Chances are if you are an African American RVer, like myself, you have experienced pulling up to a campground and being the only African American at least once during your travels, if not more. The National African-American RV’ers Association Inc. was founded 25 years ago by Norman Ellis at Winton Woods Campground outside of Cincinnati, Ohio for individuals who have experienced this and wanted to share the joys of RVing to other African Americans eager to travel. Then and now the organization has served as a community and resource for African American RVers who sometimes face race-related issues on the road. The organization is presently under the leadership of Carolyn J. Buford and has grown its membership to over 1,400 active RVers across the country. With a mission statement that supports ecology and education in efforts to maintain and improve their surroundings and themselves, as well as to promote family values, camaraderie, and economic development; NAARVA runs a National Ecology Program and also has awards an annual scholarship to high school seniors.
The National African-American RV’ers Association Inc., has chapters in the Southern, Central, Eastern, and Western Region of the country and will be hosting their National Camp Rally at Sun-N-Fun RV Resort in Sarasota, Florida July 15th-22nd 2018, cleverly titled “Glamping Near the Gulf -NAARVA Style”.
To join NAARVA you must own a self-contained recreational vehicle; coach, 5th wheel or trailer. These vehicles must provide the conveniences of home, such as a kitchen, a bedroom, and bathroom facilities. For more information you can visit NAARVA’s website or Facebook group which they continually update with articles and events for all of their chapters.