MON, 12 OCT 2015 BY LINDA ROSADO
If you love spending time outdoors, meeting people from different backgrounds, and taking responsibility to complete tasks, it’s likely that you’re a campground manager. If not, then you might have a strong interest in becoming one. Campground managers, like more corporate managers, need to have strong leadership and financial skills to be successful in their profession. But, the life of a campground manager is particularly unique in its need for flexible hours on the job, diverse environment, and hands-on duties for every member on board. As different as the life of a campground manager is, the payoff is higher for the personal connections and hard work put into the job. After deciding to become a campground manager, the next best thing to do is to ensure everything is up to code and preventative of fires.
OPENING OR CHOOSING A CAMPGROUND
Before you purchase an existing campground or open a new area as a campground, you’ll first need to check if zoning allows you to create or keep one. After clearing that, consider the necessary environmental standards you need to meet and how many campsites you’ll have. If you’re located above the municipal sewer system, it will be much easier to treat wastewater; if not, part of your budget will go toward installing your own water treatment system. Once you’ve checked those off your list, designing the layout of your campground and allocating funds for it is next on your list. Ensuring all facilities and roads are conducive for your visitors’ ease is crucial in making your campground a hit with locals and visitors alike.
FIRE-RESISTANT CAMPGROUND NECESSITIES
Now that you have a sanctioned campground, the next step is to provide resources for your visitors. Electrical hookups, a somewhat ironic feature, are a wonderful amenity to make your campers’ experience a little easier. The use of small appliances and ability to power an RV camper will delight your visitors; but make sure standard codes are meant to prevent fire hazards. Fire pits with stones for borders are a simple addition to a campsite that enables visitors to stay warm and cook for themselves. As a method of fire prevention, equip your campers with fire extinguishers and station fire safety sheds throughout your camp for security. Aside from the obvious culprits, place trash receptacles on your site so you and your campers can keep the environment clean together. A dog waste disposal station is especially handy for getting rid of toxic pet waste that visiting dog owners may leave behind. The disposal bags will serve both you and the environment your campsite resides in.
These are only a few of the topics you’ll face when becoming a campground manager, but they start your thought process. Apart from obtaining permits and following legalities, the sky’s the limit for what your fire-resistant campground can offer.