Camp Echo’s Adventure Trip Guides carry out the execution of backcountry adventure trips for campers grades 6-13. Trips range from 3 to 11 days in the 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 so much more. This requires a strong sense of personal and group responsibility.

• Conducts all aspects of the Adventure Trip from start to finish.
• Responsible for the direction, leadership, safety, and well-being of the Adventure Trip participants
• Cooperates with outside outfitters and experts on logistics and gear maintenance
• Works with the Adventure Trip Operations Unit Leader to pack out food and gear for the trip
• Works with the Adventure Trip Operations Unit Leader on pre-trip logistics and preparation as needed
• Works with the Adventure Trip Program Unit Leader to understand how to support campers in their group
• Verifies that the trip itinerary is accurate and that emergency and check-in procedures are in place
• Checks out gear for the trip from the Trip Center with guidance from the Adventure Trip Operations Unit Leader
• Shares driving responsibilities with co-guide on each trip, ensuring safe travel and good care of vehicle at all times
• Logs all expenses, organizes all receipts, and ensures that cash out and cash in balance with receipts after the trip
• Develops team-building plan for pre-trip, then coordinates activities with other groups and staff.
• Facilitates post-trip closure and debriefing sessions for the group
• After each trip, returns clean gear, reports repair needs or problems, and accounts for gear not returned
• After each trip, submits all administrative documentation to Adventure Trip Coordinator
• Reports maintenance needs to the Property Manager

Pay Rate: $372 – $420/Week + Salary Boosts for certifications and experience if applicable

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Camp Staff, Instruction and Guiding


• Age 21 or older
• Certified in CPR, Lifeguard, and Wilderness First Responder
• 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

Required Skills:

Wilderness First Responder Certification - salary boost if you have it, provided for free on-site if you don't
Lifeguard - salary boost if you have it, provided for free on-site if you don't

Preferred Skills:

Comfortable with kids
Experience with backcountry trips either as a participant or a leader

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.

Camp Echo’s Adventure Trips are an experience unlike any other: canoeing through thousands of lakes in the Boundary Waters Wilderness Canoe Area, backpacking through the spectacular Porcupine Mountains of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and the list goes on… Camp Echo’s Adventure trips take the fun, community, and growth opportunities (self-confidence, group living, leadership, and technical outdoor skills) of summer camp on the road and expose participants to a whole new world of experiences.

Application Instructions

Submit an online application. : https://mcgawymca.campintouch.com/ui/forms/application/staff/App