Top Tips for New Campground Owners

Congrats! You have just started, bought or inherited your own campground. We’re sure you are excited, and scared. But worry not. Here, we will outline some top tips for making your new campground thrive from the very beginning. 

  1. Iron out your theme. If you are starting a campsite from scratch, it may be best to start off with a campground that is geared towards tent or RV camping. This type of campground requires no cabins and limited buildings. In fact, depending on the guidelines for your area, only a shower and bathroom building may be required. Be sure to check with the US Forest Service for permits, designated areas, and special guidelines that may apply to your campground.

  2. Let there be light. Electrical hookups are a must for many campers. You will need to make sure that each site of the campground has an electrical hookup for powering small appliances or for powering RV campers. Hire a professional electrician to make sure that all electrical outlets and connections meet the standard codes and requirements required for campgrounds.

  3. Create a place for waste. Dump stations and sewer hookups will need to be in place if you plan on having RV camps or tent camping. Make them accessible, but not noticable if possible. No one really wants to look at your waste setup while they are trying to enjoy the beautiful views of nature.

  4. Make it easy to get clean. Build shower houses throughout the campground. Simple shower stalls can be separated by shower curtains or by wood walls, and on the opposite side of the showers, inside of the enclosure, you can have toilets, sinks, and a dry changing area for the campers. This will allow campers who are tent camping to be able to clean, dress, and use the bathroom all in one area before returning to camp.

  5. Fire it up. When you start a campground, do not forget the fire pits! Fire pits can be dug easily with stones borders to keep flames and ashes in a concentrated area and grates over the fire pits for cooking. This simple set up will provide campers with a place to stay warm and to cook without having to leave their site. Equip each site or camper with a fire extinguisher and have fire safety sheds nearby for added security.

  6. Make your customers comfortable. Keep one cabin or building as a camp office. In the office, offer options like a game room, small breakfast area, fireplace, camping essentials in travel size containers, a food bar, and communication room. Make sure the communication room is equipped with phones and Internet. Some campers are business travelers and may need that emergency email or Internet communication. It will appeal to them to have that convenience readily available without having to leave the site.

  7. Make sure to offer wifi. One way to offer free wifi, while also boosting your engagement is to offer free wifi if they check in on Facebook at your park. You will grow your Facebook reach instantly. Click here for more info. 

  8. Get organized. With Bonfire software, campground management is super simple with online booked, reservation management, and an integrated payment processing system, giving you more time to enjoy your campground. Check out our free demo here.