Campsite Maintainer Information
MATC volunteers maintain 47 designated campsites, including 31 lean-tos and 49 privies.
Maintainer Tip Sheet: Are you a campsite maintainer? (If so- thanks!). The tip sheet is to help guide tasks, note deficiencies, and track work completed during your visit.
Work Trip Report– Please fill this out after your maintenance trip to a campsite or lean-to. Please remember to fill out the campsite inspection portion of the form!
New to campsite maintenance or need a refresher on the different aspects of campsite maintenance? Here’s a slide presentation that outlines the basics.
The MATC Campsite Committee works with District Managers and campsite maintainers to track maintenance efforts as well as coordinate larger building and repair projects. Please email the Campsite Manager for questions or concerns.
Privy additive “BioQuest” Tip sheet on how to apply this product in your privy. None available in 2021.
Do you maintain an accessible moldering privy? Here’s a Maintenance Tip Sheet to follow.
Plans for accessible moldering privies: Link
Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) Backcountry Sanitation Manual
In 2013 the Maine Appalachian Trail Club began a 20-year effort to replace existing privies at its 43 campsites with accessible, above-ground moldering privies. Increased use of the A.T., an aging privy network, and compliance with federal accessibility standards necessitate this program. See the Fall 2018 MAINEtainer newsletter to learn more about the program (“Fun Facts…” on page 4), and this list for the anticipated replacement schedule.
Each project requires approximately 475 volunteer hours; they are no small task, but are good fun! Keep an eye on the work trip calendar below to join a trip!
Guide to Log Lean-to Construction
View Guide On-line
Tip Sheet on how to measure a roof if you find an issue at a privy or lean-to you maintain. Taking these measurements when you find the problem will help identify materials needed to fix the issue and prevent extra trips to the campsite.
Click each bar below for an example of each sign. Please email the Campsite Manager if you need a sign.
MATC information sign
Water with directional arrow
Privy with directional arrow
Pit privy information sign
Moldering privy information sign
Filled! Campsite Maintainer Wanted – Baldpate District
Vacancy Filled! Campsite Maintainer Wanted – White Cap District
Vacancies Filled! Campsite Maintainers Wanted – Kennebec District
Upcoming Campsite Work Trips
Join us on Saturday June 26 to help prepare the building site for a new privy at the Sidney Tappan campsite. The new privy will be constructed September 4-5, but on June 26 we'll fell a couple of trees, level the ground (yes, this means some digging), and install the base 4x6s. Duff removal tends to be physically taxing so it's good to have plenty of people to cycle in and out to keep those digging muscles fresh!Find out more »
We try to be smart about campsite work, and in that vein we pre-cut all privy materials to length before they are installed. That's what we'll be up to on July 31 and possibly August 1 as well, and you're welcome to join us! This event will take place in the "front-country" at a residence in Palmyra, so no is hiking necessary! There will be lots of lumber cutting, prepping, and packing but no hauling!Find out more »
Join us on Saturday August 14 to transport materials and tools to build a new privy at the Sabbath Day Pond campsite. The privy was pre-built and packaged into ~150 bundles that are 15-30 pounds. The goal of the day is to transport the materials and tools about 1.0 miles to the campsite. No one is expected to carry an item the full distance! We will be breaking it up into several segments, so sort of a relay/bucket-brigade effort. The privy will be built September 25-26. Many hands make light work, and we need many hands for this project.Find out more »
We're putting the "labor" into Labor Day weekend by building a new privy at the Sidney Tappan campsite! A group of Colby College freshman will help haul in the materials (thank goodness!) on September 4th, but we'll need plenty of people to help with building, painting, and tool toting. Early fall is a great time to help give back to your trail!Find out more »
Help build new privy at the Sabbath Day Pond campsite! The materials are already there (thank goodness!), but we'll need plenty of people to help with building, painting, and tool toting. Fall is a great time to give back to your trail!Find out more »