BARTON COUNTY — Members of the local RV Club, Cowboy Sam, load up their rigs every third weekend of the spring and summer months and travel to destinations around the state, enjoying the company of good friends and good food.
The group has been in existence for a number of years and currently has 10 rigs that travel. The club held its first camping trip to Wilson already this year. In previous years, they have travelled to such places as Kanopolis and Marion Resevoirs. In June, they will travel to Spring Lake by Halstead.
The reason President Dale Curtis belongs is that for “the fun, fellowship, camping and travel.”
Even during off-months, the group meets for dinner and has a meeting.
The dues are $15 due each September, and you must join the national Good Sam’s Club, which costs $25 per year.
“The organization is open to anybody,” said Curtis. “We get together, play games and tell stories.”
Each rig is responsible for all costs associated at the camping site.
The members rotate the responsibility for being the host who will put together programs and outings. Members are free to come and go according to their own schedule.
Curtis said that about half of the group is retired, and the other half are still working.
Members span the entire county, coming from St. John, Claflin and Holyrood. Curtis said there are 25 chapters in the state.
The first weekend of October, the Kansas state chapter will hold a Samboree open to all members, and there will be entertainment and vendors at the Hutchinson state fair grounds.
“There are usually 150 rigs,” said Curtis. Every state has chapters, and there will be a national Samboree as well that will be held in New York. There will also be one in Atlanta.
Good Same Club members receive discounts on RV related items which includes the Good Sam RV Parks.