John and Judi Durham, campground owners

The Maryland Association of Campgrounds and the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau recently announced that the association’s fall conference will be held Wednesday (Nov. 7) at the Antietam-Hagerstown KOA, near Williamsport, Md., the Hagerstown Herald-Mail reported.

About 60 people are expected to attend the event at the campground, which was damaged by Superstorm Sandy last week.

The meeting will be hosted by campground owners John and Judi Durham.

Some of the attendees will include campground owners and representatives from Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources and tourism organizations, including the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The association was founded in 1972, and is celebrating its 40th year. It is composed of private campground owners from across Maryland.

The Maryland Association of Campgrounds is an organization of private campgrounds dedicated to preserving, protecting and promoting the camping industry. The Maryland Association is a member of the Maryland Tourism Council, the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds  (ARVC) and the Northeast Campground Association.

Deb Carter is a lifetime certified park operator who serves as the volunteer executive director of the Maryland Association of Campgrounds. She also is a member of National ARVC board, and is the past chairwoman of Campground Association Management Professionals, or CAMP, which has members from across the United States, including Alaska.

Mike Irons, lifetime certified park operator from Ole Mink Farm in Thurmont, Md., is president of the Northeast Campground Association (NCA).