The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (National ARVC), with the support of outdoor industry leaders, formed a task force to explore the creation of voluntary baseline and enhanced standards for the private campground industry.
“Today’s camping consumer has a new set of expectations when camping so it is important that our industry develop these standards to meet those expectations,” said Paul Bambei, National ARVC president and CEO. “These standards will be voluntary, of course, but will also go a long way toward keeping our industry free of unwanted consumer scrutiny and government regulation.”
Topics the task force are considering include health and safety; security; general operations; terminology; environmental impact; customer experience; infrastructure and maintenance; recreation; and ethics. The voluntary standards are intended to complement the existing standards in NFPA 1194 and state codes that already exist.
The task force is led by former independent campground owner and National ARVC past chair Kathy Palmeri.
“National ARVC is the trade association for the almost 13,000 parks across the United States and in that role, must take the lead in setting best practices and standards,” Palmeri said. “With the dramatic changes we have seen in the industry in the past several years, now is the time to engage a diverse and growing consumer base and their expectations, as well as those of developers. This is changing the face of the industry, and we must be bold in setting a new course.”
Industry leaders participating in the task force include: Ann Emerson, Kampgrounds of America COO, past National ARVC Chair Chuck Hays and State Relations and Program Advocacy for National ARVC Senior Director Jeff Sims.