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Learn about host camping

The Volunteer Host Camping program offers a free campsite in exchange for a minimum of 20 hours work in the campground.


The privilege of joining our Volunteer Host Camping program requires a commitment to serve the park and the public. Host campers receive a free campsite during their service in exchange for 20 hours per week work, that will likely include weekends.

Duties vary, but you'll probably be doing chores like:

  • Raking campsites
  • Clearing fire pits
  • Cleaning bathrooms
  • Staffing recycle centers
  • Painting
  • Picking up trash

You'll also be expected to assist campers or park staff on nights, weekend, and holidays in emergency situations. 

Good candidates must:

  • Be 21 years old or older.
  • Not be a current Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) employee, or have guests who are DCR employees.
  • Agree to a Massachusetts Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and investigation. 
    • This applies to anyone 17 or older also staying on the host campsite.
  • Not use the campsite as a primary residence.
  • Follow all DCR rules and regulations.
  • Bring their own camping equipment.
  • Be willing and physically able to work at least 20 hours per week, including nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • Set a good example for other campers.

How we pick Host Campers:

  • Application review
  • Approved CORI check
  • An interview
  • Skills
  • Availability of openings and park needs

To request an application or more information, call DCR at (617) 626-1250 or email mass.parks@state.ma.us.