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Campground Host Applications Being Accepted

Camper Coffee Hour
Camper Coffee Hour
Do you enjoy helping people? Have talents and interests you'd like to share? Are you concerned about our state's natural resources? If so, then Michigan public campgrounds need your enthusiasm and skills. We invite you to participate in our Volunteer Campground Host Program. Campground Host opportunities are available at state parks and at state forest campgrounds that offer family and group camping facilities.

Host Benefits
As a Campground Host volunteer, you are allowed a minimum of 4-weeks of free camping in one of Michigan's beautiful natural and/or historic areas. The schedules of our volunteer Hosts allow you ample time to enjoy recreational activities with friends and family members while providing volunteer services within a Michigan State campground. Hosts will have the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life and perhaps develop new friendships. One of the most important benefits Hosts receive is a sense of satisfaction that comes in knowing you have helped make the camping experience more enjoyable for other campers.

Who Can Host
Hosts can be individuals or teams such as a wife and husband. You must be 18 years of age or older and have your own camping gear, trailer, RV etc.

Minimum Requirements for All Hosts
You must be willing to provide services at least five days each week, including weekends and holidays (totaling 30 hours per week).

  • Expected to serve a minimum of four consecutive weeks
  • You must be at least 18 years of age or older
  • DNR employees are not eligible
  • Must provide own camping unit, equipment and personal items for your own stay
  • You are required to pass a background check
Recreation Passport RV Tour
Campground Hosts Eliot and Naomi Haycock on the 2010 Recreation Passport RV Tour(right)

Volunteer Campground Hosts are selected by state park and state forest managers. Managers may require an interview or request additional information on prospective volunteers. Selection is based on familiarity with the Michigan Campground System, camping experience, special skills, availability, knowledge of the surrounding area and needs of the park.

Where do you want to Host?
Michigan offers two distinctly different types of camping experiences;
Rustic - State Forest Campgrounds or
Modern - State Parks or Recreation areas.

When applying to be a Campground Host make sure you know which type of camping you want to do!

Modern State Parks or Recreation Areas
State parks and recreation areas are high density facilities containing between 100 to 400 campsites. They offer shower buildings with flush toilets, running water spigots, and sanitation stations. Electrical hook-ups are available at each campsite. General questions about the Michigan State Parks Campground Host Program can be addressed to Miguel Rodriguez at 517-284-6127.

Hosts in a Modern State Park Campground
The primary responsibility of a Campground Host is to assist campers by answering questions and explaining rules in a pleasant and helpful manner. As a representative of the Michigan state park the Volunteer Campground Host will provide the following kinds of services:

  • Greet new campers.
  • Distribute interpretative information
  • Answer questions about the local area
  • Weekly Host camper coffee hour (supplies provided)
  • Provide or assist with a weekly activity
  • Daily walk/bike tour of campground
  • Loan equipment (provided)
  • Construct and/or maintain bulletin board
  • Create and/or update local attractions directory
  • Complete a weekly work schedule
  • Post Hosts' schedule and In/Out sign
  • Attend Host training (State Park Hosts only)
  • Arrange campground activities such as camper coffee hours, kids fishing derbies, campfire sing-a-long and berry picking.
  • Perform other services depending on your capabilities and the campground facilities where assigned.

Volunteer Campground Hosts take no law enforcement measures other than being observant and notifying park staff of problems. Our Volunteer Hosts are easily recognizable by their official vests, shirts, hats and/or nametags.

Volunteer Campground Hosts are selected by state park managers. Managers may require an interview or request additional information on prospective volunteers. Selection is based on familiarity with the Michigan Campground System, camping experience, special skills, availability, knowledge of the surrounding area and needs of the park.

Required Training
New volunteer Campground Hosts who have been selected for assignment must attend training provided by the State. Training for the 2014 season will be held on Wednesday, June 4 and Thursday, June 5, 2014 at the Ralph A. MacMullan Center in the Roscommon.

How to Apply to be a State Park Host - Modern Campground
Fill out the State Park Campground Host application available below, and mail the completed form directly to the park in which you want to host. You can find the address of the park or recreation area here.   State Parks offer modern camping with electrical hookups and shower buildings. Hosts are welcome to apply for a vacancy at more than one park, but a separate application should be completed for each park. Applications are accepted year-round until all vacancies are filled.

State Park Campground Host Application & Waiver (PDF) PDF

2014 State Park & State Forest Camp Host Vacancy List PDF Document (Updated 04-18-2014)

Michigan State Park Campground Host Policy PDF Document

Rustic, State Forest Campgrounds
State forest campgrounds are low density facilities containing between 10 to 60 campsites. These campgrounds have vault toilets and hand pumped water. There are no electrical hook-ups, sanitation stations, or shower buildings available for use. However, sites are generally in a more quiet setting. Also, the larger sites are further apart and afford more privacy. Questions about the State Forest Campground Host Program can be addressed to Miguel Rodriguez at 517-284-6127.

Hosts in a Rustic State Forest Campground
The primary responsibility of a Campground Host is to assist campers by answering questions and explaining rules in a pleasant and helpful manner. As a representative of the Michigan state forest campground system, the Volunteer Campground Host will provide the following kinds of services:

  • Greet new campers. Answer questions about the local area
  • Perform other services depending on your capabilities and the campground facilities where assigned, including light maintenance within the campground.
  • Volunteer Campground Hosts take no law enforcement measures other than being observant and notifying park staff of problems.

Volunteer Campground Hosts are selected by state forest managers. Managers may require an interview or request additional information on prospective volunteers. Selection is based on familiarity with the Michigan Campground System, camping experience, special skills, availability, knowledge of the surrounding area and needs of the park.

How to Apply to be a Forest Campground Host - Rustic Campground
Fill out the State Forest Campground Host application available right here. Mail the completed form to the address on the form. REMEMBER: State Forest Campgrounds are rustic facilities with vault toilets and no electrical hookups or shower facilities. There are no State Forest campgrounds in southern Lower Peninsula. State forest Campground Hosts have a lower level of interaction with visitors than State Park Hosts. Applications are accepted year-round until all vacancies are filled. Click here for a list of rustic campgrounds that need Campground Hosts.

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