Adventure Trips Leader

South Shore YMCA - Camp Burgess & Hayward

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $920/bi-weekly (with meals & housing included)
Required Experience 0 - 1 years

Spend a summer exploring beautiful Cape Cod, and make a positive difference in the lives of teenagers! Camp Burgess & Hayward’s Adventure Trips offers 12 – 17 year olds a unique summer experience starting at our Base Camp on Cape Cod, on a property surrounded by 300 forested acres and three freshwater ponds. We then lead our campers on trips around Cape Cod and the Islands, as well as to New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, and Colorado.

We offer 1-2 week trips with a variety of focuses, including: biking, surfing, cave exploration, and camping. Our trips also involve swimming, paddling, high ropes, outdoor cooking, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, and exploring the many beaches and summer activities that Cape Cod and New England has to offer. Campers attend our programs from across the United States and abroad to take advantage of our unique and exhilarating programs.

For more information regarding Adventure Trips, please follow this link!

We provide a fun and supportive atmosphere for our campers to try new activities and forge lasting friendships. We strive to instill a love of the outdoors in our participants, while fostering leadership skills, encouraging effective communication, and living in a communal environment. This job is an opportunity to make a meaningful difference when kids need it most, following the challenging last few years.


  • Co-lead 10-12 campers throughout the summer on 6-12 day co-ed excursions around Cape Cod, the Islands, and beyond
  • Ensure safety of participants at all times
  • Be a good role model for fellow staff members and campers, and embody the YMCA core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility
  • Facilitate meal planning and preparation
  • Create a fun environment, foster a positive group dynamic, and facilitate debriefing of group activities to encourage learning and growth
  • Effectively teach outdoor and trip-specific skills to campers. All necessary skills are taught during staff training; no specific skills required prior to employment. Outside professionals facilitate some activities, including surfing, and rock climbing.
  • Drive SUVS, minivans, 15 passenger vans, and towing bike and kayak trailers
  • Manage trip finances and logistics
  • Keep paperwork organized and up to date
  • Manage and care for equipment


  • Passion for working with teens in the outdoors
  • 21+ years old with a clean driving record
  • Current lifeguard and first-aid/CPR Certifications or willingness to obtain prior to start date
  • Willingness to obtain wilderness first-aid (WFA) certifications prior to start date is heavily recommended
  • Experience working with youth, especially in a leadership and mentorship role, managing group dynamics, and coordinating logistics
  • Safety-conscious, energetic, flexible, responsible, patient, fun and compassionate

Previous outdoor experience. Experience in some of our specific program areas is a plus: biking, paddling, surfing, camping, etc.


  • June 9 – August 16, 2024
    • Opportunities for fall employment in Outdoor Education may be available


  • $920/bi-weekly

Trip Leaders also receive two weeks of paid staff training, lodging in a large yurt or platform tent the entire summer, all meals while working, and free access to laundry machines and internet. On time-off, Leaders will also be able to use the program’s recreational equipment and enjoy three fresh water ponds surrounding the property. This position provides a great opportunity to develop leadership skills both personally and professionally and in a wide range of outdoor pursuits. You will be working as part of a supportive, experienced, and fun-loving community – all while enjoying the beauty of summer on Cape Cod!



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Category Outdoor Recreation