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Participants in Kampgrounds of America Inc.’s (KOA) popular KOA Work Kamper Program will be heading to the Stockton/Delta KOA Campground in Lodi, Calif.ifornia, on Sept. 30 for a Work Kamper Boot Camp.

The well-attended training event gives KOA Work Kampers an opportunity to hone their skills regarding KOA campground operation practices, as well become familiar with KOA’s proprietary KOA KampSight computerized campground reservation system, according to a news release.

The KOA Work Kamper Program has grown rapidly in the past five years to now include approximately 1,800 trained teams. Work Kampers are able to search for available jobs at KOA campgrounds throughout North America via thewww.WorkAtKOA.com website. The site allows Work Kampers to post their resumes and search all jobs posted by KOA owners.

All KOA Work Kampers are invited to attend the full-day, free Boot Camp. To become a KOA Work Kamper, visit www.WorkAtKOA.com. The cost of the program is $35 per year, and allows Work Kampers full access to resume management, job postings, online training webinars and on-site training such as Boot Camps.

For more information on the KOA Work Kamper Program, call (800) 562-0899 or email welovekamping@koa.net.

Camping has always been a part of Jane Fowler’s life. As far back as she can remember and Fowler, her husband, her kids and their families still go camping at least four times a year. But it’s not tents they pitch and they don’t own an RV.

“We’ve just been camping forever, but it’s so nice now to have the running water, the warm water, the refrigerator, the bathroom,” she said.

Starting last year, Kampgrounds of America (KOA) began adding “luxury park model kabins” to their sites nationwide. The KOA campground in Spartanburg added two of the new housing options this past winter. Each costs $119 per night for two adults and two kids, versus the $29 a night it costs to camp, but they’ve been booked consistently since, says Vicki Canto, a work camper with KOA who is currently stationed in Spartanburg.

The cabins offer television, multiple beds and rooms, bathroom, and a full kitchen and den area complete with all utensils and linens.

“If you are coming from the idea of camping in a tent, it’s definitely changing because a lot of people have these travel trailers, fifth wheels, motor homes, and they are really nice inside,”

“You have all the amenities and comforts of home, and the lodges are like that … except they don’t have a dishwasher or washing machine. But still you’re not giving up a whole lot to go camping.” Canto says.

What is being referred to as a “glamping,” or glamour camping, trend has even spilled into more primitive state parks too. Devils Fork State Park in Salem offers two- and three-bedroom villas in addition to campsites, and Lake Hartwell State Park in Fair Play added camper cabins in 2007. The one-room buildings are not fancy, says Kevin Evans, park manager at Devils Fork State Park, who was the Lake Hartwell park manager at the time, but they do offer an alternative to tents.

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About a year ago Kampgrounds of America — KOA Kampgrounds — came up with this crazy idea about parking some “silver bullet” Airstream trailers at their facilities and letting campers rent them like hotel rooms.

With fabulous hotel rooms up and down the Strip, would people really want to camp in an Airstream trailer when in Las Vegas? KOA worked a deal with Airstream, considered the Cadillac of the travel-trailer, to place 10 of its 25-foot Flying Clouds on KOA’s 366-space RV park at Circus Circus.

“Even in Las Vegas, there are some people who just like to camp out,” Shane Ott, then president and chief operating officer of KOA, said at the time.

Ott considered Las Vegas to be a perfect startup location because 4 percent of KOA’s most loyal customers reside in the greater Los Angeles area and he thought Southern California campers would embrace the Circus Circus Airstreams.

“We look at this as the best of both worlds,” said Ott, who is now a campground liaison for the parent company of Airstream. “You can enjoy the benefits of camping. You can grill outside, right next to where you’re staying. You can meet up with people who share that lifestyle. There’s a well-stocked convenience store in the campground and, if you want, you can just walk over to the hotel for your entertainment.

“And then, when you’re done for the day, you’ve got very comfortable accommodations.”

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