Information for Campsite Maintainers
The Maine Appalachian Trail Club (MATC) maintains 47 designated campsites along the AT and its official side trails. This network includes 31 lean-tos and 49 privies. Volunteers with the MATC maintain these campsites, their structures, and related amenities.
Campsite Maintainer Tip Sheet– To print and take with you on your campsite visit. This is for a maintenance trip to a campsite with or without a lean-to and is used to help guide tasks while at the campsite and to track deficiencies and work completed.
Work Trip Report– Please fill this out after your maintenance trip to a campsite or lean-to. This report is used to track all volunteer hours with the MATC. From this link, you can also “Add Campsite Report” to submit your campsite assessment electronically, including photos.
If you do not wish to submit your report on-line you can:
- Scan and e-mail to Laura Flight
- Mail to: MATC Attn: Laura Flight P.O. Box 283 Augusta, ME 04330-0283
Signs to post at all campsites:
- Campsite name and mileages to nearby trail intersections and campsites (wooden)- Example
- Water with directional arrow (wooden)- Example
- Privy with directional arrow (wooden)- Example
- MATC campsite info sign (11×13-inch vinyl)
- Privy (laminated)
If signs are needed, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Privy additive- This can be added to increase decomposition of waste. Deodorant disks to reduce odors are also available. Contact the Campsite Overseer (Email) your Trail District Overseer. Here is a tip sheet on these products and how to apply them.
- Accessible moldering privy Maintenance Tip Sheet.
- Plans for accessible moldering privies:
Sheet 1- Moldering bin
Sheet 2- Floor framing
Sheet 3- Wall and roof framing
Sheet 4- Siding and Trim
Sheet 5- Entry deck and stairs
Sheet 6- Ramp
- Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) Backcountry Sanitation Manual
Privy and Lean-to Roofs
Tip Sheet on how to measure a roof in preparation for repair work.
Hazard tree certification is required to identify, monitor, or mitigate hazard trees at campsites. Please email Tom Carr for more information.
Hazard trees at campsites- Hazard Tree Action Flow Chart_Draft
To obtain GPS and other electronic map files of the AT, campsites, and parking areas, as well as to create your own maps, visit the ATC website.
Campsite Committee Information:
The MATC Campsite Committee works with Trail Overseers and campsite maintainers to track maintenance efforts as well as coordinate larger repair and construction projects. The Campsite Committee has the following primary duties:
- Maintaining the health and safety at authorized campsites by annually reviewing conditions at 25% of sites
- Prepare and maintain an inventory and 5-year plan for lean-to and campsite maintenance, repair, and replacement
- Coordinate major repair projects with Trail Overseers, section maintainers, club members, and volunteers
- Complete periodic campsite assessments
- Evaluate the need and appropriateness of existing and new campsites
- Maintain standards and guidelines for privies, lean-to and related campsite facilities
- Oversee campsite maintainers
- Work in conjunction with ATC on hazard tree monitoring
- A member of the campsite committee will also serve on the CARE committee to provide coordination between the two committees (Bill Millis, 10/2018)
The current Campsite Committee members are as follows. Please feel free to contact any of us or your Trail District Overseer with questions or concerns.