Merrowvista Volunteer Weekend

More information about Volunteer Weekend will be available in early 2023.

This fall, Merrowvista will focus on larger, skills-based projects like construction and trail maintenance best suited for those 16 and older. Because we have so many projects to complete before winter arrives, we will not offer family programming or childcare during Volunteer Weekend this year.

Can you donate your trade-specific skillset to the AYF?

Director of Operations Amy Simmons welcomes highly skilled tradespeople such as carpenters, electricians, masons, and builders to help with building and renovation projects. Email Director of Operations Amy Simmons to share your expertise!

Volunteer Weekend is free to attend and registration is required. Food and housing are included.



More information about Volunteer Weekend will be available in early 2023.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can volunteer?

Because these projects are construction focused, we are specifically looking for skilled tradespeople such as builders, carpenters, electricians, masons, and others to lend their abilities at Volunteer Weekend.

Volunteers age 16 or 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Please do not bring anyone younger than 16. We cannot provide childcare or programming during this Volunteer Weekend.

What kind of work will we do?

This year, both sites will embark on large-scale building and repair projects, as well as readying cabins, raking, organizing program spaces, and preparing the site for winter and summer 2023.

How many hours of work are involved?

After breakfast, we will work on Saturday morning, then take a break for lunch. We’ll continue our projects in the afternoon and early evening, then wind down with dinner, socializing, and a fire (and maybe a s’more or two!).

On Sunday, we’ll have breakfast before putting in the finishing touches on our projects. We’ll depart at lunch with bag lunches to go.

How much does this weekend cost?

This weekend is free and includes housing and food for the weekend, including dinner on Friday evening, three meals on Saturday, and breakfast and a bag lunch on Sunday. We hope you’ll consider making a donation to help us cover the costs of this weekend.

Can children come?

Unfortunately we cannot welcome youth younger than 16 this year. Anyone younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

What is your COVID-19 vaccination policy?

The health and safety of our summer community is the American Youth Foundation’s top priority. In accordance with CDC and FDA recommendations, the AYF board of directors and leadership all staff and volunteers to be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to be fully vaccinated and up to date on their vaccination before they arrive at Merrowvista starts. Proof of vaccination will be collected before arrival.