KOA Care Camps Surpasses $12M in Donations

February 8, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

It was a big year for Kampgrounds of America’s (KOA) Care Camps in 2017, as the organization passed the $12 million mark in the amount of money raised since the program was started in 1984. Focused on providing children diagnosed with cancer an opportunity to attend camp, Wade Elliott, KOA Care Camps chairman, told Woodall’s Campground Management, a sister publication to, that in 2017 the organization was able to financially support more than 42,000 children and disbursed more... Read more

Q&A: Leisure Systems Inc. Exec Outlines Success

January 31, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Jim Westover Editor’s Note: Jim Westover, vice president of operations at Milford, Ohio-based Leisure Systems Inc. which franchises Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts, spoke with Woodall’s Campground Management (WCM) about the franchises recent recognition by business-focused magazines Franchise Business Review and Entrepreneur. The 83-park system appeared for the first time on Franchise Business Review’s Top 200 list of award-winning franchise opportunities,... Read more

Austin East KOA Opens, Plans Future Expansions

January 26, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Austin East KOA welcome area In 2013, John T. Baker stood next to his grandfather looking over a piece of land to the east of Austin, Texas, and told him he was going to turn the roughly 42 acres of land into a campground. “I think I have spent one night in an RV and have camped a half-dozen times,” said Baker. Still, according to a Woodall’s Campground Management report, he was dedicated to making his vision come to life and on January 2, nearly five years after beginning the process of... Read more

Calif. Firefighters Battling Gusting Winds, Dry Air

December 12, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Mike Gast, vice president of communications at Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA), reported that the Ventura Ranch KOA Holiday in Santa Paula, Calif., has lost 16 structures, including its camp store, registration, maintenance and storage buildings, and several deluxe cabins as the southern California wildfires continue to rage. According to Woodall’s Campground Management (WCM), sister publication to RVBusiness, also lost in the fire were two RVs owned by Scott Cory,... Read more

Ventura KOA ‘Severely Damaged’ Due To Wildfires

December 9, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The Thomas Fire spews smoke over the 101 Freeway. (Stuart Palley for The Washington Post) The Ventura Ranch Kampgrounds of America (KOA) Holiday in Santa Paula, Calif., has been closed indefinitely due to Southern California’s Thomas Fire, which has continued to gain steam due to dry air and heavy wind. Michael Gast, vice president of communications at KOA, told Woodall’s Campground Management, sister publication to, that the campground has been “severely damaged”... Read more

Northgate Resorts Expands Park Portfolio in 2017

December 6, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Northgate broke ground in late October at its Golden Valley, N.C. park With revenues doubling, 2017 was an exciting year for everyone at Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Northgate Resorts. It was capped in late October with the announcement that Northgate had broken ground on a multimillion dollar project to convert a former 550-acre Girl Scout camp in Golden Valley, N.C. into a Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort, the ninth Jellystone Park that Northgate owns. All told, the company, which... Read more

ARVC Conference Caps a Robust Year in Raleigh

November 10, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

ARVC attendees gather for the opening breakfast at the Outdoor Hospitality Conference and Expo  Hundreds of National Association of RV Parks and Campground Association (ARVC) members gathered Nov. 6-10 at the Raleigh Convention Center in downtown Raleigh, N.C., as the organization hosted its 2017 Outdoor Hospitality Conference and Expo (OHCE) meeting. The event offered attendees the opportunity to reconnect with old friends, attend educational seminars, peruse new products and receive... Read more

Workamper Rendezvous Draws 240 To Arkansas

November 3, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

240 attendees gathered for the Workamper Renedezvous Work camping is catching on in a big way and that growing interest was on full display during the Workamper Rendezvous held Oct. 16-20 in Herber Springs, Ark. Workamper News owner Steve Anderson told Woodall’s Campground Management (WCM), sister publication to RVBusiness, that his organization has been busy trying to keep up with the 50-plus new members who are signing up on a daily basis. “The interest in work camping has just been... Read more

FMCA Honors Past Presidents at RV Hall of Fame

October 16, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

FMCA members at the RV/MH Hall of Fame event honoring past presidents Dozens of Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) members gathered at the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum in Elkhart, Ind., on Saturday (Oct. 14) to reunite with friends, share stories and honor the association’s past presidents as part of the FMCA Presidential Honor Dinner. Current FMCA President Jon Walker said the event, the first its kind for the association, was long overdue. “A lot just do not know how much time... Read more

Hot & Dry Conditions Stoking Oregon Wildfires

September 15, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Fire devastation in High Cascades It has been a hot, dry summer for most of Oregon and unfortunately that has meant wildfires have been a huge issue for the majority of the state. The National Integrated Drought Information System has placed most of Oregon in a short-term “moderate drought” pattern, with the southern portions of the state seeing “abnormally dry” conditions. Oregon is also suffering through its third hottest summer on record, according to the National Weather Service,... Read more

Cornwell: Campgrounds in Keys a Big Concern

September 12, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Residents in the southern portion of Florida are starting to assess the damage after Hurricane Irma ripped through the state with 130 mph winds and left some areas completely cut off from power and water. The Associated Press was reporting Tuesday (Sept. 12) that some residents were being allowed back onto some of the islands that form the Florida Keys, which took the brunt of Irma’s power. Bobby Cornwell, president and CEO of the Florida Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (FARVC), said that... Read more

Bambei: ARVC Reaching Out To Harvey Victims

September 2, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Paul Bambei Paul Bambei, president of the Colorado-based National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC), told that it is great to see the campground community rallying behind the victims of historic flooding in Southern Texas. Campground owners in the South Gulf Coast of Texas are struggling to come to terms with the devastation left behind by Hurricane Harvey, which lambasted the coast and dumped over 50 inches of rain. Bambei said that ARVC has set up a way for... Read more