Best Summer Job for Your Teen (or for YOU) at the YMCA

Looking for a summer job that’s just the right fit? Y camp counselors and lifeguards get a sign-on bonus. Apply right now!

What could be more fun than a summer job that gives you the chance to work with kids and positively impact the lives of people in your own community? YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit offers the best summer job opportunities — with the chance to earn a great income this summer.

“A summer job with the YMCA is a great chance to build skills, spend time with kids and earn a competitive income,” says Abigail Sacco, Executive Director of After School and Day Camp at YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit. “We especially love welcoming new camp counselors to the Y family.”

Photo credit: YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit

Becoming a day camp counselor is financially rewarding, too. Camp counselors who join the Y by May 26, 2022, can earn a $500 sign-on bonus, plus earn a competitive wage. Those who remain employed by the Y through Aug. 12, 2022, will earn a loyalty bonus of $500. “Especially for college students looking for summer work, the financial reward of being a camp counselor is considerable,” Sacco says.

Moms who are looking to work with children or ease back into the workforce will enjoy spending the summer as a YMCA camp counselor, too.

Summer job and beyond

Working as a Y camp counselor offers summer job seekers the chance to build valuable skills, no matter the next step. When you join the Y, you’ll receive full training by experts in summer camp fun and child development. And you’ll become part of an organization that is known and respected in your community.

“With this experience under their belts, our camp counselors go on to achieve great things,” Sacco says. “With YMCA experience, your resume will shine and you’ll continue building upon the skills you learn at the Y.”

And, what starts as a summer job at the Y can grow into opportunities to work at the Y year-round because the Y is always looking to retain committed, enthusiastic employees to help fulfill the Y’s mission to serve communities across metro Detroit.

Photo credit: YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit

If you — or someone you know — has more interest in a lifeguard position, there are plenty of opportunities to make a splash as a lifeguard, and kids as young as 16 can start in this role. Lifeguards also qualify for a $300 signing bonus. It’s a great first job for a teen, but also fun for moms, retirees or anyone looking to build new skills through the gold standard in lifesaving training — all provided by the YMCA. Lifeguards can advance as aquatics instructors, too.

Tons of benefits

In addition to sign-on and loyalty bonuses, a summer job at YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit comes with significant benefits.

Becoming part of a positive work environment with a team atmosphere is at the top of the list of great benefits, but Y employees also get free Y membership for themselves and their immediate family, discounts on Y programs and free Y swag. Health, dental and vision insurance are available for qualified full-time employees, as well as a generous retirement plan.

“Even if it’s for a summer job, joining the YMCA is a really positive experience, and now, with such generous sign-on and loyalty bonuses, it makes great financial sense, too,” Sacco says. “Working at the Y is a great career choice and it’s a lot of fun. It’s a really wonderful way to make an impact, make friends and build a future.”

Don’t wait! Take advantage of your sign-on bonus now. Apply by visiting

Claire Charlton
Claire Charlton
An enthusiastic storyteller, Claire Charlton focuses on delivering top client service as a content editor for Metro Parent. In her 20+ years of experience, she has written extensively on a variety of topics and is keen on new tech and podcast hosting. Claire has two grown kids and loves to read, run, camp, cycle and travel.


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