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 Park on Thursday afternoon between 3:30 and 5:30 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!


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.


During The Week of Camp

ALL volunteers that are working with kids or on the premises 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.

Camp staff selection has been finalized with a couple of exceptions where we have people in place, but haven't been able to make a final commitment yet due to work schedules.  So, we do not have any staff openings at this time.

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.  But, be advised we will have to get background checks, training, and add you to the insurance a couple of months prior to the event if you are volunteering to serve on site while the camp is in progress.


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.