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Recognizing that Hosts duties may vary from State to State, and since this is our first Hosting job, and it's a State Park, We will be parked in a site with a sign - Camp Host:

Question: Are there many instances/campers who come to the Host site for assistance of any kind? or, questions? etc? ...


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MTPockets1 wrote:

Recognizing that Hosts duties may vary from State to State, and since this is our first Hosting job, and it's a State Park, We will be parked in a site with a sign - Camp Host:

Question: Are there many instances/campers who come to the Host site for assistance of any kind? or, questions? etc? ...


Oh yeah! That's just PART of your job. You will also be expected to do whatever it was you signed on for in addition to being a Goodwill ambassador for the park, know directions to local places, be a mother (regardless of what sex you are), jack of all trades, etc. Don't limit your opportunities and you will really enjoy volunteering. Be positive, smile, helpful and you will be successful.


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At a smaller campground back about 15 years ago we realized we had forgotten the hotdog sticks. Now having young kids we knew that not being able to roast hotdogs and marshmallows would never fly. While looking for suitable replacements we ran into the camp host. While chatting we told him of our issue. He promply and with enthusiasm let us use his personal ones. He and his wife even came and shared our fire for a while. They were wonderful people and a joy to be around. Very helpful to everyone in the camp. After that short trip is when I started thinking about camp hosting after retirement.
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dgo1369 wrote:

MTPockets1 wrote:

Recognizing that Hosts duties may vary from State to State, and since this is our first Hosting job, and it's a State Park, We will be parked in a site with a sign - Camp Host:

Question: Are there many instances/campers who come to the Host site for assistance of any kind? or, questions? etc? ...


Oh yeah! That's just PART of your job. You will also be expected to do whatever it was you signed on for in addition to being a Goodwill ambassador for the park, know directions to local places, be a mother (regardless of what sex you are), jack of all trades, etc. Don't limit your opportunities and you will really enjoy volunteering. Be positive, smile, helpful and you will be successful.



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You'll find some of both. Look for opportunities to make someone's stay memorable and your's will be also.


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if the park is a busy one, you can expect some visits for info and maybe you'll be the firewood keeper/seller. and there could be a complaint or two to handle.

but most of the time, it's pleasant duty, so enjoy.


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We camphosted for the first time this past August in a VA State park and we LOVED it!!! We were not required to clean bathrooms or any of that stuff, but if something needed attention, we were asked to let the appropriate people know.

We had people come to visit just to ask about the park, ask about the offerings in the area, get matches, give change for the laundry, help with backing into a tight spot, firewood, ice. The backing in was for a couple of women who came camping and left the "menfolk" home to come camping on Friday. They had never pulled their popups, nor had they ever backed them in. One of them did a fabulous job, the other, not so much. It took me 2 tries, but I got it right in there.

During the first week of August, it was HOTTT!!! There was a 3 family group that were in tents that camped for a week. They used up ice about every 3 hours. I finally offered my large 5-day cooler so they wouldn't have to use quite as much ice.

I would give out information on the trails and what type of shape you had to be in to make the hike.

I loaned out tools of almost every type that we had. I boosted batteries, fed a few that had just arrived after a long, long trip and my food was ready and so many other things I can't even remember now.

I had people come to the camphost site up until I turned off my lights, sometime around midnight and as early as 7 am. I didn't mind the midnight, but 7 am is awfully early for me.

It was great meeting people from all over the country and from all walks of life.

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Of course conditions vary greatly from park to park, but Merrykalia provides a good summary.

One tip I can add: Get a copy of the local phone book - at least the Yellow Pages. Answers a whole lot of Q's from folks who don't have GPS (or don't know how to use it). It also solves a minor problem at parks where they don't allow you to recommend repair service providers. Just let the folks borrow the book.

Hope your experience is as rewarding and fun as the vast majority of mine have been.

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We were the hosts for many years. One summer the cg was full. Not every site had a fire ring. A family was camping and no ring. The neighbor had one, was not using it, but refused to let the family do their DO cooking in the ring. They came to me and asked what to do. I told them to use my ring and have a good time. They did and later brought us some of the best DO baked pineapple upside down cake we have ever eaten.

Most campers are great and we loved the job. Once in a while it was challenging, to say the least


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That's one of the best part about hosting. You meet all kinds of folks out there. Sure, there are the few stupid ones, and a few just plain messy folks, but they are vastly outnumbered by the good folks you meet. It can be a joy to help people and make their experience a happy one. Just kick back and enjoy the experiences!


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