"The Toughest, and BEST, Job I Ever Had"
What is YMCA Camp Timbers?
YMCA Camp Timbers is a 300-acre summer camp located near West Branch, Michigan. Owned by the YMCA of Saginaw, Camp Timbers specializes in day, overnight, and trip camps for youth ages 7-17 years old from throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region. In 2018, we had 752 campers join us in June and July, averaging approximately 120 campers per week. For each camper, we strive to offer remarkable experiences, quality connections, and meaningful growth while fostering the values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.
How do Staff Describe Camp?
It’s often the most challenging job they’ll have and also the most rewarding. Most of our staff eat, sleep, and work amongst campers nearly around the clock for week-long sessions. In this time, they become role models and heroes to their campers. They create meaningful memories , form lifelong friendships with each other, and find that camp becomes a “home away from home.”
Why Choose Camp Timbers?
Many of us are looking for ways to have a meaningful impact – to put our time, energy, and talents to work making positive change for others. Camp Timbers offers this opportunity to staff. Large enough to have extensive program options (ziplines, horses, archery, ropes courses, climbing tower, giant swing, and much more), it’s also small enough that you can have a personal impact and legacy. Gain experience working with youth, spend the summer exploring and leading outdoors, and have the type of summer you’ll always remember!
What are the Next Steps?
Browse the seasonal positions available for 2020. Explore our website. Talk with friends or family who have been to camp as campers or staff. If you’re initially interested in Camp Timbers, let’s have more conversation. Contact Brian Miller (Camp Director) at 989-345-2630 or BAMiller@SaginawYMCA.org.
Ready to start the process? Apply online!
Summer 2020 Details
All staff are attend Staff Training, a 7-day immersive training experience at camp June 6-13, 2020. This is where we get prepare to provide exceptional, intentional, fun, and safe experiences to our campers. Deepen your knowledge of youth development, add new icebreakers and back-pocket games to your bag of tricks, meet some of best people you’ll ever know, and prepare for your best summer yet (and more importantly, to help others have their best summers yet)!
A majority of positions are Full-Summer Positions (June 6 – July 24) and limited Three-Week Positions (June 6-27) are available for counselors.
Meals and lodging are included during camp sessions. Overnight lodging at camp is required for all counselors and leadership staff.
The ULTIMATE role model experience! Provide direct supervision and leadership to a cabin of 8-12 campers. Create memorable experiences and a cohesive, family-like cabin. Must be 18+; at least 1 year of college preferred. $215-235/week (limited 3-week positions available).
Assistant Cabin Counselors
Assist with leadership in a cabin of 8-12 campers. Be a role model for campers with your camp spirit and our values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. Must be 17+; $195-215/week.
Outdoor Trip Counselor
Be a role model in the wilderness! Lead week-long overnight hiking/canoeing trips for teens. Must be 19+; with trip experience (WFA/WFR certification preferred). $215-235/week. 3-5 weeks available.
Horse Riding Instructor/Guide
Assist Ranch Director with leadership of all horse programs including specialty programs, trail rides, horse care. Must be 18+ with relevant horse experience. $195-225/week.
Assist with supervision and leadership of boating and swimming. Must be 17+ with current lifeguard certification. $195-225/week.
High Adventure Specialists
Help campers reach new heights and gain confidence at our high-adventure activities: high ropes course, giant swing, zip lines, and vertical playpen. Must be 18+, with successful completion of at-camp ropes training (June 1-4, 2020), ability to work confidently, calmly, and safety at heights up to 30ft preferred. $195-225/week.
Great meals make a great camp! Lead meal preparation, service, and clean-up for either AM or PM meals. Must be 18+; previous kitchen experience required. $195-$225/week, based on experience and hours.
Make exceptional camp experiences possible behind-the-scenes with maintaining, cleaning, and improving camp facilities.. Must be 17+, related experience preferred. $195-225/week.