The Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association (PCOA) capped off a successful camping season with its 43rd Convention and Annual Meeting Nov. 9-11 at the Holiday Inn in the central Pennsylvania community of Grantville.
Sixty-three campgrounds were represented at the convention while 41 vendors displayed their products and services during the trade show.
The assembled campground owners and managers expressed satisfaction with the 2006 camping season, said Jim Brenneman, PCOA president, noting, “Despite all potential challenges with gas prices and the current economy, I think everybody was pleased.”
Scott Goodkin, CEO of Productive Thinking Inc., Las Vegas, delivered the keynote speech titled “Driving Success With Attitude.” Also at the podium during the luncheon event was Outdoor World executive Mark Turner, who spoke about customer care.
PCOA presented an “appreciation award” to Evergreen Insurance for its support of the state association. Evergreen, which was started in 1986 by campground owners, offers discounts to new clients who join PCOA. Guy Gagnon, senior account executive, and Bryan Tolli, account executive, accepted the award.
PCOA reported that it earlier retained Pelland Advertising to revamp the association’s website at www.pacamping.com. A new logo also was designed and is in use.
The only elections were for two region director positions, as Mike Work, Yogi Bear Jellystone Park, Mill Run, was named in Region 2, and Mark Paone, Tanglewood Campground, Covington, in Region 3.
In his late summer newsletter to PCOA members, Brenneman, manager of Old Mill Stream Campground in Lancaster, shared his concern about “inventory availability” in the private campground business. The association membership is currently at an all-time high of 232 member campgrounds, but Brenneman urged his members to keep an eye on site availability for transient campers.
“In some parts of the state we are losing ground, like other states, to development of existing campgrounds into other uses,” he stated. “With our customer base growing and available site nights diminishing, my only hope is everyone should be thinking of expanding in this area. With government regulation slowing the expansion process, we should be making plans now. Let’s not miss the boat.”