Work Camping Problems

“Blessed are those that don’t take anything for granted” is a good mantra for handling work camping problems.  Work camping is one way that many people finance their travels but it’s not without problems.  There are all kinds of work camping jobs, and just as many problems.  Being prepared and having a flexible attitude will benefit you more than anything else,  Here are some of the problems you might encounter, but remember everyone has a different tolerance for things so a problem for one might not be a problem for you. 

10 Work Camping Complaints from Work Campers

  1. Not treating work campers with respect and undervaluing their contributions.
  2.  Either no contract or not following the one agreed upon especially when it comes to hours or requiring work camper to do work they didn’t agree upon- Get a contract in writing as to everything agreed upon!
  3.  On-call without pay, or working 7 days a week but only paid for some of them, especially Camp Hosts.
  4.  Squeezing work campers for every little thing and not seeming to care if they leave or not
  5.  Little to no notice if being let go
  6.  Management that doesn’t have good communication, patience, tolerance, or other people skills
  7.  Co-Workers that have too much drama and/or don’t do their share of the work
  8.   Requiring too many hours  of work which is more than the value of site, or doesn’t even equal minimum wage
  9.  WiFi at campgrounds doesn’t work
  10.  Lack of proper training for the job

Camp Hosts

Work Camping Complaints from Management

  • Work campers that don’t show up or take their position seriously because “we don’t get paid.”
  •  Work campers that don’t perform their work appropriately or don’t follow through on their assigned duties
  •  Drama and gossiping which negatively affects the work environment and/or the paid campers/customers
  •  When you return a signed agreement (or a verbal agreement) management considers the job filled and will be counting on you to report as scheduled….but some work campers change their minds without giving any notice, or very short notice.  This puts management and possibly other work campers in a difficult position.
  • Dishonest workers
  • Work campers whose other obligations interfere with their assigned duties
  • Physical disabilities that weren’t disclosed and limits the worker’s ability to perform the physical requirements of jobs like prolonged sitting, standing, lifting, etc.


Problems Work Camping as a Camp Host


Working as a Camp Host has both good and bad aspects to it.  There are many different campgrounds in National Parks, State Parks,  Forests that look for Camp Hosts.  Each one is a bit different as the National Parks typically don’t require you to clean bathrooms, while most of the others do, and all require cleaning sites and assisting campers.  It’s a great job if you like solitude, but there can also be problems for work campers.


Here are a few of the problems for Camp Hosts:

  • Some campgrounds you might be the only Camp Host
  • If you are the only Camp Host you might be required to be available 7 days a week, but get paid for only a few of the hours. 
  • You might have to clean bathrooms a couple times a day, 7 days a week
  • Some campgrounds don’t have phone service, and you are isolated in case of an emergency regardless of what the hiring body tells you.
  • Drunken campers can cause problems for the other campers and you
  • Campfires that aren’t put out when a camper checks out.  Some campers will light a fire for “lunch” when check-out is at noon.
  • Pets: Dogs not leashed, barking, and owners not cleaning up after them.  Be prepared that most pet owners are compliant but some will do as they please.
  • 4th of July Fireworks:  Be prepared that no matter how many times you tell campers no fireworks allowed, nor how many signs are posted you might still end up with the group that sets off fireworks.  
  • Vehicle breakdowns, both yours and your campers.  Having a good set of jumper cables, and a battery charger  can be quite valuable.  I have used both in helping out various campers.


Cows: Playing cowboy wasn’t something I expected to be doing.  However I learned that open range means cows roam around free, and if the cows find a hole in the fence, they will end up in your campground.  Cleaning up cow patties isn’t fun, so your work might consist of herding the cows out of the campground.




Yes, there can be problems with your work camping job, but then again most jobs are very rewarding.  Meeting people from all over the world and making friends that will last a lifetime is priceless.  So is the opportunity to experience different parts of the United States. Once your job is over you might have planned to do some sight seeing on the way to your next destination.  This is another of the many benefits to the RV lifestyle of work camping.

Find more info on Work Camping here.

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