Cooler Weather Slows Start Of Camping Season

Campground association directors are saying that RV park and campground owners in northern states have had to deal with unseasonably cool temperatures and in some areas late spring snowfall, which has slowed the start of the 2018 camping season. Woodall’s Campground Management (WCM), sister publication to RVBusiness, reported that according to the National Weather Service, several […]

KOA: Tech Can Detract from Camping Experience

Campground owners need to be willing to embrace technology at their campgrounds, but how campers use that technology while camping may be shifting, according to the 2018 North American Camping Report commissioned by Billings, Mont.-based Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA). The report indicates that 93% of campers bring some form of mobile device with them on camping trips, […]

Fire Recovery Efforts Still Underway At Calif. KOA

Editor’s Note: In December the Ventura Ranch Kampgrounds of America (KOA) Holiday in Santa Paula, Calif., fell victim to the Thomas Fire, losing more than 20 buildings. The Thomas Fire would go on to become California’s largest recorded wildfire, burning 281,893 acres and destroying 1,063 structures, according to CalFIRE. Woodall’s Campground Management (WCM), sister publication to RVBUSINESS, […]

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, 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 […]