Volunteer with Us

At YMCA Camp Y-Koda a volunteer's time and talent can go a long way to help a child, the community and the environment.

Volunteers come from all walks of life but they share a common trait - wanting to make a difference.  Students, corporations, families, camp alumni, youth, outdoor enthusiasts, and community members all have something to offer. 

Sometimes the most valuable gift that one can give is the gift of time. Camp Y-Koda welcomes volunteers of all ages, and has many volunteer opportunities to match your passion, skills and schedule.

There are many personal benefits to volunteering. Volunteers often experience improvement in feeling a sense of purpose and meaning, time management, mood and heart health. Volunteering also helps to reduce stress, promotes personal growth and self-esteem, helps us live longer, brings people together and strengthens the community.

Year Round Volunteer Opportunities at Camp Y-Koda include:

  • Help maintain camp, build new facilities, improve existing facilities, landscape projects and much more.... 
  • Fundraising events
  • Administrative tasks
  • Promote camp in your local schools & community
  • Camp Board of Directors and committee members
  • Assist with leading activities

Ready to make a difference that will impact generations to come? To inquire about volunteering please call us at 920-467-6882 ext.: 307 or email our Director of Community Engagement at hnitsch@sheboygancountyymca.org.




Our 2021 Scarecrow Festival is approaching us soon and we need your help! The festival is hosted at The Christopher Farm & Gardens and is on both Saturday October 9th and Sunday October 10th from 9:00am-4:00pm. We have many different ways you can be involved and a number of volunteer tasks that we need help with. To learn more and to sign up to volunteer for the event, please click on the link below. 

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If you have any questions or would like to receive more information, please contact Heather Nitsch, Director of Community Engagement, at hnitsch@sheboygancountyymca.org or call (920) 467-6882. 

Invasive Species

Are you looking for some volunteer hours? Join invasive species expert Steve Klock for a few hours each week identifying and removing invasive species from our public lands. 

Get your hands dirty and do some good as we work to rid our community of invasive species. This program is free. You can pick and choose when you want to work. It is a great opportunity to make friends in a safe outdoor work atmosphere! 

Interested? Contact Sarah Dezwarte at (920) 467-6882 or sdezwarte@sheboygancountyymca.org



Summer Camp Assistant Counselor Volunteer Program

Age 14 & Older

The Assistant Counselor Volunteer Program offers countless opportunities to interact with children, lead activities and participate in camp programs. Volunteers fulfill many different roles at camp. Volunteers must have a sincere desire to become strong leaders, a wish to give back to the camp community, a strong work ethic, lots of energy and creativity, a positive attitude and the ability to put children's needs ahead of their own.


The objective of this volunteer program is to better prepare the participants to be future leaders, in or outof the camp setting. This is done through hands-onexperiences, guidance from staff members and, of course, training. Our camp requires all volunteers to partake in the mandatory pre-camp trainingto learn the expectations and duties of an Assistant Counselor Volunteer. Although it is not required, we highly recommend enrolling into our CIT Camp (June 14-18, 2021). In the CIT Camp, our participants will receive the mandatory pre-camp training and in addition learn ice breakers & games, communication & teamwork, and themission of the YMCA and Camp Y-Koda. More information about the CIT camp can be found in our summer camp brochure



  1. Complete our volunteer application form, which contains general & essay-style questions, recommendation forms, and the character contract.
  2. Once completed, email your  application to Kaitlyn, Summer Camp Director at krautmann@sheboygancountyymca.org OR drop/mail the form to Camp Y-Koda at our address.
  3. Once your application has been reviewed, a represenative will contact you for a potential interview and discuss the camp training information.

For all past volunteers who wish to volunteer in 2021, please contact the Summer Camp Director at krautmann@sheboygancountyymca.org for the steps to volunteer again. 



The Camper Council is composed of youth participants that are between ages 13-17. If interested in applying, please remember that you are making a commitment to Camp Y-Koda for as long as you are a member, and are expected to contribute your time and skill. It is a volunteer opportunity and out of camp time will be required as well. Members will have the opportunity to assist in the planning and preparation of the 2022 Summer Camp Program. Throughout the year the council will additionally work behind the scenes of off-season youth prorams and within the summer season by, but not limited to: assisting the counselors and camp groups, fundraisers, sell items at the camp store, designing & organizing the camp apparel and store merchandise, serving the community, learn about practice and leadership, and much more. 

To be considered, applicants must be 13-17 years old with a passion and sincere desire for the community and programs of Camp Y-Koda. Applicants must have previously attended Camp Y-Koda's Summer Camp program to be considered. Each council member's term turns from October 2021-August 2022 and meet once a month, with additional requirements. 

Council Roles Available: 

  • President, must be 16 years or older to apply
  • Vice President, must be 16 years or older to apply
  • Secretary, must be 14 years or older to apply
  • Treasurer, must be 14 years or older to apply
  • General Members - positions still available!

To receive the application packet and more information, please contact our Summer Camp Director, Kaitlyn, at krautmann@sheboygancountyymca.org.