Are you passionate about making a powerful difference in the lives of young people? Do you love the outdoors and teaching your skills to others? Looking for something exciting, rewarding, and fun to do this summer? The sleepaway camps at YMCA of the Pines are hiring BOLD & GOLD Instructors for this coming summer!


YMCA of the Pines is seeking highly motivated team members to join us in delivering life-changing, mission-driven camp and trip experiences to youth. The BOLD (Boys Outdoor Leadership Development) & GOLD (Girls Outdoor Leadership Development) Program is dedicated to inspiring courage and confidence in diverse groups of adolescent girls and boys through outdoor adventures.  We run single gender and co-ed expeditions, engaging close to 100 youth on backcountry trips ranging in length from three days to two weeks in places like the Appalachian Trail, Delaware Water Gap, Susquehanna River, and the Adirondacks.  Activities include backpacking, canoeing, rock climbing, fishing, community service, and more.  Our goal is to increase confidence, courage, emotional intelligence, wonder, and community awareness in participants.  We prepare young people to be the next generation of leaders through experiential education in the natural world. Find out more about our trips at


Primary Responsibilities Include:

  • Ensure both a physically and an emotionally safe environment
  • Create values-forming experiences for adolescents
  • Create an inclusive environment for youth in the outdoors
  • Facilitate the learning of outdoor skills during our wilderness-based backpacking, canoeing, rock-climbing and/or community service trips
  • Plan and implement camper activities before departing for trips and after returning, including gear training and cleaning, food packing, team-building, and recreational activities
  • Supervise groups of youth in a sleepaway camp setting, including sharing a cabin with campers
  • Attend and participate in BOLD & GOLD Training and complete some general staff training


To be successful in this position, you will need:

  • Experience working with youth, preferably in an outdoor recreation or camp setting
  • Commitment to making the transference of a wilderness experience relevant to the everyday lives of youth
  • Strong group facilitation, communication, and conflict resolution skills
  • Excellent judgment and decision-making skills
  • Experience in backpacking, canoeing, rock climbing, and/or other outdoor activities
  • Openness to change and flexibility with scheduling
  • To know how to have fun!


To be considered for this job, you must:

  • Be dedicated and passionate about working with young people
  • Be 21 years of age by time of employment
  • Have a clear criminal background check and safe driving record
  • Have the ability to walk, stand, sit, kneel & bend (including on the floor) for long periods of time
  • Be able to lift and/or assist children or gear up to 50 pounds in weight and hike or paddle for long hours at a time in potentially severe weather conditions
  • Have the visual and auditory ability to respond to critical situations and physical ability to act swiftly in an emergency
  • Be available for the duration of training and summer camp sessions, at least from June 10th through August 24th


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Have a lifeguard certification or ability to obtain
  • Have a WFR or WFA certification

Dates of Employment: Training begins June 10th.  Summer programs operate from June 23rd – August 24th, plus post-summer wrap up at the end of August.  Opportunities exist for additional work based on interest and availability in beginning of May and continuing into the fall season. Must be available evenings and weekends.


Preference will be given to applications received by May 3rd.

Please submit a resume and names of three references with contact information to:

DC del Campo, BOLD & GOLD Program Coordinator

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YMCA of the Pines is an equal opportunity employer