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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? ...


Just out of curiosity, what did you envision the job entailed when you signed on?


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As you say different SP systems have different work requirements for camp hosts. The park you work at will give you an overview of those duties. Just remember just because you have a "OFF DUTY" sign up means nothing. Just smile and enjoy.


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My DH and I are hosts in AK for State Parks. Expect ANYTHING!! It can happen. You will not be bored. This will be our 5th year with ASP.


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Alpenliter 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? ...


Just out of curiosity, what did you envision the job entailed when you signed on?


Envisioned pretty much what is being said here... park did a good job with spelling out duties etc... Just wanted to hear more first hand experiences to confirm our thoughts.... thanks


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Posted: 02/27/12 11:35am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

i think OP was more leaning towards "How often do you get knocks in the middle of the night for situations that could wait" type of situations, with the camp host signage. I am interested in this as well.

Examples, noise complaints seem to be common. Do camp hosts receive those complaints(knocks on the door) in the middle of the night often? Are you expected to handle them asap? Drunks banging on the door for more firewood at night? Possible low parts of the signage etc...

Just my 2 cents, again i think the OP wanted more specific thoughts then just "Go above & beyond" and "What exactly did you envision this job to be like then?"


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Like Merrykalia, I also have hosted several months in VA State parks. I was never bothered after about 10 pm and I was usually the first one up and about in the morning. The CG I hosted had 32 sites so it was easy to cover all the territory. I made it a practice to try to meet everyone at their site, tell them where I was and let them know I was available. I always made a circuit about the beginning of quiet hours and if there was anything too loud going on I called the LEO on duty and asked him to swing by at which time both of us would drop into the offending site and mention it was time to quiet down...we never had a continuing issue. Overall it was a fantastic experience, the worst problem I had to deal with was campers letting their dogs either run loose or leave the droppings. Did two months last year and scheduled for three this year...love it.

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Freeballin - you're a ski instructor. Are all your students the same??

I think not. Likely you experience major differences.

Same with CG's - some are party places, some fishing camps, some mostly older folks, some much younger. No way we can offer "specific thoughts" about a CG we've never even been to. We can relate our own good & bad happenings, but no way can we forecast what your experience will be like.

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Finally Fulltiming wrote:

We can relate our own good & bad happenings,


Most likely what the Ops looking for, and I thank those who have shared those experiences.

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Sounds like mostly positive and we thank you all for the input..... I imagine we'll get along just fine and enjoy it all.

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MTPockets1

The host position can be pretty much as good or as bad as you choose to make it. If you enjoy people and are friendly and outward going, you will have a great time. While there may be an occasional unhappy person and even a few who are impossible to please, there are far more who are great folks and you get back just as much as you put into it. We have been given fresh fish, often already cleaned and ready to cook, invited to dinner or to an evening campfire, had shared deserts, and a lot of other things. The most important parts of the position are to be a friendly face to the visitors and a presence in the park for the rangers. It is a wonderful experience for those who make it fun!


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