Three from Colorado attend industry roll-out of national standards seminars

DENVER, Colo.  – The Colorado Campground Owners Association applauds three of its members for attending the National ARVC Foundation Practitioner Certificate for NFPA 1194 seminars.

  • Rick Spear of Jellystone Park of Estes
  • Rick Stauter of Cutty’s Hayden Creek Resort, and
  • Mari Garland of Junction West RV Park

The trio spent March 6 deeply focused on learning the national standards of the industry. The all-day session was held at Colorado Springs KOA, and was taught by ARVC’s Senior Director of Education, Barb Youmans.

According to the ARVC Foundation, the program “is designed to ensure that park owners and operators have an in-depth knowledge of the current standards for RV Parks and Campgrounds. This will provide practitioners with knowledge of best practices and the necessary resources to work with regulatory agencies when designing or modifying existing facilities.”

Mary Arlington, CCLOA’s executive director, says, “I’m so grateful to Rick, Rick and Mari. Certainly, it’s mostly for their businesses, but they know it goes deeper. National ARVC has led the way for us to inform Authorities Having Jurisdiction that these standards have been well analyzed as they were created. AHJs dictate over various components of building, maintaining and operating campgrounds, yet many aren’t aware that national standards are already in place. There is no reason for each state or county to reinvent the wheel.”

Arlington continues, “I know ARVC is working from Washington, .DC., down, and CCLOA is working in Denver, but empowering campground owners with the knowledge to share with their local authorities helps drive it the rest of the way. Together we really can achieve much more!”

The coursework covers a full range of standards on RV park and campground design, construction, definitions, fire safety, potable water, wastewater, and much more.

The document was originally first adopted in 1940 and, obviously, has had many revisions over the decades. The most current document is the 2018 edition. A copy can be purchased online, and CCLOA and ARVC members can order a copy at low special member pricing on

Arlington concludes, “We hope many more campground owners become inspired to sign up for the program. It will be offered again at ARVCs school in July in Denver, at ARVC’s national conference in Oklahoma City in November, as well as in other states at other times of the year.”

SOURCE: Colorado Campground Owners Association  press release

Ronnie Wendt

Ronnie Wendt

Ronnie Wendt has been a writer/editor for more than 25 years, working in law enforcement, aviation, supply chain and the RV industry. She's not a stranger to RVs, however. She grew up camping, and still camps as many weekends as she can every year. She is the owner of In Good Company Communications and can be reached at

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