Tuesday, February 20, 2018

DEC Launches Campground Ambassador Program

Campground AmbassadorsThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has launched a new program to encourage volunteer Campground Ambassadors to assist state campground staff at six locations in the Adirondacks.

An announcement from DEC said they hope the Ambassadors will help introduce new campers to state facilities and outdoor activities such as hiking and fishing. It’s also hoped Ambassadors will help connect campers and day users to nature via environmentally themed activities and programming.

Ambassadors will serve a minimum of two, and a maximum of four weeks, between July 1st and Labor Day. In consideration for services provided, a campsite will be provided for the duration of their stay at one of the following participating Adirondack campgrounds:

Cranberry Lake Campground
Fish Creek Pond / Rollins Pond Campgrounds
Lewey Lake Campground
Moffitt Beach Campground
Nicks Lake Campground
Rogers Rock Campground

Ambassador programs are also running at two campgrounds in the Catskills. For more information on the Campground Ambassador program, or to apply, visit DEC’s website or call (518) 457-2500 extension 1.

Applications must be received by March 30, 2018.

DEC operates 52 campgrounds and five day-use areas in the Adirondack and Catskill forest preserves. The summer camping season runs through the summer, with a few facilities remaining open during fall foliage and hunting season.

For more information on DEC-operated campgrounds, including a list of campgrounds and schedules, visit DEC’s website, or call DEC’s Bureau of Recreation at (518) 457-2500.

To make reservations at any of these camping facilities, call ReserveAmerica at 1-800-456-CAMP (2267) or visit ReserveAmerica’s website.

Photo courtesy DEC.

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6 Responses

  1. Tim-Brunswick says:

    In other words they want the “ambassadors” to work for nothing other than a place to sleep?? Doesn’t sound like they plan on compensating them other than a campsite for the duration of their stay.

    • Boreas says:

      It doesn’t say, but I believe they are entitled to all the raccoons they can eat.

    • Paul says:

      It’s 20 bucks per night so you get a minimum of $280 and a max of $560 of in-kind compensation to participate.

      I bet people would be happy to do this even if they just get a free site. It’s not my thing but some people would be happy to spend the whole summer at sites like this. Getting to chat with the neighbors about what is going on in the area is just a bonus and something they are doing anyway.

      Campers, in a sense, watching out for other campers, and helping educate them on what they should or should not be doing. Rather than the heavy hand of Mr. Ranger.

      I think it’s a great idea. There are lots of areas where volunteers can do a lot of good work.

      • Cindy Horton says:

        Very nicely put!

        I’ve thought about work campers and this would be a nice way to try and see if I would enjoy it. It is very beneficial volunteering to help others while getting outdoors and enjoying nature.

  2. Mike Bopp says:

    There are full-time RV’ers who go campground to campground acting as hosts, it’s called workcamping. This sounds ideal for retirees.

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