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Camp Manitou Staff

Staff Eligibility 

Prospective employees will all receive consideration without discrimination because of race, creed, color, sex, age, national origin, handicap or veteran status. The YMCA of the Chippewa Valley is an equal opportunity employer.

Camp Staff 

Our camp staff are caring, creative, responsible, and ideal role models for campers. Staff are carefully screened, well-trained, and often come back for many summers. Many are homegrown and understand the value of camp from their own experiences. All staff are required to obtain CPR, First-Aid, and AED certifications. Many are also lifeguard certified. All staff go through a rigorous training at camp that covers managing group dynamics, addressing homesickness, practicing safety procedures and using techniques for ensuring a positive experience for all campers. All staff receive periodic in-services and reviews to ensure consistent quality leadership.

Identifying and Addressing Bullying

Staff will have training in recognizing all forms of bullying including gender/sexuality based bullying and the proper protocol on how to handle such instances. For the protection of every participant, we reserve the right to deny to immediately dismiss any participant, without refund, as a result of any behavior which goes against our policies and expectations. 

Counselor Cabin Assignments

We assign staff to be bunked in cabins based on their gender identity and what feels safe for them. All counselors undergo background checks and multiple screening procedures before being hired. We take great care in choosing the counselors our campers will have at camp and believe that they will best serve the campers in the cabin to which they are assigned.

We provide a week-long training experience before the summer begins which covers our inclusion policies/practices and educational sessions to prepare our staff to create all spaces at camp to be safe and inclusive.


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