Although Campground Hosts are
of different ages and backgrounds, they are
friendly, cooperative, and like to help others.
They enjoy the outdoors, and are eager to learn
and share knowledge about their forest area.
Hosts must be at least 18 years old and supply
their own camper, trailer, etc. Many Campground
Hosts are retired persons who enjoy spending
their summers in the forest. Campground Hosts
serve campground users by:
- Offering information and explaining
regulations, while taking no law enforcement
measures other than being observant.
Hosts should become familiar with local
points of interest so they are able to
answer questions on local attractions,
trails, fishing conditions, etc.
- Performing light maintenance or emergency
minor repairs. Hosts also do campsite
monitoring and help keep the campground
- Referring visitors, who need help, to the
proper Forest Officer.
- Acting as the "eyes and ears" of
the Forest Service, hosts will set a good
example by being model campers.
In return for help,
Campground Hosts can stay at one or more
campgrounds for part or all of a season.
Hosts do not pay recreation fees, and may be
reimbursed by the Forest Service for incidental
expenses. As a volunteer, Campground Hosts are
covered by the Federal Tort Claims Act for work
The satisfaction of helping
both the National Forest and its visitors is a
Host's greatest reward. By their presence, Hosts
minimize vandalism, thereby saving the taxpayer
many dollars in property damage. They also
provide that personal touch that makes a camper
feel welcome and "at home."
To learn more
about volunteer opportunities in the Forest
Service, visit the "Working
in the Great Outdoors" volunteer
page located at the Forest
Service Headquarters Website.