The CampCalNow RV Park & Campground Alliance is putting the final touches on its upcoming Summit at @the Grounds event enter in Roseville, Calif. — the first such summit for the association since the COVID crisis began.
Taking place April 5-6, the two-day conference and tradeshow will include panel discussions on several key topics of interest to park operators in California, including “Solutions to Dealing with Fires” with expert suggestions on preparation, mitigation, hydration and collaboration from representatives of CalFire, Tahoe National Forest, Leavitt Recreation and Hospitality Insurance, the California Office of Emergency Services, and a certified forester from a tree care company called A Plus Tree Inc. There will also be a demonstration of the Silvertip Towers’ fire suppression systems.
CampCalNOW is also excited to have representatives from the California Dept. of Insurance and California Dept. of Housing and Community Development who will be attending the Summit.
Dyana Kelley, president and CEO of CampCalNow, told WOODALLSCM.com (WCM) that there are 122 individuals representing 65 parks registered for the event so far, with 40 vendors set to take part during the association’s tradeshow.
“I have a really amazing program I will be introducing as part of our partnership with the American Glamping Association and Glamping Hub,” she explained. “Also the food is going to be amazing and worth every penny of the registration cost.”
This marks CampCalNOW’s first return to a tradeshow format in 10 years, noted Kelley.
“It has been a lot of work, but I am actually getting excited,” she noted. “One thing I am realizing is that I don’t know if I will recognize people after being away for so long, and some people I have been talking to for three years now and have never met them.”
A representative from the American Glamping Association will lead a session on “How to add glamping to your park,” with suggestions on the types of accommodations, from glamping tents and other eco-structures to covered wagons and park models, that appeal to glamping enthusiasts. Vendors will also be on hand to showcase their glamping units.
Another panel discussion will address the topic of electric vehicles and what parks need to do to prepare for increasing numbers of guests who arrive with electric vehicles that need to be charged.
“There are some huge changes coming to the industry,” Kelley said, referencing the increasing consumer interest in both glamping and electric vehicles.
The Rudderow Law Group will provide seminars on “Guest Removals and Evictions,” as well as “New Rules and Best Practices for 2022.”
A representative from the California Department of Housing and Community Development will discuss “Solutions to Permitting Accommodations.”
An optional early bird dinner will be available on the evening of April 4 for those who would like to meet with vendors and convention attendees before the Summit begins. For more information, visit https://www.campcalnow.org/.
Jeff Crider contributed to this article.