YMCA Camp Santa Maria


Do you want a summer job that specializes in fun? Look no further! If you join our camp family, we can guarantee that you'll have one of the best summers of your life. We aim to have the best trained camp staff in the country and, to do that, we need you!

Nestled in the Rocky Mountains just outside of Denver, CO

We are a small camp serving up to 150 campers per one-week session with 45 staff. The intimate size of this camp, combined with a focus on teaching campers about the natural world around them helps to build life skills. And at the same time, it offers the opportunity to role-model the social skills of kindness, patience, enthusiasm, self-efficacy, and strength. We hire and train some of the best camp staff in the country.

Are you ready for a summer at camp?
Do you have a passion for the environment, connecting youth to the outdoors and teaching and living in a small community? We are looking for staff who can teach about the world in which we live and model regenerative community skills. Camp is the hardest job you will ever have and absolutely the most rewarding!

Do you have great skills?
Adventure programs are an important part of Camp Santa Maria, and require some of our staff members to have a greater level of certification and education. We are looking for people who have education and certification through nationally and internationally recognized organizations such as Red Cross, American Mountain Guide Association, the American Canoe Association, National Outdoor Leadership School and Outward Bound. An interest in teaching, leading and working with youth is key for all of our staff members.

Dates of Operation for Summer 2017

Staff Training: May 22nd-June 3rd

Camp Dates: June 4th to August 5th, an extra week of opportunity from August 6th to August 13th

Click here to view our Current Job Openings.

The Employee Experience

A job at summer camp can be life changing.  When you work at Camp Santa Maria, we can guarantee your summer days will be filled with fun and excitement! Every day is different and camp is a great way to escape into nature and get a break from the stressful, nerve-wracking world around you.

Ideal Candidate

We are looking for enthusiastic and imaginative people with a passion for youth development.  The more excitement and enthusiasm you can bring into the camp environment, the better your summer will be!

Room and Board

Counselors make themselves at home in cabins nestled among the pine and aspen trees. Cabins are dormitory style with a centrally located bath house. Cabin group will include your Co-Counselor and up to 12 campers. Administrative and support staff live in a communal staff housing and may be asked to cover cabins occasionally overnight.

Healthy, kid-friendly meals are served family style in the dining hall. Afternoon snacks are available through your camp store account.

Laundry facilities are available at camp (suds provided) at no cost and wireless internet and phones are available.

Employee Perks

Professional Training and Experience
Thinking about a career in education, environmental education or outdoor recreation? Get real life-experience and specialized trainings during our two-week staff trainings.

Take it with you when you go! We offer opportunities for you to become Wilderness First Aid, CPR and Lifeguard certified. These certifications can be an asset in your job search after the summer.

Boost your resume! We love telling everybody how great our staff is. Camp is the perfect opportunity to create relationships with people who want you to succeed at camp and beyond.

Rocky Mountain Setting
Location, location, location! While our focus is on youth development, it doesn't hurt that we’re surrounded by the scenic Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Not a bad place to play and explore during the summer!


Getting Here and Getting Around

If you can get yourself to Denver, we’ll take care of the rest! Most of our staff members come from outside of Colorado and fly in to Denver International Airport. We would be happy to pick you up at the airport. Or, like many of our staff members, you can make a road trip of it. Either way, YMCA Camp Santa Maria is easy to get to. We’re located about 45 minutes west of Denver on U.S. Highway 285.

Coming to camp but won’t have a car for the summer? No problem. One of the great things about Camp Santa Maria is that we are a close community of friendly people who enjoy being together. Many staff members do bring cars and on days off our staff members plan outings together to relax, play and explore Colorado in the summertime.

For Fun

The opportunities for fun while you are on staff at YMCA Camp Santa Maria are boundless. We will hike, climb, backpack, mountain bike, skateboard, kayak, raft, shoot archery, fish, horseback ride, create art and swim, among many, many other great activities. We’ll spend evenings at camp night hiking, playing games and sitting by the campfire.

And, when it's time to relax and enjoy your time off, there are endless opportunities for exploring and recreating in the Colorado Rockies. Take a day trip to ski towns like Breckenridge and Vail, head in to Denver for shopping and catch up on city life, or take advantage of the many hiking trails and climbing locations in the area. Since summer is busy and bustling, many of our staff members plan a few extra days before or after camp to see the sights.

Our Jobs

Summer Camp Innovators and Enthusiasts

How to Apply

For a detailed list of jobs available click here.

For more information you can send us an email or call us at camp.

YMCA Camp Santa Maria
(303) 664-5455 ext.4450
P.O. Box 1369
Bailey, Colorado 80421