Group of mostly smiling SOS students and leaders holding chickens

25 Years of Summer of Service!

Summer of Service is a service-learning summer program for youth entering grades 5-12. During each two-week session, students will work in teams to perform service projects in our community, witness the missions of local service organizations firsthand, and reflect on how their personal talents can be used in service to others. Fridays are designated for Fun Friday activities where we will celebrate our work! Join SOS for two weeks of fun today!

This year is a big milestone for us, and we can't wait to continue our mission:

“The main reason to begin a Summer of Service program in our community is to show youth that our community values them and challenges them to contribute through service…This Summer of Service program will give our youth the skills and tools necessary to help our community, at the same time allowing them to develop through a structured program.” 

-Proposal for SOS in 1997


Full days of SOS are back! For the past few years, Summer of Service was split into half day camps because of COVID precautions. We have listened to your feedback, and we are excited to announce that Summer of Service 2023 will be a full day camp once again! This will give us the potential for bigger projects and more elaborate Fun Fridays.

Registration is now open for the summer! These sessions fill up very quickly, so make sure to secure your spot today!

Session 1: June 19 - June 30 Click Here to Register

Session 2: July 10 - July 21 Click Here to Register

Session 3: July 24 - August 4 Click Here to Register

Students are welcome to register for multiple 2-week sessions. Similar service projects may be repeated between sessions.

Community Partners

We are proud to serve non-profit organizations in Rochester and the surrounding area. We take buses to their locations, they teach us about their missions, and we help them with whatever projects they have planned for us. Ten students can get a lot done in just a few hours, and over the course of the summer, multiple teams of SOS students can leave a meaningful impact. These are a few of our partners from recent years: Camp Companion, Channel One, Habitat for Humanity, Revolutionary Earth, Salvation Army, University of Minnesota: Rochester.

Join the SOS Staff Team

Are you looking for a full-time job this summer? Do you think that leading service-based learning projects sounds like a great time? 

Contact the Josh Halverson at for more information.