CAMPGROUND MEMBERSHIP

WHO’S ELIGIBLE  Owners or managers of Kansas campgrounds or RV parks, as well as those who are building their parks, are eligible to join. The campground becomes the member, so the staff of each campground is also a member. Owners of multiple Kansas campgrounds may join at a reduced fee when more than one campground joins us.

MEMBERSHIP TERM  Membership runs January through December, yet dues must be received by 10/1 of the previous year for a member listing in the Kansas RV & Camping Guide.

JOIN  Please complete this application and worksheet and submit it with your dues payment. After approval, we will activate your full benefits and will notify the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC) to do the same.

  • New members joining after January pay prorated dues (e.g., if you’re joining in June, divide the total dues by 12 and multiply by 7 to calculate your prorated dues).
  • New members joining from August through December pay prorated current years dues and their full dues for the following year. If the form shows only the current year’s dues, please alert us so we can get the updated dues calculation to you. IF YOU WANT TO JOIN NOW, your dues calculation through December 2019 is: $3.23 per campsite + $455. Again, please also complete this application and worksheet.

ARVC NEW LOGOBENEFITS The seed of KansasARVC was planted when several campground owners met to see how others were managing their businesses: Networking. In the decades since that first meeting, members have expanded our purpose and mission. Partnering with the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC), working closely with the tourism segment of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, joining and maintaining a leadership role with the Travel Industry Association of Kansas, and working with other professional organizations, we now offer eight (8) distinct programs:

  1. Networking with campground owners.

Examples:  Our annual gathering, the shared roster of campground members, freedom to request that the KansasARVC office distribute an email to seek suggestions or to announce that they have something for sale, ARVC’s annual conference, and the ARVC Exchange (online forum for member questions and discussions).

  1. Networking with industry suppliers (this includes both our members and those of ARVC’s).

Examples:  Networking with our industry supplier members as found on this website and in ARVC’s handbook, on ARVC.org, and at ARVC’s annual conference and expo.

  1. Professional development on best practices of campground operations and management and industry trends.

Examples:  Our annual gathering, Tuesday Tips emails, occasional webinars, and ARVC’s annual conference, school, and publications, and more.

  1. Marketing to campers.

Examples:  Member listing in the printed Kansas RV & Camping Guide (only when dues are received by 10/1 of the prior year), plus member listing on KSRVParks.com mentions on our Facebook page (and probable mentions on Twitter plus marketing by ARVC’s GoCampingAmerica brand name.

  1. Purchasing power.

Examples:  Members receive better rates than non-members with MCPS For Campgrounds, as well as ARVC’s programs for the music license, propane, office supplies, John Deere®, NFPA 1194® publication and other operational publications, and more.

  1. Industry public relations.

Example:  Researching and distributing press releases and social media posts that are relevant to campgrounds or campers. ARVC has readily assisted in distributing the messages to an even broader reach of media outlets in other states, especially pinpointed to areas where campers were cancelling due to the media hype of natural disasters.

  1. Monitoring of legislative and regulatory affairs (advocacy; watchdog).

Earlier, an industry supplier prevented a change in an electric regulation, saving every campground in the country $70 – $100 per campsite. KansasARVC and ARVC have stood up for many other issues that impact small businesses, tourism, and the campground and RV industries.

  1. Assisting with local authorities having jurisdiction.

Examples:  Several members have reached out for assistance with local pressures that have already been addressed in NFPA 1194®. KansasARVC and ARVC have played key roles in enlightening the local authorities.

Two truths exist about these eight:

  1. Although the programs are numbered 1 through 8, your ranking of priority will likely differ from someone else’s.
  2. We aren’t here to be everything to everyone, yet we exist for everyone, and these programs exist because there’s been significant need for each.

 HERE IN KANSAS: When creating our programs and determining our dues calculation, we factor in many details, including a few we’ll mention here.

Most Kansas campgrounds fall into one category, and most fall into multiple categories:

  • Overnight campgrounds
  • Vacation destinations, whether it’s for a weekend or even a few weeks
  • Long stays who are in the area to work (go to work all day)
  • Long stays who come for the entire summer (live onsite all day; form a community)
  • Residential (at least some sites are purchased)
  • Weekenders who leave their RVs at the campsite all season but who return home for their workweek

While most Kansas campgrounds are open all year, usually with limited services during the winter, a few choose to close for the winter.

Further, we understand that:

  • Some will never read any email from us.
  • Some don’t even receive our packages and emails (their own internal communications).
  • Some will never attend the annual meeting, even when it’s in their own city.
  • Some don’t desire (actually cringe at) marketing to campers that they already cannot accommodate.
  • Most say they gain the legislative protection without being a member. (We feel they fail to recognize that our ability to influence legislators is directly related to our ability to seek assistance from every Kansas campground owner during the legislative season. The more members the greater the reach to the elected officials.)
  • Some will never change suppliers or even think to reference our list, even if we can save them some money.
  • Some will never think to lean upon us as a resource for guidance or new ideas.
  • Some will delete every single Tuesday Tip email, and they won’t attend ARVC’s school or any of our webinars or seminars.

So we reiterate two truths that we work around as we cater to the needs of Kansas outdoor hospitality industry:

  1. Although the programs are numbered 1 through 8, your ranking of priority will likely differ from someone else’s.
  2. We aren’t here to be everything to everyone, yet we exist for everyone, and these programs exist because there’s been significant need for each.

JOIN US! KansasARVC would enjoy serving 100% of the Kansas campground owners. If you’re not yet a member, the first step joining is to complete this application and worksheet and submit it with your dues payment. After approval, we will activate your full benefits.

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