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Old 06-28-2013, 11:47 PM   #1
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observations on Campground hosts part two

We're out again - almost full timers at this rate.

Our latest experience s have been so wonderful. Hosts at today's destination ( state park ) are exceptional! One even played the banjo (really well!!) for all the kids riding by.

There's hope yet! ! Our faith has been renewed!

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Old 06-29-2013, 10:24 AM   #2
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Wow for all the people who cared about hosts they sure have disappeared!

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Old 06-29-2013, 11:14 AM   #3
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Wow for all the people who cared about hosts they sure have disappeared!
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Old 06-29-2013, 06:05 PM   #4
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I'm hosting! My experience is that camping guests like to know the host is "there," but they don't want the host "in their face." But boy, when they come to the host, they want love and kindness and no hassles. I try to do that. But!! If the arrogant machismo B***head ranger gives you a ticket, the camp host can not help you. I actually had a camping guest come to me because they were mad at getting a ticket from the arrogant, machismo b***head ranger (who was actually a very nice guy!). I couldn't believe it when the person asked me if I had any "power and influence" with anyone!
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Old 07-02-2013, 01:56 PM   #5
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We had fantastic hosts this weekend at the state park we were in, came by several times just to say hi and make sure everything was ok. If you ever stay at Cumberland Mountain State Park, loop 3 has great hosts!
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Old 09-09-2013, 06:59 PM   #6
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The hosts are not always the mostess. We are in a State park in Mass right now. I won't disclose it but I will post pictures and a detailed explanation of this later. The host site has a 30+ year old camper and three generations of family member in the camper, plus two dogs and every single one of the grandchildrens outdoor toys. They also have tarps covering more toys, a few resin tables and chaairs scattered about the campsite. Our yeah and they have plastic baby gates everywhere to keep the dogs and the littleones from escaping. This mornong, the grandmother went out to pick cans from the dumpsters and when the kids woke up, they drove the battery operated truck around to pick up the left behind firewood from the campsites near them. I guess that was their part of picking up. They are burning furniture now. They have no clue. But they have state polce stickers on their cars so they must knownsomebody. Their campsite looks like a rednecks front yard. The only thing missing is a sunken bathtub flower pot. What a bunch of Morons.

The best part? Oh yeah, they can stay here all summer, looks like they already have and then some. Just a bunch of trailer park trash giving the rest of us a bad reputation and working the system. And............this is not the first year they have been here. Can't wait to post the pics.
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Old 09-09-2013, 07:20 PM   #7
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Old 09-09-2013, 07:58 PM   #8
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Last week we spent 3 days at Top Sail SP Destin, FL and 3 days at Ft Pickens FP Pensacola, FL and both had GREAT campground host.
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Old 09-09-2013, 10:39 PM   #9
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Believe it or not there seems to be a shortage of campground hosts. Both on state, and federal lands. We are hosting for the first time in a federal park, and like it a lot. The feds treat their volunteers better than most state parks do. As CG hosts we are in charge of fee compliance only. However, to get our volunteer hour requirement of 32 hours a week, we also take care of cleaning the camp sites, and gardening. There are volunteer maintenance hosts who are supposed to do the cleaning, but they don't come into our area. I told them we would do it. Between my wife and I, we volunteer about 55 hours a week. We meet, and greet every visitor that comes through. Our motto on campground rules/regulations is that we don't care as long as nothing gets vandalized, stolen, and/or no complaints are registered by campers about other campers. You get a complaint, I come and discuss it with you. Get a second complaint, and I call a park ranger, and they remove you from park. Pretty cut and dried. Two biggest complaints we get are loud generators after quiet time, and dogs not on a leash. Since we retired, of the 10 state parks we have volunteered at so far, we have a 99.8 % approval rate from the parks' supervisors. You come into our campground you get a clean site, a clean grill, fire pit, and table. Need info on the area, we have it. You want a cold beer, or soda, we have those too. Fire wood? Yeah, that too, when available. Help with your RV? Yep, as much as I can. We are not allowed to accept tips either. We just like doing our volunteer work.

Of course with today's economy as it is, you will see folks who are not well off hosting at some parks just to have some place to live. Also, you will see retirees, who are grand parents raising their grand children, who are living off the grid just to make ends meet. The better volunteers have income. The not so good volunteers don't have, or have very little income. Just the way it is.
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Old 09-28-2013, 08:24 AM   #10
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Have not had much experience with hosts in the past, they have been present at some places we have been but no real contact with them until this weekend at Tanglewood Park in Winston Salem NC. There are probably 40 sites here and about 4 hosts. They greeted us when we pulled in, offered to lead us to our site (which was just a row over); helped me back in, and then offered assistance. He came by later to make sure everything was working, including the wi fi. We have wi fi, I asked? He even had the password memorized.... Then he said that if we need anything just hold up a pie and he would be right over!

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