KOA Care Camps Big Weekend Sets A New Record

Kampgrounds of America’s (KOA’s) annual Care Camps Big Weekend set a new camper attendance record May 12-13, drawing about 4% more camping families than the event brought to participating KOAs in 2016. The Care Camps Big Weekend, now in its 14th year, is a major fundraising event for KOA Care Camps, a charity that supports a network of 128 specialized, weeklong summer camps for children battling cancer and their siblings. Campers who stayed as paying guests at the 400 participating KOAs... Read more

Calif. County Looks At Raising Fees For Camping

Santa Barbara County, Calif., is looking at proposed adjustments in park fees and camping costs on campgrounds in the area, which could mean a bigger chunk of money coming out of people’s pockets to have fun, television station KSBY reported. Two of the campgrounds affected are Cachuma Lake and Jalama Beach in Lompoc. Rentals for yurts at Cachuma Lake range from $65 to $90, but would increase to about $75 to $120 after the adjustments. “It’s a bummer because this place is a good... Read more

Lack Of Foreign Workers Squeezes Campground

The Rafter J-Bar Ranch Campground in Custer, S.D., is losing business because it can’t hire enough foreign workers under the H2B Visa program, television station KOTA reported. The owner of the campground, Todd George, said they lost seven groundskeepers because of the visa situation. George said his crew is so small right now, he wouldn’t even consider it a skeleton crew. Because of it, the J-Bar Ranch Campground is going to close 30 campsites for the summer. George says if this issue... Read more

LSI Plans A Prospective Owners Workshop In Sept.

Leisure Systems Inc.(LSI) announced it will hold a prospective owners workshop Sept. 16-17 with seminars designed for people thinking of going into the campground business as well as existing campground owners who are considering joining the Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort network. The two-day workshop will be held at the award-winning North Texas Jellystone Park in Burleson, near Fort Worth. According to the announcement, the workshop will examine the different types of campgrounds,... Read more

CalARVC’s Connecting Campers With Open Sites, the statewide travel planning resource for camping enthusiasts run by the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CalARVC), identified a handful of privately owned and operated campgrounds and RV resorts that still have a few spaces left for Memorial Day weekend. “There’s not many,” said Debbie Sipe, executive director of CalARVC. “But we have identified a handful of campgrounds and RV resorts from Borrego Springs and Julian northward to the eastern Sierra... Read more

Paper Plate Starts Brush Fire In Utah Campground

A small fire was quickly doused by bystanders after a camper’s burning paper plate was blown out of a fire pit and ignited the nearby dry brush in Utah’s Washington County, the St. George News reported. Friday afternoon (May 19), firefighters were called to the Kampgrounds of America (KOA) campground where the fire started. Witnesses Justin Preas and Jessica Lopez had just arrived at their camp spot when the fire started at a nearby campsite. “They had started their fire and the wind took... Read more

New Campground, Cabins Opens At Va. ATV Trail

A new facility related to the growing ATV recreation industry in the region officially opened Friday afternoon (May 19) in Grundy, Va., the Bluefield Daily Telegraph reported. Southern Gap Outdoor Adventure held its grand opening, showcasing its cabins and campground facilities at the new center near Grundy. The facilities are located at the Coal Canyon/Spearhead Trails Trailhead just past Poplar Gap Park in Buchanan County. “This is a day we have been working toward for a long time and we are... Read more

Mo. Man Gets OK For Temporary Eclipse Camping

A St. Clair, Mo., man can host an eclipse festival on his property this August, the Missourian reported. The Franklin County Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved a conditional-use permit for William Buell at its May 16 meeting. Buell applied for the permit to host a special event on his property at 665 Brush Creek Road just north of Mill Hill Road east of St. Clair in order to host an event with vendors and music in August for the solar eclipse. He said his property is in the... Read more

Wash. Campground Opening Delayed Indefinitely

The Bureau of Reclamation announced Saturday (May 20) that overhauls to the Conconully Lake RV Campground water supply system in Ephrata, Wash., will continue. As a result, the campground opening will be delayed, according to an announcement. “We regret to say that no opening date will be determined until water supply repairs are complete. Unexpected challenges with the water well and related plumbing are holding up the opening,” says Ephrata Field Office Deputy Manager Clyde Lay, “We will... Read more

VIDEO: TXAD On Ensuring Website’s Up To Speed

In this week’s episode of the Web Advise Video Podcast, Braden Walker of TXAD Internet concludes a series on important website updates. In the third and final video of the series, Walker talks about the importance of making sure that your website is up to date in the realm of speed. He talks about how Google has put huge importance on website speed and how it is a top ranking factor. He goes on to show how you can test your site easily and find issues that may be causing the site to be slow. Share... Read more

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