Work at camp

Why work at camp?

Our staff return year after year

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.

Types of positions

Junior Counselor (ages 16-17)

Junior Counselors are responsible for assisting camper groups at activities such as boating, fishing, archery, horses, arts and crafts.

Apply to be a Junior Counselor Here

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

Apply to be a Senior Counselor Here

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

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

Our focus on youth development