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Old 05-10-2012, 12:04 PM   #1
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How to become a camp host or Volunteer

How dose someone be a camp host or Volunteer? What do you get in return?

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Originally Posted by sherrie View Post
How dose someone be a camp host or Volunteer? What do you get in return?
Hi Sherrie,

Google the term 'Workamper' and you'll be awash in information on the topic.

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Sherrie- you can go here to learn about opportunities at the Federal parks, or you can Google the state park system of a state you'd like to volunteer in.

Normally, hosts and other on-site volunteers receive a campsite with hookups for the duration of their volunteer gig; no monetary compensation. Hours required vary with the park.

The term "workampers" includes volunteers, but also (and perhaps mostly) refers to folks who live in and work out of their RVs for compensation, often at private campgrounds.
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Hi Sherrie....we started volunteering last year after we retired. We usualy work 3 8 hr days or 4 6hr days. We've been costumed interpreters sharing info about the 1790 fur trade era at a National Park. We've helped give cave tours at a state park and we've helped in the visitor center, helped with enviromental education for grade school kids and some maintenance at a National Wildife Refuge. We use the volunteer.gov/gov website. You'll find a wide variety of volunteer positions available. Good Luck
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I simply contacted the director of parks in our home county. He put me in contact with the county parks volunteer coordinator. The rest is history, as they say. In our case the demands are few. Answer questions on registration (which is intended to be self registration), sell firewood, check the campsites for residual trash after a camper leaves, check the facilities now and then, and generally just provide a presence. If anything needs repair or cleanup we are to call park staff, this includes the restrooms. If anything needs enforcement, we are to call the ranger or the police, as we feel appropriate. Thankfully I've only felt I had to call the ranger once and the police never. It is stressed that we are NOT enforcement, leave that up to the ranger or the police.

We are provided a very nice full hookup site at no charge. In fact, in our county parks the camp host sites are the only ones with water and sewer.

In our case we looked to kill two birds, so to speak, by volunteering. One, we sold the house before Peggy was retired and needed a place to park our "retirement home". Second, we felt it would look good on our resume when/if we wanted to do this again elsewhere. It's turned out to be fun too, just the icing on the cake.
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