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 Gail
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Have you ever been a work camper? What were the benefits? Downsides?


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 Ivor
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We have been Workamping for two years now and after a stint at a CoE park, we realized that A: being involved with the "public" was almost a toxic situation! While at least 90% of those we interacted with were really great, courteous, friendly, interested and interesting, however there was that 5/10% of people who could NEVER be pleased, sometimes no matter how hard you tried!

So, B: we switched to Volunteering - what a difference! Little or no dealing with the "public", working at State Parks in different states, we found the Rangers very appreciative of our "help".

Also, the usual service period was around 3 months, just enough time to enjoy the time before moving on to the next adventure.  

Dealing with entitled public sucks!!


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 Jim
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-My wife and I have been camp hosts at a county campground for 6 summers, usually staying 5 months, Memorial Day to Labor Day is required. We arrive 1-2 weeks before to get the campsites that we are responsible for cleaned up. This requires raking, cleaning firepits, making the campsite looking nice. The campground we are at is great to be at, the staff is great, so this makes our jobs much easier. Is it a bed of roses, no, but it is fun and enjoyable most of the time. We do not have to do bathrooms, that is a paid fulltime position, but sometimes replenish tp and paper towels, no big deal. We have very few problems with campers because we have learned how to approach a problem, you also learn very quick which ones won't corporate at which time we call for the park security. We enjoy this type of camping/work, 5- four hour shifts per week, all hookups including propane, a large site in a beautiful setting. We have seen many hosts come and go, it's not for everyone, but works for us.


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 Gail
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Thanks for sharing. 

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 Gail
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Thanks for your insight. 


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 JFK MLK
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Three locations and 12 months of work camping. No regrets. 90% to 95% of the people we interacted with were great. The 5% that weren't so great, we killed them with kindness and humor, that seemed to make it all worth while.

We do believe that the folks in the southern states are the most kind and respectful. They love our northern accent as we enjoyed their souther accent and hospitality. My wife's baseball hat said it all to them, 'Talk southern to me.'

Even those kids and their bikes can be dealt with. Acknowledge their talents on the bike and then kindly let them of any rules that apply. 


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 Gail
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I love your attitude: kill 'em with kindness! Funny how that usually works. You folks sound like the kind of campers I'd like to camp next to. Happy travels to you!


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