WHERE WORK IS PLAY

Often camp is a place where lifelong friendships begin. Our college-age counselors receive extensive training on how to create opportunities to foster these friendships. Campers grow in self-awareness and an understanding of their natural world through the guidance and leadership of their counselors.

The most important part of a camper's experience here at Camp Wakonda are the Camp Counselors. We employ exceptional young leaders who embody Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility, the Four Core Values of the YMCA.

All camp counselors at Wakonda can be sure that they are making a positive impact on the hundreds of children who view them as a role model, mentor, teacher and friend!

Do you want to have the YMCA Camp Wakonda counselor experience?

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SUMMER STAFF - 2023

Our staff of college age leaders are all certified by the American Red Cross in First Aid, CPR and have passed a background check. They come from Missouri, across the country and around the world and are hired for their maturity and love of children.

They understand the importance of their role model status and are taught the skills to fulfill that role through an intensive 2-week training. Our pool is staffed with certified Lifeguards and our high ropes course, climbing wall and rock wall are also staffed with certified instructors. There is a health care professional on site at all times to dispense medications and handle any health care concerns.

Myra - Camp Director
Myra - Camp Director

Hello! I am Myra but some people call me Gizmo! I am from Kansas City and excited to make YMCA Camp Wakonda my new home as its Assistant Camp Director. This is my first summer at Wakonda but my 17th summer at a YMCA Camp! Some of my hobbies include geocaching, shopping, and hanging out with my cat (gadget) and my turtle (Steve Irwin). Camp is my passion and calling and I am beyond excited to make an impact alongside our campers and staff this summer!

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Lawrence - Food Service Director
Lawrence - Food Service Director

Hello! My name is Lawrence and I am the Assistant Food Service Director at camp this summer! I am from Billings, Mo. Three of my hobbies/interests are art, crafting and gardening! This is my first year at camp and I'm excited to be able to do something new and have fun with everyone!

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Mac - Camp Coordinator
Mac - Camp Coordinator

My name is Michaela or Mac and I am from Springfield, MO! This is my first summer as a camp coordinator and I am PUMPED, especially for the slip and slide! I graduated from MSU with a degree in Recreation, Sport & Park Administration and love doing anything outside, especially kayaking. I am always down to play games and love a good dance party (though my dance moves will NOT impress, I assure you).

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Emma - Camp Coordinator
Emma - Camp Coordinator

Hi! I am Emma. I am from Springfield, MO. I have been with Camp Wakonda for 10 years, both as staff and a camper! I am currently studying Chemistry at Missouri State University. I love all things reading and spending lots of time with my dog, Josie. I’m very excited to be back at camp! I can’t wait to have another awesome summer.

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Charity - Camp Counselor
Charity - Camp Counselor

Hi! I'm charity and I'm from Springfield. this will be my tenth summer at camp! I love roller skating, especially with my mom. I'm super into fashion and shopping. I'm absolutely stoked to be a counselor this year, I've been waiting for this since I was 8.

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Cassidy - Camp Counselor
Cassidy - Camp Counselor

Hello!! My name is Cassidy, and I am from Kansas City, Missouri! This will be my ninth year at YMCA Camp Wakonda, and I’m so excited to spend it with all of you! A couple things I enjoy doing include: theatre, being outdoors, and hanging out with my friends. I’m so excited to meet all of you this year and create awesome memories. I can guarantee that this year will be a blast!

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Nathan - Camp Counselor
Nathan - Camp Counselor

Hello! My name is Nathan, and this is my fifth year at YMCA Camp Wakonda. Coming from a military family, I have lived across the United States, with my current residence in Missouri. My hobbies include reading books, playing video games with my friends, and collecting medieval arms and armor. I'm excited to share with my campers the same experiences that kept drawing me back for so many summers. Have a good day!

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Faith - Camp Counselor
Faith - Camp Counselor

Hey everyone! My name is Faith! I am 23 years old I am from Nixa MO but I am currently living in California. This will be my 5th summer here at Camp Wakonda, and I can’t wait to meet all the new campers and staff, and see all those returning! Here’s to another amazing summer at YMCA Camp Wakonda!

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Kaylee - Camp Counselor
Kaylee - Camp Counselor

Hey all, I'm Kaylee , I am from Springfield Missouri born and raised, and I am extremely excited to be coming back as a counselor for my second year at YMCA Camp Wakonda. In my free time I like to experiment with graphic design, play dungeons and dragons, and I am currently trying my hand at paper making! I am so ecstatic to give the kiddos a week to remember out in the sunshine playing gaga ball and bonding around the campfire as a cabin and a camp.

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Richy - Camp Counselor
Richy - Camp Counselor

My name is Ricardo Del Rosal Garduño but I go by Richy. I am from Colima, Mexico. This is my first time at YMCA Camp Wakonda but is my second time as a summer camp counselor. My favorite hobbies are; reading, studying science and nature, playing chess, and videogames with my friends. This will be my second experience as a camp counselor and I am so excited to meet everyone!

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Caroline - Camp Counselor
Caroline - Camp Counselor

Hi! My name is Caroline and I am from Chicago Illinois. I love being outdoors and staying active. I am majoring in pharmacy and minoring in nutrition. This is my first summer at YMCA Camp Wakonda and I’m so excited to get to know the campers!

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Jacob - Camp Counselor
Jacob - Camp Counselor

My name is Jacob! I am from Poplar Bluff, MO and this is my first time at YMCA Camp Wakonda. I enjoy playing basketball and helping others. I am currently studying psychology at Evangel University and hope to give the kids a summer they will never forget!!

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Kloe - Camp Counselor
Kloe - Camp Counselor

My name is Kloe I am from Fulton Missouri and this is my first year at YMCA Camp Wakonda. I love spending time with my family and friends, I also love teaching the kids in my Sunday school class. I have worked at a summer camp before and it is my most favorite thing to do! I am so excited to meet everyone and help build an awesome environment for campers to learn and grow!

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Cash - Camp Counselor
Cash - Camp Counselor

My name is Cash and I am originally from Maine but have been living in LA the last two years. I love filmmaking, parkour, and lyrically-dense rap music. This will be my first summer and YMCA Camp Wakonda and I am particularly stoked for session 5: Night at the Oscars because I love acting and putting on shows!

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ReAnna - Camp Counselor
ReAnna - Camp Counselor

Hello! I am ReAnna I live in Ozark, Missouri. I just started with the YMCA this year doing be doing before and after school. I love this program and everyone in it! In my free time I enjoy learning new things, painting and crafting! This is my first year at camp and I am very excited. I love meeting new people! Can't wait to have a fantastic summer!

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Addie - Camp Counselor
Addie - Camp Counselor

Hello! My name is Addie and I am from Republic, MO. My hobbies include crafting, hiking, and trying trying new things. This is my first year working at YMCA Camp Wakonda but I am no stranger to its magic and fun! I am so excited to build relationships with the kids and enjoy all the things Camp has to offer.

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Gina - Camp Counselor
Gina - Camp Counselor

Hello, My name is Gina and I live near Stockton lake just North of the camp. I enjoy nature and children, playing with my dogs and doing art projects. I am really excited to meet everyone and look forward to making friends along the way! Kayaking is my favorite activity but camping and fishing are close seconds.

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Cody - Camp Counselor
Cody - Camp Counselor

Hello! My name is Cody and I'm from Smithville, Missouri, 20 minutes north of KC. I love to do tumbling (flipping), sports or a good board game, and I'm currently studying to get my Associates of Arts in General Studies. This will be my first time at YMCA Camp Wakonda but I'm so excited to make memories, partake in so many activities and meet new people! Can't wait to see you all this summer!

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Edward - Camp Counselor
Edward - Camp Counselor

My name is Edward and I was born and raised in Connecticut but I currently live in Springfield with two of my friends. My interests are Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, underwater spearfishing, and raising dogs. This is my first summer at YMCA Camp Wakonda and I am stoked to be able to help everyone have an awesome summer!

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Jonathan - Camp Counselor
Jonathan - Camp Counselor

I am Jonathan. I am from The Bronx, New York. I started working for YMCA Camp Wakonda last summer. Some of my hobbies include fishing, camping, drawing, shooting guns, farming, cooking and hiking. I can’t wait to see how much my campers grew from last year. And finally catch that Wakanda whale!

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Jack - Camp Counselor
Jack - Camp Counselor

Hello! My name is Jack, I am from Springfield Missouri. This year will be my 9th year at camp and my 2nd year as a counselor. I love to play sports, my favorite sport is hockey and I am a diehard St. Louis Blues fan. I am going study business at Ozark Technical Community College in the fall. I am super excited to be back at camp and I am looking forward to seeing everyone this summer!

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COUNSELOR IN TRAINING PROGRAM

Sometimes referred to as Campers in Transition, the 'CIT' program is designed for teens in grades 11 and 12. This program assists these young adults in their growth and development of leadership, communication, cooperation, compromise and problem solving skills. All of which are important abilities for their futures here at camp, and also in all other aspects of their lives.

 

CITs will be assigned to observe and assist with a cabin of younger campers, under the observation of the two cabin counselors. CITs will also observe counseling and teaching styles as they shadow morning clinics during their week.

Guest speakers will lead discussions on a variety of topics, including leadership and effective communication. Living in a cabin with 10 younger campers and 2 college-age counselors allows CITs to begin the transition from camper to staff.

 

CIT WEEKS

Session 3: June 18th - 23rd

Session 5: July 9th - 14th

Session 7:  July 23rd - 28th