Summer Serve

Thank you for a great Summer Serve!

In 2021, YMCA began partnering with United Way of Frederick County to offer Summer Serve, a Summer Camp providing Frederick County Youth (Age 12-17) the opportunity to learn, grow and help their community thrive!

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"Summer Serve is a remarkable tradition of educating our community's youth about life-enriching opportunities to help those in need in Frederick County," says Ken Oldham, CEO of United Way, "and we can think of no better partner than YMCA, provided their long history of youth development and service to others, to help carry on that tradition."

A Summer of Service, Leadership, and Friendship 

This six-week program, divided into three separate two-week sessions, is designed to help young people awaken their inner leader, build teamwork skills, and meet like-minded peers while creating positive change in their community. Summer Serve participants learn about different areas of need in Frederick County through hands-on experience while working on service projects at various local nonprofits. Service hours are provided.

Price: $325/$385/ 2-week session

This six-week program, divided into three separate two-week sessions:

Session 1: June 13- June 24
Session 2: June 27- July 8
Session 3: July 11- 22

Summer Serve is designed to help young people awaken their inner leader, build their teamwork skills, and meet like-minded peers while creating positive change in their community. Participants experience a team-based environment that presents them with challenges, educational training, life skills, and opportunities to grow in leadership.

Each day of Summer Serve represents an opportunity for a new project.  Participants begin and end the day together. At the beginning and end of the day, counselors have activities including from games, discussions, sports, energizers, brainteasers, challenges, guest speakers, and documentaries.  

Summer Serve Leadership Week 

Dates: July 25-29, 2022

Price: $160/$190

Leadership week is an optional one-week intensive program directly following the end of Summer Serve that focuses on developing identified leaders from within the Summer Serve program.   The main goal of Leadership Week is to build on an already strong foundation that participants have so that they may be role models within their circles, thus creating a better youth community.  

Programs in Leadership Week have included: meetings with city mayors, county representatives, and state senators, tours of police stations and fire stations, lunch with local Rotary clubs, college tours, city sustainability educational hikes, and service projects.

Leadership Week also includes hands-on workshops including vision boards and goal setting, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, and Strengths-finder activities.

Additional information on Summer Serve, the YMCA of Frederick County, and Financial Assistance can be found at www.frederickymca.org

In 2021, there were a total of 85 Summer Serve participants, who collectively contributed 2.975 volunteer hours to the Frederick Community, which is also $73,452 worth of labor!


Check out some highlights from previous Summer Serve years