• Historical Preservation • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information
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Develop your interpretive skills and hone your knowledge of U.S. history and the Civilian Conservation Corps! This is an opportunity to lead tours at Camp Rabideau, a national historic landmark on the Chippewa National Forest. Hosts must be comfortable leading tours for small and large groups, and have an interest in learning and sharing knowledge about the CCC. Excellent opportunity! History Enthusiasts Needed!
Camp Rabideau is one of three standing Civilian Conservation Corps camps in the country. This is a popular visitor site during the summer, and the Camp Rabideau volunteer host leads tours of the buildings, introducing visitors to the story of the CCC and the importance of this New Deal program during the Great Depression. Host will teach visitors about projects completed by CCC "boys" on the Chippewa National Forest.
This national historic landmark has twelve remaining buildings, including the education building, crew bunkhouse, officer quarters, infirmary and rec hall. The host must be comfortable talking with both small and large groups of people, and have a strong interest in history. There are many resources available for the host to learn about the CCC and this amazing site, and the host works closely with District staff and Forest archaeologist. There are also opportunities to develop interpretive skills via training with Forest naturalists.
Some maintenance is required to keep interiors maintained for tours. While host lives on site, a schedule will be posted with hours open for tours. (Generally 5 days per week and core hours during the day.) Some days will be very busy with tours; many days will be quiet with only a few people.
Key qualities for this volunteer position are a welcoming personality, an ability to tell the CCC story, and an interest in history. Host will also work with Forest staff to seek out new partners and education opportunities for Camp Rabideau.
To learn more about Camp Rabideau, download the Chippewa National Forest App (https://www.oncell.com/) or check out the Forest website. This is a great opportunity for someone working with the Master Naturalist program or wanting to develop interpretive skills.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: RV pad in the historic Camp Rabideau Civilian Conservation Corps site.