Monday, May 28, 2007

Full Time RVers help campers enjoy stay at Rock Cut State Park.

Rockford, ILL. - Forty years ago Jinny and Dick Bridgeland would camp with their young children at Rock Cut State Park in a homemade tent trailer.

Today they are among the first people campers meet at Rock Cut. They serve as campground hosts, helping others enjoy their camping experience at the park.

“It excites me to see the young families come camping because that is what we did,” said Jinny, a 66-year-old retired beauty shop owner. “You just can’t build better family unity.”

The Bridgelands, who used to live in Rockford, reside in their 36-foot motorhome at Rock Cut during the summer and spend winters at their home in southern Texas. They have been hosts for four years.

They are two of Rock Cut’s six volunteer hosts who work 20 to 30 hours a week in exchange for a free camping site with water, electricity and a septic hookup.

Hosts usually are retirees and full-time RVers, who live in sunny places such as Florida, California or Texas during the winter. They arrive at Rock Cut in early May and leave in late September.
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