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RV Park School at Oglebay Marks 20th Session

January 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The National School of RV Park and Campground Management will celebrate its 20th annual session of focused campground management education at the Oglebay Resort and Conference Center in Wheeling, W. Va., this year, according to a news release.

This year’s session runs Feb. 19-24.

The campground school held its first session in 1994 with eight instructors and 58 students. More than 1,800 students have attended the program, consisting of two one-week sessions. Graduates earn a Certificate of Campground Management that is linked to the Professional level (third level) of the Outdoor Hospitality Education Program.

A third year “Graduate” class has been offered in the past and plans are in the works to offer a new version at the 2014 school. This new “Graduate” level will align with the Executive level of the Outdoor Hospitality Education Program (fourth and final level) and will guide students through a project of their choosing in enhancing their skills as a campground manager and owner.

“The ARVC Foundation and Board of Regents are committed to providing a unique opportunity of immersion for highly motivated, education oriented park operators who seek to improve themselves and their parks,” stated Mark Maciha, the chairman of the school’s board of regents.

For more information about the National School of RV Park and Campground Management, go to www.campgroundschool.org or contact Barb Youmans, senior director of membership and education, (303) 681-0401 ext. 118, byoumans@arvc.org.

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ARVC Appoints Fisher National School Regent

May 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Tracie Fisher, executive director of the Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds in Michigan (ARVC Michigan), has been approved by the ARVC Foundation board to be the newest member of the Board of Regents of the National School of RV Park and Campground Management, according to a news release.

Fisher has been an instructor at the campground school for four years, presenting classes in web technologies and assisting with the organization’s website. She currently sits on the school’s Marketing Committee and hosts classes as needed.

“I was fortunate to have attended the school in 2005 and 2007 as a campground manager,” Fisher stated. “I learned volumes of things which helped me tremendously in learning how to be more effective and to improve the park’s operations. I believe in the mission and sense of purpose shared by all the regents and I am truly honored to have been chosen to join them.”

The National School of RV Park and Campground Management began in 1994 and will be celebrating its 20th year at the upcoming school session in February 2013. More than 1,800 students have attended the program, annually offered at the Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, W. Va. The ARVC Foundation and Board of Regents are committed to providing a unique opportunity of immersion for highly motivated, education oriented park operators who seek to improve themselves and their parks.

For more information about the National School of RV Park and Campground Management, go to www.campgroundschool.org or contact Barb Youmans, senior director of membership and education, (303) 681-0401, ext. 118, or via e-mail at byoumans@arvc.org

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Virtual Outdoor Hospitality Expo Returns

February 4, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

2011 event is on Nov. 11

2011 event set for Nov. 11

The Virtual Outdoor Hospitality Expo producers have announced the final tallies for attendance at the 2010 version of their trade show and conference, held entirely on the Internet through Jan. 31.

According to a news release, campground attendance shattered records for physical shows at any regional or state association in the history of the industry: 279 distinctive RV parks had representatives visit the site during the three-day live event and the additional 90 day “on-demand” period. All in all, nearly 500 unique attendees visited the event.

“According to some of our more experienced vendors, some of the expo’s attendees had never visited a national show in the industry,” Art Lieberman, show co-producer, stated in the release.

“We’re pretty proud of the results,” he continued, “although the software used to produce the event was highly criticized by sponsors, exhibitors and attendees alike. Since the live portion of the expo closed, Deanne (co-producer Deanne Bower) and I have been examining a half dozen reputable alternative software companies that produce virtual expos, and we have found three with whom we are further negotiations.”

Bower said she believes that any of that trio will create a software environment that is more user-friendly than the one used last year. “And”, she states, “we believe that we’ve chosen an opening date that nobody will forget: Nov. 11th of this year: 11/11/11.” In addition, at the advice of several exhibitors, Campground Expo is also preparing another expo for the spring of 2012.

“I read somewhere in an e-mail that the year 2011 has produced some interesting dates and numbers,” she cotninued. “There was 1/1/11, 1/11/11, and, of course, our target date for the Expo, 11/11/11. Strangely, there is another number that is significant. If you add the last two digits of the year you were born (in the 20th century) to the age you will be in 2011, you always get 111. I bet this year is going to be the year of the campground!”

The producers have already had a bit of luck. They have added three people to the advisory committee of the expo who bring their own expertise to the event:

  • Tracie Fisher, of Campground Manager Today, earned her invitation to the board by voluntarily assisting exhibitors in setting up their booths at last year’s event. Fisher also simultaneously worked in three different booths last year: the National School of RV Park and Campground Management, the Michigan Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds and her own company’s exhibit.
  • Also joining the board is well-known RV cooking expert, writer and owner of Roadabode Productions, Evanne Schmarder. Evanne took an early interest in the first Expo, conducted her cooking show live and volunteering to host an open forum.
  • Finally, the producers were able to persuade Norman Boucher, owner of LCN Outdoors and president of the ARVC Supplier Council, to join the board. Norm’s expertise in the outdoor hospitality industry cannot be matched and, as a supplier of hard goods to campgrounds, his input is a necessity for a successful virtual event.
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