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Old 03-17-2013, 10:42 AM   #1
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Campsite cleanliness

Although most campgrounds have a caretaker and Park Rangers, at least in the campgrounds I camp at, I always find the campsite could use a good cleaning up. Not big stuff, but things like cigarette butts, soda can pop tops, candy wrappers etc. (For some reason, campers don't think cigarette butts or pop tops is litter.) I usually spend about 30 to 45 minutes on the second day I'm on a camp site walking around with a small pail and a pair of "grabbers" and try and pick up anything that doesn't belong there. I never see any else doing it, but I feel that a camp site should be free of litter and not left to someone else to pick up after them. Do any of you feel the same way? I would be interested to know. I always scolded my kids when they were small children that littering was unacceptable and if you drop it, you pick it up.

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Old 03-17-2013, 11:04 AM   #2
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Im with you on this. By far, most campsites we have stayed at are litter free, but, every now and then, we do find it necessary to clean up a bit. When we leave, we leave it clean.

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Old 03-17-2013, 11:10 AM   #3
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Yep, the nails around the campfire ring really bothered us especially when the kids were camping with us. 2nd on my list is dog poo left for other campers. I always seemed to be lucky enough to get a camp site who's previous occupant had a rottweiler or great dane!
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:19 AM   #4
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CW has folding rakes and I'm trying not to buy one!
What's next? A broom to sweep the pad and a couple pruners for those not-so-attractive shrubs? LOL!
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:28 AM   #5
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We stayed in a small RV Park in Quartzsite, AZ & the owner had died so the whole place was needing attention & my wife said this is depressing. However after I worked my magic on our spot - she never made that comment again!
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:36 AM   #6
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Actually we do carry a broom to sweep off the pad. It pulls double duty to help whack our mat clean if needed prior to packing it up
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Old 03-17-2013, 01:00 PM   #7
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We had a child who stepped on a nail (through a shoe) and another who stepped on a fork if you can believe it. Now when kids are around I pull the magnent on a stick(I am sure it has a more formal name) out of the basement and walk the plot.

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Old 03-17-2013, 01:24 PM   #8
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Old 03-17-2013, 01:40 PM   #9
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While the park people do a good job of cleaning sites, they cannot take the time to pick up all of the little items. I agree that cigarette butts and beer tabs are far too common. It seems that drunk smokers are pigs.
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Old 03-17-2013, 01:47 PM   #10
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I once really hurt myself on a shrub that was too close to the picnic table, so now I carry gardening shears, but I have not had to use them.

Yes, most campers are considerate people, and it only takes a few in a CG who think that they really want to have a drunken party to ruin the place.

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