Camp Becket Program Staff

Come work, live, and play with us this summer in the heart of the culturally rich Berkshires in Western MA!
Camp Description
Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA located in Becket, MA helps youth discover their potential through life-changing experiences and relationships. Situated on over 1300 acres of woodlands with miles of hiking trails, and two private lakes, in the beautiful Berkshires, we offer four summer programs, Camp Becket for Boys, Chimney Corners Camp for Girls, Becket Day Camp and the Travel and Service Program. Our programs serve more than 1500 participants over the course of the summer and employ over 300 staff members from all of the world. We have beautiful and historic facilities and offer a wide variety of activities. We hope you will consider spending your summer with us!
Job Description
 Program Descriptions

Camp Becket for Boys is a resident camp programs. We offer a specific gender camp experience to campers finishing 2nd – 9th grade (ages 7-16). Campers stay for 4-week sessions although our youngest campers (finishing 2nd – 3rd) may opt for a 2-week starter program session. Campers attend the camp that best reflects their identity, and we support campers and staff members in the full spectrum of their identity expression while providing space that celebrates a specific gender. This aspect of our program should be considered when applying and staff should choose the program that best reflects their identity. 

About the job…

Becoming a program staff member gives you an opportunity to share something you love to do with others and further develop your skills by teaching them to others. Our mission is to help youth discover their potential through life-changing experiences and relationships. Ensuring our campers learn new skills and helping them develop potentially a life-long passion for a new activity is a big part of helping us meet this goal. 


  • Housing and meals are provided on-site at no cost to the employee as part of the experience. (Many staff find that they save a lot of money working at camp since a lot of expenses are covered by camp.)
  • Gain valuable leadership and management skills that will help prepare you for future career opportunities and will reflect valuable work experience on your resume.
  • Becket-Chimney Corners is located in the heart of the Berkshires, which is internationally acclaimed for the arts and cultural venues.
  • Planned staff outings are available for staff time off. Camp provides transportation to local towns and cultural experiences for staff who do not have their own vehicle.  
  • Work with other young adults from all over the US and from abroad. Many staff make lifelong connections working at camp.
  • Access to a large network of camp alumni who can support you as resources for internships and career development.

General Employment Requirements

While many of the skills described are important or required, please let us know if you have alternative experiences or skills that make you well-suited for a position.  As a values-based organization, we feel you will be happiest with us if you embrace and share the ideals and values of Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA. We strive to create a positive, supportive and fun work environment for our staff.  It is expected that every member of our staff team treats others in a kind, fair and respectful manner. 

General Working Conditions

  • Ability to work in excess of a 40-hour week with irregular work hours.
  • Ability to walk, stand, and sit (including on the floor) for long periods of time.
  • Possible exposure to communicable diseases and bodily fluids.
  • Must be able to lift and/or assist children up to 50 pounds in weight.
  • Must be able to lift and carry supplies weighing up to 20 pounds.
  • Ability to stand or sit while maintaining alertness for several hours at a time.
  • Position may require bending, leaning, kneeling, and walking.
  • Ability to speak concisely and effectively communicate.
  • Visual and auditory ability to respond to critical situations and physical ability to act swiftly in an emergency. 

Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA Inclusion Statement

We are committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment where campers, participants, families, and staff can discover and be their authentic selves. Through leadership, strategic planning, recruitment, training, and program development, we strive to be inclusive in our practices and to promote equity and opportunity for all individuals. We respect, affirm and protect the dignity and worth of every member of our community.



  • Must be 18 years of age and/or older. Some positions may require staff to be older.
  • Prior experience with one of our programs or with another camp program is preferred. 
  • First Aid/CPR/Lifeguard Certified preferred but will provide certification to applicants who are available to participate in extended training. 
  • Must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 before arriving for the start of the season. 
  • Experience and knowledge in an activity that is offered at camps such as swimming, boating, climbing, arts and crafts, ceramics, woodworking, carpentry, nature, living history, outdoor living skills, horseback riding, sports, media, cooking, hiking/trips/camping, target sports, dance, performing arts, or photography. (Please note all activities are not offered in all programs)
  • Experience teaching the skill to others.
Essential Functions

Program Staff members will be responsible for:

  • Planning and leading activities in their program area.
  • Some members of the program staff will also be responsible for supervising other staff members in program areas. This is a great opportunity to learn leadership skills. 
  • Ensuring that participants are safe and engaged in activities.
  • Work with other staff members to help campers 
  • In most cases, program staff members will live in a cabin with a group of campers and help with the overall supervision of the campers in activities but also at meals and in the evenings. 
  • All staff (and campers) play a role in maintaining the camp property and caring for equipment. 
  • Working at camp requires every staff member to cultivate a positive attitude and willingness to help in all areas of the camp experience.