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Visitors to the Bessey Ranger District in Nebraska’s sandhills are among the friendliest and most responsible and respectful anywhere. An added benefit is that many are excellent camp cooks and do not hesitate to fill your plate. The Bessey Recreation Complex contains a full service campground, arboretum, fishing pond, trailhead to ATV trails, hiking, and the historic Scott Lookout Tower. The Middle Loup River is a great place to cool off on hot summer days.
Our volunteer campground host would serve visitors by answering questions, providing directions, offering help in time of emergency by calling our Law Enforcement Officer, and performing light maintenance (example: litter pick-up, cleaning bathrooms, camp-pads, and fire-rings and grills, and mowing). Heavy maintenance is done by the district’s two full-time Recreation Technicians, who would help you out. The Forest Service provides all tools, personal protective gear, and supplies.
The campground has both electric and non-electric sites; water is available at the host site and throughout the campground are hydrants. There is one bathhouse with showers and flush toilets and two other vault style bathrooms.
The day-use area has a large park, picnic tables, charcoal grills, and a group fire ring perfect for outdoor activities. We have a fishing pond that is regularly stocked with blue gill, trout, and catfish.
The Dismal ATV Trail system goes from the Bessey Recreation Complex throughout the forest and connects to the Whitetail campground on the South side of the district. The Scott Lookout Tower National Hiking Trail is a national recreation trail that leads to the Scott Lookout Tower. Once you climb it, you can see for miles.
There is a land-line telephone at the camp host site, and cell service is fairly reliable in the area as well. The area is considered remote, but is about 2 miles from the closest town of Halsey, which has a post office and a restaurant. Thedford, 17 miles away, has a grocery store, bank, veterinary services, and plenty of summertime action. The Bessey Recreation Complex is a very popular recreation area of Nebraska’s unique sandhills, so our volunteer host would have plenty of friendly company! Volunteer hosts are welcome to arrive ahead of time to settle in and get acquainted as start and end dates are flexible.
The volunteer host would be available to the public from May 1st through September 15th, with time allowed each week for personal business such as grocery shopping or laundry. The busiest times are the weekends, particularly holiday weekends. Applicants will be subject to a simple background check. We have a great team and are easy to work with. We offer lots of flexiblity with our host so that they can enjoy the time at Bessey.
Please contact us for any questions or to learn more about our recreation program.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: Volunteer host must provide their own RV/camper. Host site has water, electricity and land-line telephone and sewer hookup. The site is at the entrance to the Bessey Recreation Complex, and is tucked in a comfortable and shady site.