We camp hosted for a short fill-in time for another host that had to leave early, at Roaring River State Park in Missouri. Most of our family and friends know that I love this place and when the opportunity to stay here a bit longer as a camp host presented itself, we grabbed it like a gold ring on a merry-go-round!
We were a bit nervous not knowing what we were getting into because we had no experience and really had not talked with anyone who did. We were only needed at Roaring River for about three weeks and our duties were not exhaustive. We did what we like the most and that is to visit with campers, welcoming them to the park, replacing the available/reserved postings on the sites, making sure that sites were ready for the next campers and checking the restrooms for cleanliness and calling maintenance if it needed service. We helped out in the office a few times just to learn their system. It was a busy park but Roaring River is laid back and we had fishing time.
One week-end was Free Fishing Day for kids under the age of 15. A large section of the river pools near the hatchery were designated kid only. The pools were kept stocked with trout. What a crowd and the children had so much fun catching fish. There were hot dogs, music, lessons on fly fishing (casting and fly making, d knot tying demos and even cooking the catch. There were anglers available with loaner rods and hook tying assistance and standbys with fish nets for landing.
If a child caught their first fish, it was measured, weighed and both the fish and the fisherman were photographed. This information was put on a certificate a presented to the youngster.
Our hosting experience at Roaring River was delightful and we will hope to do this again down the road.