The campground host program is one of the most popular volunteer programs. Camp hosts greet campers, help check them in and out of their campsites, monitor designated camping areas, and answer questions from park visitors.
Responsibilities include: Light maintenance and cleaning, upkeep of the campground, greeting and checking in guests, answering visitor questions, and assisting with educational and interpretive programs.
Time commitment: Camp hosts volunteer about 20-25 hours per person for teams of two (or up to 40 hours for a single host) for 3-4 days a week and commit of 6-16 weeks of service.
- Best time of year: Most sites are looking for camp hosts during the summer, but some sites need hosts year-round. Typical seasons: Summer (May - October), Fall (September - November), Winter (November - March), and Spring (March - May).
- Can people from out of state be camp hosts? Yes, often camp hosts are visiting from other states.
Good for groups? Camp hosts often work in teams of two, but the camp host workload is not doable for larger groups.
Good for one-time volunteering? No.
"The reward for our 25 hours of work each week is we get to live and work in a place we love. We meet new people and greet campers who we have known for years now, who also come back to Cherry Creek year after year, since it is such a special place. Getting to live here is the best part. We hike the trails, boat and jet ski on the lake. We also live amongst deer and wild turkeys. We see our friends, our kids, and grandkids who like to visit and camp."
- Lu, Camp Host at Cherry Creek State Park