National ARVC Membership
Membership in the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds is included as part of the CalARVC dues for Regular and Extended Stay members.
This association offers national programs and information:
arvc’s flexible new Outdoor Hospitality Education Program (OHEP) is designed to give you relevant, real-life learning experiences that can help you become more skilled at operating and managing your campground. This self-paced program can be customized to help you achieve your specific goals and acquire the competencies you need to enhance your success.
When you enroll in the OHEP, you’ll become an active participant in your own learning. You’ll work toward your desired certification level by completing a series of real-world exercises and activities that relate directly to your responsibilities at your campground. You’ll also have a wide range of print and online resources available at your fingertips to help you increase your knowledge base and expand your campground management expertise.
OHEP offers four tiers of professional development certification:
• Outdoor Hospitality Associate (OHA), for individuals who are new to or considering entering the industry
• Outdoor Hospitality Generalist (OHG), for individuals who would like to grow within the industry, both personally and professionally
• Outdoor Hospitality Professional (OHP), for those who already have significant experience in the industry and desire additional training to enhance their professional knowledge, skills and abilities
• Outdoor Hospitality Executive (OHE), for those who have extensive industry experience and are responsible for long-term strategic and business planning for one or more businesses within the industry
The new arvc.org was officially launched in April 2013 with newly redesigned content and enhanced functionality and activity tracking to measure effectiveness and drive content strategy development. Site is designed to be “all things arvc” and to act as a centralized resource for member benefits, member features, news and upcoming events, updated frequently with timely, informative content.
• Supplier Marketplace directory enhancement
• Online registration for all arvc activities
• Exchange/forum to share ideas and information
The new print edition of the arvcVoice, distributed in the spring, summer and fall, will focus on park ownership issues and opportunities including marketing, staffing, safety, regulation requirements, professional development, operational excellence, current industry trends and innovation. Designed as an ongoing resource - every edition will include a complete, updated buyer’s guide for easy reference.
We’ve worked hard to develop a larger public relations outreach with an integrated messaging strategy, with more content distributed across a broader channel mix. Internally, through our existing and newly developed communication channels, we focus on sharing of best practices and unique operational ideas of member parks. We also address ideas on how campgrounds can be better prepared to react to changing market conditions, and current consumer trends. Externally we focus on highlighting arvc activities and how arvc has influenced outcome of critical industry issues and legislative activities. We look to position the RV park and campground industry as a relevant and cost effective consumer choice and present messaging the helps raise the overall profile of camping to the general public.
The new Go Camping America website was launched in 2012 and the new GCA Mobile website was launched in 2013. Our online RV park and campground directory is visited nearly one million times each year by campers planning their next adventure
The enhancements built for members include an intuitive interface to update information, better all-around functionality, more multimedia options and the ability to use park information in the website’s content to drive more consumers to more parks.
Members can take advantage of these listing benefits:
• Update park information anytime and to better manage Control critical park related information including park description, directions and a full list of amenities, services and other park features to choose from.
• Listings can be upgraded with additional photos, videos and promotion couponing links to further engage consumers.
• Add social media links which will appear with social media icons
• Recognition for Plan-it Green participation
• Full Guest Reviews ratings and comments
• Better integration with Google Maps, allowing users to easily find directions to the park.
arvc has expanded its role as a national advocacy leader in the industry through the legal/lobbying firm of McDermott, Will and Emery in Washington D.C. We have also taken a very active role in providing states with daily state legislative and regulatory monitoring through State Net.
• arvc, along with coalition partners, was successful in getting the Department of Justice to extend the compliance date for ADA pool lifts from March 15, 2012 to January 31, 2013.
• arvc, working behind the scenes in 2013 was successful in delaying a potential new regulation in the National Electric Code (NEC) requiring two ground rods at each electric pedestal which would have cost a 100 site park owner $7,000 - $10,000 with a potential cost to the private parks across the country in excess of $32 million.
• arvc developed the ADA Self-Evaluation form for our members to develop a business plan for all accessibility issues concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
• arvc is currently working with the U.S. Access Board who is developing guidelines for ADA campsites. We want to ensure our industry is represented in the guideline development process, not after the fact.
• arvc is working at becoming one of the sponsors of the NFPA 1194 which is the “Standard for Recreational Vehicle Parks and Campgrounds.” This is an important document that arvc utilizes regularly with state and local governments when they attempt to over-regulate the industry.
• arvc spearheaded a successful grassroots effort in 2012 providing comments to the NFPA committee for NFPA 1194 to remove four proposals. We also provided input for the proposed guidelines for waste treatment system design capacities.
• arvc, through our State Net program has already reviewed 6,184 proposed legislative and regulatory bills at the state level in just the first three months of 2013.
• Example of the benefit of arvc monitoring state issues: In South Dakota there was a Pharmacy Audit Integrity Program bill that included proposed regulations for advertising campsites, campsite reservations, and deposit and refund policies. We notified the state association SDCOA and they were able to get a Senator to remove it.
• arvc sponsors an annual National Issues Conference (May 7 & 8) where we make appointments for all attendees to meet with key Congressional leaders and staff on the “Hill” to promote relevant issues of the industry.
• arvc is currently working with state and local governments to keep Recreational Parks Trailers from being taxed as real property. Under current definitions they should be taxed as personal property and this has become a national state issue.
Group Discount Programs
For specific information on their programs, contact them directly:
National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds
9085 E. Mineral Circle, Suite 200 • Centennial, CO 80112
(303) 681-0401 • Fax (303) 681-0426 • (800) 395-2267 (members only)
website: gocampingamerica.com or www.arvc.org