Summer Camp Staff


We are excited that you are interested in learning more about our work and joining our seasonal staff team! We are looking for mature, enthusiastic, hardworking and caring individuals who role model the principles of HonestyCaringRespect and Responsibility in words and actions, to be a member of the Sherman Lake camp team. We hire seasonal staff for these programs:

Summer Camp:

  • Overnight Camp

  • Summer Camp Support Staff

  • Day Camp

  • High School Leadership Development Program

Interested in working at Sherman Lake YMCA? Click HERE to complete our Staff Application. Once you have submitted your application a Sherman Lake YMCA Director will be in touch.

Why Sherman Lake YMCA Camp? Each person who works at the Sherman Lake YMCA is selected because of their strength of character, professionalism, demonstrated commitment to mentoring children and their ability to role model the principles of honesty, caring, respect and responsibility through words and actions.

Your Challenge and Reward: Working at camp is truly one of the most challenging and rewarding opportunities you will experience. Sherman Lake YMCA staff model the behaviors of a well-rounded lifestyle, our values, performance objectives and philosophy. If you, like us, are excited by the opportunities and undeterred by the challenges of working at the Sherman Lake YMCA…if you want to share your talents and experiences with kids and fellow staff…if you support the teamwork that makes Sherman Lake YMCA special and will project that support by your own example…if you want to experience a lifetime of growth and personal accomplishment..we look forward to reviewing your application!

Sherman Lake YMCA Values and Objectives: All programs are designed to reinforce the four principles of Honesty, Caring, Respect and Responsibility. How everyone relates to one another is the most important aspect of our YMCA camp programs. We role model these behaviors in all of our programs and develop activities such as chapel, prayer before meals, and campfire stories to reinforce and teach these principles.

Honesty – Truthfulness and genuineness with self and others.
Caring – To show loving kindness, compassion and empathy for the interest of others.
Respect – Honor toward others, humility.
Responsibility – Trustworthiness; dependable.

Staff Performance Objectives: 
To connect with each camper quickly and make campers feel welcome and included.
To participate 100% in activities enjoy playing and role modeling.
To model the values and mission statement of Sherman Lake YMCA.
To recognize and effectively resolve conflicts based on camp values and procedures.
To seek out and use camp resources to create meaningful experiences.
To work proactively with campers showing spontaneity and creativity.
To create a safe environment and create unique experiences.

How to Apply:

  1. Complete the staff application found HERE. For summer camp positions, hiring decisions will be made on a rolling basis. The sooner you choose to apply, the greater the number of positions that will be available.

  2. You will receive a confirmation email that your application has been submitted and shortly thereafter, you will be contacted by a program director to learn more about your experience and interest as well as set up an official interview time.

  3. The 3 references that your provide will automatically be emailed a form to complete to help us get to know you a bit more.

Questions? Contact our Camp Team:

Leslie Tripp - Camp Administrative Assistant, 269-731-3030 (8:30am-5pm)

Karen Christopherson - Summer Camp Director, 269-731-3041 (Waterfront Program)

Heather Sticka - Assistant Summer Camp Director, 269-731-3037

Having trouble accessing the application or technical problems? Contact Leslie Tripp at or call 269-731-3030.