Hi! Jan & Gary here.
We LOVE Vermont! Now in our 3rd year of retirement, we are implementing our plan to live on LESS than our retirement income…by volunteering as Camp Hosts at a Vermont State Park. Our first (and now recurring) assignment: Button Bay State Park on Lake Champlain. We have a cool RV site with full hookups and a spectacular view of the bay! We each put in 15 hours a week helping out around the park. Before the Memorial Day opening our days are spent mowing acres and acres of deep grass, as well as sprucing up the restrooms and cleaning out & stocking the storage rooms. Once the park is open we keep the restrooms sparkling clean and mow campsites as they are vacated and take care of trash & recycling. We enjoy assisting campers and visitors with any questions they might have.
Our free time is spent biking, hiking, kayaking, and enjoying the great state of Vermont. Volunteers receive a free VIP pass to all the State Parks (including camping!), as well as many museums and attractions.
Update: After a long, warm Indian Summer into October, we completed another great season at Button Bay! After a few weeks of travel and visiting family, we’ve settled in for a winter of pet sitting with sweet pups Boscoe and Tater and a cool kitty named Boo-Boo in southern Massachusetts…