Forest Service searching for volunteer camp hosts
By Moosetrack Megan
The Forest Service is looking for volunteer camp hosts to help manage several campgrounds throughout the Beaverhead Deerlodge National Forest for the upcoming 2018 camping season. “We are looking for people who enjoy spending time outdoors, camping and meeting new people,” said Recreation Program Manager Noelle Meier. “The services the camp hosts provide are invaluable to our visitors and us.”
Volunteer camp hosts help Forest visitors by providing information, cleaning amenities, and completing light maintenance. All supplies and equipment needed for the cleaning and maintenance are provided hookups. Hosts are needed Memorial Day through Labor Day. If you would like to be volunteer camp host but cannot stay for the entire season an abbreviated season may be available at some locations.
Hosting opportunities are available at the following camp sites:
- Near Butte: Beaverdam, Lowland, Sheepshead, and Thompson Park (contact Jocelyn Dodge, (406) 494-0246)
- Near Philipsburg: East Fork Reservoir or Spillway Campground (contact Otto Lehman, (406) 859-3211, x217)
- In the Big Hole and northern Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway areas: Mussigbrod, May Creek, Little Joe, and Boulder Campgrounds (contact John Ericson, (406) 832-3178)
- Along the Southern Pioneer Mountains Byway: Grasshopper Creek and Price Creek Campgrounds, (contact Matt Walter, (406) 683-3958)
The hosts for Grasshopper Creek and Price Creek will also help with the administration and maintenance of the Crystal Park Day Use Site. Only the Grasshopper host site has hookups. If you are interested in hosting, contact one of the employees listed above, or go online to www.fs.usda.gov/bdnf, or www.volunteer.gov to find out more about volunteer opportunities.