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Camping, like many YMCA programs, is about learning skills, developing character and making friends.  But few environments are as special as camp, where kids become a community as they learn both how to be more independent and how to contribute to a group as they engage in physical, social and educational activities. Camping teaches self-reliance, a love for nature and the outdoors, and the development of attitudes and practices that build character and leadership—all amidst the fun of camp fires, bugle calls, canoeing, archery, talent shows, and meaningful relationships. Counselors are dedicated to making sure camp is an amazing experience for every camper.

Please apply by filling out our online application - CLICK HERE 

Positions Available:

Camp Counselor

Camp Operations Support Specialist

Housekeeping/General Maintenance

Food Service Manager 

Food Service Employee -Dishwasher 

Food Service Employee - Cook 


Why work at Mystic Lake YMCA Camp?

Working at Mystic Lake not only changes the campers lives- it changes yours as well! Mystic Lake places a focus on hiring team-work oriented, enthusiastic, dedicated individuals who want to put in hard work and create a memorable summer for the children we work with. The best staff person will be willing to put in long days of playing tag, building forts, making friendship bracelets, singing songs and creating lifelong friendships with fellow staff and campers.

Types of Positions

All positions include living in cabins with children as to foster close relationships and to provide the best staff to camper ratio.

Cabin Counselors - must be 18 years old.  Cabin counselors are the glue that holds camp together. This position includes providing for the daily care of campers including their basic needs, but also providing life changing enrichment activities. Cabin counselors will lead the cabin group in team building, adventuring and help the campers to create their own version of the best summer ever.

Junior Counselors - must be 17 years old.  Junior counselors work closely with both cabin counselors and program counselors to keep our campers safe, happy and engaged.

Leadership Team - Minimum of 18, prefer 21 years old and up.  The leadership team includes Operations Support Specialist, Summer Camp Director, Assistant Summer Camp Director, Equestrian Director,  Waterfront Director and Health Officer. To inquire about a leadership team position please call camp directly and speak with the executive director about availability and requirements.

Internships - Mystic Lake is able to offer internships for students needing to complete an internship for credit for their college programs. Reach out to Ricky Wright at to inquire about how we can tailor a program internship at Mystic Lake.


A summer position with Mystic Lake begins in June with training certifications and online child safety training.  Prior to the arrival of campers staff spend an intensive week at camp learning about program areas and child development. Summer commitments are usually 10 weeks and will require living on site at camp. Following summer there are opportunities for outdoor education, retreats and conferences work.

Hiring Timeline

Return staff and leadership team positions will be committed to by April 1. New staff are invited to apply to Mystic Lake starting the first of the year and will be promptly responded to.  We will begin to offer interviews to those candidates who could be a good fit for our team on a rolling basis.  Hiring continues through June, positions do fill so apply early!

We also have support team positions available in our kitchen. Please call camp directly to inquire about working on our food service team! 517-827-9650.