LETTER TO THE CAMPERS COMING SOON

       
Ed and Barb Tanski
Buttercup Woodlands Campground
854 Evans City Road
Renfrew, PA 16053
724-789-9340
724-789-9330 fax

www.Buttercup.org

To our camping family, friends, and community,

Is it us or did the New Year come quick? It is hard to think that we are already over a month into 2017 and just about three months away from opening day for the 2017 camping season! Where has the time gone?

We would like to take the time to reflect on the 2016 camping season for a moment. Last season started out great! We had many new families camping with us which is always nice to have. As the season progressed we had to do some repairs for the campground and we are happy to report that all repairs went successfully and rather quickly. Like most repairs, you always seem to put in more work than required but in the end it pays off.

We were able to bring some upgrades into the park before the season began and during season. Many of you noticed right away that we had completed a full light upgrade int he restrooms connected to the office. We extended the lighting upgrade to the Bingo Hall and the Main pavilion. While installing new lighting in the main pavilion, we added a nice touch of blue LED lights down he center, creating a nice ambiance of lighting for bands and DJ’s. We also added all brand new tables and chairs to the pavilion bringing, a clean and fresh look. When it came to tables, we extended that project and we purchased all new picnic tables for the overnight section. When those tables were put in place, they stood out and made quite the impression on many campers. Not only did we do those upgrades but shortly after opening we had a new gate system installed. However, the new gate is slightly longer and can create a bit of difficulty when bringing golf carts through. Just watch your sides and be careful.

We got to meet a lot of traveling families this year from all across the globe. This year we had a good bit of visitors from different countries. It was great to meet them and share a camping experience with them. This year was a year for traveling as gas prices were lower than they have been in the past. Families from across the world were traveling, sharing their experience, and talking to you about the styles of camping from here and there.

All in all, we had a wonderful season and that is because each and every one of you make it possible. We had a few different activities and events going on that brought us together. We were able to bring back the blind man obstacle course after a few years of a rain out. Our annual fundraiser was to benefit the American Cancer Society and having a series of events that helped raise money was all collected, sent in and donated in honor of Robert (Bob) Grossman, the auctioneer that came to the campground, loved what he did and loved coming to the campground. Unfortunately, we just learned that Bob had lost his battle against cancer and has passed away.

Since 1994 the campground has done a 50/50 raffle fundraiser to help support Connoquenessing Volunteer Fire Company. This year we will be attending their banquet to present them with last years contributions and a grand total of $79,800 has been raised and donated to the CVFD.  The campground is proud that you all have been able to make this possible! It shows what kind of campers we have that are willing to help out our community.

Along with the conversation about our community. In December we attended the PCOA Convention which is the Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association in State College. While we were there, the campground was awarded a Communication Award from the Association as recipients of the 2016 Community Involvement Award. We couldn't be any more proud of all of you that is part of Buttercup, friends, family, neighbors, and the community deserve this award and the recognition because with without each and every one of you this wouldn't be possible. January 28, we attended the American Legion banquet to present them with a copy of the award, a check from the Association for their appreciation, and a check form Buttercup. The Military Escort Rides that take place are held because of the American Legion. Everyone gets involved no matter wha the situation is, welcoming home rides, tribute rides, benefit rides, or final rides, our campground and community was there to support. That is something to be proud of! While at the banquet, Buttercup Campground was presented with the American Legion, Certificate of Appreciation. We were honored, surprised, and grateful because this is another recognition of everything that our camping family does. Each of you deserve a Thank you!

As we begin to prepare for the 2017 camping season, we look forward to the planning, scheduling, fun, laughs, and memories to be made. This year we have a few event and activity changes coming to the park. We are also going to be celebrating the campground 40th season! It is a surreal feeling to know the campground has been able to survive for 40 years and we plan on making it many more years of camping for all of you!

We are pleased to announce that we have partnered up with Make-A-Wish for this years fundraiser! We plan on making this the biggest fundraiser to date. In order to complete one wish, we as a campground are asked to raise $4,400.00. We do not have the entire list of fundraising events completed yet, but stay tuned and we will update you as soon as we have the entire list of fundraisers going on throughout the season.

If you haven't seen the news yet, the campground now is part of an App. The App is available for FREE from the App Store and Play Store. If you search for “campersAPP” and then login with “Buttercup” you will have access to information about the campground. The app offers a way for us to quickly get information out to our campers from the “alert” feature. The app offers a full list of our events and can even offer event reminders. You will have access to information about the campground, what’s nearby, map of the campground, current and extended weather conditions, equipment we offer, and a social section for all of you as campers to get interacted with games. You will also be able to contact the office direct from the app! We hope that you enjoy the app as much as we are enjoying getting it set up and offering it to all of you. For those of you that will be traveling, this app is able to feature hundreds of campgrounds. There are other local campgrounds that are a part of the app too. All you need is the campground “login” and you can access their information as well. Many of the “login ID” will be found on the specific campground website or Facebook pages. Check in the office as we might have information on other logins for traveling camp friends.

As most of you have noticed the app has been updated with almost a full list of the activities for the summer. We are in the process of updating the website and all of that information will soon be available. We are working hard at getting new and updated information to you all. This is going to be a process and wont be able to be updated all immediately.

We are beginning full preparation for opening. We are a short time away, but don't forget that opening day is April 15, 2017. As always we advertise it as water is not promised to be on for opening. Weather dependent we will watch it closely come closer to opening and get the announcement out to everyone. Opening weekend is Easter Weekend this year, but not to panic, the Easter Bunny is very intelligent and will leave your treat at camp too! Don't forget that many of you come in before opening to prepare for leaf clean up. If they are bagged and placed at the road end of your site, they will be picked up. We ask that the biodegradable paper bags be used. They are available for purchase in the office as well as many other stores. We look forward to getting prepared for Opening Day and welcoming back all of you to the 2017 Camp Season!

We hope that everyone remains safe and warm! See you at Open House and then on Opening Day!

 

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