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PCOA Announces New Website Upgrades

January 30, 2015 by · Comments Off on PCOA Announces New Website Upgrades 

Screen Shot 2015-01-29 at 3.22.53 PMThe Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association  (PCOA) debuted its newly revamped website for consumers — www.pacamping.com — with the goal of providing a responsive, user-friendly site that is useful to visitors looking to Pennsylvania as a destination, not only for camping but to experience the many recreational and cultural aspects available while camping, according to an announcement from PCOA.

Integration was a key factor in the design work on the new website. Working with designers and developers from Rochester-based Corporate Communications Inc. and Franklin-based Brydan Corp, PCOA focused its efforts on providing a more positive user experience by expanding the “Find a Park” search options, improving overall website navigation, and ensuring the webpages were compatible and readable with all types of mobile devices.

Links to PCOA’s social media pages on Facebook and Twitter have an improved look and presence on the website, which now also includes an events page, promotions pages featuring contests as well as special camping deals and enhanced area over view pages.

What’s more, descriptive pages for individual campgrounds and RV parks have much more detail, including links for users to connect with those parks’ own social media pages, videos, printed brochures and reservation sites, if available.

The new look and feel of the website embraces PCOA’s “Discover Your Outdoor Moments” brand identity for promoting travel and camping in Pennsylvania.  PCOA’s new website caps off a year-long branding process.

The new website places campgrounds into eight regional areas and will include still photography and high-definition video from the newly carved-out areas, creating a site that allows customers great flexibility in discovering their perfect vacation moments.

From an operational standpoint, the new website allows PCOA staff more hands-on control of the website’s content management system (CMS), to ensure timely and accurate information updates to better serve website visitors.

“We invite the public to experience the new look and functionality of PCOA’s camping website at pacamping.com,” said Jason Vaughan, PCOA president and marketing director.

“We feel that both returning visitors and first-time users will appreciate the new look and function, and find the website to be a useful tool for discovering their outdoor moment,” Vaughan said in the announcement.

PCOA, headquartered in New Tripoli, Pa., and founded in 1963, is an association dedicated to support and promote their 230-plus privately owned campgrounds in Pennsylvania. More information about the association and PCOA campgrounds — including a free camping directory — is available at www.pacamping.com and www.pacabinsandcottages.com.

PCOA Looking Toward 51st Convention

November 3, 2014 by · Comments Off on PCOA Looking Toward 51st Convention 

Everything is ready to go for the 51st Annual Convention of the Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association (PCOA), which is Nov. 9-11 at Skytop Lodge, a 1920s classic luxury resort in Skytop, Pa. – the heart of the Pocono Mountains.

“We do encourage out-of-state participation and look forward to a great time networking with everyone,” said PCOA President Jason Vaughan.

Beverly Gruber, PCOA executive director, said they expect a large number of attendees, based on registrations ahead of the conference. “It’s going very, very well,” she said.

Gruber was especially eager for participants to get the opportunity to listen to the event’s keynote speaker, Craig Dietz. Dietz, a Pennsylvania native, was born without arms or legs. Despite this, Dietz has accomplished more in his life than most, including having completed the Pittsburgh triathlon every year since 2008 and having swum the 4.4-mile Chesapeake Bay.

The theme for the convention is “Strategies for Success,” which was chosen to assist the owners and operators who attend the show to reenergize and plan for their upcoming season.

More than a dozen educational and professional development sessions are planned. The seminars include:

  • Campground Industry Trends
  • Information Security
  • Solving Media Murder
  • Keeping Rental Units in Top Condition
  • Obamacare and How it Affects Our Industry
  • Retirement Planning
  • Innovative Ways to Increase Site Revenue
  • Best Store Ideas
  • Tying It All Together
  • Making Improvements People Can See

A dozen roundtable topics will also be held. This dialogue is very popular with attendees.

In addition to the educational content, the owners and operators are encouraged to attend the trade show, which will feature more than 70 vendors.

Rounding out the convention program are the Fun Auction on Monday evening, the annual banquet on Tuesday evening and the Communication Awards and keynote speaker on Wednesday.

For more information, contact the PCOA office at (610) 767-5026 or email info@pacamping.com.

PCOA Plans Campers World RV Show

February 12, 2014 by · Comments Off on PCOA Plans Campers World RV Show 

The Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association’s (PCOA) 2014 Campers World RV Show will be held at the York, Pa., Expo Grounds on March 7-9. The show is in its 36th year and the event promises to be bigger and better than ever with more than 30,000 square feet of indoor display space, according to a press release from PCOA.

A total of 14 RV dealers will show off more than 180 folding campers, travel trailers, fifth-wheels, toy haulers and luxury motorhomes. Also on display will be 50 campgrounds showcasing their facilities and 10 vendors offering products to enhance the RVing experience. The York RV Show is the one and only time this spring that all the dealers are together in one place, competing to offer the best pricing and amenities.

“Grab a pencil and a piece of paper before you come,” says Beverly Gruber, Executive Director of PCOA. “You’ll want to do the math, because RV travel is very affordable.”

Gruber’s enthusiasm is echoed by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), where a recent study confirms a family of four can spend up to 74% less when traveling in an RV. Regardless of the size or make you choose, today’s RV travel experience is more fuel efficient and comfortable than ever before as manufacturers design with convenience in mind, using lighter materials and more streamlined exterior looks, PCOA said in the press release.

Reports from RVIA (rvia.org) and the RV Dealers Association (RVDA) show that nationwide, shipments of RVs are up. “With the economy showing signs of recovery, more people than ever before are discovering the freedom and flexibility an RV vacation affords, added Gruber. “Great camping memories are part of almost every family’s history and it’s a great stress-reducer.”

Admission is $8 per person with children under 12 admitted free. Balloon-designing clowns will be on hand to entertain the children. There will also be games, door prizes, and camping weekend giveaways.

The York Expo Center is located at Carlisle Avenue in the city of York. For more information, click here.

Happy Birthday! PCOA Marks 50 Years in 2013

July 9, 2013 by · Comments Off on Happy Birthday! PCOA Marks 50 Years in 2013 

Editor’s Note: The following story was wrriten by Dannie Bova and appears in the July issue of Woodall’s Campground Management.

The Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association (PCOA), plans to celebrate its 50th anniversary at its 2013 Convention & Trade Show Nov. 11-13 at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, Pa. As part of the trade group’s Golden Anniversary, PCOA members registering before Sept. 15 will benefit from discounted convention prices of $50 per person.

While special preparations are still underway for this fall’s convention, PCOA President Mark Wineman, of Kalyumet Campground in Lucinda, Pa., and the rest of PCOA’s leadership hope to set attendance records this year by hosting special 50th anniversary festivities and outpacing an average year’s draw of around 75 to 80 parks. Last year’s convention featured 12 educational seminars, 71 trade show exhibitors, an auction and plenty of opportunities to share and network.

As part of the effort, PCOA is also holding an online contest through which campers help determine the 50 favorite Pennsylvania attractions. Contestants can vote online at the association’s website, www.pacamping.com, once a day and are eligible to win a $250 cash prize or one of 10 camping gift certificates.

Beverly Gruber

PCOA has come a long way over the past 50 years, Executive Director Beverly Gruber says of the state trade group originally founded as the Campground Owners Association of Pennsylvania (CAP) in 1963 to counter what it perceived as unfair competition from public parks. Founders, including original board members President C.R. (Dick) Sandy, Sandy’s Campground of Mercer, Pa., and Vice President Gunther P. Kaiser, Spring Gulch Campground, New Holland, also wanted to pursue a legislative agenda and spread the good word about the state’s private parks and tourist attractions.

The association’s first “Campground Owners Workshop” was held in March of 1963 at the Holiday West Hotel near Harrisburg, Pa. with 150 attendees representing 40 member campgrounds and other tourism entities.

From 1965 to 1967, member sites jumped from approximately 2,000 to 15,750 sites, reflecting the rapidly growing park arena. Today, PCOA has 239 members, most of them “mom-and-pop” operations averaging 167 campsites per park, with a total of approximately 40,000 sites.

“Probably the smartest move we’ve made in 50 years was purchasing the York Campers World RV Show,” says Gruber of the show, held in early March each year at the York Expo Center in York, Pa., with about 15 RV dealers and 60 campgrounds exhibiting. “It has helped our bottom line greatly and it has also developed our volunteer base.”

“We have a lot of members come in to help run the (York RV) Show,” she said. “It’s gone so well that now we’re doing these industry promotions, which mainly came about through getting our members involved.”

Those promotions include events at various venues, such as Cabela’s locations and the Lehigh Valley Zoo in Schnecksville, Pa., at which PCOA members make s’mores for visitors, pass out directories and talk to consumers about camping in pastoral Pennsylvania.

“For the past 50 years,” says Wineman, “the association has provided marketing, education and legislative guidance to the membership. We have grown over the years to become one of the premier state associations and PCOA is the model many other states strive to follow.”

The association has been an influential force in Pennsylvania as it has helped fight for and disseminate information about important legislation over the years. “I don’t think we can take credit for any one particular law,” commented Gruber, “although we certainly have fought some issues we felt important to the campgrounds in our state.”

According to Gruber, who has spent 30 years in her role as executive director, some of those issues include the policies and procedures regarding pesticide application and licensing for campground swimming pools, lifeguard coverage at recreational swimming pools, the certification of food handlers and campground inspection. “Through the creation of these laws, PCOA’s major role has been informing members about what to expect and helping them be prepared,” said Gruber. “We like the fact that we are the go-to source. When our members have questions, they refer to us.”

Member benefits, in turn, have improved considerably over the years. PCOA not only distributes information regarding the latest industry-related legislation in the member newsletter and online, but also offers courses for pesticide and food handlers licensing at the annual convention. The annual Pennsylvania Camping Directory, which can be found in print and online, is a marketing and promotional plus. And the association also credits the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC) for providing members with additional benefits and valuable services.

Along with Wineman, the current board of directors includes Vice President Jason Vaughan, Mountain Vista Campground, East Stroudsburg; Secretary Bruce Heasley, Holiday Pines Campground, Loganton; Treasurer Jason Sheaffer, Pinch Pond Campground, Manheim; and the following regional vice presidents: Tim Chilson, Meadville KOA Kampground, Meadville; Kathy Stetler, Pioneer Campground, Laporte; Barbara Repetski, Hemlock Campground, Tobyhanna; Matt May, Presque Isle Passage RV Park & Cabin Rentals, Fairview; Deene Yenchochic, River’s Edge Camping & Cabins, Connellsville; David Mull, Shady Brook Campground, Beavertown; Ryan McFarland, Buttonwood Campground, Mexico; Timothy Cartmell, Honesdale/Pocono KOA, Honesdale; Shane Adam, Mountain Springs Camping Resort, Shartlesville; plus Director-at-Large Debby Yeager, Rose Point Park Campground, New Castle; and Gruber.

 

Current RV Parks and Campgrounds Briefs

March 12, 2013 by · Comments Off on Current RV Parks and Campgrounds Briefs 

Hiding a geocache in a Georgia state park.

GEORGIA

From geocaching.com:

Georgia State Parks has hidden 46 geocaches in 43 state parks, from Cloudland Canyon’s cool mountain trails to Skidaway Island’s sunny historic coast, and everywhere in between.

ILLINOIS

From a news release:

Effective March 7,  John Los has been appointed senior vice president and chief accounting officer of Equity LifeStyle Properties Inc.  and will assume the role of principal accounting officer. Los replaces Thomas Novosel, who tendered his resignation effective March 6.

Los, 47, has served in various financial reporting and accounting positions with real estate companies and with Ernst & Young LLP. Before joining the company, Los provided accounting and financial reporting consulting services to the company and was CFO of American Manufactured Communities REIT Inc. during a portion of 2012.

Los served in various positions at General Growth Properties from 2006 to 2012, including vice president of financial reporting. From 2004 to 2006, he served as corporate controller and vice president of Corporate Accounting at Prime Group Realty Trust. From 2000 to 2004, he served as manager of mergers and acquisitions and as regional controller at R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co. Before 2000, he worked as an auditor at Ernst & Young LLP and is a Certified Public Accountant.

KENTUCKY

From WYMT-TV, Hazard:

Camping enthusiasts can take advantage of a discount being offered by Kentucky State Parks for most of the month of April.

The parks are offering a 20% discount on camping reservations made for April 1 through 25.

And during Camper Appreciation Weekend on April 26 and 27, two nights’ camping is offered for the price of one. Special events will also be held for campers during that weekend at some parks.

There are 31 state park campgrounds in Kentucky, all with sites with water and electric hookups. Campsites for horse camping are available at Carter Caves, Pennyrile Forest, Dale Hollow, Taylorsville Lake and Greenbo Lake. And Wi-Fi is offered for a fee at about a dozen campgrounds.

PENNSYLVANIA

From the York Daily Record:

Attendance at this year’s York RV Show was up about 14% from a year ago, reported Beverly Gruber, executive director of the Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association (PCOA).

The 35th annual show boasted a total of 80 vendors and featured an estimated 200 recreational vehicles in a variety of styles.

According to Gruber, helping to educate the public about campgrounds, dealers and vendors is hardly a job.

She has owned an RV since 1966, and together with family, has, in addition to local trips, crossed the country to California three times.

“People should really consider them for traveling. They’re a great way for family to spend time with each other,” Gruber said.

NORTH DAKOTA

From KFYR-TV, Bismarck:

As oil activity in western North Dakota expands, some people are raising concerns about drilling in state and national parks, such as Theodore Roosevelt and the Badlands. That`s why State Senators are looking at a concurrent resolution to study how oil activity should take place in the state`s most precious areas.

Several people spoke in favor of the resolution, because the parks attract tourists and provide wildlife habitat.

“This is home. And it`s going fast. You can`t be in that park without being impacted by lights and the sound of pumpers outside its boundaries,” said Jane Swenson with the Badlands Conservation Alliance.

The Senate Natural Resources Committee will review the resolution before making a recommendation on the senate floor.

ARIZONA

From KJZZ, Phoenix

Gov. Jan Brewer’s budget proposal includes $2 million in restored funding for Arizona State Parks, but some advocates hope lawmakers don’t use the money for other programs.

Arizona’s 31 state parks have suffered cuts totaling more than $80 million in recent years and currently the state provides no money for the parks from the general fund.

But, in her new budget Gov. Brewer has proposed spending $2 million for parks maintenance and operations.

Arizona State Parks Foundation Director Cristie Statler said the parks have about $200 million dollars in deferred needs but any amount of funding for the state park system is welcome.

“Two million dollars is not nearly enough to begin to address these issues but it beats nothing. It is a goodwill gesture and we hope to see that grow,” Statler said.

With so many other state departments suffering deep cuts, Statler said she’s worried state parks won’t get all of the $2 million the governor has proposed.

 

PCOA to Attend 35 Retail RV Shows during 2013

January 21, 2013 by · Comments Off on PCOA to Attend 35 Retail RV Shows during 2013 

PCOA announces 2013 show schedule

Each year, the Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association (PCOA) attends a variety of consumer camping and outdoor shows around the state and beyond, distributing the Pennsylvania Camping Directory. The directory contains information about 236 campgrounds throughout Pennsylvania and the many amenities they have to offer, according to a news release.

New Tripoli, Pa.-based PCOA also owns and operates the Campers World RV Show in York, Pa. This marks the 35th anniversary of this show.

This year, a total of 35 shows will be attended. PCOA will have its own booth at 13 shows. Anderson’s Brochure Distribution will carry the directory in their program for 13 additional shows and United Brochure Distribution will distribute at nine shows.

PCOA’s very own booth will be at the following:

January

  • 9-13 Ohio RV Supershow (Cleveland).
  • 12-20 Pittsburgh RV Show.
  • 15-20 Florida RV Supershow (Tampa).
  • 11-13 Washington DC Camping & RV Expo.
  • 17-20 Toronto RV Show.
  • 26-27 Philadelphia Travel Show (Consumer).

February

  • 2-10 Eastern Sports Show Harrisburg.
  • 7-10 Erie RV Show.
  • 15-18 Springfield Mass RV & Camping Show.
  • 15-18 Northeast Show, Suffern N.Y.
  • 15-17 & 22-24 Maryland RV Dealers Association Show.

March

  • 1-3 Philadelphia RV Show, Oaks.
  • 21-24 Quebec International Show.

Joe and Jessica Tice, via Anderson Brochure Distribution Service, will distribute, as well as generate leads, at the following shows:

  • Jan. 11-13 Lehigh Valley RV Show, Allentown, Pa.
  • Jan. 18-20 New Jersey Camping Show, Edison, N.J.
  • Jan. 25-27 North Carolina RVDA RV Show, Charlotte, N.C.
  • Jan. 25-27 Atlanta Camping & RV Show, Atlanta, Ga.
  • Jan. 31-Feb. 3 Boston RV & Camping Expo, Boston, Mass.
  • Feb. 8-10 Richmond RV & Camping Expo, Richmond, Va.
  • Feb. 28-March 3 Central NYRV & Camping Show, Syracuse, N.Y.
  • March 1-3 Ottawa Show, Ottawa, Canada
  • March. 7-10 Montreal International RV Show,Montreal, Canada
  • March 8-10 Campers World RV Show, York, Pa.
  • April 5-7 Vacationland RV and Camping Show, Portland, Maine.
  • Sept. 9-15 Pennsylvania RV & Camping Expo, Hershey, Pa.
  • Oct. 11-14 Morgantown, W. Va., Fall Show

Wil Bernstein, via United Brochure Distributors, will handle the directories at these shows:

  • Jan. 10-13 Edison, N.J.
  • Jan. 11-13 Hartford, Conn. (Camper)
  • Feb. 15-17 Hartford, Conn. (Sports)
  • Feb. 22-24 Essex Junction, Vt.
  • March 8-10 Milford, N.H.
  • March 15-17 Worchester, Mass.
  • March 21-24 Long Island, N.Y.
  • April 12-14 Providence, R.I.
  • April 24-28 Oakdale Mall, N.Y.

“The Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association is pleased to be able to interact with our camping families at three more shows this season than last year,” says Beverly Gruber, PCOA executive director. “We are very pleased to also incorporate lead generation this season and look forward to growing our Campin’ PA Style E-Newsletter which currently is delivered to over 8,000 families,” says Jason Vaughan, PCOA vice president and marketing chairperson.

The Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association is a non-profit trade association representing the proud RV parks and campgrounds in the great state of Pennsylvania. Each of our member campgrounds is individually owned and operated.

 

2 Millionth Visit to PACamping.com Website

January 9, 2013 by · Comments Off on 2 Millionth Visit to PACamping.com Website 

PCOA announces contest winners.

The Bill Mulligan family of Suffern, N.Y. was the 2 millionth visitor to the Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association (PCOA) pacamping.com website, according to a news release.

Their timely click will bring them camping valued at over $2,500.

Lifelong campers — Gery’s first camping trip occurred when she was 1 year old and her husband Bill began camping at age 3 — are delighted with this windfall of camping nights. “We’re going to try to get as much in as we can,” said Gery. “We know we’d like to visit the Amish country, and we think we’re going to visit Hershey — the last time we were there we were dating!”

The couple has been together for 33 years and camping has been a big part of their families’ lives.

The Mulligans will receive one free night’s camping from the following Pennsylvania campgrounds who co-sponsored the contest:

Western Pennsylvania campgrounds are:

  • Harecreek Campground, Cory; Presque Isle Passage RV Park and Cabin Rentals, Fairview; Jellystone Park at Kozy Rest, Harrisville; Kalyumet Campground, Lucinda; Meadville KOA, Meadville: Rose Point Park Cabins and Camping, New Castle; Whispering Winds Campground, Sheffield; Shenango Valley RV Park, Transfer; Benners Meadow Run Camping & Cabins; and Farmington and Wheel in Campground, Shelocta.

North Central campground offering one-night stays are:

  • Indian Head Campground, Bloomsburg; Allegheny River Campground, Roulette; and Seven Mountain Campground, Spring Mills. South Central PA campgrounds co-sponsoring the contest include Western Village RV Park, Carlisle; Hershey High Meadow Campground, Hershey; Pleasant Hills Campground, Hesston; Paradise Stream Family Campground, Loysville; Buttonwood Campground, Mexico; Dogwood Acres Campground, Newville; and three Gettysburg parks—Drummer Boy Camping Resort, Gettysburg Campground, and Granite Hill Camping Resort.

Also offering camping stays for the 2 millionth visitor are campgrounds located in Northeastern Pennsylvania are:

  • Evergreen Lake Campground, Bath; WT Family Campground, Blakeslee; Mountain Vista Campground, East Stroudsburg; Otter Lake Camp Resort, East Stroudsburg; Honesdale Pocono KOA, Honesdale, Clayton Park Recreational Area, Lake Ariel, Three Pines Campground, Lakeville, Don Laine Campground, Palmerton; Silver Valley Campsites, Saylorsburg; Hemlock Campground and Cottages, Tobyhanna, Keen Lake Camping & Cottage Resort, Waymart; and Sandy Valley Campground, White Haven.

Rounding out camping visits for the Mulligan family are:

  • Southeastern Pennsylvania campgrounds: Hickory Run Family Campground, Denver; Warwick Woods Family Camping Resort, Elverson; Old Mill Stream Campground, Lancaster, Pinch Pond Campground and RV Park, Manheim, Red Run Campground, New Holland; and Echo Valley Campground, Tremont.

Eleven lucky camping families were awarded two-night stays as consolation prizes, with a value of $100 each. The winners and participating campgrounds are:

  • Dawn Irwin, Meadville KOA; Lauren LeBrun, Hershey Highmeadow Campground; Shirley Mack, Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park, Quarryville; Deanna Kohn, Clayton Park Recreational Area; Deborah Ergler, Rose Point Park Cabins & Camping; Kathleen McGrath, Mountain Vista Campground; Edward Johnson, Pleasant Hills Campground; John Shemack, Old Mill Stream Campground; Noreen Ike-Swing; Delaware Water Gap KOA; Dianna Foster; Harecreek Campground; and Tomica Twyman, Warwick Woods Campground.

PCOA is a non-profit trade association representing the proud RV parks and campgrounds in the great state of Pennsylvania. Each member campground is individually owned and operated.

 

PCOA Explains Why Belong to an Association

December 27, 2012 by · Comments Off on PCOA Explains Why Belong to an Association 

PCOA answers the question, why belong to a trade association.

Editor’s Note: The following article appeared in the recent newsletter published by the Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association (PCOA). It’s aimed at PCOA members but has application to every campground owner in the country.

One of the most frequently asked questions with regard to PCOA membership is, “What can the association do for me?” The answer, quite frankly, depends on you.

What did you join PCOA and what do you want to gain? What you get out of any association, including PCOA, is directly proportional to what you put in. The greatest benefit of any association is the networking and camaraderie that takes place between members. Time and time again, PCOA staff has been privileged to hear that other associations respect the solidarity of our industry and PCOA members.

It’s no secret that PCOA members have an enormous sense of pride in their association and their fellow members. But this benefit is not a given. To experience this camaraderie first hand, you must participate by giving an investment of time and effort in PCOA activities.

There are many benefits that accrue simply by belonging — low cost advertising through our directory and other marketing programs; a presence on pacamping.com, which consistently comes up at the top of web searches; the privilege of meeting with and learning from your peers; conventions, publications and much more. Your greets benefit — networking and association with your peers — comes only from your direct involvement in association activities.

The reason is simple, and it involves the same principles that apply to your campground business. A businessperson invests money, time and energy to make the business successful. The same holds true for association membership, which will reflect on your park’s long-term success.

The problems facing our industry today affect every member, no matter how large or small. And, since no one individual could possibly begin to solve these problems alone, it remains that each person needs his or her industry trade association for the collective wisdom, bargaining power and networking opportunities that help create a sustainable successful business.

PCOA members vary tremendously in their level of activity and what they seek from the association. Yet they all find value in PCOA membership and find that their businesses are more successful as a result of being part of PCOA.

Business consultant say 85% of all business failures occur in firms who are not members of their industry trade association. That combined with the fact that most members gave a 500% or more return on membership dues, are two ways to justify the dues you pay as a member of PCOA.

The best reason to be part of PCOA is that your participation ensures a stronger industry for future generations. For that commitment, we applaud you.

 

49th Annual PCOA Convention ‘One of Best Ever’

December 7, 2012 by · Comments Off on 49th Annual PCOA Convention ‘One of Best Ever’ 

Great convention for PCOA

The 2012 Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association Convention will go down in the history books as one of the best ever.

“There was an excitement in the air. The facility was perfect, the seminars were awesome, everyone had a great time and the networking was phenomenal,” Bev Gruber, PCOA executive director reported in a news release.

The 49th annual convention was held Dec. 3-5 at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College, Pa.

Over 170 people from 73 Pennsylvania campgrounds and one out-of-state campground attended. Also attending were two prospective campground owners and three associates.

The keynote speaker, Paul Bambei president and CEO of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), left everyone energized with his talk about “Building Bridges” and citing  the benefits of belonging to ARVC, Gruber stated.

12 Seminars and Trade Show

PCOA sponsored 12 educational seminars, and 71 exhibitors were present for the trade show. They reported excellent sales.

The Pennsylvania Auction raised 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 $11,691.50 was raised.

PCOA handed out several awards for communications. Winners were:

  • Best Promotional Piece – Meadville KOA, Meadville, Pa.
  • Best Brochure – Meadville KOA, Meadville, Pa.
  • Best Apparel Item – Old Mill Stream Campground, Lancaster, Pa.
  • Best Souvenir – Rose Point Park Campground, New Castle, Pa.
  • Best Camping Photo – Keen Lake Camping and Cottage Resort, Waymart, Pa.
  • Most Creative Activity – Rocky Springs Campground, Mercer, Pa.
  • Best Website – Mountain Vista Campground, East Stroudsburg, Pa.
  • Best Example of Guest Service – Mary Turley at Mountain Vista Campground, East Stroudsburg, Pa. Tourism Employee of the Year – Sarah DeLorenzo, Benner’s Meadow Run Campground, Farmington, Pa. Community Involvement – Dogwood Acres Campground, Newville, Pa.

Pre-Convention Tour

On Sunday, prior to the convention, 27 people went to the Penn State campus to visit the Berkey Creamery. A very interesting and informative tour of the facility was given by Robert Lumley-Sapanski, Penn State Food Science Department staff member. After the tour, everyone enjoyed the creamery’s delicious ice cream and many purchased dairy items to take home.

Annual Meeting & Election

Our annual meeting was attended by 45 campgrounds. The following officers were elected:

  • Director Region I – Matt May, Presque Isle Passage Campground.
  • Director Region II – Deene Yehchochic, River’s Edge Camping & Cabins (second term).
  • Director Region III – David Mull, Shady Brook Campground.
  • Director Region IV – Ryan McFarland, Buttonwood Campground.
  • Director Region V – Tim Cartmell, Honesdale/Pocono KOA (second term).
  • Director Region VI – Shane Adam, Mountain Springs Campground.
  • Appointed: Director at Large – Debby Yeager, Rose Point Park Cabins & Camping, New Castle, Pa.

PCOA Launches Major Consumer Website Contest

July 16, 2012 by · Comments Off on PCOA Launches Major Consumer Website Contest 

Contest underway

The Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association (PCOA) has launched a 2 millionth visitor contest, which will award the winner over 50 free camping certificates good for the entire 2013 camping season. These certificates are valid for one night of camping at participating Pennsylvania campgrounds and have a value of $2,500, according to a news release.

Jason Vaughan, vice president and chairman of the PCOA marketing committee, said, “We are delighted to offer an opportunity like this to the camping public. As we are nearing the 2 millionth visitor mark to www.pacamping.com it seemed like a great way to celebrate this benchmark and to thank those camping families who have visited our website. To enter simply visit our website and enter your information. While the 2 millionth visitor will win some great camping nights, all entries to the contest will automatically be entered into a drawing for one of 10 consolation prices with a value of $100 each.”

The 2 millionth visitor to www.pacamping.com will receive one free night’s camping from the following Pennsylvania campgrounds who are co-sponsoring the contest:

  • Western Pennsylvania campgrounds include Harecreek Campground, Corry; Presque Isle Passage RV Park and Cabin Rentals, Fairview, Jellystone Park at Kozy Rest, Harrisville, Kalyumet Campground, Lucinda; Meadville KOA, Meadville; Rose Point Park Cabins and Camping, New Castle; Whispering Winds Campground, Sheffield, Shenango Valley RV Park, Transfer; Benner’s Meadow Run Camping & Cabins, Farmington; Farma Family Campground, Greenville; and Wheel in Campground, Shelocta.
  • North Central campgrounds offering one-night stays to the winner are Indian Head Campground, Bloomsburg; Allegheny River Campground, Roulette, and Seven Mountain Campground, Spring Mills. South Central Pa campgrounds co-sponsoring the event are Western Village RV Park, Carlisle; Drummer Boy Camping Resort, Gettysburg; Gettysburg Campground, Gettysburg; Granite Hill Camping Resort, Gettysburg; Hershey Highmeadow Campground, Hershey; Pleasant Hills Campground, Hesston; Paradise Stream Family Campground, Loysville; Buttonwood Campground, Mexico; and Dogwood Acres Campground, Newville.
  • Northeastern  campgrounds are Evergreen Lake Campground, Bath; WT Family Campground, Blakeslee; Mountain Vista Campground; East Stroudsburg; Otter Lake Camp Resort, East Stroudsburg, Honesdale Pocono KOA, Honesdale, Clayton Park Recreational Area, Lake Ariel; Three Pines Campground, Lakeville; Don Laine Campground, Palmerton, Silver Valley Campsites, Saylorsburg; Hemlock Campground and Cottages, Tobyhanna; Keen Lake Camping & Cottage Resort, Waymart; and Sandy Valley Campground, White Haven.
  • Southeastern campgrounds include Hickory Run Family Campground, Denver; Warwick Woods Family Camping Resort, Elverson; Old Mill Stream Campground, Lancaster; Pinch Pond Campground and RV Park, Manheim; Red Run Campground, New Holland; and Echo Valley Campground, Tremont.

The Pennsylvania Campground Association is a non-profit trade association representing the RV parks and campgrounds in Pennsylvania. Each member campground is individually owned and operated.

 

 

 

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