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Tips & Tricks for Successful Group Camping

Looking to elevate your camping experience? Gather your friends and family for an unforgettable group camping adventure at Jellystone Park™ Barton Lake! Discover why camping with groups is a fantastic choice and explore the exciting activities and amenities we offer for group getaways.

 Camping with groups!

Reasons to Camp with Groups

Bonding and Togetherness:

Camping with a group fosters strong bonds and creates lasting memories. Whether it's sharing stories around the campfire or embarking on outdoor adventures together, camping is a great way to build group camaraderie.

Shared Experiences:

Group camping allows everyone to participate in activities and create shared experiences, from hiking and fishing to roasting marshmallows and stargazing. Jellystone Park™ Barton Lake has a variety of activities for groups, making us one of the best campgrounds in Indiana for families!

Cost Effectiveness:

Splitting costs among group members makes camping more affordable. To learn more about how to save even more money on your stay at our Indiana campground, visit our deals page!

Fun and Entertainment:

With a group, there's never a dull moment. Enjoy games, sports, themed events, and other activities together that add excitement to your Indiana camping trip.

 Enjoy our group cabins!

Ways to Stay with Groups

There are several different ways to stay as a group at Jellystone Park™ Barton Lake. From Indiana group cabins to buddy sites, everyone can find a place to meet their needs!

Group Cabins:

Group cabins are the perfect way to stay for those looking for a glamping experience! With our group cabin option, your group is sure to make the most of their stay. 

Three Bear’s Lodge

Looking for the convenience of home on your trip? Our Three Bear's Lodge is an excellent pick for you and your loved ones! Inside, enjoy AC/heat, two full bathrooms, a kitchen with all the necessary appliances, a game room with a ping pong table, and sleeping accommodations for up to 19 people! Outside, take advantage of a picnic table, fire ring, and gas grill. Book your stay and make some memories at our Indiana campground!

This Indiana group cabin comes equipped with a list of amenities that will make your stay comfortable. Enjoy our cabin for large groups in Indiana as you connect and create wonderful memories together! However, if you are looking to stay in separate cabins from the rest of your group, we have great luxury cabin, and even rustic cabin options! Each group will find something perfect for them at our Indiana camp-resort.

Buddy Sites:

RVers camping with friends or family can enjoy Indiana camping by booking buddy sites! Buddy sites are adjacent RV campsites that share a picnic table and grill. Buddy sites allow for easy coordination and socialization while camping close to your friends or family. With our Lakefront Standard Buddy Trio Sites, Lakefront Standard Buddy Site, Standard Buddy Trio Site, and Standard Buddy Sites, your RVing group has several options to choose from! When staying at a Buddy site, it's easy to appreciate bonding time at our Indiana campground!


The best way to book a specific accommodation and be near your friends and family is by locking in your site. This means you can pick sites near one another, while still having a bit of privacy. If you don't lock-in, there's a chance our booking system will optimize for those that want a specific site number. This means that you could be moved to a different site number - don't worry though, you'll remain in the same site type! You can lock-in your site reservation when making your booking. Enjoy your time together and see why Jellystone Park™ Barton Lake is one of the best family campgrounds in Indiana!

 Plenty of activities for the whole group!

Tips for Making Your Group Trip a Success

Planning and coordinating a group trip comes with a lot of intricacies, so here are a few suggestions to make sure that everyone has a great time!

Plan Activities that Each Group Member Will Enjoy:

Doing anything with a large group can be challenging as different people have different interests. Luckily, our midwest campground has lots of activities and attractions that cater to a variety of interests! To ensure that everyone in your group has a great time, plan events and outings that each person will enjoy.

Know your Group:

Knowing your group is important when planning a group camping trip. If there are several introverts in the group, perhaps it might be best to reserve separate sites nearby to one another so that people can unwind after a day of fun events. If you are Indiana camping with a very tight-knit group of extroverts, our Indiana group cabins may be the right option for you! Knowing your group can be the key to creating an enjoyable experience for everyone!

Be Flexible:

Group camping can be a breeze when you mix both planning and flexibility. Being flexible allows your group to adapt and enjoy where the days go! Embrace spontaneity and be open to adjusting your itinerary or activities based on group preferences, weather conditions, or other factors. 

 Bear visits!

Activities to Do as a Group

Jellystone Park™ Barton Lake has a variety of daily activities and events for groups to take part in!


Celebrate birthdays in style at Jellystone Park™ Barton Lake! Enjoy a bear visit that creates magical moments for the birthday guest and friends. Additionally, cakes are available for purchase at the Ranger Station, so no need to worry about the hassle of packing one!

 Enjoy group camping at Barton Lake!

Plan Your Group Camping Adventure

Ready to plan your group camping adventure? Jellystone Park™ Barton Lake offers an exceptional group camping experience that promises unforgettable memories and meaningful connections. Camping with groups not only fosters strong bonds and creates lasting memories, but also offers a segue to a variety of fun and entertaining activities.


Come experience the magic of group camping at one of the best family campgrounds in Indiana, and book your stay now!