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.

  • 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 or email our Executive Director, Jeremiah Dentz, at jdentz@sheboygancountyymca.org.

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2022 Scarecrow Festival

Saturday, October 8, 2022 and Sunday, October 9, 2022

9:00am - 4:00pm Event Hours; 8:30am-4:30pm Volunteer Hours

Scarecrow Festival is hosted at The Christopher Farm & Gardens with all proceeds going to Camp Y-Koda. This is a family-friendly event with activities and all are invited to attend and purchase tickets to the event. Hundreds of event-goers will partake in free activity offerings and can view the scarecrows throughout the 500-acre property. Activities include: train rides, fishing, rock painting and more. All guests will be parking at Kohler Generators and shuttled to the property to enjoy this safe outdoor event for our community to partake in. 

We are seeking volunteers to work this event and to help out with a variety of tasks during the festival. Tasks include, but not limited too: parking attendants, registration & ticketing table, helping visitors vote for scarecrows, taking photos of the event, activity attendants, helping with fishing, event take-down/clean-up and guest assistance, etc. 

Volunteers can work half days, single days, both days or full days. We kindly ask that all volunteer commit to a minimum of 4 hours for their desired shift however we can be flexible as long as we have advanced notice of the amount of time you can stay or sign up for. 



  • Must be age 14 & older (volunteers under age 14, must be accompanied by an adult)
  • Willingness to work cooperatively with event staff and other volunteers
  • Ability to follow directions and work with minimal supervision. 


If you are interested in volunteering for the event or finding out more information, please contact Kaitlyn Rautmann, Summer Camp Director, at krautmann@sheboygancountyymca.org or call (920) 467-6882. You can also sign up for volunteering using our Google form in the link below! 

Volunteer Sign-Up Form

15th Annual sheboygan river clean-up

Sunday, October 23, 2022 ........... 10:00am - 2:00am

All Ages

The Annual Sheboygan River Clean-up and Festival is coordinated by the Sheboygan River Basin Partnership and Camp Y-Koda. Volunteers are required to pre-register to help collect litter by canoe (Canoes available for use from Camp Y-Koda) or on foot. Once registration is received, volunteers will receive an email which will explain their river assignment and what they should bring. Volunteers will be greeted at their cleanup area by landing hosts. A free lunch and other activities will be at Camp Y-Koda following the event. T-Shirts are available for purchase on the registration forms, which are available at Camp Y-Koda or either of the YMCA's. Proceeds from the T-Shirts will go to the Sheboygan River Basin Partnership. Garbage bags will be provided at the clean-up sites by the landing hosts. 

Volunteer must be 18 years of age or accompanied by an adult. Youth organizations are encouraged to help collect litter on the river or to sign up to be landing hosts for the event. The deadline to register is October 19, 2022.


For more information please contact Sarah Dezwarte at sdezwarte@sheboygancountyymca.org or (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


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 program is to better prepare the participants to be future leaders, in or outof the camp setting. This is done through hands-on experiences, guidance from staff members and, of course, training. Our camp requires all volunteers to partake in the mandatory pre-camp training to learn the expectations and duties of an Assistant Counselor Volunteer. Although it is not required, we highly recommend enrolling into our CIT Camp (June 13 - 17, 2022). 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 representative will contact you for a potential interview and discuss the camp training information.

For all past volunteers who wish to volunteer in 2022, please contact the Summer Camp Director at krautmann@sheboygancountyymca.org for the steps to volunteer again.