Saturday, March 31, 2007

Michigan seeking campground hosts

Michigan recreation officials are looking for volunteers to serve as campground hosts in state parks, recreation areas and state forest campgrounds.

The campground host program allows individuals to camp in state parks, recreation areas and state forest campgrounds at no charge, while providing assistance to other campers.

"Campground hosts play a vital role in helping other campers to have a comfortable, fun camping experience," said Department of Natural Resources Parks and Recreation Division Chief Ron Olson. "They share their expertise and knowledge and help build camaraderie in the campground."

Hosts answer questions, help organize campground activities and conduct tours of the campground. The specific duties of each host are tailored to their individual skills and interests. Retirees, teachers, college students and families all have served as campground hosts.

Hosts must be at least 18 years old and provide service for five days and at least 30 hours each week, including holidays and weekends. A minimum commitment of four consecutive weeks is required. Hosts provide their own camping equipment and personal items.

Campground hosts are chosen by park and forest managers who may require an interview or request additional information. Selection is based on the individual's familiarity with the state park, recreation area or state forest system, camping experience, special skills, availability, knowledge of the area and 'specific needs of the campground.

Openings for hosts in state parks and recreation areas can be found by checking the DNR's Website at Click on "Campground Host Applications are being Accepted" for more information and a list of host vacancies.

Campground host applications should be directed to the park or recreation area where placement is sought. State forest applications should be sent to the address listed on the application.

For details about the state park campground host program, contact Monica Terrell at 517-335-3034. Contact Ada Takacs at 989-275-5151, ext. 2049, regarding the state forest campground host program.

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