KOA Care Camps Surpasses $12M in Donations

It was a big year for Kampgrounds of America’s (KOA) Care Camps in 2017, as the organization passed the $12 million mark in the amount of money raised since the program was started in 1984. Focused on providing children diagnosed with cancer an opportunity to attend camp, Wade Elliott, KOA Care Camps chairman, told Woodall’s […]

Q&A: Leisure Systems Inc. Exec Outlines Success

Editor’s Note: Jim Westover, vice president of operations at Milford, Ohio-based Leisure Systems Inc. which franchises Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts, spoke with Woodall’s Campground Management (WCM) about the franchises recent recognition by business-focused magazines Franchise Business Review and Entrepreneur. The 83-park system appeared for the first time on Franchise Business Review’s Top 200 list of award-winning franchise opportunities, and moved up 207 […]

Ventura KOA ‘Severely Damaged’ Due To Wildfires

The Ventura Ranch Kampgrounds of America (KOA) Holiday in Santa Paula, Calif., has been closed indefinitely due to south California’s Thomas Fire, which has continued to gain steam due to dry air and heavy wind. Michael Gast, vice president of communications at KOA, told Woodall’s Campground Management, sister publication to RVBUSINESS.com, that the campground has been “severely […]

Northgate Resorts Expands Park Portfolio in 2017

With revenues doubling, 2017 was an exciting year for everyone at Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Northgate Resorts. It was capped in late October with the announcement that Northgate had broken ground on a multimillion dollar project to convert a former 550-acre Girl Scout camp in Golden Valley, N.C. into a Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort, the ninth Jellystone […]

ARVC Conference Caps a Robust Year in Raleigh

Hundreds of National Association of RV Parks and Campground Association (ARVC) members gathered Nov. 6-10 at the Raleigh Convention Center in downtown Raleigh, N.C., as the organization hosted its 2017 Outdoor Hospitality Conference and Expo (OHCE) meeting. The event offered attendees the opportunity to reconnect with old friends, attend educational seminars, peruse new products and receive updates on […]

Workamper Rendezvous Draws 240 To Arkansas

Work camping is catching on in a big way and that growing interest was on full display during the Workamper Rendezvous held Oct. 16-20 in Herber Springs, Ark. Workamper News owner Steve Anderson told Woodall’s Campground Management (WCM), sister publication to RVBusiness, that his organization has been busy trying to keep up with the 50-plus new members […]

FMCA Honors Past Presidents at RV Hall of Fame

Dozens of Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) members gathered at the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum in Elkhart, Ind., on Saturday (Oct. 14) to reunite with friends, share stories and honor the association’s past presidents as part of the FMCA Presidential Honor Dinner. Current FMCA President Jon Walker said the event, the first its kind […]

Hot & Dry Conditions Stoking Oregon Wildfires

It has been a hot, dry summer for most of Oregon and unfortunately that has meant wildfires have been a huge issue for the majority of the state. The National Integrated Drought Information System has placed most of Oregon in a short-term “moderate drought” pattern, with the southern portions of the state seeing “abnormally dry” conditions. […]