Summer Serve group of volunteer teensA Summer of Service, Leadership, and Friendship

Summer Serve, a YMCA/United Way Partnership 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.

For more information, please contact Sara Robertson-Ryan, Executive Director of Camps, at

Summer Serve Financial Aid

Not sure if you are eligible to receive financial assistance for Summer Serve? Complete the YMCA of Frederick County Financial Aid Application.

Summer Serve 2023 Re-cap

There were a total of 82 Summer Serve participants, who collectively contributed 5,740 volunteer hours to the Frederick Community, which is also $179,604 worth of labor!

 Thank you so much to the hardworking Summer Serve participants for dedicating their summer to serve the following nonprofits/agencies: Farmer Mike Dickson, Meadows Farms, Rock Creek School, Frederick Sheriff’s Office, Frederick Municipal Airport, Blessings In a Backpack, Bar-T, Frederick Rescue Mission, Salvation Army, Religious Coalition, Frederick County Detention Center, Goodwill Industries, Alderman, Second Chances Garage, Housing Frederick, Discovery Homeowners Association, Dublin Roasters, Upward Enterprises, Go Team Service Dogs, NCI – STEM
Each 1 Teach 1, Mental Health Association, Tree Trekkers, Downtown Frederick Partnership, Fountain Rock, Rosehill Manor, Cunningham Falls State Park, and Morning Rotary Club.