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Old 01-15-2012, 09:29 AM   #1
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Summer campground hosts needed

I found this on the internet and wanted to pass along.
http://www.wnem.com/story/16494096/y...ampground-host

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources offers free camping for people who volunteer as campground hosts at state parks, recreation areas or state forest campgrounds.

The Volunteer Campground Host Program allows individuals to camp in a state park or state forest campground at no charge in return for providing visitor assistance in the campground.

Campground hosts direct visitors to their campsites, answer questions about the park or state forest, arrange campground activities and perform light maintenance duties and other services, depending on the hosts' talents and interests. They can be individuals or teams. Retired couples, teachers and students, as well as families, are just some of the volunteers who have enjoyed spending their time as campground hosts.

Campground hosts must be at least 18 years old, provide services five days/30 hours per week (including weekends and holidays), serve a minimum of four consecutive weeks and furnish their own camping unit, equipment and personal items.

State park hosts must attend a two-day training session the end of April, 2012 at the Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center in Roscommon. This training is not required of state forest campground hosts.

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, his or her camping experience, special skills, availability, knowledge of the area and the needs of the specific park or forest campground.

Hosts are particularly needed during the busy camping season, which can begin as early as April in state parks in southern Michigan.

Many of last year's campground hosts will be returning this year; however, vacancies still exist at park and forest campground locations throughout Michigan.

Information and applications are available from the DNR's web site at www.michigan.gov/dnrvisitorcenters.

Those interested in being a campground host at a state park should apply directly to the park of their choice.

For more information on campground host positions in state parks and recreation areas contact Pam Ames at 517-467-7401; for state forest campgrounds, please contact Ada Takacs at 989-275-5151, ext. 2049.
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Old 01-15-2012, 10:00 AM   #2
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Great way to spend a month. Was at Tawas Point for August in 2010 and loved every minute.
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Old 01-15-2012, 09:10 PM   #3
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A friend hosts winters in the south and summers in northern states. He gets a free parking spot with water, sewer, and power. He and his wife work 30 to 40 hours a week and are paid usually by the hour. Most state and federal campgrounds don't pay.
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We were in Quartzsite today and there were a few places advertising for campground hosts in various parts of the country. If anyone intrested is in the area you can find them in the big tent.
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Hey Clutch I will be there Wed... how far is Parker from there?
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Hey Clutch I will be there Wed... how far is Parker from there?
Seann, it is about 30 miles North. If you want to park close to the big tent you really need to get there early. We got there around 10:30 and had to park in the wash close to the freeway bridge. It was shoulder to shoulder in the tent.
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Seann, it is about 30 miles North. If you want to park close to the big tent you really need to get there early. We got there around 10:30 and had to park in the wash close to the freeway bridge. It was shoulder to shoulder in the tent.
I park east of the overpass... and walk in.... used to walking miles from work so its no biggie to me... How do I find you in parker?
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Seann, I answered your PM. We are staying at the Blue Water RV park next to the casino.
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I would LOVE to be a campground host if my life situation would allow it. That is living the life there. My choice would be Lincoln State Park in Lincoln City, IN. I grew up in that park. I could go there now and take a park ranger on a tour and give them an education. Maybe someday. Time spent there as a child is actually why I got a Degree in Applied Science in Parks and Recreation.
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