Good Sam chapters join the fun

You may be missing out on a great club benefit if you are not part of a local West Virginia Good Sam chapter. Chapters are groups of members who like to camp together; but camping is just part of the fun. The camaraderie and friendships often grow into an extended part of your family.

Many West Virginia chapters just enjoy spending time with each other at local camp outs or traveling in caravans together. The pleasure most members receive from the various get-togethers is the sense of sharing a common interest, swapping travel adventures and keeping one another posted on the best routes to their RVing destinations.

Community service is another aspect many chapter memberships offer. While having fun, West Virginia chapters may participate in local civic events and fund raisers, for such organizations as Dogs for the Deaf, Ronald MacDonald House, Special Olympics, and Make a Wish Foundation, just to name a few.

You will find that joining a chapter is not only enjoyable, but another chance for you to use your Good Sam Club membership to its full extent.

The world’s largest organization of recreational vehicle (RV) owners, the Good Sam Club is committed to making RVing a safer and more rewarding experience for its 1.5 million members. Founded in 1966 by Trail-R-News, a small California RV magazine, club members originally promised to help fellow travelers on America’s highways.

Today, Good Sam’s halo and broad smile continue to signify friendliness among RVers and an eagerness to serve, although on a much larger scale. Nearly 1,500 grassroots Good Sam Club Chapters from Anchorage, Alaska, to Okeechobee, Fla., get together for RV campouts, good times and community service. The Club’s state and provincial organizations host RV gatherings called Samborees that likewise promote RV fellowship and philanthropy, only on a larger scale. Hundreds of worthy causes benefit from the fundraising and volunteer efforts of Good Sam members, from Cleanup Days, Adopt-a-Park and Adopt-a-Highway to Dogs for the Deaf.

Goods Sams clubs in West Virginia include: Almost Heaven Sams in the Huntington area, Country Roads Sams in the Summersville area, Mason Dixon Sams in the New Martinsville area, Panhandle Sams in the Romney area, Traveling Renegade Sams in the Clarksburg area and Wild Wonderful Sams in the Parkersburg area

New chapters are forming in the Elkins and Harpers Ferry and areas.

Each chapter has a Facebook page.

For more information go online and visit, Facebook-West Virginia Good Sams, call Kathy and Don Wise at 304-482-7568 or email