I love the YMCA, but working there was the pits. I never knew who my manager was. there was a lot of turnaround. That said, I loved the people there, and it was mostly a fun place to work. The managers work really hard and don't get paid nearly enough. I feel that the working atmosphere is much better there these days, and the employees are staying on much longer. Consistency is better!
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.