YMCA of Barry County

Summer Camp Employment

Join Our Team

Are you a motivated, outgoing leader?

We need you to complete our team at YMCA Camp Algonquin! YMCA Camp Algonquin is located just outside Hastings, MI on beautiful Algonquin Lake. Owned and operated by the YMCA of Barry County, the 40 acre scenic landscape is the perfect place to work, play and grow this summer!

Employment Opportunities

Questions, please contact: Camp Director, Megan, at megan@ymcaofbarrycounty.org


  • First-time employees need 3 professional references
  • Returning staff applicants only need one reference

Camp Kitchen Staff-General

Under the leadership of the Lead Kitchen Staff, responsible for all food production and kitchen management. You, along with a small staff, will cover all aspects of food prep, food service, and cleaning. Culinary school students are encouraged to apply.


Camp Rotating Staff

 Ages 16-17

Rotating staff will consist of 16 & 17 year olds who have completed a minimum of their junior year of high school and/or completed our Counselor in Training program. Rotating staff will have the opportunity to choose two out of four job responsibilities which include: assisting in the kitchen, covering cabins while senior counselors are taking their time off, teaching programmed activities, and being a co-counselor.


Camp Health Service Coordinator

Must be 18+ years of age

This individual is responsible for the health and well-being of campers and staff throughout the summer. Review camper health forms and screen campers on arrival and departure and inform staff as needed. Communicate allergies with kitchen staff. Maintain health center inventory, keep first aid kits fully stocked, and log all treatments counselors perform.


Camp Waterfront Coordinator

Must be 18+ years of age

This individual is responsible for the safety and well being of participants at the waterfront. They will be responsible for ensuring that the waterfront is staffed with the appropriate numbers of lifeguards and other layers of supervision for various waterfront activities. Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to, overseeing the swimmer board, all watercraft, and swim times, driving the boats, keeping the waterfront, watercraft, and boathouse clean and organized, and covering the pontoon boat.


Camp Support Specialist

Must be 16+ years of age

This individual will be assisting in the various daily needs of camp. They will be regularly switching roles and responsibilities, as told by the Leadership Team. Their responsibilities include, but are not limited to laundry, assist with maintenance and cleaning, assist in the kitchen, help set up activities, organize and sort t-shirts, fill in for other staff’s scheduled time off, or time off for emergencies.


Camp Senior Counselor

Must be 18+ years of age

This individual will be assigned to live in a cabin for the entirety of the summer and will be directly responsible for a group of up to 10 campers every week. Senior counselors responsibilities include, but are not limited to, reviewing and organizing their campers’ paperwork, cabin cleanup, mentorship, communicating concerns with kitchen and health center staff, work with the senior counselor of their opposite gendered cabin to create “camp magic”, hold a minimum of one certification for a program area, and creating a welcoming and adventurous environment that emphasizes the core values and adds to the culture of camp.


Camp Program Specialist

Must be 18+ years of age

This individual is responsible for teaching and leading a variety of specialized camp activities including archery, arts & crafts, high ropes challenge course, climbing wall, boating, and lifeguarding.


Inclusion Specialist

Must be 18+ years of age

This individual is responsible for supporting campers with physical, developmental, and behavioral disabilities by talking to parents and working with counselors. This individual will work closely with our Inclusion Coordinator to ensure every camper gets the best possible camp experience.

Position Filled

Media Specialist

Must be 18+ years of age

This individual is responsible for focusing on a variety of tasks, including, but not limited to, camp photography, videography, social media posts, the camp store, and managing mail.

Under 18 Work Permits REQUIRED

Youth Employment Standards Act (YESA)

Public Act 90 of 1978, the Youth Employment Standards Act (YESA), as amended, defines a minor as someone who is less than 18 years of age, including but not limited to employees, volunteers, independent contractors and performing artists.

Minors under 18 years of age must obtain a work permit or a written agreement or contract entered into between the employer and the governing school district, public school academy, or nonpublic school before starting work. Work permits can be obtained from the state of Michigan school issuing officer (the chief administrator of a school district, intermediate school district, etc.) the minor attends or the school district where the minor will be employed. If the minor changes jobs, a new work permit is required for the new employer. A work permit may be revoked for poor academic performance. A work permit is required even if the minor is home/cyber/virtual/online schooled, does not attend school, or out-of-state resident.

Work permits are no longer available for bulk purchase from Michigan Center for Career & Technical Education; work permits are available for printing or download below. Note: the printing on colored paper has been repealed, work permits must be printed, front and back, to be valid.  

When both federal and state laws apply the more stringent standard must be observed.