Spend some time this summer with The Cadets!

Calling on volunteers for food service and vehicle drivers

Cindy and Kevin DeLacey, parents of tenor player Mark DeLacey, make bacon for The Cadets at a recent camp. The Cadets are looking to fill volunteer slots for Spring Training and Summer Tour. Can you help?

Looking for a fun and rewarding way to spend your summer?

Want to make friends you will cherish while working alongside some of the greatest people in the world? 

Then volunteering for The Cadets this season should be at the top of your ‘to do’ list! 

Wait…

We forgot to mention the fantastic and grateful Cadets who practically become part of your family! 

The Cadets administrative staff has begun slotting volunteers for Spring Training and the eight-week Summer Tour, particularly Food Service Personnel and Drivers. Food service help is needed beginning May 14th at Spring Training in Johnstown, Pa., while the need for drivers kicks off around June 10th, according to Cadets Assistant Director Justin Heimbecker. In total, the corps will need to fill out the volunteer calendar for nearly 14-weeks, from mid-May until Aug. 15th

Heimbecker urges family members, alumni and fans to take a look at the Cadets’ schedule to see if the corps will be somewhere near you this summer. This season, the corps will travel as far as Denver, Col., and deep into Texas. There could be a perfect opportunity to give a little, or a lot, of time to the corps! 

“We aren’t asking for a whole summer from a volunteer, although that would be great! A week, maybe two, or even just a day -- every little bit helps ensure that these kids have a terrific experience as a Cadet,” Heimbecker said. “We can’t stress enough that expertise in the kitchen is NOT a pre-requisite for assisting on the road. There is a task for every skill level, and we appreciate every bit of help!” 

View the Cadets Summer Schedule

A few considerations as you plan your summer as a volunteer: 

  • The Cadets will use the same convoy layout as last year: in addition to four buses, we will travel with two tractor trailers, box truck, three RVs, white van.
  • We can always use more assistance early in the tour.
  • In the south, we can always use more help due to the heat, and the continuous travel.  
  • As is the tradition, we ask that if you’re taking on the “homestretch” from about Aug. 1st to the end, that you also give some time early in the tour.
  • Background checks will be conducted on all adults traveling with the corps.  

“As we work to raise the standards of excellence with The Cadets to a higher level, the organization is going to begin what we have put off for a few years, requiring background checks from all volunteers and staff,” Heimbecker said. “In short – all who are a part of the corps for the summer. We will be providing details and methodology to all involved as we move through the spring season.”  

Interested volunteers should contact Heimbecker at Justin@yea.org, or Melissa Babalonis at Melissa@yea.org, or by telephone at (610) 821-0345, Ext. 115.

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