Editor’s note: This blog posting was written by Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA).
Owning and operating a campground sounds like a dream job for some of us. Full-time campground living can mean ditching the city for gorgeous scenery, socializing with happy campers, gathering around crackling fires and finally perfecting that perfect s’more.
With 525 locations across the US and Canada, KOA owners and managers live the campground lifestyle daily. And while there’s lots of fun to be had living and working on a campground, there’s a fair share of hard work, too. So what’s the day-to-day life of a campground owner really like?
The best way to answer that burning question is to ask the experts – KOA owners. Here’s what they had to say.
“We began our journey to own a campground because we wanted to be in business for ourselves and thought people coming to us for vacation would be a great way to be around happy people while making money at the same time.” Anita & Bill, Chautauqua Lake KOA Holiday
“After our daughter went to college we sold the house, bought a fifth-wheel and went on the road after learning about KOA’s Work Kamping Program. We thought we’d Work Kamp for years, but the universe had other plans. We loved campground life and started looking for a KOA to buy never dreaming we would find the perfect place so quickly. We visited, fell in love and the rest is history.” Iris and Ken, Bay Center / Willapa Bay KOA Journey
As a campground owner, how would you describe your typical day?
“If a day is ever ‘typical,’ that’s not typical! I try to have a list of things that need to be done every day, however, if a sewer is clogged, a site has lost power, or a mess is made the priorities definitely change and change quickly. We’ve got to roll with things accordingly, but I love the uncertainly that each day brings. I also love four and half months off to work on camp projects.” David and Lori, Indianapolis KOA Holiday
“Not including walking the dog? We monitor the public areas early to assess what needs to be done each day. Then we look at reports of outgoing and incoming campers to get sites cleaned and set up for incoming guests. We plan gatherings, monitor and order stock, manage a full office and maintenance staff. There is the phone to answer, firewood to deliver, gardening to be done and making sure guests are safe and comfortable. That’s just a quick glimpse!”