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.
Where Work Is Play
The most important part of a camper's experience here at Camp Wakonda are the Camp Counselors. We are looking for exceptional young leaders who embody Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility, the Four Core Values of the YMCA. You will be making a positive impact on hundreds of children who view you as a role model, mentor, teacher and friend!
Dean Maczka, Executive Director at YMCA Camp Wakonda. With more than 15 years of camping experience, including 4 years as the Assistant Camp Director of YMCA Camp Wakonda, Dean has extensive experience with coordinating campers, staff, and programs. He excels in relationship and team building and can't wait to meet you all this summer!
I was a camp counselor/ certified rock climbing instructor for 3 years at YMCA Camp Whittle in California, and last summer in Maine. One of my main passions in life is enjoying the outdoors with amazing people. I love to do activities like camping, hiking, rock climbing and snowboarding! My secret talent has to be friendship bracelet making, and is one of my favorite things to do at camp! I am really looking forward to meeting all of you this summer and having a blast together!
Hello! My name is Mallary. This is my 4th year on staff at YMCA Camp Wakonda. I am studying Geography and Sustainability at Missouri State University and work with the YMCA School Age Services during the school year. I am super excited to be back for summer camp!
Hi! My name is Emma and this will be my 8th summer at YMCA Camp Wakonda. I am super excited to be counselor after so many years as a camper! I go to Missouri State University and I am studying biochemistry with a minor in biomedical sciences, so my time is spent studying and reading. I also have a love for swimming and hiking as well, so I am super excited to be spending a Summer outside! See you all at camp!
Hello everyone I am Sabrina and I am super excited to be returning to Camp Wakonda this year as a counselor for my second year! I am a recent Lindenwood University graduate with a degree in secondary education and ready to put some parts of that degree to use while leading clinics this summer. I am super excited to come back this year with more crafts and more stories to drown out the bullfrogs on overnights. Can't wait to see old and new faces this year and to make some new memories!
Hey! My name is Faith and this will be my 4th summer at YMCA Camp Wakonda. I am so excited to see all the returning campers and to meet all the new campers! I am looking forward to all the great new camp memories we are going to make this summer!
Hello everyone, my name is Ryan, and I just recently graduated from high School. I love everything out doors and especially soccer, skateboarding and other sports! This is my first year as a YMCA Camp Wakonda counselor and I am so excited to meet everyone.
Hi, may name is Jesslyn! I am a Junior Elementary Education major at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I am so excited to spend this summer as a counselor at YMCA Camp Waknonda! I loved attending outdoor adventure camp as a kid, and I can't wait to be a part of providing an amazing camp experience for other kids now!