ARVC sponsors first-ever Kid's Camp at this year's conference.

The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) and Leisure Systems Inc., the franchisor of the Yogi Bear Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts, will be joining together to host the first ever Kid’s Camp at the Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo being held in Savannah, Ga., Nov. 29 through Dec. 2.

On the agenda will be arts and crafts, journaling, homework support, Leave No Trace activities and educational sessions, according to a news release.

Educational sessions will include topics such as “Growing up in the Outdoor Hospitality Industry” where kids will participate in a round table discussion on the ups and downs of growing up in a family business and brainstorming ideas on how to make it easier. Also included will be sessions from the “Give ‘em the PICKLE … and they’ll be back” series which incorporates customer service and leadership skill topics that kids can use when they return to their parks.

The Jellystone Park franchise system has partnered with Leave No Trace to offer its campers fun and educational programming and activities designed assist outdoor enthusiasts with their decisions about how to reduce their impacts when they hike, camp, picnic, snowshoe, run, bike, hunt, paddle, ride horseto s, fish, ski or climb.

Hands-on educational activities and games will introduce the kids to the seven principles of the Leave No Trace program. Plus, these activities can be taken back to your campground and used there as well.

The exact activities and times on the agenda will vary based on the ages of the kids who attend. Kid’s Camp is open to any child between the ages of 5 – 12 whose parent or guardian is a registered attendee at the Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo. Camp will operate Tuesday through Friday on the following schedule:

  • Tuesday,  7:30 a.m. to 6:30p.m.
  • Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5:30p.m.
  • Friday, 1:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Cost includes all activities, snacks and meals (lunch Tuesday – Thursday and dinner on Friday) throughout camp. Costs are minimal: $40 per day or $150 for all four days. Registrations are accepted on a first-come first-served basis and space is limited.

To register please complete the registration form and send your payment to ARVC at 9085 E. Mineral Circle, Suite 200, Centennial CO 80112 or call Margaret at (303) 681-0401 ext. 121 to pay by credit card. Registration forms can be obtained from http://www.arvc.org/Attendees-OutdoorHospitalityConference.aspx or by calling ARVC at (303) 681-0401. Space will not be reserved until registration forms and payments are received.

For more information contact Barb Youmans, senior director of administration and education, at byoumans@arvc.org or (303) 681-0401 ext. 118.