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Work At Camp!

Camping, like many Y programs, is about learning skills, developing character and making friends.  But few environments are as special as YMCA Camp Leif Ericson, where kids become a community as they learn both how to be more independent and how to contribute to a group as they engage in physical, social and educational activities.

Camping teaches self-reliance, a love for nature and the outdoors, and the development of attitudes and practices that build character and leadership—all amidst the fun of camp fires, canoeing, archery, talent shows, and meaningful relationships. Counselors are dedicated to making sure camp is an amazing experience for every camper.


  •  Junior Counselor (ages 16-17) Junior Counselors are responsible for assisting camper groups at activities such as boating, fishing, archery, horses, arts and crafts.

  • Senior Counselor (ages 18+) - Senior Counselors are responsible for the direct supervision of up to 12 campers on a daily basis during their two week camp session

  • Program Specialist (ages 18+) - Program specialists are responsible for developing an age appropriate activity curriculum prior to the start of camp and then delivering the program on a daily basis to campers

    • Nature Program

    • Music Program

    • Arts and Craft Program

    • Marksmanship Program (Archery, BB Gun)

    • Horse Program

    • Outdoor Cooking Program

    • Mountain Biking Program

To apply for any of these positions, click here!

For more information about working at camp, please contact Nicole Stowater, Camp Administrator and HR Director, at or call (605) 336-2267.   



  • Grounds

    • ​We believe it’s important to sustain our natural environment.

    • Volunteer workers roll up their sleeves and help us keep our grounds beautiful (raking, mowing, tree-cutting, gardening, etc.)

  • Annual Campaign

    • Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of income or background, has the opportunity to experience the wonders of an outdoor summer camp adventure.

    • Campaigners help us raise money for our camp scholarship fund to ensure that no child, family or adult is turned away.

  • Alumni Events

    • Our alumni network of past campers and staff are vital members of our camp community.

    • Alumni event volunteers help plan alumni events.

For more information about volunteering at camp, please contact Mike Murphy, Camp Director, at or call (605) 336-2267.  

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