Spend your summer with us!

1008 1 Spend an unforgettable summer on the shores of Fan Lake! Every year, YMCA Camp Reed hires for over 50 summer positions, including counselors, cooks, leadership staff and more. If you are interested in living outside of the box of conventional summer jobs, consider joining us on the 555 for a summer of personal growth and discovery. Hiring typically begins in November, see below for more information.

What do staff do? We create a safe, positive, and supportive learning environment by supervising Camp Reed campers ranging in age from 5-15. We nurture campers’ appreciation for the outdoors, support them in building strong friendships and values and foster an enriching camp experience. Together, we provide high quality outdoor educational and recreational experiences for participants that focus on the YMCA core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. Our summer season typically starts in early June and runs through mid-August.

2024 YMCA Camp Reed Seasonal Summer Staff Applications are NOW OPEN!

YMCA Camp Reed is now accepting applications for 2024 SUMMER STAFF! Positions at Camp Reed are full time, seven days a week from approximately June 10 – Aug 17.  If you are a returning staff member, please indicate your job position preference(s) on your application and cover letter (see detailed instructions below).  Pre-season training is required, and post season program work may be available for summer staff remaining in Spokane.

To begin your Camp Reed 2024 Summer Staff Application, follow these easy steps:

ALL hiring decisions will be made by mid-February 2024.

For further questions, please contact the Carly “Calypso” Garras, YMCA Camp Reed Executive Director.

The Mission of Camp Reed is to enhance personal growth, Christian values and a sense of community in a safe wilderness setting. Through active participation in unique challenges and new relationships, Camp Reed transforms ideals into lasting behaviors.

YMCA Camp Reed Summer 2024 Staff applications are open now. To find out more about the YMCA Camp Reed Achievement Program, please read below and contact Carly “Calypso” Garras with any questions.

The YMCA is committed to the growth of young diverse leaders for our community. We are happy to announce The YMCA Camp Reed Achievement Program to assist future leaders with summer employment opportunities and a $1000 scholarship. Generously sponsored by the The Kalispel Tribe of Indians and Northern Quest Casino & Resort, two YMCA Camp Reed employee applicants who meet the following criteria will be awarded $1,000 to be used for tuition for their post high school education. The goal of this scholarship is to promote and increase diverse leaders at Camp Reed and in our community.   


  • Employee applicants who are looking to develop new skills, and life experiences to better prepare them for a future career and job experience.  
  • Have a passion for working with school age kids and becoming a role model for youth.  
  • Are a graduating high school senior.  
  • Previous experience with Camp Reed or any other summer camp is not needed nor required.  
  • Want to continue education post high school (i.e. college, university, AA, tech school)  
  • While ethnicity and family income are considered as factors in selecting an intentionally diverse group of scholars, there are no income restrictions, and applicants from all racial and ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to apply. 
  • 1st generation college applicants highly encouraged to apply 
  • There is no minimum GPA. Must show proof of college or program applications/admission for scholarship to be disbursed. 

What are we looking for in employee applicants? 

  • Engaging, resilient, and high character individuals who embody the YMCA’s core values (Respect, Caring, Responsibility, and Honesty) 
  • Committed to anti-racism at Camp, creating a safe place for all both emotionally and physically, and positive role model in young people’s lives. 
  • Willing to step out of one’s own boundaries, and accept unique challenges, and build community.   
  • Looking to develop skills to help them further their education, careers, and community. 
  • The selection process also places high value on applicants’ teamwork, role modelling, and communication skills. 

Applicants will apply for the position of Summer Camper Counselor at YMCA Camp Reed via the YMCA job posting and will be required to submit a secondary letter meeting the criteria outlined below. Applicants will be interviewed and graded on a separate set of criteria.  

Applicants may be asked/evaluated on the following questions: 

  • To what extent will the applicant contribute to the racial, economic, and experiential diversity of YMCA Camp Reed? 
  • To what extent is the applicant prepared to succeed and thrive academically at the selected college or program? 
  • To what extent is the applicant prepared to succeed and thrive in this position? 
  • To what extent will the applicant eagerly engage in a year-long exploration of community, leadership, diversity, and child development? 
  • To what extent does the applicant understand and desire to advance the stated mission of secondary education? 
  • To what extent does the applicant understand/exemplify the mission and goals of YMCA Camp Reed? 
  • To what extent will the applicant be a service-minded leader and an agent of transformation at camp and in their community? 
  • To what extent will the applicant be committed to and effective in fostering intercultural communication and acting as an agent for social change in their community?  
  • To what extent will the applicant be able and willing to persevere through hardship? How resilient are they to the challenges and struggles that life brings? 
  • To what extent does the applicant possess a depth and strength of character that will serve to encourage, support, and empower those  

To apply: 

Submit an application for the Camp Reed Counselor Position: Coming soon for 2024.

Submit a secondary YMCA Camp Reed Achievement Program Letter with your Camp Reed Counselor application – addressing the answering the following questions: 

  • Why you should be selected for this program/scholarship? 
  • What are your future goals and how you hope to use these scholarship funds?  
  • What about working with kids interests you and the impact you hope to have on them?  
  • If budget was not a constraint what is one thing you change or implement in our school, organization of choice, or community  


The Mission of Camp Reed is to enhance personal growth, Christian values and a sense of community in a safe wilderness setting. Through active participation in unique challenges and new relationships, Camp Reed transforms ideals into lasting behaviors. 

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