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"Dedicated to the support and promotion of professional outdoor leadership, education, and stewardship."

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Contact us at:
info@voga.org

Phone: 802-425-6211
or 1-800-425-8747

Home of Vermont's recreation directory
with over 800,000 page views in 2013.

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About VOGA

  Industry Information


Advertising
  
Marketing Product Discounts
    Web Site Design & Hosting
    Vacation Package Development

   
Where VOGA Advertises
   
Sponsor a Page

    Banner Advertising Rates

Business Assistance
  
Insurance
    Job Openings
    Bulletin Board

    Newsletter - VOGA Guideline

Reach thousands of women with news of your products or services.


 
Sponsor:
Vermont Outdoors Woman and Doe Camp

 

 


Vermont Outdoor Guide Association provides support and promotion for recreational services, including guides, outfitters, outdoor educators, lodging providers, tour operators, retail and rental businesses and support services for the recreation and travel industry. Keep up with industry related news and take advantage of our many membership benefits.

If you want to promote your recreation based business to hundreds of thousands of travelers annually, consider joining VOGA or advertising on our web.

To join VOGA, Use our Printable Membership Form or Request a Pay Pal Invoice at info@voga.org

Membership Levels for outdoor recreation and adventure providers:

Accommodations: Resorts, Hotels, Farms, Inns, B & Bs, Cabins, Camps, Cottages, Yurts

Guide Services: Tour operators, Guided adventure and educational programs.

Non Profit Organizations: Trail Organizations, Schools, Conservation Groups, Associations, Clubs, Camps, non profits, etc. - unguided services only.

Sporting Goods: Manufacturers, Retail or Rental for sporting and outdoor gear.

Support Services: health products and services, luggage transport, retreats,  photography, insurance, legal services, web services and any business that is in some way related to recreation based businesses.

We also list our member's recreation based events, news and job openings at no extra charge.

Benefits For Members
Membership Dues
Board of Directors
Our Sponsors

Learn More About VOGA

"VOGA continues to be one of the best uses of my advertising dollars."
Kel Rossiter, Adventure Spirit Guides Rock, Ice & Alpine Experiences

To help your customers find a wide variety of recreational services, please feel free to use the logo below on your website to link to our Recreation Directory.

 

 
Access to Land & Waterways
Industry Issues
Membership Directory
Outdoor Education Network
Vermont Outdoors Woman


 

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Industry Issues


Taxes and Recreation
Access Areas Restrictions
Make Release Forms Binding
 

 

Our Primary Sponsors
 

                                   

 

About VOGA


VOGA Members are encouraged to use the following gif and link on your web site.

Customer service, access to natural resources, risk management, affordable advertising and resource stewardship are just a few of the issues that we all must deal with. By working together, our members are strengthening Vermont’s image as a destination for outdoor adventure and skill development opportunities while growing their own businesses.

Vermont Outdoor Guide Association (VOGA) was organized in 1996 as a non profit 501-C6 organization of recreation based professionals and support organizations. Run by volunteers for over 10 years and assisted by grants from state departments, the state legislature and several other organizations, our membership has grown to nearly 200 businesses. More importantly, our web site has become a primary resource for recreation based information in Vermont. Annually, we are helping over 500,000 visitors find things to do and places to stay in and around Vermont.

We continue to act as advocates for outdoor professionals regarding access to private and public lands, improved risk management and insurance policies and increased state marketing of our members' services and products by lobbying our legislature and serving on numerous planning committees and councils.

"Much like the branches of a tree, our industry reaches out in all directions. We each approach the use of natural resources in a personal way, based on past experiences and individual choice. Still, the spectrum of differences is supported by a common thread of issues. They include educational opportunities, ethics, access to land, access to industry information, risk management, insurance, stewardship, finding qualified staff, advertising, legislative issues, multi use issues, population distribution, and more. The point is that we have much more in common than we have differences and by working together, we not only help ourselves but we are firmly establishing Vermont as a destination for outdoor adventure." Gray Stevens, Executive Director, VOGA

VOGA Members Code of Ethics.

* Obey all State and Federal laws.
* Cooperate with all wildlife officials, land owners and management.
* Provide quality service, programming and equipment.
* Promote conservation and education.
* Promote outdoor safety and ethics.

VOGA members proven to have violated any of the above codes will lose membership and their listing(s) will be removed from our website with no refunds.. 

Who are the VOGA members?

From mom and pop businesses to resorts, our members are as diverse as the 70 some odd activities that they provide services and products for, guided and self guided. They include businesses in these categories, Outdoor Educators, Guide Services, Sporting Goods Retail Shops, Rental Services, Outdoor Gear Manufactures, Recreation Based Lodging and outdoor activities Support Services. VOGA members have exclusive access to benefits which can impact positively on their efficiency and profitability.

Who Should Join?

Guides, outfitters and outdoor educators must have certifications in their field of work. Minimum certifications are First Aid and CPR. For training opportunities and classes, visit: www.voga.org/outdoor_education_events.htm

 *  All forms of Recreation Based Lodging
 *  Outdoor Educators
 *  Guide Services
 *  Sporting Retail Shops
 *  Rental Services
 *  Gear Manufactures
 *  Trail Organizations
 *  College Outdoor programs and Clubs
 *  Tour Operators
 *  Health Services
 *  Support Services
 *  Vacation Planners
 *  Resorts
 *  Farm Tours
 *  Women’s Outdoor Programs
 *  Youth Programs

Membership Dues

Annual dues range from $100 to $300, based on the type of business. Your membership year runs for one year from the month your application is accepted and payment made. Ask about seasonal discounts and payment plans.


Recreation Based Services and Products
 
Annual Dues

Guide / Outfitter Member - i
ncludes listings of all services that you offer, including lodging & gear.
$150.00

Hunting Guide - Limited Season
 
$100.00

Associate Member
-  Associations, clubs, camps, schools, non profits, etc. - unguided services only.
$100.00

Support Services Member
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Support services include health products and services, luggage transport, photography, insurance, legal services, web services and basically any business that is in some way related to the recreation industry.
$100.00

Sporting Goods Member
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List your retail/rental business on recreation pages that apply; also list events, job openings and news.
Membership is per location.
$100.00 (First Location)
+ $ 50.00 for Additional Locations

Recreation Based Lodging
 
 

Accommodations Member -
 With Under 50 Units
Listings with links on accommodations or cabins page and up to 4 activity pages
$100.00

Accommodations Member -  With Over 50 Units
Listings with links on accommodations or cabins page and up to 6 activity pages
$150.00

Resorts/Businesses
with over 100 employees -
Unlimited listings with links  on our web and for your events, job openings and news.
$300.00

When joining VOGA, please be sure to inform your staff and to keep us updated regarding your news, events and job openings. Your information will be posted online and through other media, at no extra charge to you.

Becoming a Member - Printable Application

Becoming a VOGA member can provide significant benefits to your company. Print the application today, fill it out and mail it. Your benefits begin IMMEDIATELY.

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  Benefits For VOGA Members  
 


Advertising  |  Business Assistance

As you evaluate your potential membership in VOGA, consider carefully, our exciting array of benefit programs, all designed to make your business more productive and profitable. Links shown in blue will show examples. Call the Office with questions or for more information 802-425-6211.

Partners and Support: Our support members include companies with expertise in insurance, internet, marketing, promotion and more. Networking with VOGA members first can save you time and money. Partnerships between guide services, tour operators, recreation gear shops and various lodging providers create offerings far beyond individual capabilities and increase each partners' visibility at minimal extra cost.

Staff & Communications: Our Staff is available to assist members in fully utilizing all of our benefit programs. VOGA publishes a monthly Email Newsletter of industry information and hosts a bulletin board with Industry alerts. Our Staff also spends significant time assisting and providing member referrals to potential visitors. Our office email and phone provide an constant stream of referrals for our members.

Benefits:

  *  Low cost, high visibility.
  *  Multiple page listings at no extra charge for members.
  *
 Links to your web site at no extra charge.
  *  Free Recreation events posting (
Outdoor Education, Women's Events, and General Recreation)
  *  Posting of your News & Announcements (VOGA Newsletter, Bulletin Board and new members are also posted HERE)
  * 
Help with risk management. - (Request our risk management sample forms)
  *  Advertising discounts with regional publications
  * 
Referrals
  *  Free Job Listings

  *  Industry Information Resource (Access to land and waterways, travel data, and more)
  *  Government Monitoring and Advocacy
by our staff maintains significant contact with the Vermont Legislature, coordinating testimony and monitoring legislation important to out members and our industry.

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  Business Support & Development  
 


Business Support  |  Insurance

VOGA assists our Guide/Outfitter members in numerous ways, including;

Support:

·          Advocates for access to private & public land & waterways.
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Provides risk management information.
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Encourages training and certification programming.
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Works to support multi-use trail development.
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Supports safety, outdoor ethics & stewardship education.
·         
Startup Assistance

Insurance Assistance

Downey Insurance Agency, Inc.

 

The strength of the magnificent wilderness of Vermont is awe inspiring, unfortunately it can also have the ability to present unknown and unexpected dangers.  Protect yourself and you clients from the unforeseeable with a specifically designed insurance program from Northland Insurance Group. Charles I Downey, MBA, CIC, LIA, Downey Insurance Agency Inc., Downey Financial Group LLC, Phone: 508-485-0130 E-Mail: Charlie@DowneyInsurance.com Web: www.downeyinsurance.com Charlie Downey, Downey Insurance Agency, Inc., 190 East Main Street, Marlboro, MA. 01752

Ross Insurance and Company

Coverage for Outfitter, Guide and All Outdoor Activities, Offered Underwritten by an A.M. Best Rated A++ Superior Company. Since 1941
Bill Ross * Bob Ross * Barbara Abbott, P.O. Box 140, Rutland, VT. 05702-0140 - Phone: 800-499-4475   Local: 802-775-4477  Fax: 802-775-0827 Email: rossins@sover.net Web: http://rossinsuranceandco.com/

 

Post Your Job Openings

Posting your job openings on our web site provides assistance in locating permanent and seasonal staff. VOGA Members can place your job openings here for free. Email your information to us. info@voga.org View job listings at: Recreation Job Openings

Land Access With more and more Vermont land being posted we have assembled and maintain web based information on this subject. 

Vermont Outdoors Woman and Vermont Outdoor Education Network are part of the VOGA family. These divisions of VOGA offer significant promotion and exposure potential for your company.

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  Advertising and Marketing with VOGA  
 


Get your information to the public.

Where VOGA Advertises  |  Advertising Discounts  |  Marketing Product Discounts  |  Web Site Savings

Ambassador Program  |  Vacation Package Development  |  Sponsorship Opportunities

All VOGA members receive a free expanded listing including email and web link on our web site. The web site traffic averages 1000 page views per day, with steady growth. We are finishing a redesign of the web site and adding more content. If you have a suggestion concerning the web site redesign, please email your suggestions to info@voga.org.

 

Where VOGA Advertises

 *  Web Site
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  E-Newsletter updates (to 2,000+ industry contacts) No charge for including VOGA member's news and updates!
 *  Twitter (New)
 *  Facebook (New)
 *  Press releases (to over 200 news contacts)
 *  VOGA rack cards are distributed throughout the state
 *  3 Special Event Calendars (General, Education & Women’s) VOGA Members can post events at no extra charge.
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 We encourage partnerships between lodging & outdoor professionals
 *  We partner with many organizations and government agencies
 *  Trade Show Representation (Through State Agencies and the Vermont Recreation Ambassador Program)
 *  VOGA Provides information to Outdoor and Sports Writers from around the World.
 *  Referrals from 800-Vermont operators and State Departments of Fish & Wildlife and Parks & Recreation.


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Power Shift
Power Shift is an ISP, Web Site Hosting, and Design Company based in Stowe, Vermont, and we want to be your one-stop solution for everything Web. If you're looking to get online, we can set you up with DSL or Dial-Up Service. Or, if you're a business owner in need of an easy-to-manage Web Site and a reliable Hosting Solution, we can help you with that, too. We're your start-to-finish solution, whatever your e-business needs might be. We'll register your Domain Name, Design your site, Host it, and even get your SSL Certificate for e-commerce transactions. Not to mention our Digital Phone Services. We're small town people with small town values. In Vermont, we still believe that people make the world go 'round - and that nothing beats a human voice at the end of the line. When you sign up with Power Shift, we vow to be there for you when you need us. www.pshift.com

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Recreation Based Vacation Package Development

Adventure Guides of Vermont
With over 15 years experience in recreation based vacation package development, Adventure Guides of Vermont can help you get the jump start that you need. We can help you with the development and promotion of recreation based vacation packages. Members of VOGA receive a 20% discount on consulting fees. Add to your offerings by developing vacation packages. www.adventureguidesvt.com Contact: cabin@adventureguidesvt.com  for details.

 

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  Advertising With Banners  
 


Want More Traffic to your web? Advertising banners will place your business up front. 

Target your audience with a banner ad and link near the top of the page(s) of your choice.

Banner ads per year rates: $499 for front page, $349 for any internal page.

Banner ads for 6 months: $349 front page, $249 for any internal page.

One Month on two pages: $60

Special rates for multiple page placement.

Need a banner ad developed? We charge $50 per hour with a one hour minimum.

Call the Office with Questions and for your specific needs.
(Logo and Link Placement)

800-425-8747

Many thanks from us all.

Graydon B. Stevens
Executive Director
VOGA


A strong recreation industry requires strong advocates.

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Vermont Outdoor Guide Association
P.O. Box 10
North Ferrisburg, VT. 05473
1 800-425-8747  (802) 425-6211

info@voga.org