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Campground host applications being accepted for 2018 season

The DNR is accepting applications for volunteers to work as campground hosts in Michigan state parks and rustic state forest campgrounds during the 2018 season. It’s a great way to camp for free and get a behind-the-scenes park experience.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is seeking volunteer campground hosts in Michigan state parks, recreation areas and rustic state forest campgrounds for the 2018 camping season.

In exchange for 30 hours of service per week, including duties such as helping campers find their campsites, answering camper questions, planning campground activities and performing light park maintenance duties, campground hosts enjoy waived camping fees. 

Both individuals and couples may apply for volunteer positions that begin as early as April and last through October. Volunteer hosts must be 18 years of age and provide their own camping equipment, food and other personal items.

“For many visitors, the camping experience wouldn’t be the same without campground hosts,” said Miguel Rodriguez, promotional agent for the DNR. “These dedicated volunteers engage with park visitors by helping out around the campground, answering camping and park questions and even hosting kids’ crafts and fireside activities. All of this is accomplished while they are enjoying some of Michigan’s most beautiful outdoor destinations.”

Interested volunteers can click on “campground host” at  www.michigan.gov/dnrvolunteers to learn more about the volunteer host campground program, download an application and waiver, and view a vacancy host campground report, which is updated regularly and indicates when and where hosts are needed in specific parks.

Hosts are screened and interviewed by park managers and selected based on familiarity with the state park system, camping experience, special skills, availability and knowledge of the area. Hosts must participate in a two-day host training session within the first two years of being selected as a host. The 2018 training will take place June 6-7 at the Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center in Roscommon.

For information, contact Miguel Rodriguez at 517-284-6127 or rodriquezm2@michigan.gov.

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Trailer damaged in hit and run

Post photo by L. Allen.

UPDATE May 13: added suspect’s name and charges

Sue and Joe Arnold’s grandchildren often spend the night at their grandparents’ campground on Lincoln Lake in Spencer Township. But Sue is glad that last Friday was not one of those nights. That’s because a hit and run driver ran off the road about 6:05 a.m. Saturday morning and hit the trailer they normally sleep in.
“If it had been Sunday morning instead of Saturday morning, they probably would have been hurt,” she said, noting that the crash hit the bathroom and the bedroom, and knocked the trailer about 5 feet off its foundation.
The campground, Outlook Pointe, is located just off 18 Mile between Hemlock and Podunk Ave. Sue said that her neighbors, Ed and Kathy Grifhorst, heard the crash and ran out to see what had happened. She said that by then the driver, reportedly a young 20-year-old male, had pulled his 1994 Toyota pickup out of the wreckage and was driving away. “I’m surprised he could drive it,” she said.
Sue explained that Ed, her neighbor, followed the truck until it quit, and the Kent County Sheriff Department arrived on scene. She said the driver told police he fell asleep, and that he was driving without insurance.
Sgt. Patty Seif, of the Kent County Sheriff Department, confirmed that the suspect, Albert James Johnson, of Greenville, had been drinking, but was not over the legal limit. He was cited for careless driving, and Minor in Possesion, both misdemeanor charges. He was on probation because of a past MIP offense. Johnson is due in court on May 18 at 8:30 a.m.

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