It's time to trade campfires for fireplaces in West Michigan, but that doesn't have to stop us from looking forward to next summer.

Learn how to volunteer and camp for free in Michigan in 2015.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is now accepting campground host applications. Positions are available as early as April and as late as October. Minimum commitment is four consecutive weeks.  

Campground hosts are responsible for 30 hours of service per week, duties include directing visitors to their campsites, answering questions about the park or recreation area, planning campground activities and performing light park maintenance duties. 

Individuals and/or teams (such as husband and wife) at least 18 years old are eligible to apply for campground host positions.


Hosts are screened and interviewed by site managers and selection is based on familiarity with the state park system, camping experience, special skills, availability and knowledge of the area.

Hosts must furnish their own camping unit, equipment and personal items.

New campground hosts are required to attend training, which will take place June 3-4 in Roscommon, Michigan.