Volunteer with Youth Programs

Thinking about getting involved in Youth Programs? Fantastic! The Mountaineers run a variety of programs designed to foster a love of the outdoors. We are always looking for volunteers who are excited about sharing their skills and being mentors. Find out about types of programs, volunteer requirements, and current opportunities!

 

Programs where we need your help

Partner Programs 

The Mountaineers offers a variety of custom partner programs, called Mountain Workshops, for  youth serving organizations. Mountain Workshops are single or multi-day experiences designed in collaboration with partner organizations to meet the educational goals of their group. Programs happen mid-week, on weekends, and in the evenings, and need volunteers to help belay, teach basic first aid, navigation, outdoor cooking, and much more. It's easy, fun, low-commitment, and very rewarding. 

 Summer Camp

Mountaineers summer campers ages 6–12 spend their days climbing, swimming, learning outdoor curriculum, completing stewardship projects, and exploring the great PNW. Volunteers are invited to belay campers every Friday morning from 9:30am–12:00pm. It's a fun, easy way to connect with campers and give back to The Mountaineers community.

  year-round Youth Clubs

Join youth ages 6–13 outside all year long in the full array of outdoor activities offered by The Mountaineers. Get involved by helping belay at a skills workshop, or teach backpacking basics, navigation, or how to cook a favorite camping meal at a monthly meeting for our families.   

Hoping to help out with our Teen Club? Head on over to the Seattle Mountaineers Adventure Club (MAC) page to learn more. 

Ready to jump in? Click on an activity, choose register an instructor on the right side, and sign up for the activity. If you have any questions contact the event lead listed.

 

Upcoming Activities:

Seattle Pathfinders & Nomads Hike - Lord Hill Regional Park

Seattle Pathfinders & Nomads Hike - Lord Hill Regional Park

Youth Youth activity
Let's forage some spring edibles! Nomads and Pathfinders will learn about ethical harvesting and harvest
Sun, Apr 14, 2024
Prerequisites
0 participants
Seattle Branch
Dragana Lassiter
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle MAC - Crevasse Rescue Workshop

Seattle MAC - Crevasse Rescue Workshop - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Youth Youth activity: Mountaineers Adventure Club
Skill building day at the Program Center to learn crevasse rescue techniques including the "drop-C"
Sun, Apr 14, 2024
Prerequisites
4 participants 1 instructor 2 chaperones
Registration closed Apr 12
Seattle Branch
Alvaro Juarez
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle Jr. MAC | Lead Climbing Skills Workshop

Seattle Jr. MAC | Lead Climbing Skills Workshop - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Youth Youth activity: Junior MAC
This is a skills workshop for Jr. MACers interested in learning to lead climb and
Tue, Apr 16, 2024
Prerequisites
8 participants 5 chaperones
Registration closed Mar 31
Seattle Branch
Trenton Bick
Qualified Youth Leader
After-School Program Day - Pathfinders

After-School Program Day - Pathfinders - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Youth Youth activity: After School - Pathfinders - Spring
A typical day of after-school programming for Pathfinders!
Tue, Apr 16, 2024
No Prerequisites
12 participants 3 instructors
Registration closes Apr 16
Seattle Branch
Claire Munro
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle Explorers | Lead Climbing Skills Workshop

Seattle Explorers | Lead Climbing Skills Workshop - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Climbing Lecture: Explorers
This is a skills workshop for Explorers interested in learning to lead climb and belay.
Tue, Apr 16, 2024
Prerequisites
9 participants 5 chaperones
Registration closed Mar 31
Seattle Branch
Trenton Bick
Qualified Youth Leader
After-School Program Day - Explorers

After-School Program Day - Explorers - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Youth Youth activity: After School - Explorers - Spring
A typical day of after-school programming for Explorers!
Thu, Apr 18, 2024
No Prerequisites
12 participants 3 instructors
Registration closes Apr 18
Seattle Branch
Claire Munro
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle Academy - Climbing

Seattle Academy - Climbing - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Climbing & Youth Field trip: Mountain Workshop - Seattle Academy
Students from the Seattle Academy will join The Mountaineers over the course of the fall
Thu, Apr 18, 2024
No Prerequisites
0 participants 4 instructors
Registration closes Apr 17
Seattle Branch
Kristina Cirillo
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle MAC - Crevasse Rescue Skills Practice Night

Seattle MAC - Crevasse Rescue Skills Practice Night - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Youth Youth activity: Mountaineers Adventure Club
An evening practice session focusing on crevasse rescue & raising systems, to complement our full
Thu, Apr 18, 2024
Prerequisites
4 participants on waitlist 0 instructors 3 chaperones
Registration closes Apr 16
Seattle Branch
Alvaro Juarez
Qualified Youth Leader

Seattle MAC Skills Night

Seattle MAC Skills Night

Apr 18, 2024
06:00 PM to 08:30 PM
Seattle Program Center
7700 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115

Basement: Friction Slabs, Basement: North Bay, Basement: Overhanging Wall, Basement: South Bay, Basement: Vertical Wall, Goodman C, Goodman C: Ice Walls, Goodman C: Rock Walls
Seattle Pathfinders Climb Night

Seattle Pathfinders Climb Night - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Youth Youth activity: Pathfinders
Youth Programs open the climbing wall to students and families.
Fri, Apr 19, 2024
Prerequisites
10 participants 1 instructor
Registration closes Apr 18
Seattle Branch
Trenton Bick
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle Nomads Climb Night

Seattle Nomads Climb Night - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Youth Youth activity: Nomads
Youth Programs open the climbing wall to students and families.
Fri, Apr 19, 2024
Prerequisites
22 participants 12 chaperones
Registration closes Apr 18
Seattle Branch
Trenton Bick
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle Explorers & Jr. MAC Climbing

Seattle Explorers & Jr. MAC Climbing - Vantage (Frenchman Coulee)

Youth Youth activity
A day of cragging for Explorers / Jr MAC.
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sat, Apr 20, 2024
Prerequisites
2 participants 0 leaders
Registration closes Apr 18
Seattle Branch
Matt Davey
Qualified Youth Leader
SEA Youth Clubs Parents | Climbing Trip

SEA Youth Clubs Parents | Climbing Trip - Vantage (Frenchman Coulee)

Climbing Youth activity: Youth Clubs Parent Skills Series
This is a parent-only day of cragging for youth club parents. This trip has prerequisites.
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sat, Apr 20, 2024
Prerequisites
3 participants 0 instructors
Registration closes Apr 18
Seattle Branch
Trenton Bick
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle MAC - Snow 1 Field Trip

Seattle MAC - Snow 1 Field Trip - Alpental Backcountry

Youth Youth activity: Mountaineers Adventure Club
The first snow skills field trip for MAC. Covering glacier travel basics - ice-ax self
Sat, Apr 20, 2024
Prerequisites
0 participants 1 instructor 2 chaperones
Registration closes Apr 18
Seattle Branch
Alvaro Juarez
Qualified Youth Leader
Pierce County Parks - Climbing

Pierce County Parks - Climbing - Mountaineers Tacoma Program Center

Climbing Youth activity: Mountain Workshop - Pierce County Parks
Climbing clinics for youth through Pierce County Parks
Sat, Apr 20, 2024
No Prerequisites
11 participants
Registration closed Mar 1
Tacoma Branch
RyAnn Peverley
Seattle Explorers Hike

Seattle Explorers Hike - Lily & Lizard Lakes

Youth Youth activity: Explorers
Join us for a day of hiking!
Difficulty: Moderate
Sun, Apr 21, 2024
Prerequisites
6 participants 3 chaperones
Registration closes Apr 19
Seattle Branch
Trenton Bick
Qualified Youth Leader
TAC MAC Scramble

TAC MAC Scramble - Mount Ellinor (winter)

Scrambling Field trip: Mountaineers Adventure Club - Tacoma
Scrambling outing for MAC Tacoma students
Difficulty: Technical 3, Strenuous 3
Sun, Apr 21, 2024
No Prerequisites
5 participants 0 instructors 1 chaperone
Registration closes Apr 19
Tacoma Branch
Kevin DeFields
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle Junior MAC Climbing

Seattle Junior MAC Climbing - Vantage (Frenchman Coulee)

Youth Youth activity: Junior MAC
Join us for a day of climbing at a local crag!
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sun, Apr 21, 2024
Prerequisites
2 participants on waitlist 0 chaperones
Registration closes Apr 19
Seattle Branch
Zach Jaffe
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle MAC - Multi-Pitch Skills Workshop

Seattle MAC - Multi-Pitch Skills Workshop - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Youth Youth activity: Mountaineers Adventure Club
Skill building day at The Mountaineers to learn multi-pitch systems. This skill is a prerequisite
Sun, Apr 21, 2024
No Prerequisites
3 participants 1 instructor 4 chaperones
Registration closes Apr 19
Seattle Branch
Zach Jaffe
Qualified Youth Leader

Seattle MAC Rock Field Trip - Multipitch

Skills workshop for MAC students.

Apr 21, 2024
09:00 AM to 03:00 PM
Seattle Program Center
7700 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115

Basement: Overhanging Wall, Basement: Vertical Wall, Goodman B, Goodman C, Goodman C: Ice Walls, Goodman C: Rock Walls, South Plaza: Climbing Wall East Side, South Plaza: Climbing Wall West Side
After-School Program Day - Pathfinders

After-School Program Day - Pathfinders - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Youth Youth activity: After School - Pathfinders - Spring
A typical day of after-school programming for Pathfinders!
Tue, Apr 23, 2024
No Prerequisites
12 participants 3 instructors
Registration closes Apr 23
Seattle Branch
Claire Munro
Qualified Youth Leader
TAC MAC Skills Night

TAC MAC Skills Night - Mountaineers Tacoma Program Center

Youth Youth activity: Mountaineers Adventure Club - Tacoma
MAC Meeting and Skills Practice
Wed, Apr 24, 2024
No Prerequisites
5 participants 3 instructors
Registration closes Apr 23
Tacoma Branch
Sarah Holt
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle MAC - Student Leadership Team Meeting

Seattle MAC - Student Leadership Team Meeting - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Youth Youth activity: Mountaineers Adventure Club
The elected MAC student leadership team meets monthly on the last or 2nd to last
Wed, Apr 24, 2024
Prerequisites
6 participants
Registration closes Apr 22
Seattle Branch
Alvaro Juarez
Qualified Youth Leader
After-School Program Day - Explorers

After-School Program Day - Explorers - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Youth Youth activity: After School - Explorers - Spring
A typical day of after-school programming for Explorers!
Thu, Apr 25, 2024
No Prerequisites
12 participants 3 instructors
Registration closes Apr 25
Seattle Branch
Claire Munro
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle Pathfinders & Nomads Backpacking

Seattle Pathfinders & Nomads Backpacking - Ancient Lake

Backpacking & Youth Youth activity
Difficulty: *Varies*
Sat, Apr 27, 2024 - Sun, Apr 28, 2024
Prerequisites
15 participants on waitlist
Registration closed Mar 28
Seattle Branch
Trenton Bick
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle MAC - Snow 1 Field Trip

Seattle MAC - Snow 1 Field Trip - Paradise

Youth Youth activity: Mountaineers Adventure Club
The first snow skills field trip for MAC. Covering glacier travel basics - ice-ax self
Difficulty: Easy, Easy/Moderate
Sat, Apr 27, 2024 - Sun, Apr 28, 2024
Prerequisites
2 participants 0 instructors 3 chaperones
Registration closes Apr 19
Seattle Branch
Alvaro Juarez
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle MAC - Conditioning Hike

Seattle MAC - Conditioning Hike - Granite Creek Trail

Youth Youth activity: Mountaineers Adventure Club
A conditioning hike to help prepare and train for backpack trips, longer backpack trips, glacier
Difficulty: Moderate
Sat, Apr 27, 2024
Prerequisites
0 participants 0 instructors 1 chaperone
Registration closes Apr 25
Seattle Branch
Felix Klebe
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle Explorers & Jr. MAC Hike - Lake 22

Seattle Explorers & Jr. MAC Hike - Lake 22

Family & Youth Youth activity
We'll embark on a family adventure to discover the enchanting Lake 22! Nestled on the
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Sun, Apr 28, 2024
Prerequisites
1 participant
Registration closes Apr 25
Seattle Branch
Zuzana Regan
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle Pathfinders & Nomads Hike - Icicle Ridge

Seattle Pathfinders & Nomads Hike - Icicle Ridge

Youth Youth activity
Pathfinders and Nomads will go on a wildflower hike to Icicle Ridge. The climb will
Difficulty: Moderate
Sun, Apr 28, 2024
Prerequisites
6 participants
Registration closes Apr 26
Seattle Branch
Dragana Lassiter
Qualified Youth Leader
After-School Program Day - Pathfinders

After-School Program Day - Pathfinders - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Youth Youth activity: After School - Pathfinders - Spring
A typical day of after-school programming for Pathfinders!
Tue, Apr 30, 2024
No Prerequisites
12 participants 3 instructors
Registration closes Apr 30
Seattle Branch
Claire Munro
Qualified Youth Leader