Why we are ‘working’ again and how we decided

We are on our second ‘tour of duty’ of camp hosting at Foscue Creek Campground in Demopolis, AL and several people have asked us why.

Really the “why” questions really revolve around two general areas – the “why” are you camp hosting instead of traveling  and the “why” did you decide to work at this particular place.

Bridge in upper part of campgroun

Bridge in upper part of campground

To answer the “why” we are working again (volunteering) is many of the hosts that we worked with in the fall of 2014 when we retired decided they would come back to Foscue during the spring of 2016.  Being able to choose who you work with is not something that we were able to do in our careers, so it is nice to have that ability now.  The downside of full time travel is when you are constantly on the road, you don’t always have a good place or tools to work on repairs, basic maintenance, upgrades, etc.  Having some downtime to take the camper off the truck, have room to spread out,  have access to to RV repair expertise, and people you can borrow tools from makes it much easier to ‘get ‘er done’.  (Nothing attracts a bunch of men like popping open the hood of your truck in a campground — seriously it is better than scantily clad women.)

Why” we chose this place to come back to is because this campground is beautiful (big sites on the water, good fishing, biking/hiking trails) , the other hosts are very nice, and the ranger is wonderfully easy to work with.  This time we are not working the front gate/check in.  We are helping to do site clearing, some light painting, trail maintenance, and a few other fun  outdoor tasks.  We have the flexibility to work around the weather and our schedule.  For these three months, we joined a workout facility and want to do some sightseeing.

View from a campground

View from a campground

View between day use and campground

View between day use and campground

Some of the resources we use to look for potential places to work:

Workers on Wheels


Recreation Resource Management

The best is just asking at a campground or a facility that we’ve stayed at or to ask other travelers where they have volunteered and how it was.  Surprisingly there are several places that carry a negative connection from multiple people who have worked there.  There is also a site specifically for workcamping reviews.

Not that we’ve put a lot of time into finding work camping jobs, we have talked to several places and other camp hosts to create a potential list for the future.  Some of the questions we’ve learned to ask:

–what are the required number of hours (including combined time for both of us)

–what are the hours of the campground

–how close is the nearest grocery store and laundry facility

–how long of a time commitment do they want

–is there Verizon coverage available

–what is included in the site (full hookup, wifi, laundry etc)

–is the campground near neat places to fish and hike

–how many other hosts/volunteers are there and how long have they been there

–what type of campers utilize the campground (tenters, families, RV’s, retired couples, etc)

–how often does a host/volunteer leave before their commitment is completed and why

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6 Responses to Why we are ‘working’ again and how we decided

  1. So you’ll be there through April? Not sure if we will get that far east by then, but maybe….

    Volunteer camp hosts are the best. Without folks like you working, camping would be unaffordable. Thanks.

    • gconthemove says:

      Would love to see you two again – large sites here, picnic table and fire ring – we will be here until mid April. We’ve been able to do many physical projects here – nice to use all our muscles.

  2. Abase says:

    Sounds like a good plan. Good luck and enjoy yourself.

  3. Mark Seneker says:

    Have you guys looked into any paying jobs vs volunteering?

    Karen and I are going to try and offset our expenses each month by volunteering or working for $. Not sure yet how realistic it might be, however, maybe working at a paying job for part of the year and touring the remainder.

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