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  • 17 Jan 2019 9:28 AM | KOA Owners Association (Administrator)


    JANUARY 2019                                                                                               

    CONTACT:  Jessi Kerlin


    Verona, Wis.–Commercial Recreation Specialists (CRS) is pleased to announce the addition of Recreation Specialist Kyle Siedlik. Kyle will be representing our project team in the Iowa and Nebraska territories and be a recreation solutions resource for complete park planning.

    As the former Recreation Consultant with Play & Park Structures, Kyle brings over 10 years of expertise to CRS. In his role there, Kyle focused on providing his clients with a seamless experience that included site layout assistance, green space development, conceptual design drawings, and information on grant and funding resources. These skills will serve Kyle well as he oversees both public and private sector client projects involving Splashpads®.

    “Kyle comes to CRS with great experience in sales, consulting and operations within the recreation industry. His experience and diverse skill set make him a valuable asset as CRS expands into Iowa and Nebraska. We are very excited to have him join our team.” Said CRS President Ron Romens.

    About Commercial Recreation Specialists

    CRS is headquartered in Verona, Wisconsin, with representatives in New Jersey, Iowa, Nebraska and Minnesota. It serves customers throughout the United States and the Caribbean. With over 40 years of combined industry experience, CRS not only supplies the highest quality equipment, it offers design, planning, installation and operations services. They provide careful analysis of each client’s facility and business goals in order to achieve the best recreation solution possible. CRS delivers unparalleled industry knowledge and proven success in the commercial recreation market with clients including municipalities, schools, YMCAs, athletic facilities, sports venues, amusement parks, family entertainment centers, campgrounds, resorts, summer camps, zoos and other recreation venues. For more information, you may contact the CRS corporate office at (608) 848-8781 or visit

  • 14 Nov 2018 5:59 PM | KOA Owners Association (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Kaaren Fox and Kate Kemker of Cooperstown KOA winners of the 2018 We Are Family Award.  Kaaren and Kate were nominated by Tim & Robyn Chilson of Meadsville KOA.

    Tim & Robyn's nomination letter:

    We would like to submit the owners of Cooperstown NY KOA, Kaaren Fox and Kate Kemker, for the “We are Family Award for 2018”.  Tim and I at Meadville KOA were in desperate need of a WorkKamper Couple.  Karen and Kate realized that their WorkKampers needed more hours than they could supply them, and we desperately needed help.  Basically, they sent their WorkKamper Couple to us in a very wonderful gesture of partnership and good will. 

    Jeff and Wendy Hollman have been a blessing beyond words to us this summer.  We owe this blessing in large part, to Cooperstown KOA.  Had Kaaren and Kate not been willing to help us, we may have not had any WorkKampers for this entire camping season.  We thank them for their generosity and good will. It was truly an act of “we are family”!

    This kind of good will is exactly what this award is all about.  Their generosity and thoughtfulness helped us greatly as Tim was recovering from a hospital stay and was still recovering.  I had been running the campground alone while Tim was in the hospital.  That might work for a couple of days in early May, but it surely would not have worked throughout the remainder of the season.  I can’t begin to tell you how much it meant to us, and how very grateful we are to them!         


    Tim & Robyn Chilson, Owners

    Chilson Holdings Company LLC D/B/A Meadville KOA Campground

    25164 State Hwy 27, Meadville PA 16335

  • 18 Jun 2018 1:50 PM | KOA Owners Association (Administrator)
    Bob Brown with Vernal/Dinosaurland KOA has a 1956 Chevy 3800 with 283 c.i. truck for sale.  See photos below.  Bob says "runs great but steers like a truck."  

    He is asking $6700 for it and can be reached by phone - 435-790-9728 or email

  • 14 Jun 2018 2:05 PM | KOA Owners Association (Administrator)

    KOA Owners Association is proud to announce we have endorsed a new insurance agency. The endorsed insurance agency is Leavitt Recreation & Hospitality Insurance!  Many of you are already familiar with Leavitt as they are the largest single insuring agency of KOAs.  As part of their endorsement, the OA is earning compensation for all business you place with Leavitt, We are also proud to announce a new member benefit with Leavitt.  With Leavitt the Owners Association will offer a Worker’s Compensation Insurance Program.  They have an exclusive agreement with an A rated carrier who has agreed to separate KOA from other campgrounds and allow us to earn rewards based on our own loss ratio, rather than being lumped in with all the other campgrounds nationwide.  We encourage you to visit with Leavitt today to see what insurance solutions they have for you!  Leavitt will be working with a benefits carrier to try to bring employee benefits to the table and leverage the power of the OA.   Join the Owners Association today and contact Leavitt Recreation at 800-525-2060! Also Leavitt will provide $100 toward lunch as well as representation for your next state/provincial owners association meeting and the OA will provide $150.  (This is a once a year deal).

    Phone:  800-525-2060

  • 19 Mar 2018 12:31 PM | KOA Owners Association (Administrator)

    2017 Area Resolutions

    Decisions by Board of Directors 2018 Winter Meeting

    Area 1

    Eliminate royalties on the revenues generated by the discount codes for the following events:  Come Camp and Care With Us Weekend, Fathers Day Kids Camp Free, and the Value Kard Appreciation Weekend.  Ashley Nettleton expressed a concern that not all KOAs participate in these promotional weekends because of loss of revenue.  If royalties are not collected, then more KOAs would participate.  A vote was taken for this resolution and passed.

    Board:  Homer moved we accept the resolution and Jim seconded.  Motion carried with two opposed and one abstention.

    Area 2

    1.    Whereas the Ohio Campground Owners Association has a concern regarding the structure of the Value Kard Appreciation (VKR) Weekend, we propose the following:

    ·         Value Kard Reward certificates should not be allowed to be redeemed on the VKR Appreciation Weekend.

    ·         This is VKR Appreciation Weekend and we believe that if someone buys a Value Kard after they make a reservation or during the reservation, then the free night should not be able to be used for that VKR Weekend.  Since we are using this weekend to say “thank you” to our valued KOA campers that have camped with us in the past, just buying a VKR for that weekend does not meet the spirit of the weekend.

    2.    Proposal for the following:  Would like to see a modification made to the national cancellation policy whereas the national and campground specific cancellation policies appear one night after each other on the document versus campground policy at the bottom.  We feel this change would help minimize confusion and increase our business.

    Board:  (Resolution 1) Tim motioned that the resolution be rejected.  Craig seconded and the motion to reject was approved.

    (Resolution 2) Craig motioned and Libby seconded that the resolutions be accepted.  Motion was approved.

    Area 3

              It was requested that KOA develop a 3rd tier award to honor those campgrounds that are performing at the top of the system.  Utilizing the same criteria and weighting system they use for the Presidents and Founders awards but making it sort of the gold medal of the system.  Thinking it would be the top 5 -10% of the system.

    This idea came from the discussion that more than half of the campgrounds are achieving the Founder's award and it is time to set a new stretch target for those that have been achieving the Founder's award to push themselves to a higher level.  Chris Rademacher was "elected" to make the resolution at the OA meeting.

    Board:  Libby moved that the resolution be accepted.  Cheryl seconded.  The motion failed and was not accepted.  Homer moved to reject the motion, Jim seconded.  The motion to reject was approved.

    Area 4

    We, the Texas Owners Association, ask that the National KOA Owners Association request the KOA, Inc. allow franchisees to specify up to 14 days to be excluded/blackout from KOA Quality Assurance Review.

    Board:  Jim Brown moved Homer seconded that we reject the proposal.  The motion to reject was approved.

    Area 5

    1.    Increase the amount for the billboard program to 1,500 with latitude for special conditions such as installation costs dispersed over monthly billing.  Motion made by Kevin Oster, Miles City, MT; seconded by Kim Carranza

    2.   Motion by Kim Carranza, Twin Falls KOA, seconded by Dave Nelson, Cheyenne KOA regarding the pin pads.  Seek a way to refund the monthly charge and dip charge until they are operational.  Refund the monthly charges so far incurred and seek a way to not have to pay for terminals that are not in use.

    Board:  (Resolution 1) Iris moved we accept the resolution.  Craig seconded.  The motion was approved.

    (Resolution 2) Homer moved and Tim seconded that we accept the resolution.  The motion was approved.

    Area 6

    Resolution to Increase KampSight Support Coverage.  Greetings KOA Owners Association:  To support KOA’s effort to provide the best guest experience possible, the members of Area 6 of the KOA Owners Association unanimously request that the Association request of KOA Corporate Home Office to include KampSight support coverage on Sundays and Holidays and increase the depth of existing coverage to achieve 80% rate of calls being returned within 15 minutes.

    The primary reasons for this request is that:

    All members are open on Sundays and holidays; and,

    All members have employees and/or work-kampers; and,

    All members have turnover in employees and/or work-kampers; and,

    Every year there are new KOA owners.


    All members have ongoing KampSight training and support needs; and,

    Questions and issues needing KampSight Support to resolve are not limited to Mondays through Saturdays and non-holidays.

    There is no disagreement that “It is all about the guest experience.”  This includes registration, Value Kard Rewards and many other aspects of helping our guests.  Therefore, we are resolved in asking our KOA Home Office to better help us help our guests.  Thank you.  Cheers!  Members of Area 6 of the KOA Owners Association.

    Board:  Craig moved and Jim seconded that we accept the resolution.  The motion was approved.

  • 07 Dec 2017 12:53 PM | KOA Owners Association (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Jerry and Delinda Benedict, 2017's WorkKamper of the Year Award!  Jerry and Delinda were nominated by Linda and John Evans, of Albuquerque KOA.


    You can read the nomination letter here.

    Congratulations to all the WorkKampers who were nominated!  It was a tough choice for the Awards Committee.  Other nominees:

    Jeffrey Bartlett, nominated by James Mackin, Allentown KOA - read his letter here.
    Keith Wilson nominated by Missoula KOA - read the letter here.
    Tracy Taylor nominated by Joni Schmidt, Devils Tower KOA - read the letter here.

    Wayne & Brenda Brown nominated by Mark & Karla Lemoine, Coloma/St. Joseph KOA - read the letter here.

  • 07 Dec 2017 12:48 PM | KOA Owners Association (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Jerry Dale!  

    2017 We Are Family Award Winner

    Pictured:  Greg Batts (President of the OA) presenting Jerry Dale with the 2017 We Are Family Award

  • 04 Oct 2017 9:18 AM | KOA Owners Association (Administrator)

    The following is the Owners Association Schedule at the 2017 KOA Convention in Phoenix.

    Tuesday, November 14
    9:00am - 4:00pm
    OA Board Meeting
    North 228A

    Wednesday, November 15
    8:00am - 3:00pm
    OA Registration
    West 301 C & D

    TopGolf Event for Care Camps
    11:00am - 2:00pm

    Thursday, November 16
    4:45pm - 5:45pm
    OA Area Meetings
    See KOA Program

    Friday, November 17
    OA Annual Meeting
    3:30pm - 4:30pm
    North 229A

    Friday, November 17
    4:45pm - 5:45pm
    OA New/Old Board Meeting
    North 228A

  • 02 Oct 2017 4:38 PM | KOA Owners Association (Administrator)



    In accordance with Article IV, Section 4, of the By-Laws of the KOA Owners Association, notice is hereby given that the Annual Meeting of the Association will be held on Friday November 17, 2017 starting at 4:45 pm in Phoenix, AZ. Such Association business as may be appropriate will be discussed and acted upon.

    For those who may not attend the Annual Meeting, an Official Proxy in accordance with Article III, Section 3 of the By-Laws is available by mail or email:  Please submit your proxy to the Association office by November 3, 2017 if you will be unable to attend the meeting.

    Kampground Owners Association
    William Ranieri, Executive Director

  • 29 Aug 2017 6:44 PM | KOA Owners Association (Administrator)
    If you have any damage from Hurricane Harvey, the KOA Owners Association has a Disaster Relief Program. More information can be found here:  DISASTER RELIEF.  

    You are all in our thoughts and prayers.  Please let us know how we can help and feel free to call or email us:  1-800-678-9976 or

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