PCOA Recaps 50th Anniversary Celebration

November 18, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment

The 2013 Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association (PCOA) Convention, which was held at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort Nov. 11-13, will go down in the history books as the best ever, according to the association, which celebrated 50 years.

“There was an excitement in the air. The facility was grand, the seminars were awesome, the networking was phenomenal, and everyone had a great time, looking back to where the association has been and looking forward to where it is going,” PCOA said in its press release.

The 50th anniversary celebration included a special salute to veterans on Monday evening; uplifting musical entertainment by the North Star Kids of Pittsburgh and a slide show presentation of PCOA history on Tuesday night; and the grand prize giveaway of a brand new Club Car golf cart on Wednesday.

12 Seminars:

• The bandwidth crunch by Eric Stumberg, TengoInternet

• Keeping up with social media by Cindy Neky, Marketing Consultant for Constant Contact

• Mobility in your campground by Mark Douglass, RVing Accessibility Group

• Dress up your entrance with color by Keith Phelps, Country Farm & Home

• It’s more than mosquitoes – we’re making memories


• Seven steps to better communications by Kristine Valk of Winona, Minnesota

• How well do you plan your day? by Lori Severson, Wisconsin Association of Campground Owners

• From the accountant’s perspective by Don Bennett, CPA, Campground Owners of New York

• Business assessment: Where are you today? Where are you going? by Larry Brownfield, KOA

• Importance of branding your campground by Clay Snyder, Doubletree by Hilton Hotels


12 Round Tables:

• Employee Issues – Morale & motivation: Dennis Shadron, Goddard Park Vacationland

• Marketing – Print vs. digital: Jessica Tice, Anderson’s Brochure Distribution

• Crafts & program activities: Robyn Chilson, Meadville KOA

• Food service at your park: Al & Cindy Waiter, Cherry Ridge Campsites

• Packaging/working with area attractions: Todd Wehr, Bear Run Campground

• Equipment repair & maintenance tips: Tim Chilson, Meadville KOA

• Expand your store, expand your profit center: Tammy Boltz, Jonestown KOA

• Reservation systems (online booking): Ed Van Der Molen, Madison/Pittsburgh KOA

• Landscape tricks: Ryan McFarland, Buttonwood Campground

• Rental options, from bare bones to full service: Jennifer Wertz, Keen Lake Campground

• Dog parks: Carolyn Wise, Allegheny River Campground

• Health care reform: George Harper, RC Lain Insurance

Trade Show: 68 exhibitors were present. Great variety, including log cabin dealers, equipment dealers, shirt vendors, advertising, entertainers, food distributors, software providers, printers, online reservation systems, water treatment solutions, souvenirs. They reported excellent sales.

Auction: The Pennsylvania Auction raises funds for scholarships to fund educational scholarships and the National School of RV Park and Campground Management. Thanks to the generosity of the vendors and campground owners, a total of $28,378 was raised.

Convention attendance: There were more than 200 attendees from 86 Pennsylvania member campgrounds and one nonmember campground. Also attending were three prospective campground owners and two associates. Special guests were past presidents Fred Yeager and his wife Betty; Marvin Roberts and his wife Kathryn; and Kristen Wallis Chapman, representing her parents, Randy and Jane Wallis; former board member Bob Wehr; and retired owners Rob and Brenda Cope.



• One Free Registration for the 2014 PCOA Convention – Presque Isle Passage RV Park, Fairview


• Free booth at the 2014 Trade Show – Gary Thull Pools, Howard

• Quarter-page ad in one issue of the PCOA News – Phantom Entertainment, Carlisle

• $200 cash award – Heiland Art, Schnecksville


• Free Enhanced Listing on the PCOA Website (value: $120) – Elizabethtown/Hershey KOA, Elizabethtown


• Free 1/2 Piggyback for 2014 (value: $525) – Gettysburg Campground, Gettysburg

• $500 Cash – Meadville KOA, Meadville

• Grand Prize of a new golf cart donated by Jake’s Golf Carts / Club Car – Harecreek Campground, Corry

• Winner of “Vendor Check Off ” Door Prize of a $200 gift certificate to Cabela’s – Silver Valley Campground, Saylorsburg, PA


• Best Promotional Piece: Little Mexico Campground, Winfield

• Best Brochure: Rose Point Park Cabins & Camping, New Castle

• Best Apparel Item: Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park, Mill Run

• Best Souvenir: Benner’s Meadow Run Camping & Cabins, Farmington

• Best Camping Photo: Ferryboat Campsites, Liverpool

• Most Creative Activity: Foxwood Family Campground, East Stroudsburg

• Best Website: River’s Edge Camping & Cabins, Connellsville

• Best Example of Guest Service: Foxwood Family Campground

• Tourism Employee of the Year: Jake Timmerman, Bear Run Campground, Portersville

• Community Involvement: Friendship Village Campground, Bedford

Preconvention Tour: On Sunday, prior to the Convention, Evergreen Insurance sponsored a trip to Fallingwater, the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home located in Mill Run. A total of 73 people attended and afterward the group stopped for dinner at the historic Stone House Restaurant in Farmington.

The Venue: The convention was held at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, a family and luxury vacation destination on 2,000 wooded acres in the Laurel Highlands of Southwestern Pennsylvania. The management was wonderful to work with and the customer service of the staff was outstanding, according to PCOA. PCOA members said they were “treated like royalty.”

 Annual Meeting & Election

The annual meeting was attended by 59 campgrounds. The following were elected:

• President: Jason Vaughan, Mountain Vista Campground, East Stroudsburg

• Vice President: Bruce Heasley, Holiday Pines Campground, Loganton

• Treasurer: Shane Adam, Mountain Springs Camping Resort, Shartlesville

• Secretary: Barbara Repetski, Hemlock Campground, Tobyhanna

• Regions I & II Vice President: Debby Yeager, Rose Point Park Cabins & Camping, New Castle

• Regions III & IV Vice President: Kathy Stetler, Pioneer Campground, Laporte

• Regions V & VI Vice President: Tim Cartmell, Honesdale/Pocono KOA, Honesdale

• Director Region I: Matt May, Presque Isle Passage Campground, Fairview

• Director Region II: Deene Yenchochic, River’s Edge Camping & Cabins, Connellsville

• Director Region III: David Mull, Shady Brook Campground, Beavertown

• Director Region IV: Ryan McFarland, Buttonwood Campground, Mexico

• Director Region V: James Kesterke, Otter Lake Campground, East Stroudsburg

• Director Region VI: Jed Wood, Blue Rocks Family Campground, Lenhartsville



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