Sunday, July 20, 2008

Campground hosting provides relaxation, excitement

St. Joseph News-Press - St. Joseph,MO,USA
Through 20 years of outdoors adventures with her now-grown family, Linda Collier always thought there was more to camping than just sitting around.

She now knows that can be the case.

It was an eventful night last year at Lewis & Clark State Park near Rushville, Mo., when Linda and her husband, Nick, got a knock on the door of their camping trailer from the nephew of a man who was having an apparent heart attack.

The man had come to the right place.

The Colliers, as campground hosts, were the contact point for campers in case of emergency. Linda called 911, while Nick went to the front entrance to escort the ambulance to the proper campsite.

“I went to the campsite, and a couple of the other tent campers had started CPR,” Linda said. “They were raising two little grandkids. I took care of them and the wife and took (the kids) over to the shower house to get them dressed.”

Sadly, the man passed away. Thankfully, campers in Missouri State Parks can rely on volunteer camp hosts for a variety of needs.

While seldom are the duties as nerve-wracking as what the Colliers encountered last summer, it’s clear that they and others are an important ingredient to a pleasant camping experience.
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