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 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!
Wed, Aug 7, 2024
Prerequisites
9 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!
Wed, Aug 7, 2024
Prerequisites
26 participants 9 chaperones
Registration closes Aug 4
Seattle Branch
Alvaro Juarez
Qualified Youth Leader
Baker Lodge Day

Baker Lodge Day - Artist Point

Youth Youth activity: Summer Camp - Baker Lodge Teen Week
spend the day at Baker Lodge during camp.
Difficulty: Moderate, M1 Intremediate Ski
Thu, Aug 8, 2024
No Prerequisites
9 participants 9 instructors
Registration closes Aug 7
Seattle Branch
Leslie Gobel
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle Explorers & Jr. MAC Climbing

Seattle Explorers & Jr. MAC Climbing - Mazama

Youth Youth activity
We will be climbing and doing some stewardship work!
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Fri, Aug 9, 2024 - Sun, Aug 11, 2024
Prerequisites
9 participants 3 leaders
Registration closes Aug 7
Seattle Branch
Trenton Bick
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
9 participants 9 instructors
Registration closes Aug 8
Seattle Branch
Leslie Gobel
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
5 participants 2 instructors
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
3 participants on waitlist 2 chaperones on waitlist
Registration closes Aug 8
Seattle Branch
Dragana Lassiter
Qualified Youth Leader
TAC MAC Scramble

TAC MAC Scramble - Cadet Peak

Youth Field trip: Mountaineers Adventure Club - Tacoma
Audrey's leadership trip. We will try to get a second summit on the second day.
Difficulty: Strenuous 5, Technical 4
Tue, Aug 13, 2024 - Wed, Aug 14, 2024
No Prerequisites
8 participants 2 instructors
Registration opens Jul 1; Instructor registration open now
Tacoma Branch
Sarah Holt
Qualified Youth Leader
Baker Lodge Day - Baker Lodge

Baker Lodge Day - Baker Lodge

Youth Youth activity: Summer Camp - Baker Lodge Week 2
spend the day at Baker Lodge during camp.
Tue, Aug 13, 2024
No Prerequisites
15 participants 9 instructors
Registration closes Aug 11
Seattle Branch
Leslie Gobel
Qualified Youth Leader
Baker Lodge Day - Heliotrope Ridge and Lower Coleman Glacier & Seracs

Baker Lodge Day - Heliotrope Ridge and Lower Coleman Glacier & Seracs

Youth Youth activity: Summer Camp - Baker Lodge Week 2
spend the day at Baker Lodge during camp.
Wed, Aug 14, 2024
No Prerequisites
15 participants 9 instructors
Registration closes Aug 13
Seattle Branch
Leslie Gobel
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle MAC Climbing Trip

Seattle MAC Climbing Trip - Mazama

Youth Youth activity: Mountaineers Adventure Club
A single-day or overnight cragging trip. This trip has prerequisites. See leaders notes for details.
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Wed, Aug 14, 2024 - Sun, Aug 18, 2024
No Prerequisites
3 participants on waitlist 0 instructors 1 chaperone
Registration closes Aug 12
Seattle Branch
Zach Jaffe
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle Pathfinders & Nomads Backpacking

Seattle Pathfinders & Nomads Backpacking - Lake Angeles

Youth Youth activity
Difficulty: Moderate
Thu, Aug 15, 2024 - Sat, Aug 17, 2024
Prerequisites
5 participants
Registration closes Aug 13
Seattle Branch
Trenton Bick
Qualified Youth Leader
Baker Lodge Day - Lake Whatcom Park

Baker Lodge Day - Lake Whatcom Park

Youth Youth activity: Summer Camp - Baker Lodge Week 2
spend the day at Baker Lodge during camp.
Difficulty: Easy, Moderate
Thu, Aug 15, 2024
No Prerequisites
15 participants 9 instructors
Registration closes Aug 14
Seattle Branch
Leslie Gobel
Qualified Youth Leader
Baker Lodge Day - Baker Lodge

Baker Lodge Day - Baker Lodge

Youth Youth activity: Summer Camp - Baker Lodge Week 2
spend the day at Baker Lodge during camp.
Fri, Aug 16, 2024
No Prerequisites
15 participants 9 instructors
Registration closes Aug 15
Seattle Branch
Leslie Gobel
Qualified Youth Leader
Baker Lodge Day

Baker Lodge Day - Baker Lodge

Youth Youth activity: Summer Camp - Baker Lodge Week 3
spend the day at Baker Lodge during camp.
Mon, Aug 19, 2024
No Prerequisites
0 participants 9 instructors
Registration closes Aug 17
Seattle Branch
Leslie Gobel
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle Tennis & Education Foundation - Climbing

Seattle Tennis & Education Foundation - Climbing - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Youth & Climbing Youth activity: Mountain Workshop - The Seattle Tennis and Education Foundation
Participants from the Seattle Tennis and Education Foundation will join us for a day of
Tue, Aug 20, 2024
No Prerequisites
0 participants 7 instructors
Registration closed Mar 21
Seattle Branch
Kristina Cirillo
Qualified Youth Leader
Pierce County Parks - Climbing

Pierce County Parks - Climbing - Mountaineers Tacoma Program Center

Climbing Youth activity: Partner Program - Pierce County Parks
Climbing clinics for youth through Pierce County Parks
Tue, Aug 20, 2024
No Prerequisites
11 participants
Registration closes Aug 18
Tacoma Branch
RyAnn Peverley
Baker Lodge Day

Baker Lodge Day - Heliotrope Ridge and Lower Coleman Glacier & Seracs

Youth Youth activity: Summer Camp - Baker Lodge Week 3
spend the day at Baker Lodge during camp.
Tue, Aug 20, 2024
No Prerequisites
0 participants 9 instructors
Registration closes Aug 19
Seattle Branch
Leslie Gobel
Qualified Youth Leader
Baker Lodge Day

Baker Lodge Day - Lake Whatcom Park

Youth Youth activity: Summer Camp - Baker Lodge Week 3
spend the day at Baker Lodge during camp.
Difficulty: Easy, Moderate
Wed, Aug 21, 2024
No Prerequisites
0 participants 9 instructors
Registration closes Aug 20
Seattle Branch
Leslie Gobel
Qualified Youth Leader
Baker Lodge Day

Baker Lodge Day - Artist Point

Youth Youth activity: Summer Camp - Baker Lodge Week 3
spend the day at Baker Lodge during camp.
Difficulty: Moderate, M1 Intremediate Ski
Thu, Aug 22, 2024
No Prerequisites
0 participants 9 instructors
Registration closes Aug 21
Seattle Branch
Leslie Gobel
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle Explorers & Jr. MAC Backpack - Indian Heaven via Cultus Creek

Seattle Explorers & Jr. MAC Backpack - Indian Heaven via Cultus Creek

Youth Youth activity
Placeholder
Difficulty: Strenuous
Fri, Aug 23, 2024 - Sun, Aug 25, 2024
Prerequisites
7 participants on waitlist 0 leaders
Registration closes Aug 21
Seattle Branch
Matt Davey
Qualified Youth Leader
Baker Lodge Day

Baker Lodge Day - Baker Lodge

Youth Youth activity: Summer Camp - Baker Lodge Week 3
spend the day at Baker Lodge during camp.
Fri, Aug 23, 2024
No Prerequisites
0 participants 9 instructors
Registration closes Aug 22
Seattle Branch
Leslie Gobel
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle Junior MAC Backpack - Snowgrass Flat & Goat Lake Basin

Seattle Junior MAC Backpack - Snowgrass Flat & Goat Lake Basin

Backpacking Youth activity: Junior MAC
Join us for two nights of backpacking! We will go all the way too Old
Difficulty: Strenuous, Strenuous 3, Technical 3
Mon, Aug 26, 2024 - Wed, Aug 28, 2024
Prerequisites
5 participants on waitlist 2 chaperones on waitlist
Registration closes Aug 17
Seattle Branch
Dragana Lassiter
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle MAC Climbing Trip

Seattle MAC Climbing Trip - Mount Erie

Youth Youth activity: Mountaineers Adventure Club
A single-day cragging trip. This trip has prerequisites. See leaders notes for details.
Sat, Aug 31, 2024
No Prerequisites
2 participants on waitlist 1 instructor 1 chaperone on waitlist
Registration closes Aug 29
Seattle Branch
CeCe V
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle Explorers Informational Meeting

Seattle Explorers Informational Meeting - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Youth Youth activity: Explorers
New and returning members meet to welcome each other into the club and learn about
Wed, Sep 4, 2024
No Prerequisites
23 participants 12 chaperones
Registration opens Aug 1
Seattle Branch
Dmario Mooney
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle Junior MAC Informational Meeting

Seattle Junior MAC Informational Meeting - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Youth Youth activity: Junior MAC
New and returning members meet to welcome each other into the club and learn about
Wed, Sep 4, 2024
Prerequisites
23 participants 12 chaperones
Registration opens Aug 1
Seattle Branch
Alvaro Juarez
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle Explorers & Jr. MAC Hike - Blanca Lake

Seattle Explorers & Jr. MAC Hike - Blanca Lake

Youth Youth activity
Embark on an unforgettable journey to one of the most awe-inspiring lakes in the area!
Difficulty: Strenuous
Sat, Sep 7, 2024
Prerequisites
0 participants
Registration closes Sep 3
Seattle Branch
Zuzana Regan
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle MAC Alpine Scramble

Seattle MAC Alpine Scramble - The Brothers/South Couloir

Youth Youth activity: Mountaineers Adventure Club
Join MAC for a scramble of a peak or summit in the Cascades which includes
Difficulty: Strenuous 5, Technical 4, Basic Alpine Climb
Sat, Sep 7, 2024 - Sun, Sep 8, 2024
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
10 participants 1 instructor
Registration closes Sep 5
Seattle Branch
Ben Wolters
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle MAC Kick Off Weekend

Seattle MAC Kick Off Weekend - Leavenworth

Climbing Youth activity: Mountaineers Adventure Club
Leavenworth for the weekend!
Difficulty: *Varies*, Crag Rock Climb, Strenuous 3, Technical 2
Fri, Sep 20, 2024 - Sun, Sep 22, 2024
Prerequisites
40 participants 7 instructors 12 chaperones
Registration closes Sep 18
Seattle Branch
Zach Jaffe
Qualified Youth Leader
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, Sep 22, 2024
Prerequisites
10 participants 1 leader
Registration opens Sep 1
Seattle Branch
Ziyan Huang
Qualified Youth Leader