LANSING - The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is seeking volunteers to serve as hosts at Michigan state parks and state forest campgrounds for the 2014 camping season.
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, etcetera - can 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.
Some host assignments begin as early as April and continue as late as October.
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.
Host training for the 2014 camping season will be held June 4-5 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, contact Miguel Rodriguez at 517-241-4129.