Camp Host US Newsletter 33
What's New This March
March 3, 2007
Men's White T-Shirt
In This Issue:
- Camp Hosts Needed
- Warm Winters
- Recipe Tip
- Favorite Places
1. Camp Hosts Needed
State parks need camp hosts now, to greet campers, give directions, and do other light assignments. In exchange for their service, parks will provide a free RV spot, most likely with utility hookups included. Remember when a park requires that you camp on site you will pay no taxes for this exchange per IRS.
Two such states in need of volunteers for the upcoming summer camping season are South Dakota and West Virginia. In South Dakota, volunteers will be needed this May through September; 24 hours a week are required. In West Virginia, electric and water hookups come with a free RV site in 16 state parks.
Our advice? State parks like to fill their positions early--apply now! You should not volunteer more than 24 hrs. per week ...this is the high end standard required volunteer time... remember the industry standard all across the U.S.A., is 15-20 per couple, per site..have fun don't work yourself to death relax and enjoy the camp host experience.
2. Warm Winters
Barbara and I have just returned from 6 months on the road boondocking and looking for warm weather and warm beaches. The best weather we found was in Ventura, California during the month of October, sunny s everyday. Then it was off to Breckenridge, Colorado..don't go there during the winter unless you like blizzards. On the other hand, Melbourne, Florida was cool and rainy almost everyday. The Florida Panhandle and the Texas coast.. worse yet, with blowing winds and cold temps.. Makes one think of going somewhere warm for the winter season, sometimes we dream of far away places to camp and rv. One possibility could be caretaking (thebarrys.org/Caretaker/Index.htm) in New Zealand where their summer is our winter. Plan now for next winter- try caretaking or rv exchange. (the Caretaker Gazette has numerous opportunities. Someone called us the other day and advised us that the 2 and 3 year subscription buttons didn't work on the Camp Host US site, this is because those options are not currently available, if you want the Gazette it will have to be on a year to year basis. Wonder how boondocking is in the land of the Kiwi? Take a look at this offer we came onto while surfing the internet:
Camp Hosts Needed. Hot Water Beach and Rerewhakaaitu
We require Camp Hosts to assist in the Day to Day running of DOC campgrounds over the busy holiday period.
Meeting and assisting campers, Monitoring compliance, servicing facilities (eg. composting toilets.) Good people skills and a good understanding of English are required. A current first aid certificate, back country skills and VHF radio experience would be helpful.
Date December - January
Location Hot Water Beach and Rerewhakaaitu (Bay of Plenty)
Number of Positions No limit
Position Descriptions Generally a camp host position lasts for 2 weeks. Food/petrol vouchers will be provided to the value of $100.00 per week. Safety Procedures - Camp hosts will be fully briefed on their role and responsibilities prior to beginning their position. A compendium will also be made available. This will include camp host information as well as outline emergency procedures.
Safety Procedures Yes
Accommodation Available Yes
Accommodation Description We will provide a large modern tent, camping and cooking equipment.
Food Available No
Transport Available No
Contact Information Contact Warwick Hesketh at Rotorua Lakes Area Office. firstname.lastname@example.org. 07 3483610 www.doc.govt.nz
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3. Recipe Tip
We discovered that you do not need an oven to make biscuits. Just cook them on a iron skillet with a high lid of some sort we used a stainless bowl..thats what Barbara did and the biscuts were the best ones I have ever eaten, try it its easy and you will love-em too. I guarantee!
4. Favorite Places
Our favorite place visited on this past road trip was Goliad, Texas
We are happy to be back to what we are calling our summer home for now its Granger, Texas. A small rv is fine for traveling but I will take the space of our 29' Airstream for the comfort it provides during our next 6 month contract. The newsletters could be a bit more periodic now that we are back.
|Bill Barry (Bill@camphost.us) - Tue, 03/13/07 12:06:31 -0600|