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Summer Volunteering Opportunities

YouthCARE/Camp Sunrise has many volunteer opportunities this summer!

VolunteerHelp Provide Rides in Minneapolis & St. Paul
We need help providing transportation for our campers on Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings. Generally, there are 10-15 campers every week who need help getting to the camp bus stop and home again after their camp session. Rides are between 12 p.m.-1 p.m. on Fridays and 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. on Saturday. 

Cook A Meal
Come up for a day or just a couple hours and help prepare a meal for a bunch of silly campers and staff. Cooking in the camp kitchen is fun and you’ll always be working with other camp staff. Have a special recipe? We’ll help you prepare it for camp if you’re up for the challenge! There are lots of other “behind the scenes” projects. Ask This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Camp Sunrise Director, for details. 

Wilderness Trips!
Participate in a Camp Sunrise canoe or hiking trip. Groups of 6-8 youth ages 13-18 and two adult staff members plan their trip on their first day at camp. These three-day, two-night canoe or hiking trips begin on the second or third day of camp. Let us know if you want more info on being involved in all or part of one of our trips this summer. 

Share Your KnowledgeShare Your Knowledge
Do you know how to fish? Are you interested in restoring an old canoe? There are lots of opportunities for special one-day to multi-day projects with groups of youth. We have a couple ideas already, but we are always open to more!

Activities at Little Earth and McDonough
We’ll have activities four days per week at Little Earth of United Tribes in Minneapolis and McDonough Townhomes in St. Paul. We are looking for volunteers to co-lead activities, help with rides, recruitment, and to build relationships and connections with the community. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Community Programs Director, for more specific dates and times.

For more information, please contact YouthCARE office at (612) 338-1233 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Or complete a Volunteer Application to get started today!


Since 1974, our commitment has been to:

  • Offer educational experiences that foster cultural awareness, understanding and appreciation.
  • Employ youth in meaningful positions that also offer further education and career exploration.
  • Provide experiences and mentoring to develop youth leadership abilities.


YouthCARE's Volunteer Program provides a wide variety of opportunities for adults to get involved.

  • Program Volunteers work directly with young people in one of YouthCARE's three programs: Camp Sunrise, YouthLEAD, or the Young Women's Mentoring Program
  • Policy Volunteers serve on YouthCARE's Board of Directors or on a Policy Committee.
  • Special Event Volunteers provide support to YouthCARE by assisting with special events such as fundraisers, Camp Sunrise Workdays, or by sharing a special skill or expertise such as carpentry or graphics arts.