Whether you enjoy trail, cabin life or teaching in Program Areas, you can spend the summer mentoring 5th-10th grade youth in a variety of different ways. Boys Camp runs mid-June to early-July and Girls Camp, late-July to mid-August. There are mandatory training periods prior to each Camp session. As a counselor, you will live with and mentor up to ten campers for three weeks, and guide them on a sea-kayaking trip in Voyageurs National Park for 9 days.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Camp Counselors, Instruction and Guiding, Teaching/Education


1. Minimum of 18 years of age
2. Leadership experience (preferred)
3. Wilderness trip leading experience (preferred)
4. Desire and proven ability to positively interact, teach, and build outdoor and life skills (including confidence and self-esteem) with youth in wilderness and in-camp settings
5. Certified in Wilderness First Aid and CPR (Certifications may be obtained through Camp Manito-wish prior to first day of work)
6. Certified in Lifeguard or Wilderness Water Safety (strongly preferred)

Required Skills:

1. Able and interested in leading, living alongside, teaching and supporting campers (10-18 years old)
2. Comfortable and interested in outdoor living and outdoor activities
3. Able and willing develop expertise in trip discipline and wilderness camping
4. Ability to teach campers skills related to wilderness camping
5. Able to carry a 75 pound kayak with assistance
6. Able to kayak for up to 12 hours in any given day

Preferred Skills:

1. Good written and verbal communication skills
2. Good character role model able to demonstrate optimism, resilience, humility, empathy, awareness of self and others, resourcefulness, responsibility and adaptability

About Camp Manito-wish YMCA

Camp Manito-wish YMCA has been helping youth build character, embrace core values and cultivate leadership skills since 1919. And while times have changed, our methods haven’t. We focus on three major areas of emphasis to instill these qualities in our program participants: Collaborative Leadership, Character and Leadership Development, and Wilderness Tripping.

Application Instructions

Please apply through the company website.