Each summer, Youth Community Service offers two-week Summer of Service camps for middle school youth, as well as a Freshman Leadership Camp for entering ninth-graders. Campers develop leadership skills, have fun, and meet lots of new friends while helping out in the community.

Each day, campers travel in teams to local schools, senior centers, food banks, and parks to serve and learn about the community. We also enjoy games, a fun field trip, and a whole lot more! If you’re entering 6th, 7th, 8th, or 9th grade, be sure to join us for a summer of satisfaction, growth, and fun!

For more information, contact Juan Aguirre, epadirector@youthcommunityservice.org

Summer Camp Registration Options:


Schedule of a Typical Day

Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

(Monday – Thursday)
8:30 – 9:00 am – Icebreaker games and activities
9:00 – 10:00 am – Team time
10:00 – 2:00 pm – Service (and a lunch break!)
2:00 – 2:30 pm – Reflecting and celebrating
2:30 – 3:00 pm – Snacks, announcements, and more games!

1st Friday FUN DAY BBQ!
2nd Friday End of camp CELEBRATION and Awards Ceremony

Leadership Teams

During Summer of Service, there will be four leadership teams. Each team will concentrate on one particular issue area during the first week of camp and will do service in all the other issues during the second week. Campers can rank their preferences on the registration form or
confirmation packet. The teams are:

  1. Environment: Learn about environmental issues in the bay area, plant native plants, remove invasive species.
  2. Health Care: Visit seniors and challenged individuals, cook healthy food, and fight disease through education.
  3. Hunger and Homelessness: Cook lunch at a soup kitchen, volunteer at a shelter, and tutor homeless children.
  4. Freshman Leadership Team: Entering 9th graders develop leadership skills while learning about community issues.
Camp Information for 2019

This summer, we will be hosting four two-week sessions for middle school campers and four two-week sessions for campers entering 9th grade. All camps meet Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 3:00pm.

Summer of Service-YCS

Want to make a difference in the community? Join Summer of Service and develop leadership skills, meet new friends, and have fun while helping out in the community. Each day campers will go out in teams to local schools, senior centers, food pantries, and parks for service. At Summer of Service you will have fun while learning how to tackle community issues. We also enjoy one fun day field trip each session, and an end of camp celebration! For more information, contact Youth Community Service at (650) 858-8019.

YCS Freshmen Leadership Corps

Ready for high school? Spend two weeks building leadership skills, meeting new friends, and helping create change in the community! YCS offers the Freshman Leadership Corps (FLC) Summer of Service (SOS) Program for incoming ninth graders. Campers will learn about important issues that impact the physical and social environments in their communities. Campers will also learn how to develop and integrate interactive technology skills with community needs. In addition, campers will enjoy a fun day field trip each session, and an end-of-camp celebration. For more information, contact Youth Community Service at (650) 858-8019.

Session Dates and Tuition
SUMMER OF SERVICE – YCS (Entering grades 6-8)
Date and Catalog Registration Code (TBA) Palo Alto Resident Non Palo Alto Resident
6/10/19 – 6/21/19
$610 $660
6/24/19 – 7/05/19*
$500 $550
7/8/19 – 7/19/19
$610 $660
7/22/19 – 8/02/19
$610 $660
Date and Catalog Registration Code (TBA) Palo Alto Resident Non Palo Alto Resident
6/10/19 – 6/21/19
$645 $695
6/24/19 – 7/05/19*
$535 $585
7/8/19 – 7/19/19
$645 $695
7/22/19 – 8/02/19
$645 $695
  • July 4th Holiday, July 5th no camp.

Tuition includes all camp activities and supplies, field trip and transportation costs, two camp t-shirts, and snacks. Campers provide their own lunches.

The home base of the Summer of Service camp is the multipurpose room at the Ventura Community Center at 3990 Ventura Court in Palo Alto. Please note that our camp location is different from that of our main office.

YCS offers partial scholarships to at least 25% of our campers so that students from all families have a change to attend camp. If you would like to make a tax deductible contribution, please contact Leif Erickson or mail a check made out to “Youth Community Service” to our office and write “SOS fund” in the memo line. To apply for a scholarship, please contact Monica V. Ponce. We would of course like to thank all of our supporters who have already contributed to the scholarship fund.
Employment Opportunities
Check our Careers page in Spring 2019. . .