While we need plenty of volunteers for setup, upkeep, and tear down of the camp, we do have some requirements that we must follow for liability and safety reasons.



If you want to help, please spread the word about the camp and the fund raising campaign.  That is the best way you can help.  Also, look for W8Y on the air, and give the kids a call.  We need pileups!!!


Spectators Needed for Fox-Oring Competition

We need fans to cheer on the competitors at the VOA Museum Lawn on Thursday afternoon between 3:00 and 5:00 pm EDT on July 15, 2021 (weather permitting).  We want to create a festive, athletic event type of atmosphere.  We even have signs you can hold up already prepared!  Come cheer on the competitors in this race which is a combination of directions finding and orienteering, and show your support!  Bring a lawn chair and the family!  FREE Kona Ice for all!


Before and After the Week of Camp and After Hours

Volunteers are needed to help with food distribution, clean up, setup of tables and chairs, setup of antennas, spectators for the Fox-oring competition on Thursday afternoon at VOA Park, and resource material distribution.   Ham radio experience is not needed with the exception of the antenna work. Therefore, we are looking for volunteers that are local that do not require housing, mostly from surrounding amateur radio clubs and their families.  We do not expect people to travel long distances to volunteer for these kinds of positions.

We're glad so many people are offering to travel to help, but we really don't have the capacity and financial resources to support everyone who wants to show up.

Background checks and youth protection training will not be required, as campers will not be present during these times.

If you are in the Cincinnati region and are willing to help in the ways we've mentioned, please contact us at director@youthontheair.org, and Neil will add you to the email list to be notified about volunteer opportunities as they arise.

Work Days

So far, we have scheduled three work days for volunteers:

Saturday, June 12, 2021 - 10 am to 1 pm
Saturday, June 19, 2021 - 10 am to 1 pm
Wednesday, June 30, 2021 - 7 pm to 9 pm

These work days will involve prep work for the camp.  For example, one thing on the plan for this Saturday is to get all 30 soldering stations unboxed, tested, labeled, and packed.  We also need to label all the 80m ARDF kits and replace some ferrite rods that were damaged in shipment.

If you can help on any or all of these dates and times, we would greatly appreciate your help.

If you have been fully vaccinated, masks are not required.  If you have not been vaccinated, masks and social distancing are required.

If you would like to visit the museum, regular museum hours immediately follow the Saturday work days.  The museum is open from 1 to 4 pm (on Saturdays and Sundays). including the WC8VOA shack.


During The Week of Camp

ALL volunteers that are working with campers while camp is in progress must have a background check, undergo youth protection training, and be listed on the insurance policy well in advance of the camp.  Each background check that we have to run will result in an expense to the camp.  We have a contract with a firm that will provide this service.  We will not be able to accept an unlimited amount of volunteers, nor last minute volunteers except for preparations before and after the campers arrive.  We will be relying mostly on camp staff and parents of campers that are asking to come along with their children as chaperones.

A small number of volunteers for daily clean up will be needed in the evenings when campers are not present in the museum.

All workshop leaders were selected in advance.  There are no workshop leader positions that are open.  Most of these positions are occupied by younger hams (30s and under), which is a core value of YOTA camps.

Camp staff selection has been finalized.

The deadline for background checks has passed.  All volunteers that will be working with campers have been been verified.  We can no longer accept volunteers working with the campers for 2021.  Please consider helping with one of the work days in June instead.

If you are in the Cincinnati region and are willing to help in the ways we've mentioned, please contact us at director@youthontheair.org.  We'd love to hear from you.


Youth Protection Training

We are thankful for our partnership with Scouts BSA for providing the online Youth Protection Training program certification course for all of our volunteers.