Travel & Service Program Trip Leader

Come live, work, play, and travel with us this summer!
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 over 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

As a trip leader, you will co-lead international travel and service trips for our teen population, focusing on leadership development, service learning, and environmental/cultural exploration. Programs will start and end at Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA, but will spend the majority of time traveling away from camp in a group setting. All programs include travel, interaction with teens and youth, service learning, and cultural learning experiences. Trips may also include camping, hiking, and food preparation. Trip leaders will live and travel with program participants and support them to have positive, healthy, and growth-producing experiences. Leaders will be responsible for facilitating the program's core components, including a leadership training program. Becket-Chimney Corners partners with YMCAs in multiple destinations. 

Dates of Work

TSP Leaders are expected to arrive by June 7th for certification week or June 13th for training week, and must be able to work through August 18, 2024, at the earliest. 

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. 

  • Previous experience working with youth and teens and experience with international or domestic travel.
  • Prior experience with one of our programs or with another camp program is preferred. 
  • Outdoor living and camping skills desired.
  • Strong communication skills and demonstrated sound judgment required.
  • Ability to speak Spanish, Japanese, or Swedish a plus. 
  • Must be able to provide proof of a physical within the last 18 months and proof that you are up to date on all required immunizations. 
  • Must be qualified and able to travel abroad and be in possession of a valid passport in order to qualify for an international position with at least 6 months of validity beyond July 2024.
  • Candidates who are 21 or older are strongly preferred.

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. Trip Leaders must have experience working with children and be at least 20 years of age or older by the end of June 2024.

Essential Functions

General Working Conditions

1. Ability to work in excess of a 40-hour week with irregular work hours.

2. Ability to walk (up to 5 miles per day), stand, and sit (including on the floor) for long periods of time.

3. Ability to speak concisely and effectively communicate in English.

4. Must be able to lift and/or assist children in certain program activities.

5. Must be able to frequently lift and carry supplies weighing up to 20 pounds and occasionally 50 pounds.

6. Ability to stand or sit while maintaining alertness for several hours at a time.

7. Position will require frequent bending, leaning, kneeling, and walking.

8. Possible exposure to communicable diseases and bodily fluids. 

Under Massachusetts state law, our campus is a drug- and alcohol-free zone. No one, regardless of legal age, is permitted to consume alcohol or drugs including nicotine or tobacco products (including e-cigarettes) on the Becket-Chimney Corners properties or during program delivery.