Thursday, April 23, 2009

State Parks and Forest Campgrounds Seeking Hosts for Summer 2009

a news release of Michigan DNR

Michigan state parks, recreation areas and forest management campgrounds are seeking volunteer campground hosts for this spring, summer and fall seasons. A host can sign up for a minimum of four weeks or more of free camping in one of Michigan's beautiful natural and/or historic areas.

"The schedules of our volunteer hosts allow ample time to enjoy recreational activities with friends and family members while providing volunteer services within a Michigan state park or state forest campground," said Ron Olson, chief of the Department of Natural Resources Parks and Recreation Division. "Hosts have the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life and perhaps develop new friendships. Campground hosts can be individuals or teams such as a wife and husband; must be 18 years of age or older and have their own camping gear."

Campground hosts provide services five days each week, including weekends and holidays, totaling approximately 30 hours per occupant.

Our volunteer campground hosts assist in some of the following:
  • Weekly Host Camper Coffee Hour (supplies provided)
  • Provide or assist with a weekly activity
  • Loan equipment such as rakes, shovels (provided by the park)
  • Construct and/or maintain an information bulletin board
  • Create and/or update local attractions directory
  • Attend Host Training (State Park Hosts only)

Volunteer campground hosts are selected by state park and state forest managers. Managers may require an interview or request additional information on prospective volunteers. Selection is based on familiarity with the Michigan campground system, camping experience, special skills, availability, knowledge of the surrounding area and needs of the park. The current schedule of campground host openings can be found on

Please contact the individual state park, recreation area, or forest management unit to learn more about the specifics of an individual location or call Jill Yehl at (517) 241-6655 if you have a question about becoming a state park or recreation area host; or Ada Takacs at (989) 275-5151, ext. 2049, if you are interested in the opportunity to host at a Michigan state forest campground.

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