Frost Valley YMCA


Hiring: Adventure Trip Leader & Bear Grylls Counselor



Frost Valley YMCA provides exceptional outdoor experiences for over 4,000 children through day and overnight camp programs that include but are not limited to: equestrian camp, farm camp, the world’s only Bear Grylls Survival Academy Summer Camp, adventure trips, a “Kidney Camp” for children with kidney disease or transplants, and of course the traditional overnight camp that Frost Valley was founded on and has provided since 1885.

Adventure Trip Leader:

Adventure Trip Leaders will supervise and care for trip campers in loco parentis. Trip Leaders must work well with a co-leader in a remote setting, away from Frost Valley YMCA resources and guidance. The ability to foresee and prevent potential hazards and camper issues is crucial to leading a successful trip. Trip Leaders are responsible for preparing final logistics for each assigned trip and to ensure he/she has all of the equipment necessary to run a trip safely and successfully. This position is also responsible for maintaining the gear and ensuring that equipment is being well cared for and correctly cleaned and used. Facilitating a camper’s experience to be positive and insightful is also crucial to this position. The successful candidate truly enjoys working with children of various Frost Valley programs and desires to share their love for the outdoors.


$400 and up a week DOE including room and board


  • At least 21 years of age or older by June 30

  • Possess a clean, valid US Driver's license

  • Wilderness First Responder certification or higher (can be obtained prior to start)

  • Able and interested in working in an trip-leading setting with one co-leader and a group of teens


  • Ability to identify and mitigate risk so participants have a positive and incident free experience.

  • Supervise trip campers in loco parentis from the time the first camper arrives at Frost Valley to the time the last camper leaves Frost Valley programs.

  • Create a safe and fun environment for campers participating in Adventure Trips.

  • Maintain a friendly, cooperative, and professional relationship with fellow staff and outfitters.

  • Complete and submit all required documentation including, but not limited to, trip logs, accident reports, spending reports, and vehicle logs in a timely manner.

  • Effectively teach outdoor and trip specific skills to campers.

  • Process each trip experience with campers and encourage group dynamics to create positive outcomes in activities and social settings.

  • Maintain This includes, but is not limited to, cleaning equipment in a timely fashion, returning equipment within a reasonable time after use, and reporting/fixing broken gear.

  • Organize final logistics for assigned trips, including, but not limited to, food and gear preparation.

  • Finalize all logistics for each trip and ensure that each trip has adequate, correct safety and general gear.

  • Be a good role model for fellow staff and campers at all times. This includes modeling acceptable behavior, language, Frost Valley’s core values and outdoor standards.

  • Ensure that Frost Valley Summer Camps achieves the highest standard and meets the mission and goals of both the Summer Camp Department and Frost Valley YMCA, as well as expectations of customers.

  • Attend staff meetings.

  • Offer help and assist with any other duties as assigned for the success of Frost Valley.

  • Embrace the Frost Valley YMCA’s eight core values of Respect, Responsibility, Caring, Honesty, Community, Diversity, Stewardship, and Inclusiveness.

  • Responsible for executing the shared Frost Valley Vision.

Bear Grylls Teen Survival Camp Counselor:

The Bear Grylls Teen Survival Camp Counselor will lead the successful development and implementation of programming and services for Bear Grylls Survival Camp participants. This will include the inventory and maintenance of survival/adventure-based equipment: including ruck sacks, survival knives, ropes, canteens, headlamps, etc.  The BG Counselor (alongside the Coordinator) will work to ensure that the BG Summer Camp Department will achieve the highest standards and meet the mission of not only the Department, but the YMCA, Bear Grylls Survival Academy, the expectations of the staff and customers, and the best interests of Frost Valley.


$300+ / week depending on experience


  • Must be 21 years of age or older.

  • Possess a valid US Drivers License for at least 3 years

  • Preferred Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent work experience.

  • Strong background in logistical planning, customer service, and group facilitation.

  • Experience working with participants in a rustic or minimalist camping environments.

  • Experience working with camping, outdoor cooking, rappelling, climbing, hiking, as well as other adventure/survival-based activities desired.

  • preferred prior experience working in a camp or YMCA program setting.

  • Be very detail oriented and safety conscious.

  • Possess excellent communication and organizational skills.

  • Be a strong leader and be able to work well with a team of others.

All those interested are encouraged to apply


  • Assist to implement all aspects of Frost Valley’s BG Summer Survival Camp.

  • Work evenings and or weekends as needed to provide support to summer camp programs during the summer months.

  • Aid in logistics for all survival camp aspects: including meals, travel, vehicles, activities, and safety

  • Offer outstanding customer service; prompt, friendly and reliable.

  • Supervise a wide selection of program activities that will enhance the participants’ experience and ensure a safe, educational, and recreational visit.

  • Participate in the training, of seasonal summer staff with a focus on Survival Summer Camp programs.

  • Responsible for maintaining staff morale.

  • Help the coordinator to ensure that the Bear Grylls Survival Camps are meeting or exceeding the standards of the Ulster County Department of Health, ACA, and Frost Valley’s Program Quality Standards, as well as those of the Bear Grylls Survival Academy

  • Comply with all Personnel Policies.