I am about six weeks into my ten week hosting commitment, and since I started this thread, I thought I would give an update on my first hosting experience.
Originally the thread was about hosts cleaning bathrooms, but the thread seemed to go a bit further than that and I want to continue this direction.
After six weeks I find that a funny thing has happened to me - I have started to take ownership in the park. I find myself caring about every part of it. It's a small park with a day area, a boat ramp with some picnic tables, and the campground which has only 25 sites.
The essentials of the job include checking in campers and collecting fees (we have no gatehouse or gate), selling firewood, making sure the rules are obeyed, tidying up the vacated sites, and making sure there is toilet paper in the stalls. There can be times that it is difficult to put in the required time, so I started adding some tasks on my own.
Knowing that we have a short-handed maintenance staff, I started checking the boat ramp and day areas for t-paper and trash. I also check all the picnic sites and barbecue pits for trash. This saves the maintenance staff about an hour or two a day and is no imposition on me. When possible I help the naturalist set up for the Friday or Saturday night presentation, and I try to remind the campers about the presentation to build the attendance.
But I think more than any one thing in particular, what I find most interesting is my mindset. This has become "my" park. I want everything about it to be a positive experience for the campers. I want them to drive out of here with the idea that they will definitely return.
I find this very interesting. I had never been to this park before - it was just a convenient place to stay near my daughter's home. And hosting was a way we could stay for more than two weeks and also have a full hookup. I was prepared to do my job as well as I could, but I certainly did not anticipate this shift in my perspective.
Bathrooms are still not on my list. But they just might be in the future. Who knows?