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C.A.M.P. executives meeting in Branson included, from left to right, President Joann DelVescio, who is also executive director of the New Jersey Campground Owners and Outdoor Lodging Association; Michael Moore, C.A.M.P’s public relations representative, who is also assistant executive director of the Texas Association of Campground Owners; Emily Simmons, president of the Campground Owners of New York; Secretary Dee Witting, who is executive director of the Carolinas Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds; Vice President Lori Severson, who is also executive director of the Wisconsin Association of Campground Owners; Bobby Cornwell, who is also executive director and CEO of the Florida and Alabama RV Park and Campground Association; Susan L. Brenton, executive director of the Arizona Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds; Lisa Thibodaux, executive director of the Louisiana RV Park and Campground Association; Jason Vaughan, executive director of the Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association, who was selected as C.A.M.P’s volunteer executive director; and Mary Arlington, who serves as executive director of the Colorado Campground and Lodging Owners Association, the Kansas Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds and the South Dakota Campground Owners Association. Photo courtesy of C.A.M.P.

The Campground Association of Management Professionals (C.A.M.P.) has officially registered as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and selected a board of directors, according to Michael Moore, a spokesman for the group.

“It was important for us to formalize our business structure to have the ability to do more on behalf of our members,” said Moore, who also serves as assistant executive director of the Texas Association of Campground Owners.

New officers for C.A.M.P. include President Joann DelVescio, who is also executive director of the New Jersey Campground Owners and Outdoor Lodging Association; Vice President Lori Severson, who is also executive director of the Wisconsin Association of Campground Owners; Secretary Dee Witting, who is executive director of the Carolinas Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds; and Lisa Thibodaux, who is also executive director of the Louisiana RV Park and Campground Association. Jason Vaughan, executive director of the Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association, was selected as C.A.M.P’s volunteer executive director.

C.A.M.P. has held two meetings this month, which coincided with the OHI’s Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo in Kansas City, Mo. and the Campground Owners Expo in Branson. OHI was formerly known as the National Association of RV Parks and Campgorunds. C.A.M.P. is comprised of the executive directors and CEOs of state campground associations across the country, so it makes sense for them to gather when they are already together for major industry conventions.

The Nov. 6 C.A.M.P. meeting in Kansas City included a presentation by Chris Bornemann, director of government affairs for the RV Industry Association (RVIA), who spoke about collaboration with RVIA.

Other topics included:

  • “Successfully Navigating the Intersection of Innovation and Burnout,” by Dr. April Dickson, of Avila University in Kansas City.
  • Prioritizing Association Insurance Needs: Is Yours Covered for Liability, Directors and Officers, theft and events?” by Kim Ayers, of Leavitt Recreation Insurance.
  • Larry Brownfield, KOA’s assistant vice president for franchise services, talked about how state associations can provide value to franchise networks.

The Nov. 28 meeting in Branson included the following discussion topics:

  • Throw Me A Bone: A fun session, facilitated by Lori Severson, in which executives brought up a problem or issue, one by one, and meeting participants provided their ideas before moving on to the next person.
  • The Business of Belonging: In this session, Nicole L. Rudner, CAE, talked about how to make a member “feel” like they are making a difference in the organization so they feel included and excited about volunteering.
  • Severson also provided training to C.A.M.P. members on a database program she uses to manage associations.

The Nov. 6 and Nov. 28 meetings included top state executives from Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Colorado, Kansas, South Dakota, Texas and Arizona.

Next year’s fall C.A.M.P. meetings will take place over two days preceding the 2024 Campground Operators Expo in Branson. C.A.M.P.’s spring meeting has yet to be announced. For more information on C.A.M.P. or for links to its affiliated state campground associations, visit www.campgroundexecutives.com.