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:

TAC MAC Climbing/Camping Trip - Klipchuck Campground

TAC MAC Climbing/Camping Trip - Klipchuck Campground

Youth Field trip: Mountaineers Adventure Club - Tacoma
Big summer trip! Cragging in Mazama, alpine climbs at WA Pass, multi-pitches on Goat Wall,
Sun, Jul 7, 2024 - Sun, Jul 14, 2024
No Prerequisites
15 participants 5 instructors 3 chaperones
Registration closes Jul 5
Tacoma Branch
Sarah Holt
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle MAC - Summer Trip!

Seattle MAC - Summer Trip! - Squamish

Youth Youth activity: Mountaineers Adventure Club
Each year, MAC goes on a 10-day long car camping, rock/alpine/glacier climbing, hiking, backpacking, and
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Mon, Jul 8, 2024 - Thu, Jul 18, 2024
No Prerequisites
25 participants 11 instructors 6 chaperones
Registration closes Jul 6
Seattle Branch
Alvaro Juarez
Qualified Youth Leader
Stevens Lodge Day - Stevens Lodge

Stevens Lodge Day - Stevens Lodge

Youth Youth activity: Summer Camp - Stevens Lodge Week 3
Spend the day at Stevens Lodge during the camp week.
Mon, Jul 8, 2024
No Prerequisites
11 participants 8 instructors
Registration closes Jul 6
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 3
Spend the day at Stevens Lodge during the camp week.
Tue, Jul 9, 2024
No Prerequisites
11 participants 8 instructors
Registration closes Jul 8
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 3
Spend the day at Stevens Lodge during the camp week.
Wed, Jul 10, 2024
No Prerequisites
11 participants 8 instructors
Registration closes Jul 9
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 3
Spend the day at Stevens Lodge during the camp week.
Thu, Jul 11, 2024
No Prerequisites
11 participants 8 instructors
Registration closes Jul 10
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 3
Spend the day at Stevens Lodge during the camp week.
Fri, Jul 12, 2024
No Prerequisites
11 participants 8 instructors
Registration closes Jul 11
Seattle Branch
Tailor Dolgin
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.
Sat, Jul 13, 2024
Prerequisites
9 participants 1 instructor
Registration closes Jul 12
Seattle Branch
Trenton Bick
Qualified Youth Leader
Stevens Lodge Day - Stevens Lodge

Stevens Lodge Day - Stevens Lodge

Youth Youth activity: Summer Camp - Stevens Lodge Week 4
Spend the day at Stevens Lodge during the camp week.
Mon, Jul 15, 2024
No Prerequisites
5 participants 8 instructors
Registration closes Jul 13
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 4
Spend the day at Stevens Lodge during the camp week.
Tue, Jul 16, 2024
No Prerequisites
5 participants 8 instructors
Registration closes Jul 15
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 4
Spend the day at Stevens Lodge during the camp week.
Wed, Jul 17, 2024
No Prerequisites
5 participants 8 instructors
Registration closes Jul 16
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 4
Spend the day at Stevens Lodge during the camp week.
Thu, Jul 18, 2024
No Prerequisites
5 participants 8 instructors
Registration closes Jul 17
Seattle Branch
Tailor Dolgin
Qualified Youth Leader
TAC MAC Alpine Climb - Mount Baker/Coleman Glacier

TAC MAC Alpine Climb - Mount Baker/Coleman Glacier

Youth Field trip: Mountaineers Adventure Club - Tacoma
Alpine climb for Tacoma MAC Students. Georgia's leadership climb
Difficulty: Technical 3, Strenuous 3, Basic Glacier Climb
Thu, Jul 18, 2024 - Fri, Jul 19, 2024
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
9 participants 2 instructors
Registration opens Jun 1; Instructor registration open now
Tacoma Branch
Sarah Holt
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle Pathfinders Summer Trip!

Seattle Pathfinders Summer Trip! - Squamish

Youth Youth activity: Pathfinders
Join the Pathfinders (and Nomads) on a 4 day trip to Squamish!
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Fri, Jul 19, 2024 - Mon, Jul 22, 2024
Prerequisites
0 participants 2 instructors 4 chaperones
Registration closes Jul 18
Seattle Branch
Trenton Bick
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle Nomads Summer Trip!

Seattle Nomads Summer Trip! - Squamish

Youth Youth activity: Nomads
Join the Nomads (and Pathfinders) on a 4 day trip to Squamish!
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Fri, Jul 19, 2024 - Mon, Jul 22, 2024
Prerequisites
0 participants 0 instructors 6 chaperones
Registration closes Jul 18
Seattle Branch
Trenton Bick
Qualified Youth Leader
Stevens Lodge Day - Stevens Lodge

Stevens Lodge Day - Stevens Lodge

Youth Youth activity: Summer Camp - Stevens Lodge Week 4
Spend the day at Stevens Lodge during the camp week.
Fri, Jul 19, 2024
No Prerequisites
5 participants 8 instructors
Registration closes Jul 18
Seattle Branch
Tailor Dolgin
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle Explorers Summer Trip!

Seattle Explorers Summer Trip! - Squamish

Youth Youth activity: Explorers
Join the Explorers (and Jr. MACers) on a 5 day trip to Squamish!
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Mon, Jul 22, 2024 - Sun, Jul 28, 2024
Prerequisites
1 participant on waitlist 0 instructors 0 chaperones
Registration closes Jul 20
Seattle Branch
Trenton Bick
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle Junior MAC Summer Trip!

Seattle Junior MAC Summer Trip! - Squamish

Youth Youth activity: Junior MAC
Join the Jr. MACers (and Explorers) on a 5 day trip to Squamish!
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Mon, Jul 22, 2024 - Sun, Jul 28, 2024
Prerequisites
4 participants 1 instructor on waitlist 4 chaperones
Registration closes Jul 20
Seattle Branch
Zach Jaffe
Qualified Youth Leader
TAC MAC Alpine Climb - Mount Olympus/Blue Glacier

TAC MAC Alpine Climb - Mount Olympus/Blue Glacier

Youth Field trip: Mountaineers Adventure Club - Tacoma
Luna's leadership climb. Participants should be ready for three long days in the mountains!
Difficulty: Technical 3, Strenuous 4, Basic Glacier Climb
Sat, Jul 27, 2024 - Mon, Jul 29, 2024
No Prerequisites
8 participants 2 instructors
Registration opens Jul 1; Instructor registration open now
Tacoma Branch
Sarah Holt
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 31, 2024
No Prerequisites
7 participants 3 instructors
Registration closes Jul 30
Tacoma Branch
Sarah Holt
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle Explorers Backpack - Yellow Aster Butte

Seattle Explorers Backpack - Yellow Aster Butte

Youth Youth activity: Explorers
Join us for a weekend of backpacking!
Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous
Sat, Aug 3, 2024 - Sun, Aug 4, 2024
Prerequisites
2 participants on waitlist 1 chaperone on waitlist
Registration closes Aug 1
Seattle Branch
Dragana Lassiter
Qualified Youth Leader
Baker Lodge Day

Baker Lodge Day - Baker Lodge

Youth Youth activity: Summer Camp - Baker Lodge Teen Week
spend the day at Baker Lodge during camp.
Mon, Aug 5, 2024
No Prerequisites
17 participants 8 instructors
Registration closes Aug 3
Seattle Branch
Tailor Dolgin
Qualified Youth Leader
Baker Lodge Day

Baker Lodge Day - Baker Lodge

Youth Youth activity: Summer Camp - Baker Lodge Teen Week
spend the day at Baker Lodge during camp.
Tue, Aug 6, 2024
No Prerequisites
17 participants 8 instructors
Registration closes Aug 5
Seattle Branch
Tailor Dolgin
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle Junior MAC Summer Party

Seattle Junior MAC Summer Party - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Youth Youth activity: Junior MAC
Join all of the club members for an end of summer celebration!
Tue, Aug 6, 2024
Prerequisites
8 participants 7 chaperones
Registration closes Aug 4
Seattle Branch
Alvaro Juarez
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle Explorers Summer Party

Seattle Explorers Summer Party - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Youth Youth activity: Explorers
Join all of the club members for an end of summer celebration!
Tue, Aug 6, 2024
Prerequisites
28 participants 9 chaperones
Registration opens Mar 27
Seattle Branch
Alvaro Juarez
Qualified Youth Leader
Baker Lodge Day

Baker Lodge Day - Baker Lodge

Youth Youth activity: Summer Camp - Baker Lodge Teen Week
spend the day at Baker Lodge during camp.
Wed, Aug 7, 2024
No Prerequisites
17 participants 8 instructors
Registration closes Aug 6
Seattle Branch
Tailor Dolgin
Qualified Youth Leader
Baker Lodge Day

Baker Lodge Day - Baker Lodge

Youth Youth activity: Summer Camp - Baker Lodge Teen Week
spend the day at Baker Lodge during camp.
Thu, Aug 8, 2024
No Prerequisites
17 participants 8 instructors
Registration closes Aug 7
Seattle Branch
Tailor Dolgin
Qualified Youth Leader
Baker Lodge Day

Baker Lodge Day - Baker Lodge

Youth Youth activity: Summer Camp - Baker Lodge Teen Week
spend the day at Baker Lodge during camp.
Fri, Aug 9, 2024
No Prerequisites
17 participants 8 instructors
Registration closes Aug 8
Seattle Branch
Tailor Dolgin
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle MAC - Alpine Climb

Seattle MAC - Alpine Climb - Eldorado Peak/Inspiration Glacier

Youth Youth activity: Mountaineers Adventure Club
An Alpine Climb lead by volunteers and/or staff for MAC! This trip has prerequisites. See
Difficulty: Basic Glacier Climb, Strenuous 3, Technical 2
Sat, Aug 10, 2024 - Sun, Aug 11, 2024
No Prerequisites
0 participants 1 instructor
Registration closes Aug 8
Seattle Branch
Alvaro Juarez
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle Pathfinders Backpack - Dewey Lake via Naches Peak Loop

Seattle Pathfinders Backpack - Dewey Lake via Naches Peak Loop

Backpacking Youth activity: Pathfinders
Join us for a night of backpacking!
Difficulty: Moderate
Sat, Aug 10, 2024 - Sun, Aug 11, 2024
Prerequisites
4 participants on waitlist 3 chaperones on waitlist
Registration closes Aug 8
Seattle Branch
Dragana Lassiter
Qualified Youth Leader