YMCA Camp Timbers

Employment at Camp

"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!


Summer 2021 Details

Our staff application for Summer 2021 is AVAILABLE NOW, and we encourage interested applicants to begin their online application as soon as possible.

We expect the Summer 2021 season at YMCA Camp Timbers will look different than in years past – greater emphasis on cabin-based groups, smaller capacity, more emphasis on cleaning and disinfection, and revised health/safety protocols.  What won’t change is the tremendous impact camp can have on the campers who join us – and that this impact starts and ends with our high-caliber, camper-focused staff team!

Our Summer 2021 season begins for staff with a full week of on-site training (Friday, June 4 – Friday June 11, 2021).  Summer camp sessions are weekly from June 13th – July 24th.  There will be opportunities for a small group of staff to continue working in program facilitator and support roles for guest groups from July 25 – August 28 based on our guest group calendar.

Summer staff members live on-site during camp sessions.  It’s a big commitment – while camp is in session our counselors are with campers 23 hours/day.  Counselors stay in camper cabins overnight for supervision, eat meals with their campers, and facilitate cabin or activity-based programming throughout the day.  As it’s part of the job, meals and lodging are provided while camp is in session.  For our support staff, those working in Food Service, Maintenance/Cleaning, and some program areas (lifeguards and horse programs) there is an opportunity for staff to live off-site and work based on an hourly schedule.

Applications are considered on a rolling basis as qualified candidates are identified and as positions remain available.

Available Positions - Summer 2021

Cabin Counselors

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.

Lifeguard Specialists

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.

 Assistant Cooks

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.

 Facility/Maintenance Assistants

Make exceptional camp experiences possible behind-the-scenes with maintaining, cleaning, and improving camp facilities.. Must be 17+, related experience preferred.  $195-225/week.


Ready for the Next Step?

Ask Your Questions

Email our Camp Director, Brian, at BAMiller@SaginawYMCA.org to learn more about camp and to have your questions answered!