The life of a camp host

One week down and today we started our turn camp hosting again here at Golden Bell Camp and Retreat Center RV park. Let me first give you a rundown of a typical day in our camp host life. College summer staffers gather at the lodge for devotions at 7:30 and while we aren’t required to be there, we really like to be a part of their spiritual development activities. And since breakfast starts at 7:45, we can sit and enjoy coffee while we listen and then eat. Fortified for the day, we head to the bathhouse to see what needs to be done there. The sign says that the restrooms are closed from 9:30 to 10:30 for cleaning, but we take that as a suggestion rather than law. Since our campsites are mostly empty from Sunday afternoon to Thursday night or Friday, that’s usually pretty light duty. We’ve been used to RV parks filled with various kinds and sized of RVs, but here our sites have more tent campers than RVs except for the summer volunteers, which results in heavier use of the bathrooms.

The rest of the day, we usually keep busy with small tasks that we see that need doing. Each week the office emails us a schedule of incoming campers and how long they will be staying, then later in the week, we pick up welcome signs to hang at the appropriate site. By the end of the day, it’s time to do a trash run, emptying the trash cans and hauling trash to the dumpsters at the lodge. Bears are attracted to food and while we haven’t seen any in the camp, we’ve seen evidence not far away, so hauling trash is important.

Today we went to church at Woodland Park Nazarene Church with most of the other volunteers, but instead of eating lunch with them, we came back to get our chores done. It’s nice to drive back into the campground and see that most, if not all of the weekend campers have already headed home. Occasionally we find a mess left behind but not today. We did find one firepit that was still smoldering and quickly extinguished it. Smokey would be proud!

Other than three meals a day, the camp also provides us each two shirts and a hooded sweatshirt each year. All the staff members wear the same shirt on Monday

shirt 1

and the other on Friday

shirt 2

usually covered by the sweatshirt in the cool early mornings

sweatshirt

or evenings around the campfire.

campfire

Add to those perks is the benefit God provides for us,

Peak sunset

and all is well in the life of a camp host.

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