Camp Echo’s Adventure Trip Guides carry out the execution of backcountry adventure trips for campers grades 6-12. Trips range from 3 to 20 days in the backcountry setting around the United States and Canada. Guides are responsible for caring for all individuals on the trip in spirit, mind, and body. This leadership requires knowledge of youth development, wilderness medicine, cooking, logistics, communication, and so much more. This position also requires a strong sense of personal and group responsibility.

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


-Age 21 or older
-Certified in CPR, Lifeguard, and Wilderness First Responder (we offer FREE WFR course for all guides!)
-Valid driver’s license and a clean driving record
-Experience with youth in a wilderness setting or on camping trips
-Leadership ability and teamwork oriented
-Possess a variety of skills and camping experience
-A commitment to working with a diverse staff and camper population for the fulfillment of YMCA goals

Preferred Skills:

-Comfortable working with kids
-Backcountry camping experience
-Ability to make decisions as an individual and as part of a team

About McGaw YMCA Camp Echo

Camp Echo is a coed, residential YMCA camp on Long Ryerson Lake near Fremont, Michigan, amidst 512 acres of woodlands and wetlands. Each summer over 1,500 campers of all ages get the Echo experience, some for the first time, some returning as families with children of their own, and everything in between. Spring and Fall bring their own activities too, when we host school and community groups.

Our campers come from everywhere – locally or from around the country, and some from other countries. At Camp Echo, we are proud that everyone comes together in one community. Some kids come to camp with friends – but everyone leaves with friends. That’s Camp Echo for you.

Application Instructions

-For the best response please send a copy of resume along with any questions to: [email protected] -Or feel free to start our online application by going to: mcgawymca.campintouch.com/ui/forms/application/staff/App