PCOA and Cabela's Promote Camping
The Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association (PCOA) teamed up with Cabela’s in Hamburg, Pa., and Wheeling, W. Va., to promote the camping lifestyle this spring. “Get Outdoors and Go Camping…It’s Easy!” was the theme that the association chose for both promotions, according to a news release.
“Camping is not only the most affordable vacation around, it also is fun and memorable. In Pennsylvania you have over 235 campgrounds to choose from to make that memory,” said Beverly Gruber, PCOA executive director.
She added, “Time spent camping or RVing allows you to slow down and gives you the flexibility to pursue what you want and where you want to be. It gives you a chance to rediscover your family and lets you choose the activities your family enjoys.
The event in Pennsylvania was held on April 28 and 29 and the event at the Wheeling location was May 19 and 20. On hand to greet the guests were members from 23 campgrounds across the state and one associate member. Participating were:
- Bear Run Campground, Portersville.
- Blue Rocks Campground, Lenhartsville.
- Buttonwood Campground, Mexico.
- Camp-A-While, Hegins.
- Echo Valley Campground, Tremont.
- Hemlock Campground & Cottages, Tobyhanna.
- Jellystone Park at Kozy Rest, Harrisville.
- Kalyumet Campground, Lucinda.
- Knoebel’s Amusement Resort & Campground, Elysburg.
- Meadville KOA, Meadville.
- Mountain Springs Camping Resort, Hamburg.
- Mountain Vista Campground, East Stroudsburg.
- Nautical Mile Marina and Campground, Templeton.
- Old Mill Stream Campground, Lancaster.
- Otter Lake Camp-Resort, East Stroudsburg.
- Pinch Pond Family Campground, Manheim.
- Pioneer Campground, Laporte.
- Pleasant Hills Campground, Hesston.
- River’s Edge Campground, Connellsville.
- Rose Point Park Cabins and Camping, New Castle.
- Tucquan Park Family Campground, Holtwood.
- Western Village RV Park, Carlisle.
- Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park, Mill Run.
- Anderson’s Brochure Distribution, Chambersburg.
The campgrounds worked in four-hour shifts. They not only distributed directories, but also made s’mores and spread the word about the camping experience.
Handouts included the 2012 PCOA directory, hot gooey s’mores for everyone and a coloring book for the kids. A total of 2,300 s’mores were made and distributed, nearly 2,000 PCOA directories were handed out and 984 coloring books.
At the Pennsylvania store, Family Camping Outlet from Pottstown displayed three camping units – a lightweight travel trailer, a fifth-wheel and a toy hauler. This generated a lot of interest, as did the Cabela’s tent, cooking unit and fire ring. Blue Rocks Campground supplied a vintage Scotty trailer.
A very attractive display was set up at both locations, including blooming spring flowers, promotional acorn signage and a photo-op board. Introduced at the West Virginia event was the new mascot for PCOA, a larger-than-life acorn. He does not have a name yet, but a naming contest is being considered.
Camping is a family activity that is a great memory-maker. At these Cabela’s events, young families were encouraged to go camping during the month of June. By going to www.pacamping.com, $100 of free camping was given away to a lucky winner.