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Overnight Camp is about learning skills, developing character, and making friends in a community. Campers and staff alike learn and practice how to be independent and contribute to a group as they engage in physical, social and educational activities. Overnight camp teaches self-reliance, a love for nature, and the development of attitudes and practices that build character and leadership—all amidst the fun of camp fires, 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 


Summer Program Positions


Camp Cabin Counselors - 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. Cabin counselors live in cabins with children to foster close relationships and provide the best staff to camper ratios. 


Camp Leadership Team – Preference of 21 years old and up.  The leadership team supports programming and cabin life in positions such as Waterfront Coordinator, High Adventure Coordinator, Operations Director and Age Group Directors.  

College Internships - Mystic Lake is able to offer internships for students needing to complete an internship for credit for their college programs. Reach out to Amiee Woodrow to inquire about how we can tailor a program internship. We can support you while you grow and develop in areas such as operations, program development, community relations, marketing, youth development and more.  

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A summer position begins in June with online child safety trainings, certifications in First Aid, CPR, Lifeguarding and High Adventure Programming.  To prepare for campers, staff spend an intensive week at camp learning about leadership, program facilitation and child development. For summer 2023 positions are June 11- August 11. 

New staff and are invited to apply beginning in the fall. We will offer interviews on a rolling basis.  Hiring continues through June. 

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 oriented, enthusiastic, dedicated individuals who want to 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. All great camp staff share one trait in common- a desire to positively impact the lives of youth. If you possess the drive to make a positive impact in the lives of others, we can teach you the camp skills.



Spring, Summer and Fall Internships

Spring and fall Outdoor Education Internship

Summer Leadership Staff Internship

Recreation Internship Example of Goals for University 

Previous Central Michigan University Intern testimony: I completed a 15 week internship at Mystic Lake YMCA Camp. While there I functioned as Summer Camp Director. Throughout the internship I was able to apply the practical knowledge that we learned in the classroom, as well as gain knowledge and experience that you can only learn by being hands-on in the field. Not only was I able to complete my internship, but in the process I made real and impactful connections and relationships with staff members and campers. To put it simply - I think the world would be a better place if everyone had the opportunity to work at a summer camp. If you are looking for a dynamic internship that is just as fulfilling on a personal level as it is on a professional level, this is your place!


Spring and Fall Outdoor Education and Retreats Positions

Schools and groups attend Mystic Lake for educational trips and retreats. Outdoor Education positions teach campers about the natural environment, develop social and emotional skills and connect classroom curriculum to the outdoors. . On the weekends work with youth groups leading team building and high adventure activities. 



Summer Kitchen and Maintenance Positions 


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