If you missed the new campground code training days or just want to refresh your memory, you can now access the training presentation right here! Click the link below to download the presentation and save it right to your computer! You can also find this presentation in the members section under “Important Documents > Miscellaneous > DHS Documents”
Check out this fabulous video by www.travelwisconsin.com! It sure makes us ready for summer and camping! Which WACO campground will you be making memories at this summer?
In conveying this message to representatives of the Columbia County Visitors Bureau on Wednesday, Lori Severson was preaching to the choir.
Severson, executive director of the Wisconsin Association of Campground owners, offered numerous ideas for partnerships that can be mutually beneficial, and profitable, for all concerned.
One of the first prizes went to a man who, when asked why it’s a good idea to reach out to other businesses who seek similar customers to yours, responded, “So you can steal ‘em.”
In most cases, Severson said, both businesses benefit from partnerships.
“The more ways we can figure out to do that,” she said, “the better we do.”
The Wisconsin Association of Campground Owners hosted its 53rd annual convention March 16 – 20, 2016 at the Holiday Inn and Convention Center in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. The week was full of educational seminars, the largest campground trade show in the country, a five-day kids camp, special guests, fun events and much more.
The highlight of the week was honoring a very special campground that is a longstanding member of the association and inducting them into the WACO Hall of Fame.
Buffalo Lake Camping Resort, located in Montello, Wisconsin, has been a family owned and operated resort for more than 20 years. Resort hosts (and new grandparents!) Linda and Gary Doudna were ecstatic to receive the award. As they stood in front of all association members in attendance and spoke about how they were first introduced to the campground industry, the Montello community and their family, the entire room could feel the pride and excitement the couple has about their business.
Lori Severson, the association’s Executive Director, presented the award to Linda and Gary on stage. “The WACO organization really couldn’t have chosen a better recipient of the Hall of Fame award this year. Linda and Gary are a pleasure to work with in this industry. Their knowledge and expertise in the business really is second to none.” said Severson. “Linda, Gary and their entire family are respected members of this association and we sincerely thank them for all they have done and continue to do for our organization and the Wisconsin camping industry as a whole.”
Gilbert Brown, former Green Bay Packer and Super Bowl Champion, of The Gilbert Brown Foundation partners with the WACO organization and regularly attends the WACO Convention. “I’ve been working with The Wisconsin Association of Campground Owners and helping out at their annual convention for years now and it’s always a great time.” said Brown. “These campground owners are some of the best people I’ve ever met. They love their business and care about providing the best experience possible to families that visit their parks each year. Linda and Gary are no exception to that. Listening to them talk about their campground and their family really represented what it’s all about for these campground owners. They love their business, this industry and the people who make it all worth it.”
Buffalo Lake Camping Resort is the perfect destination for anyone anxious to experience all that Marquette County has to offer. Centrally located in Wisconsin, Buffalo Lake Camping Resort is the ideal place for relaxation and excitement of all varieties. Outdoor enthusiasts will love the many recreational opportunities that abound. Nearby lakes, rivers and parks provide fishing, paddling, ATV and cycling opportunities sure to please. Their sparkling solar heated pool lets guests splash and stay cool, but for those who want more wet and wild fun, they are just a short drive from the “Waterpark Capital of the World”, Wisconsin Dells. For more, visit them at www.buffalolakecamping.com.
A big thank you to all of the campground members, out of state campgrounds and trade members who attended the 2016 WACO Convention in Stevens Point! We had such a great time, as always, seeing our WACO family! We hope everyone had an amazing week filled with fun, education and new experiences! Check out this great convention recap video from
Save the date for the 2017 WACO Convention
in Stevens Point, WI! March 15-19, 2017
The following link contains all the details for modifications made to the new campground code.
Last month, WACO sent out a survey about current reservation systems that our members are using. We are hoping this helps fellow members in choosing a reservation system if they are in the market for upgrades! The following are results of the survey from 20 respondents and their thoughts concerning their current system.
As we suspected, the usual “Paper and Pencil” answer showed up a couple times along with the explanation of “Can’t beat the old-fashioned way!” However, for those of you that have tried the “old-fashioned way” and are ready for an upgrade, here are the three that were most recommended:
- Campground Master
All three were given a 3 or higher when asked “How would you rate your current system?” Comments about all three include user-friendly, great option of reports, database tracking, and reasonable cost. While it will vary from campground to campground, these three are definitely ones to consider!
We all have our moments of last minute packing, or the realization that we forgot something important like shampoo, your swimsuit, etc. The worst though is when you are finally at the campground, you are unpacking and settling in when it hits you… You forgot x, y, and z! This list is a breakdown of what many people don’t think to grab before they leave to go camping.
- Wet Wipes: The always handy-dandy wet wipes. While most remember to bring paper towels, wet wipes are a great addition to your campsite. There isn’t a mess that these bad boys can’t handle!
- Batteries: When you least expect it, batteries always seem to die. Especially at the most crucial time!
- Hammer: Just a smart and handy tool to carry with.
- Trash Bags: This item is often overlooked! It is always a good idea to throw in extra trash bags just to be prepared.
- First Aid Kits
- Bug Spray/Sunscreen
- Power Strip: You can never fully get away from technology and electronics these days can you?
- Travel Mug: This can be handy for coffee of course, but also used for other drinks, or taking your drink to go from the campground bar & grill.
- Duct Tape
- Pack of Matches/Lighter: This is the #1 forgotten item when going camping! Make sure you don’t leave home without it..unless you want a cold and dark campsite at night.
Campground Expos such as Kampgrounds of America (KOA) and Leisure Systems Inc. (LSI) presented some interesting new products. One that caught our eye, was something yummy! We don’t know what it is, but since our CandyLand theme is coming around soon for convention, we just can’t keep our eyes off food! Meet Stuff’n Mallows- by Fort Collins Specialty Foods. It launched 19 months ago with all-natural, handmade gourmet marshmallows that have chocolate inside. If chocolate insides don’t do it for you, try their other flavors such as mint chocolate or peanut butter chocolate varieties.
How did Stuff’n Mallows come to be? It started out as entrepreneurs in a class project at Colorado State University who won a business plan competition. They have 170 retail locations in 35 states. We think this product is perfect for our campground style!
As a campground, your high season is in the warm months of summer. So what keeps you going in the winter? Is it the planning for the next year? Or maybe coming up with fun winter ideas to bring to your campground restaurant or other attraction to keep people coming in on those cold winter months? Whatever it is, we have compiled a list of wintry wonders for you to check out to keep you in the mood!
- Cookie Recipe Sharing: share your favorite holiday cookies with others and let them share theirs!
- Christmas Tree/Ornament Decorating: make it a contest!
- Search for the “Abominable Snowman:” cut two large foot prints out of exterior plywood. Strap on these “feet” and tramp through the snow, backtracking and walking over ice to add to the challenge. End the course near a warm-up hut or cabin and have a hot drink. Those who establish the course may want to erect a huge snowman at the end of the course.
- Owl Prowl: night hike out, sit quietly, and have someone do a good (not cartoon) owl call. On clear nights you can hear them return their calls and they will come to you if you are extremely quiet. It’s a hoot! End the evening with a campfire and lots of hot chocolate.
- Hold your own “Winter Games”- sort of like the Olympics.
What are your ideas?