Camp hosting – our transistional job

Some of our friends have wondered what life is like being a camp host.

Overall we are glad we agreed to host right after retirement.  We work three days on and have six days off.  Just a perfect mix of having something we have to do with enough time to do what we want.  The park here is beautiful and is one of the busiest Corp of Engineer parks because most sites have water view and access plus full hookup.

Some of the things we’ve learned after our first month.  Getting ready for work is much easier than our ‘real jobs’.  We really hardly even look in the mirror any more and when you only have 6-7 shirts and pants to choose from, ‘primping time’ is greatly reduced.

We discovered that having  gate on the campground entrance is nice for security of campers, however it means that hosts have to unlock and lock it — for us that means 6:00AM and close it at 10:00 PM.  This can make for a long day because we work off and on during the day checking campers in/out, cleaning sites, and collecting trash from general public-use areas.  Also, you know we are not too good at just sitting so we volunteer to do extra assignments like paining, brush trimming, etc.

The other camp hosts are amazing –  very friendly and helpful and will do almost anything to help each other.  They really help make it an even better experience.

We want to be able to do camp hosting in the future – probably not until late 2015 since we have travel plans until then.  There are LOTS of places that are cutting costs and using volunteers so we think we can find other opportunities in the future.  We do have the smallest camper in the park and have heard that some places won’t let someone in our size camper be a host since they must think you’ll want to axe murder each other after a few weeks and that would ruin a campers experience:)

Looking official in our work shirts

Looking official in our work shirts

See our official camp host sign

See our official camp host sign

There are several walking trails in the woods

There are several walking trails in the woods

One of the camp sites

One of the camp sites

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4 Responses to Camp hosting – our transistional job

  1. It was so great meeting both of you. I know mom & dad will be sorry to see you leave. If you ever are in the Seattle area (well at least in the next 3 years anyway) let me know. There are many wonderful places to explore out here.

    • gconthemove says:

      By now you’ve done enough exercising to work off all the ‘good eats’ that your mom fixed while you were here:) She has given me so many tips and helpful suggestions that we will be able to use in our upcoming travels. Hope to see you next fall when we are in the NW.

  2. Jeff & Doris Maddox says:

    Thank You for having us. We truly enjoyed our stay. The park and surrounding areas are beautiful. Happy hour is calling our names! We’ve been looking at campers and dreaming. See you in the spring.
    Jeff & Doris

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