The best job you'll ever have.
A summer position at Camp Wood YMCA is more than "just a job". It's a life-changing experience. As summer staff, your days will be very full, full of outdoor activities like hiking and boating, full of challenges as you mentor and care for campers, full of sun and wind and rain. But your days will also be filled with the laughter and smiles of children, the friendship and support of fellow staff, and the most spectacular sunsets and starry nights you've ever experienced.
Sound intriguing? Explore employment opportunities for Summer 2016 below and then fill out the required forms in the right sidebar.
Along with their co-counselor, our cabin counselors are the primary caretakers, day and night, for a group of 8-10 campers. Campers range in age from 7 to 17 years-old. Learn more about our summer camp programs. Counselors also teach our “skillbuilder” courses every morning and participate in all-camp activities each afternoon and evening. Camp Wood YMCA counselors are responsible, positive role models who tackle each day with energy and enthusiasm. A love for the outdoors is strongly preferred.
Employment preference will be given to candidates who also have lifeguard certification, first aid training, and/or leadership experience. Specialized skills in program areas offered at camp such as boating, acting, archery, swimming, etc. are also helpful. In-house lifeguard training is available. Please ask if interested.
Our Leadership Directors plan and facilitate Camp Wood YMCA's leadership programs for campers between the ages of 14 and 17. These programs include Leader-In-Training (LIT), Counselor-In-Training (CIT), and Wrangler-In-Training (WIT) and are meant to empower teens for future leadership roles in their schools and communities and, if they choose, at Camp Wood YMCA. Read more about our leadership programs. Our Leadership Directors must have a passion for working with teens--helping them to build self-confidence and skills, collaborate with others, and overcome personal and leadership challenges.
All Leadership Directors must be exceptional role models who exercise responsible decision-making and respect for others. In addition, each of our three programs has special requirements for its Director. The LIT Director must be 21 or older and feel comfortable leading multiple night camping and canoeing trips off camp property. The WIT Director must have substantial experience riding and caring for horses. The CIT Director must have extensive experience as a cabin counselor.
Wranglers (Horse Staff)
Wranglers assist in planning and facilitating Camp Wood YMCA's popular horse programs. This position requires a passion for teaching campers how to safely ride and care for horses at camp's Koger Horse Pavillion and during trail rides through the tallgrass prairie. While Wranglers are primarily responsible for horse-related activities, they are also expected to participate in general camp activities as well. Wranglers usually do not live in cabins with campers. Previous riding experience required. Previous camp experience preferred.
Nurse (R.N., N.P., M.D.)
The camp nurse is responsible for assisting staff in maintaining the health and safety of campers and staff. Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to: administering first aid as necessary, responding quickly and efficiently to emergencies and emergency drills as they occur, dispensing medicine to campers, consulting campers and staff on medical issues as qualifications permit, documenting all medical and health-related activities, assisting with check-in and check-out, assisting with training staff in first-aid procedures, and maintaining the camp infirmary. Camp nurses are hired to serve for a minimum of one week but may also choose to work additional weeks. They are paid a flat rate per week or may choose to receive summer camp vouchers instead. If interested, please complete the special Nurse Application at the bottom of this page.
The Program Director is responsible for planning and implementing summer resident camp programs and logistics. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to: scheduling and supervising staff; planning and facilitating all-camp games and events; ensuring dining hall preparation and clean-up; coordinating all scheduled activities and meals; collecting camper and parent evaluations and filling in for the Camp Director in his absence.
Unit Directors (2 positions available)
Each Unit Director is the leader of an age-group at camp. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: supporting and supervising counselors within assigned unit; addressing camper behavior concerns; planning weekly unit-specific activities and programs; assisting in the planning and implementation of all-camp games and events and coordinating with staff for overnight campouts. Previous camp and supervisory experience preferred.
The Waterfront Director is responsible for safety and supervises all activities and programs at the waterfront of Lake Hall. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to: checking the waterfront daily for safety hazards, supervising lifeguards and swimming instructors, enforcing waterfront rules and procedures, keeping an inventory of necessary waterfront supplies and coordinating with the Program Director to schedule staff for aquatic programs, swim tests and swim lessons. The Waterfront Director is also responsible for organizing and implementing lost swimmer drills and emergency procedures.
Previous lifeguard experience is required for the Waterfront Director position. In addition, candidates must at least 21 years old. Supervisory experience preferred.
The Adventure Coordinator designs and manages all teambuilding, low-ropes, and high-ropes programs. Responsibilities include training and supervising staff assigned to adventure programs, planning and implementing a comprehensive adventure program curriculum, ensuring that campers and staff are safe at all times in low-ropes and high-ropes programs, properly setting up and tearing down Alpine Tower equipment daily, documenting equipment use and climbs properly and offering suggestions to the camp administration regarding adventure programs and equipment. The Adventure Coordinator ensures that all adventure programs are safe, fun, and well-administered.
The Adventure Coordinator participates in general camp life in addition to his or her core duties, and assists with programming and camp operations when required. Previous high-ropes and low-ropes experience is required.
Arts & Crafts Coordinator
The Arts & Crafts Coordinator is responsible for designing and implementing a comprehensive Arts & Crafts curriculum for boys and girls ages 7-17 including, but not limited to: pottery, painting, drawing, jewelry, nature crafts, candlemaking, and more. This coordinator is responsible for training staff assigned to Arts & Crafts how to teach and run program activities. In addition, he or she will organize and inventory all Arts & Crafts materials and facilities and assist with costumes and decorations for all-camp activities as needed. The goal of the Coordinator position is to ensure a dynamic, fun, and engaging Arts & Crafts program for all ages. When not attending to his or her core duties, the Arts & Crafts Coordinator will participate in general camp life and help with program and camp operations as required.
The Equestrian Director will design and implement a comprehensive horseback riding and care curriculum for campers ages 7 to 17 and will supervise a staff of 2 to 3 wranglers. The Equestrian Director works closely with the Wrangler-In-Training (WIT) Director to plan and run WIT programs. In addition, the Director will supervise and train barn staff (both Wranglers and assigned counselors), ensuring the safety of all horse program participants, including campers. The Equestrian Director is also responsible for the well-being of the Camp Wood YMCA herd which includes feeding, alerting the Facilities Director of any illness or injury, and making daily decisions that consider not only the safety of campers and staff, but also the safety of the horses. The goal of the Equestrian Director is to provide Camp Wood YMCA and its campers with a fun, safe, high-quality horse program. When not attending to his or her core duties, the Equestrian Director will participate in general camp life and help with program and camp operations as required. Previous riding and camp experience are required for this position. Previous supervisory experience is preferred.
The Office Assistant works under the supervision of both the Office Manager and the Summer Camp Director. Great computer and phone skills are a must for this position as well as a willingness to work partial weekends and early evenings.
Camp Wood YMCA kitchen staff ensure that all campers and visitors enjoy healthy, delicious meals to fuel their activities while at camp.
Camp Wood YMCA's housekeeping staff ensure that our accommodations meet the needs of campers, visitors and overnight guests so that they can focus on enjoying their time at camp and in the beautiful Flint Hills.