This position requires at least one year of prior experience leading Adventure Trips in a wilderness setting for Camp Echo or similar. This Unit Leader will amplify the Adventure Trip impact by supporting the development of guides and campers throughout the summer, at camp and in the field. They will conduct lessons during staff training; share the leadership of training trips; and act as a mentor to other trip guides. They will also support campers by reading personal histories and supporting groups before they leave and being a point person for camper support during check in calls.

Pre-Summer: (Pre-staff training & optional, based on staff availability, proximity to Camp Echo offices, and need)
• Participate in monthly planning calls prior to summer, assisting with Adventure Trip staff training and program planning.
• Attend spring Adventure Trip information sessions with full-time staff.
• Support spring office preparations for summer programs, including outreach to summer participants.
During Summer: (Staff training through Session 6)
• Lead assigned training sessions during Adventure Trip staff training, both on-camp and on-trail. Based on Training Trip assignments, Unit Leader may be assigned to provide overall leadership to a Training Trip.
• Act as a mentor to all guides, providing coaching and being a point person to check in with if Adventure Trip Coordinator is unavailable.
• Helps lead pre-session meetings for Trip Staff with the Adventure Trip Coordinator and Operations Specialist.
• Identify needs and lead in-service trainings at pre-session staff meetings.
• Reads personal histories for all campers of the next session to help better support guides and campers who may need it.
• Will conduct conversations with guides to gather insight into the program’s success and challenges
• Will work with the Adventure Trip Coordinator and Operations Specialist to figure out tactical challenges when groups are in the field.
• Works with Adventure Trip Coordinator to ensure Parent and Camper letters are written and reviewed.
• Works with other On-Site Unit Leaders to support campers transitioning to and from the trip program to other on-site programs.
• Attend end of session Trip Program Session Rundown with Adventure Trip Coordinator at the close of each session.
• Will review incidents from previous sessions, general well-being of staff and campers, and identify opportunities for improvement in the following session.
• Lead Adventure Trips as assigned. Note that they will be first in line but not a guarantee. Will often work with less experienced guides on trips that vary in difficulty from beginner to advanced.
Post-Summer: (approximately Labor Day – September 15)
• Support overall shutdown of Adventure Trip Program, as necessary.

Pay Rate: $444-$504/Week + Salary Boost for Experience and Certifications if applicable

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


• Age 21 or older
• Certified in CPR, Lifeguard, and Wilderness First Responder
• Valid driver’s license and a clean driving record
• At least 1 year experience in Echo Trip Program; 2 years preferred
• 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

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

Apply Online: https://mcgawymca.campintouch.com/ui/forms/application/staff/App