Miniwanca Volunteer Weekend

Miniwanca Volunteer Weekend will take place April 29 to May 1.

Support the mission of the AYF and help prepare Miniwanca for summer 2022 during Volunteer Weekends!

This year, Miniwanca will focus on larger, skills-based projects like construction and trail maintenance best suited for those 14 and older. Because we have so many projects to complete before the start of summer 2022, we will not offer family programming or childcare during Volunteer Weekend this year.

Director of Operations Griffin Vogler welcomes highly skilled tradespeople like electricians and carpenters to help with building and renovation projects. Other hardworking volunteers are needed to assist with readying cabins, organizing program spaces, and preparing the sites to welcome back even more campers than in 2021.

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

Email Miniwanca Operations Director Griffin Vogler to share your expertise and availability!

Volunteer Weekend is free to attend, and online registration will open in early 2022. We encourage you to make a donation to help us cover the costs of food and housing, which are included.



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This year, Volunteer Weekend will focus on larger, skills-based projects like construction and trail maintenance best suited for those 14 and older.

We’ll gather Friday evening to reconnect and share a meal. On Saturday, we’ll start our morning with breakfast, then divide and conquer as we ready cabins and start construction projects. We’ll break for lunch, then return to our work organizing program spaces and maintaining trails. After dinner, we’ll unwind by the fire and maybe roast a s’more or two!

On Sunday, we’ll finish our weekend of service with breakfast and solicitation before we bid our friends farewell.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can volunteer?

Anyone 14 or older is welcome to lend their time and skill at Volunteer Weekend. Those younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

What kind of work will we do?

This year, both sites will embark on large-scale building and repair projects that require specific skillsets like carpentry and electrical work. Other hardworking volunteers are needed to assist with readying cabins, organizing program spaces, and preparing the sites to welcome back even more campers in 2022.

How many hours of work are involved?

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

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 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 14 this year. Anyone younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

How do I register?

Online registration will open in early 2022.

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 require all summer 2022 staff and participants eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to be fully vaccinated before their session starts. Proof of vaccination will be collected before arrival at camp.