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State campground association executives from about 20 different states are expected to gather in Burleson, Texas, this week for the annual spring meeting of Campground As-sociation Management Professionals (CAMP).

The CAMP meeting is happening today and Wednesday (May 13–14) at the North Tex-as Jellystone Park in Burleson, according to an announcement.

Today’s program includes presentations by Bob Harris, an association management expert who will talk about strategic planning and risk management and Ron Hinkle, the legislative consultant to the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO), who will talk about his work with state campground associations and the best way to engage a legislative consultant.

Wednesday’s program will include presentations by Clyde Taylor, a Fairport, N.Y.-based marketing consultant. Beverly Gruber, the state executive for the Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association (PCOA), will provide a seminar on conference facility selection, contracts and related planning.

The two-day meeting will conclude with a trip to a local gun range for a shooting experi-ence and will be followed by a barbecue at the home of Brian Schaeffer, TACO’s executive vice president and CEO.

CAMP Vice President Michael Moore said the group normally meets in the Washington, D.C., area while campground association executives are attending the National Associ-ation of RV Parks & Campgrounds’ (ARVC) national issues conference. But since ARVC is not going to hold a conference in Washington this spring, CAMP members de-cided to have their meeting in Texas, he said.

“We thought it would be nice to have a change of venue and also make it more conven-ient for west-coast executives to attend,” Moore said.

CAMP’s executive committee includes President Don Bennett of Campground Owners of New York (CONY); Moore; Treasurer Debbie Sipe of the California Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (CalARVC); Secretary Gruber; and Past President Lori Severson of the Wisconsin Campground Owners Association (WACO).

CAMP is the nation’s only association specifically designed for campground-association-management executives.

“The purpose of our meetings is to get together and talk about the pertinent issues fac-ing each of our associations,” Moore said. “We typically have the same issues and we try to discuss solutions we’ve come across. We’re the only ones that know what the other state associations are going through. So our CAMP meetings are always a good way to network and share ideas on what’s working and what’s not.”

Sponsors of this week’s CAMP meeting include Lewiston, Me.-based Evergreen USA; Adventure Systems, a reservations platform based in Pittsford, N.Y.; and AGS, based in Crowley. For more information, visit www.campgroundexecs.org.