Cabin Counselor

Come join in the beautiful northwoods of Wisconson facilitating collaborative wilderness leadership experiences for youth ages 10-17.

Sponsoring YMCA

Camp Manito-Wish YMCA Inc.


Boulder Junction, WI 54512-0246

Camp Information

Camp Manito-wish YMCA
5650 Camp Manitowish Lane
Boulder Junction, WI 54512

Camp Description

Located on 300 acres of pristine land and lakefront property in the beautiful northwoods of Wisconsin, we border the town of Boulder Junction. Our Summer Camp provides a combination of traditional camp activities AND wilderness tripping to youth entering 5th to 10th grade. Our programming puts emphasis on the wilderness experience and use it as a resource to facilitate the growth and leadership development as well as our in-camp experience.

Job Description

1. Understand and commit to the Manito-wish Mission, which is to help campers increase in wisdom, stature and in favor with God and one another

2. Provide opportunities for camper/staff discussion centering on Camp’s mission and personal growth

3. Understand and commit to the YMCA core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility

4. Uphold rules and policies associated with Camp Manito-wish YMCA and support the group living experience

5. Manage all risks associated with abuse as directed by Camp Manito-wish YMCA

6. Display active, sincere concern for campers throughout the camping session including their general hygiene and dress (appropriate and clean clothing for weather and activities)

7. Actively participate in all staff training sessions

8. Attend and be on-time to each meal when not on time off

9. Take responsibility for a cabin of up to ten campers in collaboration with a Co-Counselor in camp and a Tripping Co-Leader on the trail

10. Take responsibility for safety aspects of camp and trail life which include:

· Responsible for group’s general health and safety in camp and on trail

· Knowledge of waterfront and swimming rules while in camp and on trail

· Familiarity with geographic areas of the trip and potential dangers

· Ability to apply risk management policies and procedures in camp and on the trail

· Adherence to Trips House policies and procedures

11. Submit camper evaluation forms of each camper at the end of the session

12. Effectively hand-write letters to the parent’s of each camper at the beginning and end of the session

13. Stimulate and guide campers to make responsible decisions in both trip and program planning

14. Participate in all evening activities, opening/closing day events, and special activities

15. Show interest in individual campers during morning coaching periods

16. Be familiar with emergency procedures in camp and on the trail

17. Be responsible for and actively participate in cabin cleanliness and other camp details

18. Other duties as assigned


1. Minimum 19 years old OR entering sophomore year of college or equivalent.

2. Previous leadership experience

3. Certified in Lifeguard Training (LGT)/Wilderness Water Safely (WWS), Standard First Aid/Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and CPR (Certifications may be obtained through Camp Manito-wish prior to first day of work)

4. Comfortable and interested in outdoor living and willing to develop expertise in canoe, backpacking or sea kayaking leadership.

5. Desire and proven ability to work with children outdoors

6. Strong and good character: Optimism, resilience, humility, empathy, awareness of self and others, resourcefulness, responsibility and adaptability

Essential Functions

1. Ability to communicate and work with groups participating (age and skill levels), and provide necessary instruction to campers

2. Ability to communicate and train staff and campers in safety regulations and emergency procedures

3. Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards

4. Physical ability to respond appropriately to situations requiring rescue and first aid

5. Abilities to observe camper behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate behavior-management techniques

6. Effectively communicate, plan and conduct activities to achieve camper development

7. Can carry a 75 pound canoe and up to 50 pound portage pack or backpack

8. Able to canoe, kayak or backpack for up to 12 hours in any given day

Required Certifications

All staff are required to attend the nine-day paid Staff Training at the start of their employment

Wilderness Water Safety (WWS) or Life Guard equivalent (American Red Cross for example)

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) or Wilderness First Responder (WFR, NOT REQUIRED)

*All Certifications and Training listed above are offered and held on-site. (for more details, go to our web-site)



Other Compensation

Salary is weekly and all staff, 18 and older, are provided housing and food during their employment duration

Room and board provided


How to Apply

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