reasons we picked this park is we have five pets — three dogs and two cats. Being this close, we’ll bring the pets out for a day or two and then take them home.”

Frost said Jellystone Park offers a fun, safe and secure place for families, and lots of organized activities for children, so they feel comfortable letting their kids have the run of the campground without having to supervise them every second.

“When my 11-year-old and I show up at the campground, he takes off as soon as we get there and I don’t see him again until 8:30 or 9 p.m. He meets other kids. He plays with them. He gets involved in activities. He’s always shooting basketball or riding bikes.”

In fact, when they’re at Jellystone Park, both of the Frosts’ children wind up doing more physical activity than they do at home. But since they are away from home, Frost and his wife can actually relax without getting involved in household chores.

During the school year, the Frosts even go to Jellystone Park during the week to grade papers or do other school work in the peaceful campground setting.

Frost said renting a seasonal campsite at a campground close to home is the best way to make use of an RV.

“We’re getting a lot of use out of our RV now,” he said, and it doesn’t matter as much what happens with fuel prices.

About Yogi Bear’s Jellystone ParkCamp-Resorts

Launched in 1969, the Jellystone Park system is the second largest chain of campgrounds in the United States, boasting 78 campgrounds with more than 15,000 campsites in 30 states and Canada.