Love working with teenagers and have prior experience leading trips to remote places? Join our team as a trip leader and take participants entering 10th grade on a 14-day trip to the Quetico Provincial Park in southern Ontario. You’ll get to put your trip-planning skills to work picking your route, menu, and gear. Once you hit the trail, you’ll serve as a positive role model for your participants, teaching interpersonal and technical skills and enjoying all that the wilderness has to offer.

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


1. Minimum of 20 years of age
2. Previous leadership experience
3. Wilderness trip leading experience, knowledge of camping equipment, care, and maintenace
4. Desire and proven ability to positively interact, teach, and build outdoor and life skills (including confidence and self-esteem) with youth and staff in wilderness and in-camp settings
5. Certified in Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and CPR (required)
6. Certified in Wilderness Water Safety (WWS) or Lifeguard (required)

Required Skills:

1. Ability to plan, coordinate, and lead a safe wilderness trip with youth participants for 14 days
2. Able to demonstrate wilderness tripping knowledge and proficiency
3. Ability to demonstrate canoeing proficiency and emergency rescue skills
4. Complete an itinerary including routes, campsites, and evacuation plans before leaving camp
5. Create a well-balanced menu and assemble all food items needed in the field
6. Able to carry a 75 pound canoe with assistance and paddle for up to 12 hours a day

Preferred Skills:

1. Good character role model able to demonstrate optimism, resilience, humility, empathy, awareness of self and others, resourcefulness, responsibility and adaptability
2. Ability to work outdoors in diverse weather conditions
3. Good written and verbal communication skills

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 submit applications through the company website