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Summer Serve

A Summer of Service, Leadership, and Friendship

Summer Serve is a United Way program that provides local youth ages 12-17 with the opportunity to spend their summer volunteering, developing leadership skills, and making friendships that last a lifetime. 

This six-week program, divided into three separate two-week sessions, 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. 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. They will experience a team-based environment that will present them with challenges and opportunities to gain a valuable combination of knowledge, skills, values, and motivation to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors.

Leadership Week takes place at the end of the summer, and all registered Summer Serve participants are eligible to apply. This optional week gives participants an opportunity to further expand upon their ability to work well with others and learn how they can serve as a catalyst for positive change in our community

Fun Fact: Since United Way began managing the program in 2011, Summer Serve participants have completed over 30,543 volunteer hours. The value of their service is estimated at more than $719,000!

Summer Serve 2019 - Schedule: TBD


2018 Registration is Closed


Summer Serve

Would you like to make a lasting difference on the local youth community? Consider applying for one of our Summer Serve camp counselor positions below. Check the descriptions of our counselor openings below. To apply, please download the counselor application and send it to by May 5.

Lead Counselor


Counselor Application

2019 Pricing Information

United Way Summer Serve costs $350 per session, per participant. Participants who register for all three sessions will be provided a discounted rate of $900 total. Particpants who register for two sessions will be provided a discounted rate of $630 total. A non-refundable deposit of $150 is required to hold a spot in the United Way Summer Serve program and is due upon submitting a Summer Serve Participant Registration. The remainder of the program fees, less the deposit, must be paid in full no later than June 7, 2019 online or by check.  Please make checks payable to United Way of Frederick County indicating United Way Summer Serve and the participant’s name in the memo line. Checks should be mailed to 629 N Market St Frederick, MD 21701. Cancellations prior to one month before the United Way Summer Serve start date are eligible for a 50% refund less deposit. Cancellations less than four weeks prior to the United Way Summer Serve start date are not eligible for refunds. All notices of cancellation and requests for refund must be made in writing. There are no reductions in fees for participants who, due to scheduling conflicts, must be absent in part or in whole during their chosen United Way Summer Serve session. Participants who are not paid in full will not be allowed to participate in United Way Summer Serve service sites or recreational activities.

What is Leadership Week?

Leadership Week is a session that is less hands-on community serivce work and is more focused on how to become a leader in the community. Anybody who particpates in at least one of the three sessions during the Summer Serve Program is eligible to apply to participate in Leadership Week. It is designed for those who really enjoyed their time volunteering for Summer Serve and wants to continue to make a difference on their own time. We will provide Leadership Week participants with information and resources they need to become a leader in their community through workshops, conferences, guest speakers, activities, games, and more. We also want to teach professionalism and provide participants with resume-building and job skills through our workshops and mock interviews. Just like our regular Summer Serve sessions, Leadership Week is a great resume builder and a great way for young people to network and get to know the community that they live in.

*The application for Leadership Week will be made to all registered participants later in the summer. Due to high demand and limited space, there will be a competetive application process. There will be a fee of $125 for those who are accepted into the program.

2019 Summer Serve Scholarships

Not sure if you are eligable to recieve financial assistance for Summer Serve? Applicants whose families' earnings are at or below the Frederick County Survival Budget qualify for full scholarships, and those applicants whose families earn below the Household Stability Budget qualify for partial scholarships. Click here to see if you qualify. Click here to dowload the Summer Serve Scholarship form. The deadline for scholarship applications is May 7, 2018. Scholship award decisions will be made by the week of May 14, 2019.

*Applicants must be able to provide proof of income.

For questions about the Summer Serve program or scholarships, please contact Malcolm Furgol at or call (301)663-4231.

Check out some highlights from previous Summer Serve programs:

Summer Serve: Students Participate In Service Projects Through United Way                      

Time to Get to the Fair: MyPlate Interactive Garden is a New Addition to GFF 

Group Gives Back to Community, Plants for Great Frederick Fair

Mosaic Honoring Lord Nickens in the Works

Fair Gets National Recognition for Agriculture Education