Whether you’ve been running a campground for decades or just looking to get started, there are few resources more helpful than connecting with fellow campground owners to learn how to grow your business.

Are there events for campground owners?

Even after the uncertainty of 2020, yes!

However, between the global pandemic changing the landscape of camping and peak seasons eclipsing one another, it can be a challenge for park owners to find time or opportunities to connect and stay on top of a rapidly growing industry. Not to worry, we went ahead and found a list of in-person and online events that are sure to fit any schedule and situation.


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In-Person Opportunities for Campground Owners

Prefer meeting people the old fashion way? We get it. While there are sure to be adjustments along the way, here’s a list of in-person events and conferences to connect with other campground owners and vendors.

Please note that many events for campground owners are run by national or state associations. You may need a membership or a campground in that state to attend.

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ARVC’S 2021 Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo

WHY CAMPGROUND OWNERS SHOULD GO:

Last year the ARVC did a great job adjusting their annual conference to an online experience, and they were still able to virtually deliver a fruitful experience for attendees with digital exhibitor booths, scholarships, disaster relief grants, and over 25 educational seminars. Regarding last year’s event, ARVC Executive Director, Paula Horwtiz said “There isn’t another event in the industry like OHCE, and we are so excited to be able to bring it to you every year…” (via ARVC website).

While there aren’t a lot of details available yet, this year is sure to be another hit. Visit the ARVC website to stay tuned.

PAST SESSIONS:

  • Building a Campground Waterpark
  • Designing and Building Your Campground for Financial Viability
  • Knowing Who Your Customer Is
  • Facility Management
  • The Evolution of Camping

HOSTED BY:

The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) 

WHEN:

November 8-11, 2021

WHERE:

Raleigh, N.C.

COST:

TBD

LEARN MORE:

National Association for RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC)

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WACO Convention & Trade Show

WHY CAMPGROUND OWNERS SHOULD GO:

Save the date and join over 300 Wisconsin park owners for the 57th WACO Convention. Whether you’re looking to brush up on social media best practices, learn landscaping trends in the outdoor community, renew certifications, or connect with any of the 190 vendors, this is THE event for the Wisconsin Camping community.

Need someone to watch the kiddos? This family-friendly event has you covered with a week-long “Kids Camp” for children to learn and play while you take full advantage of the convention itself.

YOU’LL FIND SESSIONS ON:

  • Landscaping
  • Motivating Employees
  • ServSafe Manager Certification
  • Pool Operator Certification
  • Legislative Issues
  • ADA Rules
  • Social Media

HOSTED BY:

The Wisconsin Association of Campground Owners (WACO)

WHEN:

March 16-20, 2021

WHERE:

Stevens Point, WI

COST:

$200 for in-state members (if purchased by January 31)

LEARN MORE:

wisconsincampgrounds.com

​CampCalNOW Educational Summit & Trade Show

WHY CAMPGROUND OWNERS SHOULD GO:

Pending any lasting state restrictions, the CampCalNow team is looking to commence their annual summit in the Spring, with topics spanning best practices for reservation software, to how to prepare for emergency situations. Hosted in Southern California, it’s one you’re going to want to mark on the calendar.

YOU’LL FIND SESSIONS ON:

  • Work Campers
  • California Legal Updates
  • Increasing Off Season Cash Flow
  • Removals and Evictions
  • Housing and Community Development
  • Active Shooter Lock Down Drills

HOSTED BY:

CampCalNOW RV Park & Campground Alliance

WHEN:

April 21-22, 2021

WHERE:

Lake Elsinore, CA

COST:

TBD

LEARN MORE:

CampCalNOW.org

TACO 2021 Meeting and Trade Show

WHY CAMPGROUND OWNERS SHOULD GO:

Despite a 2020 curveball, TACO is optimistic that they’ll be able to host their annual trade show and member event highlighting legislative updates, award winners, and vendor connections. Packed with breakout sessions and a keynote address, this is a great opportunity to connect with 350 other campground owners in Texas.

PAST SESSIONS:

  • Texas Legislative Updates
  • Marketing Methods and Best Practices
  • Handling Evictions and Theft
  • Building and Maintaining a Consistent Customer Base
  • Enhancing Guest Experiences

HOSTED BY:

The Texas Association of Campgrounds Owners (TACO)

WHEN:

April 27-28, 2021

WHERE:

Conroe, TX

COST:

$295 for members (if purchased by March 30)

LEARN MORE:

TacoMembers.com

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Florida and Alabama ARVC Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo 

WHY CAMPGROUND OWNERS SHOULD GO:

Join industry experts and speakers for a multi-day networking and educational event for campground owners and industry suppliers, focusing on improving business, cutting expenses, and promoting your park. Find a full schedule and list of speakers on their website.

YOU’LL FIND SESSIONS ON:

  • RV Industry Trends
  • Effective Social Media Campaigns
  • Updates in Outdoor Hospitality
  • Legislative Updates

HOSTED BY:

The Florida ARVC and Alabama ARVC

WHEN:

May 11-13, 2021

WHERE:

Orlando, FL

COST:

$375 for members (if purchased by April 15).

LEARN MORE:

RVParkConference.com

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Vacationland RV & Camping Show

WHY CAMPGROUND OWNERS SHOULD GO:

Join over 60 campgrounds for the 17th annual installment of the largest camping and RV show in Maine. This show is a great opportunity to network with vendors, connect with campers, and learn from industry leaders. Visit CampMaine for more details.

HOSTED BY:

The Maine Campground Owners Association (MECOA)

WHEN:

April 10-11, 2021

WHERE:

Auburn, Maine

COST:

$8 for adults. Free for children.

LEARN MORE:

CampMaine.com

CONY Exposition for the Outdoor Hospitality Industry

WHY CAMPGROUND OWNERS SHOULD GO:

This is CONY’s 58th time hosting, and they’ve got it down pat. Open to all campgrounds, regardless of CONY affiliation, this has proven to be a great opportunity to support the growth and success of independently run campgrounds.

HOSTED BY:

The Campground Owners of New York (CONY)

WHEN:

November 1-3, 2021

WHERE:

Niagara Falls, NY

COST:

TBD

LEARN MORE:

CampCONY.com


Online Events for Campground Owners

Understandably, there’s a fair amount of hesitation around attending events in-person—especially when you’re busy running your campground.

The best thing about online events is that they are more specialized and focused than RV park conferences and often take up less of your time. Many of the online events below are for webinars and sessions that can be watched live (or replayed) in an hour or two and focus on one singular topic, like finding the best insurance for your campground or how to build an interactive site map.

Rain or shine, here’s a list of some great digital opportunities for park owners to get connected online.

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ARVC Webinar Series and Workshops

WHY CAMPGROUND OWNERS SHOULD GO:

The ARVC is hosting a monthly series of complimentary webinars for their members with a number of topics including creative ways to engage campers, insurance FAQs for owners, and generating revenue with music.

Not a campground owner yet? Not a problem. They even have regular workshops for prospective owners looking to get started.

HOSTED BY:

The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC)

WHEN:

Monthly, see specific dates on their calendar

COST:

Webinars are free for members. Recorded workshops can be purchased for $600USD.

LEARN MORE:

ARVC.org

CCLOA presents Best Practices: Site Maps

WHY CAMPGROUND OWNERS SHOULD GO:

Interactive site maps are obviously a huge component of online reservations, which is why Colorado Campground & Lodging Owners Association is teaming up with Pelland Advertising to talk through how you can make the most of yours.

But this isn’t the only online event CCLOA is putting out this year. You can see other online webinars and sign up on the CCLOA website.

HOSTED BY:

Colorado Campground & Lodging Owners Association (CCLOA) and Pelland Advertising

WHEN:

January 13, 2021

COST:

Free for members. $95 for non-members.

LEARN MORE:

ColoradoCLOA

Canadian Outdoor Hospitality Conference and Expo

WHY CAMPGROUND OWNERS SHOULD GO:

For years the CCRVC has proven themselves to be an invaluable resource for Canadian parks, and this year they’re taking it a step further and hosting an inaugural conference. This year’s theme is “Celebrating New Beginnings,” and it will highlight record-breaking reservations, RV sales, and the new types of guests brought about by COVID-19.

HOSTED BY:

The Canadian Camping and RV Council (CCRVC) and CampCon

WHEN:

January 18-21, 2021

COST:

Starting at $199CAD for Members.

LEARN MORE:

CCRVC.CA

Insurance Considerations & How Risk Management Can Get You the Best Rates

WHY CAMPGROUND OWNERS SHOULD GO:

Join Damian Petty and Marvin Aga of Leavitt Recreation and the South Dakota Campground Owners Association for an afternoon of helpful information pertaining to everything “insurance,” where you can figure out the right protection for your park.

HOSTED BY:

South Dakota Campground Owners Association and Leavitt Recreation & Hospitality Insurance

WHEN:

February 3, 2021

COST:

Free for members. $95 for non-members.

LEARN MORE:

South Dakota Campground Owners Association

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How Campgrounds Can Thrive in the Pandemic

WHY CAMPGROUND OWNERS SHOULD GO:

Join dozens of campground owners and marketing industry experts for tips and tools on how to increase your campground’s online presence, as well as personal stories of campgrounds that were able to pivot and set themselves up for success in spite of COVID-19.

Also, just by attending, you could be entered to win free photography and web design for your campground. For more information or to sign up, visit CampgroundBooking.com/thrive/.

HOSTED BY:

CIPR Communications and CampgroundBooking.com

WHEN:

February 17, 2021

COST:

Free!

LEARN MORE:

CampgroundBooking.com


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More Opportunities to Connect

Connecting with other campground owners and RV park operators at events—online and in-person—is one of the best ways to learn the tools and skills you need to grow your campground. We hope this list helped you find the perfect event for you.

Here at Campground Booking, we host free webinars for campground owners—no membership required.

Want to join our February webinar or any of our future events? We’d love to have you! Click here to stay in the loop.


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