Campground operators in Oregon have formed the Oregon RV Park and Campground Association (OARVC) which is affiliating with the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC).
Association incorporation papers were filed with the state in June by members of a seven-member organizing committee, said committee secretary Debbi Blodgett, co-owner of Fish Lake Resort, Medford.
The OARVC board is expected to be formed after the first of the year, Blodgett said. By then, she said, OARVC should have 30 members.
“We are just getting started on a membership drive,” she said. “We had to take a step back during the summer because we were all busy with our campgrounds.”
Previously, approximately 20 Oregon parks were associate members of the California Travel Parks Association (CPTA), an affiliation Blodgett said the new Oregon association wants to maintain. About 50 parks, she said, had a direct membership with ARVC, rather than through a state association.
Both ARVC and CPTA supported creation of the new association and assisted financially.
Momentum to establish their own association built among campground owners when Oregon voters, with the backing of the Oregon Lodging Association (OLA), approved a 1% lodging tax, the revenue from which is intended to promote Oregon as a tourist destination.
Although some campgrounds were members of the OLA and generally supported the lodging tax, campground owners found they had little say in how the revenue was to be spent.
“The issues that were of concern to hotels and B&Bs were very different from the concerns of campground owners,” Blodgett said. “That’s one of the reasons we needed a new organization.”
Blodgett said a data base of all Oregon campgrounds to determine potential membership currently is being assembled. CPTA will continue to provide benefits to Oregon parks including a website and vendor discounts.
The annual membership fee will be $400, regardless of the size of the park Blodgett said, adding that the association is expected to explore creating an associate membership for smaller parks. “There are too many 10- and 20-unit parks out there that really can’t afford the full membership,” she said.