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Young Owner Takes Over Campground, Embodies New Generation

Jacob Hagofsky, the new millennial owner of Buttercup Woodlands Campground, represents an exciting shift in campground leadership. 

At just 30 years old, Hagofsky purchased the 40-acre, 300-site campground earlier this month. His fresh vision epitomizes the energy of young entrepreneurs entering the outdoor hospitality industry.

Hagofsky’s journey in the world of camping and outdoor hospitality began over a decade ago. As a teenager, he started working at Buttercup, initially handling maintenance tasks.

What began as a summer job evolved into a career, with Hagofsky’s passion for the camping business growing over time. His dedication and hard work eventually led him to the position of campground manager, where he honed his skills in managing daily operations.

After nearly a decade at Buttercup, Hagofsky expanded his horizons by gaining experience at various other campgrounds and RV parks. His goal was always clear: to own a campground. When the opportunity to purchase Buttercup presented itself last year, Hagofsky embraced it, ready to take on the challenge of ownership.

As some established owners retire and sell their properties, a new generation of entrepreneurs with varied backgrounds and approaches is stepping into the picture. This transition of ownership allows for an influx of new perspectives, skills, and experiences while recognizing the value of what earlier generations built.

With this, there could be a balance of innovation with the legacy knowledge and community connections of veteran campground owners. This bridging of old and new looks to propel the industry forward in ways that engage today’s outdoor travelers while upholding timeless hospitality traditions.

As consumer interests evolve, new operators like Hagofsky have unique perspectives that provide valuable insights that existing owners can learn from as well.

By understanding what today’s campers seek in an outdoor experience, veteran and emerging owners alike can identify opportunities to update their businesses. Rather than a divide between old and new, this feedback loop allows campgrounds to organically adapt to changing demands, thereby fostering innovation that builds on proven methods while pioneering new possibilities.

Hagofsky served on the management team for the Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association (PCOA) and was an active member of the OHI Young Professionals (formerly the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds). 

Featured image from Buttercup Woodlands Campground.

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February 25, 2024 1:49 pm

The young owner’s vision for Buttercup is inspiring! His eco-friendly initiatives and community-building efforts show a deep commitment to both guests and the environment. What other innovative ideas do you think could enhance the campground experience further?

Thomas Lopez
Thomas Lopez
March 15, 2024 12:00 pm

Have you noticed how Hagofsky’s unique vision and tech-savvy approach are transforming Buttercup? His commitment to enhancing the camping experience with technology and sustainability initiatives is really setting a cool new standard. It’s exciting to see campground owners embracing fresh ideas like this to connect with outdoor enthusiasts today!

Susan Baker
Susan Baker
March 18, 2024 5:46 pm
Reply to  Thomas Lopez

It’s interesting to see the shift in camping trends towards sustainability and technology. Yes, Hagofsky’s vision and modern approach are reshaping Buttercup Campground for the better.

Jason Murphy
Jason Murphy
April 22, 2024 1:52 pm
Reply to  Susan Baker

I appreciate your insight on the camping trends. Indeed, Hagofsky is transforming Buttercup Campground with modernity. It’s vital to embrace sustainability and technology in campgrounds today. One time, a camper was so amazed by our new solar-powered showers that they decided to extend their stay!


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