From left to right: KARVC Director Shawn Blackwell, KARVC President Charlie Reaser and Jodie Bartelson (Wellington KOA Holiday).

Campground owners from across Kansas are in the midst of enjoying their less hectic winter season, while plans for a bustling spring and summer are taking shape. Occupancy is expected to be strong this year, given all indicators from the RV industry.

To assist in informing and inspiring campground owners, the Kansas Association of RV Parks & Campground (KARVC) is hosting its annual gathering on Feb. 27 at the Four Seasons RV Acres in Abilene. Aside from a short business meeting and standard election, attendees will hear presentations on cyber security, making ADA compliance a little less overwhelming, and some new programs offered through the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC).  

Attendees will also be introduced to a variety of Kansas-made items they might consider offering in their camp stores.

“Stereotypically, Kansas is thought of as a pass-through state,” said KARVC Executive Director Mary Arlington. “We’ve experienced that when travelers are exposed to what Kansas has to offer, they often either slow their pace or make plans to return. We’ll be exposing campground owners to more things Kansas at this event.”

“It’s wonderful to welcome everyone to our campground and dealership,” said Carolyn Fenn, KARVC treasurer and co-owner of Four Seasons RV Acres, the campground that is hosting the gathering. “We’ve been a member for about 20 years and we always look forward to this annual event.”

“I was pleased to welcome Jeanne Squier of Beaumont Hotel & RV Park to our board a few months ago,” said KARVC President Charlie Reaser. “New people bring new ideas. I believe we might see others becoming more active at this meeting as well.  Together we can do more.

“These gatherings are very educational,” he added. “There’s a wealth of information regarding park operations and management. The time together is also about having some fun and tending to some healing. That’s what happens when we spend time with people who have the same career and who face the same struggles. And let’s not overlook the rewards. We appreciate the achievements of everyone in the room. Together is better. I hope we even see some non-members. Kansas campground owners really can do more together.”

You can contact KARVC at www.karvc.org if you want to learn more about the conference.