American Camp Association (ACA)

Unit Lead

YMCA Camp at Horsethief Reservoir
Cascade, Idaho, United States
30+ days ago


Join us in creating the magic of Y Camp! Stunning wilderness and beautiful facilities alone couldn’t make Y Camp the place that so many see as a home away from home. Here at the YMCA Camp at Horsethief Reservoir, the magic of making friends, exploring interests, and finding inner strength is woven into every interaction. Being a part of Y Camp is as simple as committing to loving nature, building character, and developing self-reliance in yourself and those around you. If you’re up for the challenge, we can’t wait to connect with you!

Unit Leads provide leadership in the areas of cooperative planning, outdoor living, group living, social adjustment, and relationship building in a wilderness camp setting. Each camp staff member is responsible for the health and safety of all program participants and the development and upkeep of one or more activity areas.  Additionally, camp unit lead positions are responsible for supervision and development of camp staff, programs, and assisting with operational aspects of camp.


  • Monitor and ensure safety of participants, staff and volunteers in a primitive outdoor camp setting.
  • Function as point person and provide leadership through planning, organizing, supervising and facilitating youth in a variety of outdoor living skills, under all weather conditions.
  • Keep equipment and storage areas clean and organized at all times in addition to educating and holding campers responsible for maintaining equipment in use.
  • Promote inclusiveness and community amongst participants and other staff members.
  • Provide leadership development for counselors in training.
  • Work as a team with other Youth Leads under the guidance of the Director or Coordinator and take initiative when needed.
  • Stay informed of youth program offerings and cross promote when appropriate.
  • Ensure informative and positive parent letters about each camper are sent on a weekly basis.



  • Must be 21 years of age.
  • Experience working with youth.
  • Ability to live on site during scheduled program times.
  • Must be able to meet YMCA transportation requirements.
  • Must have ability to lead and participate in physically strenuous activities in a high altitude outdoor wilderness environment.


This is a seasonal position from May 22nd – August 6th. Typical camp schedule will be Sunday - Friday. Occasional Saturdays will be required. All camp staff receives a 24 hour time off period every 7 days.  Must be able to live at YMCA camp facilities in Cascade, Idaho during program delivery times.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 59843340
  • Location:
    Cascade, Idaho, United States
  • Company Name For Job: YMCA Camp at Horsethief Reservoir
  • Position Title: Unit Lead
  • Position: Counselor
  • Entry Level: Yes
  • Setting: Overnight Camp
  • Job Type: Part-Time
  • Min Education: H.S. Diploma/Equivalent
  • ACA Accredited: No
  • Season of Job: Summer
  • Min Experience: None
  • ONLY Accepting Applicants Inside the U.S.: Yes
  • Salary: $4,170.00 - $4,290.00 (Yearly Salary)
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