I have both work camped and hired work campers and I have found that many work campers feel that since they are "retired" from a high paying or managerial job that they are "entitled" and "smarter than the people they work for or with". They are often rude and don't really follow directions well and challenge their supervisors or gripe about them. Are these people are under utilized in low paying and volunteer positions? Yes. But that is their choice. I have to admit that at times, I may have fallen into that "too big for my pants" category.
I learned, with time, that the 17 yr old that I was assigned to work with, may not have had my work ethic, but it WAS his first job and rather than gripe about it, or try to teach him to do a better job, I should just keep my mouth shut, do my OWN job and let HIS supervisor deal with it. It was a lesson in humility. It's something work campers learn as they go.
NOW, that said. I have also worked with some of the greatest people in the world as a work camper. People who are interesting and fun and kind and helpful. People who have a wealth of experience, who are willing to teach that experience to you, with very little prodding.
I used to get upset when faced with the rude ones, but now I just hum a little tune while in their presence (it drives them crazy), ignore them, and do my job the way my supervisor told me to. They DO eventually get the message without confrontation and humming makes me happy.
PS: Here is the catchy little song I hum over and over and over...(you will see why I hum it rather than sing it)...I hope it makes you laugh.