Being a Camphost

AdamsTractRC04072013 (46)Most of us “Full-Timers” will, at one time or another, become camp host somewhere along the way. We have taken two camp host assignments so far. We scheduled one for July and August when we first started out because we wanted the experience and who wouldn’t want to camp next to the ocean for two months. Money being tight we have taken an earlier workkamping gig with Suwannee River Wilderness Trail. They have created and maintain river camps along the Suwannee River for canoers and kayakers. The river camps are available to anyone who travels down the river and needs a place to camp overnight. They are not charging for this service (yet) but do ask that reservations be made ahead of time. The SRWT is headquartered at the Visitors Center in front of Stephen Foster Memorial in White Springs, Florida. At the present time there are only 5 River Camps in operation. In between these are Florida State Parks that will allow the canoers to camp for a few dollars, public boat ramps and some private places as well. There are even a few places during the year that they can camp on a sandbar. Although, I really wouldn’t recommend it. From the pictures we have seen on the internet all the river camps are pretty much set up the same way. Each of them have screened in wooden platforms with ceiling fans, electrical outlets, picnic tables and a fire pit. There are barbecue grills intermingled among the platforms and each have bathhouses with hot/cold water. Access to the River Camps can only be gotten via the River unless you work for the park service, are a camp host or part of the Suwannee River Water Management Department. Continue reading “Being a Camphost”

Manatees and Other News

Since our February Park Fees Campaign didn’t do so well we have decided to take more CampHost positions for the rest of the year. We have had to postpone our southern leg of our Florida State Parks visits until next year. For now we have been granted a Camphost position at one of the river camps located along the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail for three months. We are looking forward to this new experience though with a little bit of trepidation as they had to close 3 of the 6 camps due to the rising water of the Suwannee this past week. But after a quick call to volunteer headquarters today we were told that they hope to have them all opened by this Sunday. That’s good because a lot of the schools will be getting the spring breaks soon. There is nothing like a kayak or canoe adventure to get away from it all that stress for a week or so. We expect to see quite a few people over the Easter Weekend. Phooey, we are starting our assignment on a holiday. :< Come to think of it our camphost assignment at St. Joseph's starts July 1st just before the holiday as well. Continue reading “Manatees and Other News”

Our First CampHost Position

stj-sunsetWe finally have our first Camp Host assignment. Traveling to all these great Florida State Parks has been exciting and fun. If a little tense at times with some of the money problems and repairs we have had to do in the last 4 months. But we like this Full-Timers stuff and wanted to see what the Camp Hosting thing is all about. We have seen them at every camping area we have been to and have even been able to talk to a few of them. Being a volunteer at one of these parks has a few advantages. One of those is not having to pay for site fees. Another is that most (not all) has sewers available for the camp hosts only. As you may have ascertained from our previous posts that is one thing we really appreciate. There are only 10 RV camping areas in the State of Florida Park systems that offer sewer connections on site and most of those only have a limited amount available. You can see our reviewsabout that to find out more. Continue reading “Our First CampHost Position”