Originally Posted by DougOlson
Another thing to consider for low/no cost camping is campground host. I have not done it myself but have talked to a number of hosts. Generally it seems you get free site with full hookups and work a few hours a day. At Forest Service camps people I have talked with get paid something as well. At Yosemite NP the campground hosts are unpaid volunteers but get free full hookups, work 4 hrs/day and meet people from around the world, and spend the summer in about the most beautiful spot on earth.
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While camping at Bridalveil Creek in 2013, I visited with the camp host for a while and remarked to him how it seemed like a fun thing to do for a while. He encouraged me to apply and said that sometimes they had trouble finding people to host at that CG. It's such a wonderful location IMO, but some would think that it's too far from the valley or too far from shopping/night life/laundromat or whatever. My trips are not currently long enough to commit to 3 or 4 weeks at a location, but for a retired traveler a camp host position can be advantageous.