Have you dreamed of someday working at Camp Manito-wish YMCA, but you are not old enough yet to be on staff? Are you ready to learn how to teach campers trail skills, discover new passions, hone in on their Program Areas skills and learn how to facilitate on the Challenge Course? Then come to Staff Apprentice Program to get a jump-start on your staff journey.

Staff Apprentice At-a-Glance Overview

LEVEL: 2 (Intermediate)
AGE: open 16 and 17 year olds
GENDER: Separate gender trips
DURATION: 21 days total
REQUIREMENTS: Prior Manito-wish experience or interview


Male Identifying

Female Identifying

2023 DATES

June 18 – July 8

July 23 – August 12


$4,950 / $3,890

$4,950 / $3,890


During this 3-week session at camp, participants will learn a combination of in-camp, leadership and trail skills needed to help them learn to be a better teacher, mentor, and facilitator, and ultimately a great future staff member. Their time at camp will be spent focusing on discovering teaching skills, learning about camper behavior, creating and then executing lessons for Program Areas. Participants will also head out on trail for about six days, learning facilitation and teaching techniques, and then have a chance to test them out on the trail with their peers. The learning and fun doesn’t stop there – Staff Apprentice will also play section games and head out to the challenge course, all while working alongside our wonderful staff all across Camp.

Whether it’s the next chapter in your Manito-wish experience or a new chapter all together, we are ready to help you learn how to make the magic of Camp happen. This program is open only to 16 and 17 year olds, no past Manito-wish experience required, although preferred. If you are new to Manito-wish, please contact Carter Lindley, Summer Program Director before registering. Carter will want to speak with you to to make sure this program is right for you.

Apply for Staff Apprentice