LANSING—The Michigan DNR is seeking volunteers to serve as hosts at Michigan state parks and state forest campgrounds for the 2014 camping season, giving people the opportunity to spend summer enjoying Michigan’s great outdoors while providing a valuable service.
Hosts will handle a variety of responsibilities, including directing visitors to their campsites, answering questions about the park or state forest, arranging campground activities and performing light maintenance and other services (depending on the host’s talents and interests). In return for their volunteer service, hosts are allowed to camp in the state park or state forest campground at no charge.
Both individuals and teams (couples, families, etc.) may serve as hosts. Candidates must be at least 18 years old, provide 30 hours of service per week (including weekends and holidays), serve a minimum of four consecutive weeks and furnish their own camping unit, equipment and personal items.
Host training for the 2014 camping season will be held June 4-5, 2014, at the Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center in Roscommon. Special arrangements can be made for anyone who cannot make those training dates.
Information and applications about the host program are available from the DNR’s website at www.michigan.gov/dnrvolunteers. For more information on the campground host program in state parks or state forest campgrounds, please contact Miguel Rodriguez at 517-241-4129.