Tag: Volunteer at Florida State Parks

Well We Are Not Going to Adams Tract

AdamsTract04282013 (43)Well, we are not going to Adams Tract River Camp. Apparently, the volunteer who was coming into Woods Ferry has gotten another assignment elsewhere. If you want to try out being a campground host then starting out at Adams Tract River Camp for the next two months or so will be a great way to start. They need someone immediately so please contact them directly. We have already posted a notice on a couple of Facebook pages and tweeted. Here is the information we posted:
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Next Three State Parks

AlafiaRiverSP04112014 (50)The next three state parks on our list is Alafia River State Park, Hillsborough River State Park and Lake Louisa State Park.

Information for Campers:

Alafia River State Park is located just off County Road 39 in Lithia, Florida. They have a relatively small campground with about 20 spaces designated for Family Camping and 11 for Equestrian Camping. All the sites are fairly large with about half being pull-throughs and the other back-ins. They are nicely spaced but there is not much privacy. You have a grassy area around the asphalt driveways, electric and water only. There is only one bathhouse with one shower on each side (males/females). Of course, this shower doubles as ADA compliant and the hot water comes from Solar Panels on the roof. There is a wide expanse of grassy area with picnic pavilions, tables, and benches all facing a nice little lake.
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Dade Battlefield WrapUp

Dressed Up in Pioneer Costume
Dressed Up in Pioneer Costume
Dade Battlefield Historic State Park is a great place to start your career at being a campground hosts in our Florida State Parks. Since they do not have campsites for visitors then you would be called a Residential Host. This little park encourages local people to join the Dade Battlefield Society and volunteer for as many events at the park as they are able. Mostly, it is a grunt position where you help set-up for events, maybe participate in the events, help with parking or just help clean-up afterwards. We were offered the position and given “special projects” while we were there. Which started with us painting the new Park Ranger’s House before his and his family’s arrival. Let me tell you that was a learning experience for my Mom and I. In between painting we were asked to participate with the Pioneer classes that the Volunteer Coordinator has once a month. Sometimes we would demonstrate how to make corn-husk dolls or sit at the gatehouse and collect the entrance fees. When we arrived there were two other Residential Hosts as singles, one is a carpenter and regular handyman and the other is an electrician, handyman and worked cleaning bathrooms and maintain all the equipment and buildings. They also did most of the set-up and clean-up before and after each of the events. Later another two volunteers came in and helped with the lawn maintenance and the events. The last month another family arrived and they helped us with the gatehouse and events participation.
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St Joseph Peninsula State Park WrapUp

StJosephs08062013 (13)Now that I finally have help with our craft business I should be able to get some articles posted to my various blogs and will try to start posting to Our Great Adventure every week. There is so much to report to you guys that we will start with a wrap-up of St. Josephs Peninsula, then the wrap-up with Dade Battlefield and then an update on our current assignment here at Myakka River State Park. I will be trying to get the movies made for the State Park Reviews and uploaded to YouTube as soon as I can. We have very limited internet service here and will probably have to go down to the Myakka Outpost and use their wireless service to upload the videos once I get them done.
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More Camphost News

MyakkaRiverStateParkSign

We just got confirmation on our last campground host position for next year. We are now completely books for the next 19 months with April and September off next year! We have updated our Calendar Page with the everything we have so far. Mom, Katie and I are hoping to be able to visit some parks during those two months off on our way to the next one.

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”