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Old 02-28-2016, 12:51 PM   #1
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I had to dig into Camp Hosting just for my own information. By an Internet Search of National Forest Camp Host Jobs... there are 3,620,000 results. I am looking at the first... ten.

www.camphost.org
www.fs.usda.gov/jobs/volunteer
www.forestcamping.com/dow/dow/host/htm

... are a couple.

Get more selective and add on the search a specific State, National Forest, National Park.

Even I was surprised at the variety of Camp Hosting options to found right now, for this year's season.

The recruitment season is in full force as I type. Once you have qualified and spent a season as a Camp Host... you are then a known quantity among the hundreds, if not thousands who do not have the trailer or RV for shelter.

Anyone tried this themselves? What was your experience? Where was your Camp Host location?

I have met Camp Hosts at many campsites. They are usually at the better visited Base Camp sites. Some may be mining towns, like Garnet Ghost Town in Montana, which we camped on mine tailings near there, as there was a charge to visit the Ghost Town. Even "ghosts" need to pay for upkeep.

This would be an excellent way to break into a Full Timing career, as some pay and some offers provide provision compensation as you live and work... Full Timing at wonderful camp sites.

Get that Camp Hosting site of choice... and let us know how it worked out. All will be interested. We will all be envious to hear of your new Adventure in your Airstream or camper...
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Old 02-28-2016, 05:30 PM   #2
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This is what my husband and I wish to do during our retirement.
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Old 02-28-2016, 06:14 PM   #3
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Don't forget camp hosts at Corps of Engineers campgrounds…

http://www.usace.army.mil/Missions/C...rtunities.aspx
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Old 02-28-2016, 08:55 PM   #4
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Lake Mead next to Hoover Dam, Boulder City, Nevada has one or more Camp Hosts that get electricity... That would be a premium hosting position.

Double Cabin, DuBois, Wyoming has a camp host at the campground. No electricity... but plenty of fresh air, sunshine, snow in July and OK fishing. You never know when a position opens up, until you ask.

Protagonist tossed in Corps of Engineer campgrounds. Find a reservoir... Corps of Engineers. Probably Cherry Creek Reservoir near Denver, Colorado and Chatfield Reservoir outside of Littleton, Colorado. Lake of the Ozarks in southern Missouri and north Arkansas?

Greenfire... Granite or Crystal Reservoir may be too small for a Camp Host... but the fishing has always been great after Game and Fish drop the trout stock in time for Summer! Stop by and visit us at the Territorial Prison August 13th.... we will have a lot of shiny aluminum trailers of all vintages in Laramie!

... and commercial seasonal campgrounds! If you have a home on wheels and like dealing with people, kids and dogs... you are already wanted for this season.
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I believe all camp host sites I have seen have full hookups, regardless the amenities at individual sites.


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I am trying it this summer for the first time but not as a camp host but as a tour guide and general handyman at the National Historic DC Booth Fish Hatchery in Spearfish SD. Full hook ups, cable TV, camp on the Spearfish River - 300 yards from the hatchery. We have camped in the campground several times and love it so decided to apply and was accepted.
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Old 02-29-2016, 08:19 AM   #7
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All camp hosts do not have FHUs. We stayed at Camp Dick in CO and they used generators and brought honey truck in for sewer. I guess that would be a modified FHU. We hosted a Rec area in WV and would not do that again. To get the job done there were too many unpaid hours. We did have FHUs. It did make us appreciate our hosts a lot more.

We are full-timers and for the time being I work at AMZN in KY. This year is a travel year for us then back to AMZN. Next year volunteering is the plan.
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Most COE campgrounds we frequent at Table Rock Lake have two campground hosts. They run the check in station and are liaisons for campers to report issues so contracted vendors can make repairs. Law enforcement is the local sheriff.

I'm not sure I'd want to be a campground host for the summer at Table Rock but even if they just pay for the site and utilities you are saving a lot in monthly expenses.

Being a campground host at a popular first come first served National Park campground could be stressful trying to get campers searching for elusive vacant sites to place nice.

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https://www.volunteer.gov/index.cfm site lists National Park, Forest, Army Corps, BLM and other federal agency volunteer positions. Some states also list their positions as well. The site is updated daily, easy to use, gives quite a bit of info and POC's for most jobs.

We applied for and got our Bryce Canyon Camp Host job from that site.
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What were the details of that job description.

Were there any campsite hookups?

How long were you there?

Was there a 2nd host to give you days off?

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My hosting job is a small ten site campground in the High Sierra at 8,000 feet. No electric, but I am provided five gallons of gas a week for my generators. There is a dump for me but all sites are first come first serve with no hookups. There are also two group sites. The campground has never been full...I work from mid-may to the first week of October. The job is simple, and the campers (for the most part) are a delight.

People that camp here have been coming here for seventy years and last year I had a group for their 47th year. Within two miles there is plenty of disbursed camping (boon docking) along the creek. To get to the campground is a nine mile road of washboard, it tends to keep the idiots out.

Lots of hiking and fishing and town is thirteen miles away. It is a nice way to live...
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Greenfire... Granite or Crystal Reservoir may be too small for a Camp Host... but the fishing has always been great after Game and Fish drop the trout stock in time for Summer! Stop by and visit us at the Territorial Prison August 13th.... we will have a lot of shiny aluminum trailers of all vintages in Laramie!
I'm about a 10 minute walk (or less) from there, so will definitely come say hi!
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My question is, as a campground host do you ever have time to enjoy the camping and hiking and kayaking and fishing? There's a reason we retired, and it wasn't to clean the bathrooms for hundreds of campers, LOL! We too could most definitely use the price break, gas just getting anywhere slays us.
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In talking with the camp ground hosts at Kartchner recently they advised there are two hosts and they work 3 on and 3 off. They really liked the schedule. It appeared most of their duties were to answer questions, check you in, do rounds of vacated spots, tidy the bathrooms and campsites. There is s contracted Vendor that comes to thoroughly GI the bathrooms. They were both very positive couples and cheery to interact with.
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