Campground Hosts needed for 2004 camping season: MI

Article Posted: February 17, 2004

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Campground Hosts needed for 2004 camping season

State recreation officials today announced an opportunity for volunteers to serve as campground hosts in state park and state forest campgrounds.

The Campground Host Program allows individuals to camp in state parks and state forest campgrounds at no charge for one month, in return for providing assistance to other campers.

“Campground hosts play vital roles in helping other campers understand the features of state parks and state forests,” said Jerry Bukoski, who heads the Parks and Recreation Bureau’s visitor service unit. “They share their expertise and knowledge and help build camaraderie in the campground.”

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

Hosts must be at least 18 years old and provide service for five days/30 hours each week, including holidays and weekends. The 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 or state forest system, camping experience, special skills, availability, knowledge of the area and the specific needs of the campground.

Additional information and applications can be obtained from the DNR web site. Please note that state park applications should be directed to the park where placement is sought. Volunteers wishing to serve in state parks must attend a mandatory training session in May at the Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center in Roscommon. State forest campground hosts do not need to attend this program. Applications should be sent to Ada Takacs at the address on the form.

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