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Enviro-Mich message from "Richard Morscheck" <morscher@michigan.gov>
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 11 FEB 05
Contact: State parks: Monica Terrell, 517-335-3034
               State forests: Ada Takacs, 989-275-5151, ext. 2049

Campground Hosts Needed for 2005 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 while providing assistance
to
other campers.

"Campground hosts play vital roles in helping other campers have a
comfortable, fun camping experience," said Parks and Recreation Chief
Ron Olson. "They share their expertise and knowledge and help build
camaraderie in the 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. Retirees, teachers, college students
and
families all have 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. A minimum
commitment of four consecutive weeks is required. 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.

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.

For details about the state park campground host program, contact
Monica Terrell at 517-335-3034, and contact Ada Takacs at 989-275-5151,
ext. 2049, regarding the state forest campground host program.

More information also can be found online at www.michigan.gov/dnr.
Click on the Recreation and Camping link.

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