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What do we look for in a staff member?
Working at YMCA Hayo-Went-Ha Camps is a challenging but incredibly rewarding job.  Patience, maturity, and a desire to work with kids in a great outdoors is essential.  We expect our staff to be great role models and mentors for our campers.  A Hayo-Went-Ha Camps staff person's most important job is to live the YMCA's four core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility, as well as our motto "Each for all, all for each," at all times.

Hayo-Went-Ha Camps place a great deal of emphasis on the relationships that develop between leader and camper, and among the campers themselves.  Staff is carefully chosen for their commitment to the growth of the camper, enthusiasm, experience, interpersonal skills, and their ability to engage, have fun and forge friendships!

How do we operate?
YMCA Hayo-Went-Ha Camps have over 200 combined years of camping tradition.  Our ratio of four campers per counselor gives our staff the opportunity to create close bonds with their campers.  Additionally, we strive to assign an international counselor to every cabin to broaden international understanding and increase cultural sensitivity.

Our wilderness adventure program offers campers an appropriate wilderness challenge for their age.  Staff are chosen for each trip based on their interest, experience, and qualifications.  Cabin groups consist of two staff and 8 campers and they venture to many state and national parks across Michigan and southern Ontario in Canada.  Staff will be trained in all aspects of our trip program during staff training.

At camp and on trips, safety is of the utmost importance.  Staff will be trained in wilderness first aid, lifeguarding, and CPR.  Adventure activities, including swimming, horseback riding, sailing, archery/riflery, and the ropes course, are all run by accomplished specialists.

What positions do we offer?
Cabin Counselor
Counselors must be at least 18 years old.  17-year-old high school graduates are also eligible.  Cabin counselors are role models and provide daily care of the campers and create the best summer every by facilitating team building, supporting personal growth, supervising adventure trips, teaching activities, and establishing lifelong friendships.

Program Staff
Program staff must be at least 18 years old.  Program staff includes the arts and crafts director, the ropes course director, the waterfront director, sailing director, and riflery/archery director.  We also employ a photographer at each camp to capture memories and document the best summer ever.

When do we need you?
A summer position begins in early June.  Prior to the arrival of our campers, staff participates in staff training and development.  This includes becoming certified in lifeguarding, CPR, and wilderness first aid, and learning about program areas, safety, child development, trip equipment, leadership, camper oversight, how to handle emergencies, and daily schedules.

We also offer outdoor education positions beginning as early as March and continuing for several months after the summer season.  These positions work with students from area schools who come to YMCA Hayo-Went-Ha Camps during the non-summer months, teaching environmental education and facilitating adventure programs.

Returning staff and leadership positions will be hired by January 8th  Applications for new staff are open by December 1st and will be responded to promptly.  Interviews are scheduled on a rolling basis and positions do fill up quickly so apply early!

Whom should I contact?

Girls' Camp

Amanda Macaluso, Camp Director for YMCA Camp Arbutus Hayo-Went-Ha
Phone: (231) 946-8589

Boys' Camp

Tim McKendrick, Executive Director for YMCA Camp Hayo-Went-Ha
Phone: (231) 544-5915

Commitment and start dates.
A summer position begins early June with specific training and certification courses.  Prior to the arrival of any campers, staff spend close to three weeks participating in staff training.  This time period covers learning about program areas, child development, safety, trip equipment, managing campers, handling emergencies, and daily schedules. Please see below for staff start dates. 

Please register below and complete a new or returning staff application. After you have applied, one of our Directors will schedule a time to discuss your application and opportunities with HWH Camps. This discussion will include start dates, specific positions, and responsibilities. Please see below for important dates for 2020.

Start Date Position Details
Monday, March 9th at 9am Outdoor Education Program Naturalists Naturalists working the Outdoor Education Program (early start) 
Friday, April 24th at 9am Outdoor Education Program Naturalists Naturalists working the Outdoor Education Program (May start) 
Monday, May 11th at 9am Equestrian Staff (Arbutus Site) Two of the four Equestrian staff.
Tuesday, May 26th at 9am Kitchen and Maintenance Staff For all kitchen and maintenance staff. This is a training day for both departments.
Monday, June 1st at 9am First-Year Cabin Leaders First-year cabin leaders selected for more of an extended wilderness adventure staff training.
Tuesday, June 2nd at 9am Administrative (AD) Staff Administrative (AD) staff training 
Friday, June 5th at 9am Cabin Leaders lacking Lifeguard & CPR certifications Lifeguard & CPR Training (at Torch Lake) 
Monday, June 8th at 9am Program Staff Ropes Course, Sailing, Riflery/Archery, Arts and Crafts, Photographer, Equestrian Staff, Waterfront, Scuba Instructor
Tuesday, June 9th at 9am All Positions, All Staff Officially start to staff training. Everyone should be at camp ready to go.


All applications are now processed online.  Click the link below to start your application process.  First, you will have to set up an account with your email address and a password.  Once completed, you will be logged in you will be able to select the application you wish to submit.  If you cannot complete your application in one session, you will be able to return and complete it at a later time without losing any previously entered data.  Be sure to remember your password to log back into your account.


Useful Forms

The New Staff Application asks for three references. Please download and print the form below and mail it to the references you have provided. Please include a SASE with the form so your references can easily mail it to our Camp Office.

Reference Form (Provide Three References)

Forms for 2020 Summer Hired Staff

(Updated forms coming soon!)

  • Staff Code of Conduct
  • Employee Eligibility Verification Form (I9) for all first-year staff - US and international (issued in the Camp Office)
  • Payroll Withholding Form - Michigan State - for all US staff
  • Payroll Withholding Form - Federal - for all US staff
  • Payroll Direct Deposit Form - Have your check deposited directly into your bank account
  • Health History Form (now available in your online account - log back in and select "Health History Form for Camp Staff".
  • Required Immunizations (now available in your online account - log back in and select "Required Immunization Form".
  • Physical Exam Form (now available in your online account - log back in and select "Physical Exam Form".
  • Staff Licensed Medical Personal Recommendation
  • Request for Central Registry Clearance - For all U.S. staff 21 years or older on an annual basis
  • Policy Packet for all drivers


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Outdoor Education (School Year)

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