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Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Schuylkill county
Re: Non-Owner Fees At Your Camp?
I stayed in a camp for a while until I bought my own. That camp charged everyone, including the members, for a night in camp. Members paid $3 @ night, non members paid $5 @ night and all contributed towards the meals. If the food bill was $300, then all paid proportionally.
As for your $20 fee, it might be a better idea to charge less per night but charge for the food as a surcharge. Charge $10 per night but if the food bill is costing $30 per day, they pay a full share of the food for each day.
But when it all comes down to it, they have been getting a pretty good deal for nothing. Sure you own it but they get the same experience as you do----for free. How much do they pay to go to any amusement park, or the movies,etc??? Friends and relatives are the hardest ones to deal with. I'm hitting that right now. The guys that hunted with me for years always were given a bill to pay when we rented cabins or trailers during hunting seasons. The food bill was shared. No problem. Well, now I own my own cabin. I talked with these guys from the start and told them I was looking to build and I was looking for people to go in with me. Sure, they said, but no one wanted to part with money. Well I built my own. Mine, you don't know how good that makes me feel. But now for bear season, the guys showed up and they asked about the food and they paid their share of the food but no one offered to give anything towards me paying for the propane, electric, etc. My electric bill spiked when we were there as did my propane bill. Didn't sink in. Now the guys want to use my place for a fishing trip. OK, we will but they will receive a shocker when they show up. We all share the food bill as we always did and you guys are going to pay me for the housing, just like we did when we rented a trailer two years ago. Each person will be charged $10 per night for their stay. The cheapest housing you're ever going to find. Don't like it??? Have a safe trip home!!!!
I see a ton of guys right here on this forum looking for camps to hunt and fish out of. I'm sure you and I can find a few out there that will love to experience the outdoors at a warm cabin. As for kids, well that gets touchy, especially here on this forum. I have kids and I have grandkids. I have other relatives that want to share my place---now. I came up with a hard rule. Come visit while I'm here. You're free--for the first time. After that, you will help pay the share. I will charge kids the same as an adult. Kids eat, kids sleep, kids are kids. Give them a break under 16 but then, they can pay their share too.
Good luck on your club.