Camp Echo’s Adventure Trip Guides carry out the execution of backcountry adventure trips for campers, grades 7-17. Trips range from 4 to 12 days in backcountry setting around the United States. 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 much more. Guides must have a strong sense of personal and group responsibility.

Adventure Trip Guide

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Camp Counselors, Camp Staff, Trail Supervisor, Crew, and Leaders


· Age 21 or older

· Certified in CPR, Lifeguard, and Wilderness First Responder

· Valid driver’s license and a clear driving record

· Experience with youth in a wilderness setting or on camping trips

· Leadership ability and teamwork oriented

· Possess a variety of skills and primitive camping experience

· A commitment to working with a diverse staff and camper population for the fulfillment of YMCA and Camp Echo goals

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About McGaw YMCA Camp Echo

Camp Echo is a residential YMCA camp on Ryerson Long Lake located near Fremont, Michigan. The site includes 500 acres of scenic land, lodging for more than 250 campers, an extensive network of hiking and horseback trails with onsite campgrounds, a traversing wall, a ropes challenge course, climbing wall, archery range, ga-ga pits, basketball court, tennis court, softball field, and a lake for fishing, sailing, boating, swimming, and canoeing.

Adventure Trips are designed to provide unforgettable, life-changing experiences for teens entering 7th – 12th grades. Whether it’s canoeing through majestic blue waters or backpacking in rugged terrain, adventure trips take the skill building opportunities, friendships, and fun of traditional summer camp on the road! After a thorough orientation at Camp Echo, campers load up their gear and head to their destination to start their adventure.

Application Instructions

Please apply using this link: https://mcgawymca.campintouch.com/ui/forms/application/staff/App. Create a CampInTouch account, complete and submit your application, and then wait for our Program Director to reach out to set up an interview.