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:

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 4, 2024
No Prerequisites
11 participants 2 instructors
Registration closes Apr 4
Seattle Branch
Claire Munro
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle MAC - Climbing Trip

Seattle MAC - Climbing Trip - Smith Rock

Youth Youth activity: Mountaineers Adventure Club
A four night cragging trip. This trip has prerequisites. See leaders notes for details.
Difficulty: Moderate
Fri, Apr 5, 2024 - Tue, Apr 9, 2024
No Prerequisites
4 participants on waitlist 1 instructor on waitlist 1 chaperone
Registration closes Apr 3
Seattle Branch
Alvaro Juarez
Qualified Youth Leader
TAC MAC Climbing/Camping Trip

TAC MAC Climbing/Camping Trip - Vantage (Frenchman Coulee)

Climbing Field trip: Mountaineers Adventure Club - Tacoma
Practice our climbing and rope skills, with car camping
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sat, Apr 6, 2024 - Sun, Apr 7, 2024
No Prerequisites
16 participants 2 instructors
Registration closes Apr 4
Tacoma Branch
Sarah Holt
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle Explorers & Jr. MAC Backpack - Ancient Lake

Seattle Explorers & Jr. MAC Backpack - Ancient Lake

Youth Youth activity
Early season Exp / Jr MAC backpack trip. This is an easy backpack suitable for
Difficulty: *Varies*
Sat, Apr 6, 2024 - Sun, Apr 7, 2024
Prerequisites
0 participants 0 leaders
Registration closes Apr 4
Seattle Branch
Matt Davey
Qualified Youth Leader
Break Camp In-Town Day

Break Camp In-Town Day - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Youth Youth activity: Spring Break Camp
A typical day at Seattle Mountaineers Camp.
Mon, Apr 8, 2024
No Prerequisites
5 participants 9 instructors
Registration closes Apr 6
Seattle Branch
Claire Munro
Qualified Youth Leader
Break Camp In-Town Day

Break Camp In-Town Day - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Youth Youth activity: Spring Break Camp
A typical day at Seattle Mountaineers Camp.
Tue, Apr 9, 2024
No Prerequisites
5 participants 9 instructors
Registration closes Apr 5
Seattle Branch
Claire Munro
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, Apr 10, 2024
Prerequisites
23 participants 10 chaperones
Registration closes Apr 9
Seattle Branch
Trenton Bick
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, Apr 10, 2024
Prerequisites
21 participants 11 chaperones
Registration closes Apr 9
Seattle Branch
Alvaro Juarez
Qualified Youth Leader
Break Camp In-Town Day

Break Camp In-Town Day - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Youth Youth activity: Spring Break Camp
A typical day at Seattle Mountaineers Camp.
Thu, Apr 11, 2024
No Prerequisites
5 participants 9 instructors
Registration closes Apr 5
Seattle Branch
Claire Munro
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle Pathfinders & Nomads Climbing

Seattle Pathfinders & Nomads Climbing - Vantage (Frenchman Coulee)

Youth Youth activity
Join the Pathfinders and Nomads for a fun couple days of climbing at Vantage!
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Thu, Apr 11, 2024 - Sat, Apr 13, 2024
Prerequisites
9 participants 1 leader
Registration closes Apr 9
Seattle Branch
Trenton Bick
Qualified Youth Leader
Break Camp In-Town Day

Break Camp In-Town Day - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Youth Youth activity: Spring Break Camp
A typical day at Seattle Mountaineers Camp.
Fri, Apr 12, 2024
No Prerequisites
5 participants 9 instructors
Registration closes Apr 5
Seattle Branch
Claire Munro
Qualified Youth Leader
Climbing Skills Series #4 | Top Rope Setup

Climbing Skills Series #4 | Top Rope Setup - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Youth Youth activity: Youth Clubs Parent Skills Series
Part 4 of 6. Clubs parents will be learning and practicing anchor building and rope
Sat, Apr 13, 2024
Prerequisites
2 participants
Registration closes Apr 11
Seattle Branch
Andy Bassett
Seattle MAC - Trail Work Day

Seattle MAC - Trail Work Day - Youth Trip

Youth Youth activity: Mountaineers Adventure Club
Get your hands dirty while taking care of our trails! Washington Trails Association (WTA) will
Sat, Apr 13, 2024
No Prerequisites
13 participants 1 instructor 5 chaperones
Registration closes Apr 11
Seattle Branch
Zach Jaffe
Qualified Youth Leader
Franklin Pierce HS - Hiking

Franklin Pierce HS - Hiking - Rattlesnake Ledge

Day Hiking Youth activity: Mountain Workshop - Franklin Pierce HS
A Hiking adventure for Franklin Pierce HS students!
Difficulty: Moderate, Strenuous 1, Technical 3
Sat, Apr 13, 2024
No Prerequisites
11 participants
Registration closes Apr 11
Tacoma Branch
RyAnn Peverley
Climbing Skills Series #4 | Top Rope Setup

Climbing Skills Series #4 | Top Rope Setup - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Youth Youth activity: Youth Clubs Parent Skills Series
Part 4 of 6. Clubs parents will be learning and practicing anchor building and rope
Sat, Apr 13, 2024
Prerequisites
1 participant
Registration closes Apr 11
Seattle Branch
Andy Bassett
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
3 participants on waitlist 0 instructors 4 chaperones
Registration closes Apr 12
Seattle Branch
Alvaro Juarez
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle Explorers & Jr. MAC Hike

Seattle Explorers & Jr. MAC Hike - Dirty Harry's Peak, Balcony & East Balcony

Youth Youth activity
Difficulty: *Varies*, Moderate, Strenuous
Sun, Apr 14, 2024
Prerequisites
4 participants
Registration closes Apr 12
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 2 instructors
Registration closes Apr 16
Seattle Branch
Claire Munro
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
11 participants 2 instructors
Registration closes Apr 18
Seattle Branch
Claire Munro
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
2 participants on waitlist 0 instructors 4 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
1 participant on waitlist 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
1 participant on waitlist 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
4 participants on waitlist 1 instructor on waitlist 0 chaperones
Registration closes Apr 11
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 closes 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
3 participants 1 chaperone
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
9 participants 1 instructor 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
3 participants on waitlist 0 chaperones
Registration closes Apr 19
Seattle Branch
Zach Jaffe
Qualified Youth Leader