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      Become a state park host, camp for free

      Although camping in the summertime at our state parks seems ages away, the Michigan DNR is letting the public know about a unique volunteer program with their park system.

      Applications are being accepted for a campground host program where volunteers will direct visitors, answer questions, and arrange activities. When campers become a campground host, they are also allowed to camp in the state parks at no charge.

      You can host as a team or individually, and candidates must be at least 18 years old, provide 30 hours of service per week, serve a minimum of four consecutive weeks and furnish your own camping unit, equipment and personal items. Volunteer training for the 2014 camping season will be held June 4-5, 2014, at the Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center in Roscommon.

      For more information on the program, you can visit the DNR website here.