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Left to Right: Gregg Pitman, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Campground Owners Association,  and Debbie Smith, Office Manager, Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association, listen to Peter Daniels, Executive Director of the Vermont Campground Association, during CAMP round table discussions.

Left to Right: Gregg Pitman, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Campground Owners Association, and Debbie Smith, Office Manager, Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association, listen to Peter Daniels, Executive Director of the Vermont Campground Association, during CAMP round table discussions.

The spring meeting of Campground Association Management Professionals (CAMP) has concluded after two days of engaging presentations and enlightening round table discussions, according to an announcement from the group. The meeting was held May 19-20 at the Kaatskill Mountain Club in Hunter, N.Y., in the northern Catskills region.

The two-day meeting was hosted by Donald G. Bennett, Jr., president of CAMP and president and CEO of Campground Owners of New York, the trade association of privately owned campgrounds in New York State.

Leaders of associations from around the U.S. participated.

CAMP-logoCAMP was formed in 1991 when several state campground and RV park association executives got together and formalized their meetings held in conjunction with the annual ARVC convention.

They learned that sharing information and issues within their state, and programs offered within other states, helped each of them run a better association for their members.

CAMP meets twice a year, in the spring and at the annual ARVC convention in the fall.

Day one of the 2015 Spring CAMP meeting included presentations by two experts in the field of branding and international travel.

Most of day two was spent in session with consultant Clyde Taylor, president of Taylor Communications. Taylor works with service organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada in the areas of staff development, marketing communications, recruitment and retention, strategic planning, and market research.

Taylor’s presentation was entitled, “Creating Collaboration Connection Plans: Building Partnerships … Maximizing Mutual Outcomes.” According to Taylor, the presentation was customized for CAMP attendees to, “help you become a skilled collaborator so you can do more with less within your association.”

Each attendee received a detailed workbook binder to take back to their associations and devise a plan for collaboration.

Bennett was enthusiastic about Taylor’s presentation, as well as the overall educational experience at the CAMP meeting.

“I’m just thrilled that everyone who came to this CAMP meeting was able to walk away with many new ideas and tools — especially this workbook — to share with their associations and spark strategic planning and productive results in their own states.”

Bennett also thanked sponsors of the CAMP meeting. “I’d like to thank Clyde Taylor for sponsoring and personally cooking a homemade hot breakfast for everyone on Tuesday. And, we very much appreciate and thank AGS for sponsoring our delicious Wednesday lunch.”

A scheduled session on search engine optimization planned for late afternoon was postponed.

Day two wrapped up with additional roundtable discussions, similar to the day one wrap up. This day’s topics included dues structures, associate memberships, member benefits and member services, conference sponsorships, and challenges in conference planning.

Bennett asked state executives to mark their calendars for the 2015 Fall CAMP meeting, to be held Nov. 3-4 in conjunction with the annual ARVC Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo in Daytona Beach, Fla.

For more information about CAMP, visit www.campgroundexecs.org.