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Old 09-24-2016, 10:43 PM   #57
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We volunteered at a state park campground our first year full timing. Most of the other campground hosts/volunteers were so racist and most of them were from northern states. We were supposed to be campground hosts but the campground managers (2 in a row were fired) approved a bunch of campground hosts who had no campground loops to work in. We ended up cleaning three public restrooms in the state park but outside the campground. They had not been cleaned properly in years and the things we saw in the bathrooms were so disgusting. We stuck out our obligation but we likely will never volunteer again.

always the race card
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Old 09-25-2016, 06:05 AM   #58
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When people make derogatory remarks about a certain section of the local population, I would call that racist. We were at a gathering of the campground volunteers right after we arrived and one asked if anyone minded him telling a racist joke. Spouse and I were the only ones who objected. It just went downhill from there. It was terribly uncomfortable and in hindsight, we should have just packed up and left.
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Old 09-25-2016, 06:27 AM   #59
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When people make derogatory remarks about a certain section of the local population, I would call that racist. We were at a gathering of the campground volunteers right after we arrived and one asked if anyone minded him telling a racist joke. Spouse and I were the only ones who objected. It just went downhill from there. It was terribly uncomfortable and in hindsight, we should have just packed up and left.
Good of you to speak up. Funny how they worried about the sensitivities of telling it to the group but not the sensitivity of the race they were about to joke about.

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Old 09-25-2016, 12:03 PM   #60
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I volunteer in a state park but work in the office because I don't want to clean campsites especially bathrooms. I did not work 40 yrs as a professional to retire and clean bathrooms.

Our campgrounds do require an advance reservation. Often it is the local residents who abuse the rules. They would make a reservation for Wed thru Sun and not show up till Fri evening leaving no open sites on the weekends for others. The put a chair on the site to hold it was often done. We now require a person to be on the site by 10PM or you loose the site. The locals were also the ones who created the most problems regarding trash, load noise etc.

Regarding guns. Fed parks now allow guns, especially if you have a permit to carry. I guess that would include BLM, COE etc. but not sure. Our state park does not allow open carry but does allow concel carry if you have a permit. Like in your backyard at home where it is illegal to discharge a weapon within the city limits, you are not allowed to target practice in the park but discharge of a weapon in self defense is not illegal.
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We plan to do some hosting in the future. This discussion has been interesting!
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Old 09-27-2016, 11:25 AM   #62
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We plan to do some hosting in the future. This discussion has been interesting!
Plan it! Do it! Enjoy it! Tell us about it!

BUT... be sure you have a clear understanding with the park management about duties and expectations before you begin. You might also look through the previous thread I started as there were some very interesting comments there as well.

All in all, the hosting has been an enjoyable and interesting experience, and we will do it again. The key is finding a place you want to plunk yourself down for several months. That will be the deciding factor for us as we like to travel.

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Plan it! Do it! Enjoy it! Tell us about it!

The key is finding a place you want to plunk yourself down for several months. That will be the deciding factor for us as we like to travel.
...and that's a very important point. It's really advantageous to pick an area you want to explore - one that sounds interesting to you. That's what we've always done. You will have plenty of off time and if the area doesn't offer much then you will get antsy and can't wait to move on.

We also found out that committing for three months as most national parks want you to do, was too much time for us. We're travelers and three months is like setting down roots. We once bargained with a national park that if we could find another couple to split the three months and they were experienced volunteers that didn't need a lot of basic training, that this would agreeable. It worked out great but I don't know how many parks would do that. Typically, we volunteered for 6-8 weeks and felt that was a good amount of time for us. We were then ready to move on.
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We have been hosting for the last 3 years and you always have some little problems but most of the time it is a great experience! Even this morning at 2:30 am when a couple knocks on my door and asks what can be done with some raccoons trying to get into their tent. Told them noting can be done....just take your stuff out of your tent and put in your tent trailer......after all........this is the raccoons home and the campers are the visitors.
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