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 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
0 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 2 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
7 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
8 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
11 participants 2 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 closes 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
0 participants 1 instructor 2 chaperones
Registration closes Feb 29
Seattle Branch
Alvaro Juarez
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
Sat, Apr 27, 2024
Prerequisites
4 participants
Registration closes Apr 25
Seattle Branch
Zuzana Regan
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle MAC - Conditioning Hike

Seattle MAC - Conditioning Hike - Youth Trip

Youth Youth activity: Mountaineers Adventure Club
A conditioning hike to help prepare and train for backpack trips, longer backpack trips, glacier
Sat, Apr 27, 2024
Prerequisites
1 participant on waitlist 0 instructors 0 chaperones
Registration closes Apr 25
Seattle Branch
Felix Klebe
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
4 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 2 instructors
Registration closes Apr 30
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, May 2, 2024
No Prerequisites
11 participants 2 instructors
Registration closes May 2
Seattle Branch
Claire Munro
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle Pathfinders Hike

Seattle Pathfinders Hike - Licorice Fern Trail

Youth Youth activity: Pathfinders
Join us for a day of hiking!
Difficulty: Easy
Sat, May 4, 2024
Prerequisites
5 participants on waitlist 2 chaperones on waitlist
Registration closes Apr 5
Seattle Branch
Trenton Bick
Qualified Youth Leader
Franklin Pierce HS - Hiking

Franklin Pierce HS - Hiking - Annette Lake

Day Hiking Youth activity: Mountain Workshop - Franklin Pierce HS
A Hiking adventure for Franklin Pierce HS students!
Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous
Sat, May 4, 2024
No Prerequisites
11 participants
Registration closes May 2
Tacoma Branch
RyAnn Peverley
Climbing Skills Series #5 | Cleaning

Climbing Skills Series #5 | Cleaning - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Youth Youth activity: Youth Clubs Parent Skills Series
Part 5 of 6. Clubs parents will be learning and practicing anchor cleaning. (AM Session)
Sun, May 5, 2024
Prerequisites
2 participants
Registration closes May 3
Seattle Branch
Andy Bassett
Climbing Skills Series #5 | Cleaning

Climbing Skills Series #5 | Cleaning - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Youth Youth activity: Youth Clubs Parent Skills Series
Part 5 of 6. Clubs parents will be learning and practicing anchor cleaning. (PM Session)
Sun, May 5, 2024
Prerequisites
2 participants
Registration closes May 3
Seattle Branch
Andy Bassett
Seattle MAC - Conditioning Hike - Granite Mountain Trail

Seattle MAC - Conditioning Hike - Granite Mountain Trail

Youth Youth activity: Mountaineers Adventure Club
A conditioning hike to help prepare and train for backpack trips, longer backpack trips, glacier
Difficulty: Strenuous 3, Technical 2, Strenuous, Winter Scramble
Sun, May 5, 2024
Prerequisites
5 participants on waitlist 0 instructors 2 chaperones on waitlist
Registration closes May 9
Seattle Branch
Zuzana Regan
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, May 8, 2024
Prerequisites
16 participants 7 chaperones
Registration closes May 7
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, May 8, 2024
Prerequisites
15 participants 8 chaperones
Registration closes May 7
Seattle Branch
Alvaro Juarez
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle Junior MAC Climbing

Seattle Junior MAC Climbing - Exit 38

Youth Youth activity: Junior MAC
Join us for a day of climbing at a local crag!
Sat, May 11, 2024
Prerequisites
5 participants on waitlist 1 chaperone on waitlist
Registration closes May 9
Seattle Branch
Zach Jaffe
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle Pathfinders & Nomads Backpacking

Seattle Pathfinders & Nomads Backpacking - Third Beach

Youth Youth activity
An overnight backpack to 3rd-beach for coastal exploration!
Difficulty: Easy
Sat, May 11, 2024 - Sun, May 12, 2024
Prerequisites
12 participants on waitlist
Registration closes Apr 18
Seattle Branch
Alvaro Juarez
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle Explorers & Jr. MAC Hike - Lake Serene

Seattle Explorers & Jr. MAC Hike - Lake Serene

Family & Youth Youth activity
What if Explorers and Jr. MACers seize the opportunity to celebrate Mother's Day in a
Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous
Sun, May 12, 2024
Prerequisites
4 participants
Registration closes May 10
Seattle Branch
Zuzana Regan
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, May 12, 2024
No Prerequisites
2 participants 1 instructor 4 chaperones
Registration closes May 11
Seattle Branch
Zach Jaffe
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle Pathfinders & Nomads Backpacking

Seattle Pathfinders & Nomads Backpacking - Barclay Lake

Youth Youth activity
Difficulty: Easy
Sat, May 18, 2024 - Sun, May 19, 2024
Prerequisites
8 participants on waitlist
Registration closes May 16
Seattle Branch
Trenton Bick
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle Explorers & Jr. MAC Backpack

Seattle Explorers & Jr. MAC Backpack - Greenwater, Echo & Lost Lakes

Youth Youth activity
An overnight backpack to Lost Lake
Difficulty: Easy, Moderate
Sat, May 18, 2024 - Sun, May 19, 2024
Prerequisites
8 participants on waitlist
Registration closes May 16
Seattle Branch
Alvaro Juarez
Qualified Youth Leader
Seattle MAC - Backpacking Trip - Ancient Lake

Seattle MAC - Backpacking Trip - Ancient Lake

Youth Youth activity: Mountaineers Adventure Club
Beginner level backpack for MAC members to try out gear and hopefully find the sun
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Sat, May 18, 2024 - Sun, May 19, 2024
No Prerequisites
5 participants 1 chaperone
Registration closes May 16
Seattle Branch
Birgit Grimlund
Qualified Youth Leader
SEA Youth Clubs Parents | Climbing Trip

SEA Youth Clubs Parents | Climbing Trip - Exit 38

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, May 19, 2024
Prerequisites
0 participants 2 instructors
Registration closes May 17
Seattle Branch
Zach Jaffe
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, May 22, 2024
No Prerequisites
7 participants 3 instructors
Registration closes May 21
Tacoma Branch
Sarah Holt
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.
Thu, May 23, 2024
Prerequisites
9 participants 1 instructor
Registration closes May 22
Seattle Branch
Trenton Bick
Qualified Youth Leader