Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Drivers and Camp Chefs needed for Mount Rainier's Camping Adventures program!

Mount Rainier National Park’s outreach program is looking for volunteers to help with its “Camping Adventures with My Parents” (CAMP) program this summer. Beginning later this month, five groups of families—25 people in each group—will visit Cougar Rock Campground for a three-day, two-night experience in the park. Most have never been camping before, and will be learning for the first time how to set up tents, hike trails, build campfires, and cook out in the woods. All equipment, food, and transportation is provided by grants.

Volunteers are needed specifically to drive two 15-passenger vans between Seattle and Mount Rainier, with a stop in Tacoma. In addition to the commute to the park, CAMP participants will need to be transported to various locations for guided hikes and sightseeing during their experience. Drivers may otherwise participate in CAMP activities along with the groups.

Volunteers are also needed to provide food service for the visiting groups. This may include helping to plan menus and shop for supplies, though the greatest need is to help by preparing evening meals at the group campsite on the first two days of the experience, and coordinating preparation of simple breakfasts and sack lunches. CAMP participants are encouraged to help as well with food preparation and cleanup, but we’ve learned from past experience that having a designated and dedicated camp chef makes things run more smoothly!

Five dates are available for both drivers and camp chefs:
  • June 22-24
  • July 9-11
  • July 23-25
  • August 6-8
  • August 17-19
Applicants must be willing to undergo a basic background check. Previous experience driving large passenger vans or cooking in a camp setting are recommended. Drivers must be 25 years old and have a good driving record. To apply, fill out an application online, or simply contact Volunteer and Outreach Program Manager Kevin Bacher directly at 360-569-2211 ext. 3385 or You can also learn more about the program—and review a video of last year’s experience—at

We look forward to camping with you!

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