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:

Climbing Skills Series #6 | Culminating Skills Practice

Climbing Skills Series #6 | Culminating Skills Practice - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Youth Youth activity: Youth Clubs Parent Skills Series
Part 6 of 6. Clubs parents will be practicing all of the skills they have
Sat, Jun 8, 2024
Prerequisites
1 participant
Registration closes Jun 6
Seattle Branch
Andy Bassett
Climbing Skills Series #6 | Culminating Skills Practice

Climbing Skills Series #6 | Culminating Skills Practice - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Youth Youth activity: Youth Clubs Parent Skills Series
Part 6 of 6. Clubs parents will be practicing all of the skills they have
Sat, Jun 8, 2024
Prerequisites
0 participants
Registration closes Jun 6
Seattle Branch
Andy Bassett
Seattle Pathfinders & Nomads Hike

Seattle Pathfinders & Nomads Hike - Poo Poo Point via Chirico Trail

Youth & Family Youth activity
Spend the day hiking to the famous Poo Poo Point!
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Sun, Jun 9, 2024
Prerequisites
10 participants 1 leader
Registration opens May 1
Seattle Branch
Ziyan Huang
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.
Tue, Jun 11, 2024
Prerequisites
19 participants
Registration closes Jun 9
Seattle Branch
Trenton Bick
Qualified Youth Leader
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.
Tue, Jun 11, 2024
Prerequisites
21 participants
Registration closes Jun 9
Seattle Branch
Trenton Bick
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle Explorers Meeting

Seattle Explorers Meeting - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Youth Youth activity: Explorers
Explorers meet once a month at the Seattle Program Center from 6-8pm
Wed, Jun 12, 2024
Prerequisites
21 participants 10 chaperones
Registration closes Jun 11
Seattle Branch
Trenton Bick
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, Jun 12, 2024
No Prerequisites
7 participants 3 instructors
Registration closes Jun 11
Tacoma Branch
Sarah Holt
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle Junior MAC Meeting

Seattle Junior MAC Meeting - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Youth Youth activity: Junior MAC
Jr. MAC meet once a month at the Seattle Program Center from 6-8pm
Wed, Jun 12, 2024
Prerequisites
18 participants 10 chaperones
Registration closes Jun 11
Seattle Branch
Alvaro Juarez
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle MAC - Intro to Trad Climbing Workshop

Seattle MAC - Intro to Trad Climbing Workshop - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Youth Youth activity: Mountaineers Adventure Club
This skills workshop will cover the basics of trad climbing - placing cams & nuts
Fri, Jun 14, 2024
No Prerequisites
5 participants 1 instructor 4 chaperones
Registration closes Jun 13
Seattle Branch
Zach Jaffe
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle Junior MAC Kayaking

Seattle Junior MAC Kayaking - Skagit & Hope Islands

Youth Youth activity: Junior MAC
Join us for an overnight sea kayak trip! Please note that this location is a
Difficulty: Sea Kayak II
Sat, Jun 15, 2024 - Sun, Jun 16, 2024
Prerequisites
2 participants on waitlist 3 instructors 1 chaperone
Registration closes Jun 13
Seattle Branch
Zach Jaffe
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle MAC - Conditioning Hike - Kendall Katwalk

Seattle MAC - Conditioning Hike - Kendall Katwalk

Youth Youth activity: Mountaineers Adventure Club
If the name Kendall Katwalk conjures up an image of a narrow pathway blasted out
Difficulty: Strenuous
Sat, Jun 15, 2024
Prerequisites
6 participants on waitlist 1 instructor on waitlist 1 chaperone on waitlist
Registration closes Jun 13
Seattle Branch
Stephanie Gilbert
Qualified Youth Leader
SEA Youth Clubs Parents | Climbing Trip

SEA Youth Clubs Parents | Climbing Trip - Mount Erie

Climbing Youth activity: Youth Clubs Parent Skills Series
This is a parent-only day of cragging for youth club parents. This trip has prerequisites.
Sun, Jun 16, 2024
Prerequisites
2 participants on waitlist 0 instructors
Registration closes Jun 14
Seattle Branch
Trenton Bick
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle MAC - Intro to Trad Climbing Workshop

Seattle MAC - Intro to Trad Climbing Workshop - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Youth Youth activity: Mountaineers Adventure Club
This skills workshop will cover the basics of trad climbing - placing cams & nuts
Fri, Jun 21, 2024
No Prerequisites
11 participants 2 instructors 4 chaperones
Registration closes Jun 20
Seattle Branch
Zach Jaffe
Qualified Youth Leader
TAC MAC Alpine Climb

TAC MAC Alpine Climb - Bonanza Peak/Mary Green Glacier

Climbing Field trip: Mountaineers Adventure Club - Tacoma
Karter's leadership climb. This will be a complex and strenuous climb, and will only be
Difficulty: Intermediate Mountaineering Climb
Fri, Jun 21, 2024 - Sun, Jun 23, 2024
No Prerequisites
3 participants 1 instructor
Registration opens Jun 21; Instructor registration open now
Tacoma Branch
Sarah Holt
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle MAC - Conditioning Hike - Mount Townsend

Seattle MAC - Conditioning Hike - Mount Townsend

Youth Youth activity: Mountaineers Adventure Club
Mt. Townsend offers old growth, some tucked away waterfalls, and a windswept, alpine turtleback summit
Difficulty: Strenuous 4, Technical 2, Strenuous
Sat, Jun 22, 2024
Prerequisites
0 participants 0 instructors 1 chaperone on waitlist
Registration closes Jun 27
Seattle Branch
Stephanie Gilbert
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle Pathfinders & Nomads Hike

Seattle Pathfinders & Nomads Hike - Talapus Lake Trail

Day Hiking & Youth Youth activity
Lake hike!
Difficulty: Easy
Sat, Jun 22, 2024
Prerequisites
1 participant 0 leaders
Registration closes Jun 13
Seattle Branch
Zachery Vogt
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle MAC - Multipitch Weekend

Seattle MAC - Multipitch Weekend - Vesper Peak

Youth Youth activity: Mountaineers Adventure Club
Another multi-pitch climbing off of the mountain loop highway for students who have met prerequisites.
Difficulty: Strenuous 3, Technical 3, Intermediate Rock Climb, Strenuous
Sat, Jun 22, 2024 - Sun, Jun 23, 2024
No Prerequisites
0 participants 1 instructor
Registration closes Jun 20
Seattle Branch
Alvaro Juarez
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle Junior MAC Hike - Navaho Pass & Peak

Seattle Junior MAC Hike - Navaho Pass & Peak

Youth Youth activity: Junior MAC
Join us for a day of hiking!
Difficulty: *Varies*, Strenuous, Strenuous 3, Strenuous 5, Technical 2
Sun, Jun 23, 2024
Prerequisites
3 participants on waitlist 1 chaperone on waitlist
Registration closes Jun 21
Seattle Branch
Dragana Lassiter
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle Pathfinders & Nomads Climbing

Seattle Pathfinders & Nomads Climbing - Mount Erie

Youth Youth activity
Sun, Jun 23, 2024
Prerequisites
1 participant 1 leader
Registration closes Jun 14
Seattle Branch
Trenton Bick
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, Jun 26, 2024
Prerequisites
9 participants
Registration closes Jun 24
Seattle Branch
Alvaro Juarez
Qualified Youth Leader
TAC MAC Climbing/Camping Trip - Leavenworth

TAC MAC Climbing/Camping Trip - Leavenworth

Youth Field trip: Mountaineers Adventure Club - Tacoma
Practice our climbing and rope skills, with car camping
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Thu, Jun 27, 2024 - Fri, Jun 28, 2024
No Prerequisites
6 participants 1 instructor
Registration closes Jun 25
Tacoma Branch
Sarah Holt
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle Explorers & Jr. MAC Climbing

Seattle Explorers & Jr. MAC Climbing - Exit 38

Youth Youth activity
Thu, Jun 27, 2024
Prerequisites
9 participants 0 leaders
Registration closes Jun 25
Seattle Branch
Trenton Bick
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle MAC - Intro to Trad Climbing Workshop

Seattle MAC - Intro to Trad Climbing Workshop - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Youth Youth activity: Mountaineers Adventure Club
This skills workshop will cover the basics of trad climbing - placing cams & nuts
Fri, Jun 28, 2024
No Prerequisites
10 participants 1 instructor 4 chaperones
Registration closes Jun 26
Seattle Branch
Alvaro Juarez
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle Explorers & Jr. MAC Backpack

Seattle Explorers & Jr. MAC Backpack - Thunder Creek

Youth Youth activity
Difficulty: Easy
Sat, Jun 29, 2024 - Sun, Jun 30, 2024
Prerequisites
2 participants on waitlist
Registration closes Jun 20
Seattle Branch
Trenton Bick
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle MAC - Alpine Scramble

Seattle MAC - Alpine Scramble - Mount St. Helens/Monitor Ridge

Youth Youth activity: Mountaineers Adventure Club
Join MAC for a scramble of a peak or summit in the Cascades which includes
Difficulty: Strenuous 4, Technical 2
Sat, Jun 29, 2024 - Sun, Jun 30, 2024
No Prerequisites
1 participant 0 instructors 2 chaperones
Registration closes Jun 27
Seattle Branch
CeCe V
Qualified Youth Leader
Stevens Lodge Day - Stevens Lodge

Stevens Lodge Day - Stevens Lodge

Youth Youth activity: Summer Camp - Stevens Lodge Week 2
Spend the day at Stevens Lodge during the camp week.
Mon, Jul 1, 2024
No Prerequisites
19 participants 8 instructors
Registration closes Jun 29
Seattle Branch
Tailor Dolgin
Qualified Youth Leader
Stevens Lodge Day - Stevens Lodge

Stevens Lodge Day - Stevens Lodge

Youth Youth activity: Summer Camp - Stevens Lodge Week 2
Spend the day at Stevens Lodge during the camp week.
Tue, Jul 2, 2024
No Prerequisites
19 participants 8 instructors
Registration closes Jul 1
Seattle Branch
Tailor Dolgin
Qualified Youth Leader
Stevens Lodge Day - Stevens Lodge

Stevens Lodge Day - Stevens Lodge

Youth Youth activity: Summer Camp - Stevens Lodge Week 2
Spend the day at Stevens Lodge during the camp week.
Wed, Jul 3, 2024
No Prerequisites
19 participants 8 instructors
Registration closes Jul 2
Seattle Branch
Tailor Dolgin
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, Jul 3, 2024
No Prerequisites
7 participants 3 instructors
Registration closes Jul 2
Tacoma Branch
Sarah Holt
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle Junior MAC Meeting

Seattle Junior MAC Meeting - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Youth Youth activity: Junior MAC
Jr. MAC meet once a month at the Seattle Program Center from 6-8pm
Wed, Jul 3, 2024
Prerequisites
22 participants 11 chaperones
Registration closes Jul 2
Seattle Branch
Alvaro Juarez
Qualified Youth Leader