Coworkers were like an extended family. The Y training was sub par, and exclusive to Y only business models. Acceptance of your role working with other departments, no politics, everyone helped each other.
Working as a summer camp counselor at the Y is absolutely life-changing. Excellent company culture and energizing, fulfilling work! It is an extremely difficult job to do without a passion for childcare, and many locations are very remote and inaccessible, but the work experience is worth it.