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 6-17 years old from throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region.  In 2022, we had 898 campers join us in June and July, averaging approximately 125 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 2023 Details

Our staff application for Summer 2023 is coming soon, and we encourage interested applicants to begin their online application as soon as possible.

Our Summer 2023 season begins for staff with a full week of on-site training (Friday, June 2 – Friday June 9, 2023).  Summer camp sessions are weekly from June 11th – August 4th.  There will be opportunities for a small group of staff to continue working in program facilitator and support roles for guest groups though August 21 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.

Camp Positions - Summer 2023

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.  Fulfill any required volunteer hours for your program or organization. Must be18+; at least 1 year of college preferred.


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+;


Outdoor Trip Leaders

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).


Lifeguard Specialist

Assist with supervision and leadership of boating and swimming. Must  be 17+ with current lifeguard certification.


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.


Maintenance Assistants

Make exceptional camp experiences possible behind the scenes with maintaining, cleaning, and improving camp facilities.. Must be 17+, related experience preferred.


Learn More About a Role by Viewing Job Descriptions: 

Cabin Counselor  

Group Program Staff

Food Service Coordinator

Kitchen Staff

Health Officer

Summer Program Coordinator 

High Adventure Coordinator 

Waterfront Coordinator 

Village Coordinator

Office Coordinator 

Ready for the Next Step?

Ask Your Questions

Email our Program Director, Morgan, at MBetters@SaginawYMCA.org to learn more about camp and to have your questions answered!