Family Volunteer Camp

FVC Offered Three Weeks in 2016:

Week 1: June 26-July 1
Week 2: July 10-July 15
Week 3: July 17-July 22

Registration for Family Volunteer Camp is now closed.  Families selected through the lottery will be notified beginning February 15, 2016.

What could be better than spending time with your family in a meaningful setting like the beautiful campus of Notre Dame? How about teaching your children the value of giving back to others at the same time?

With ND Family Volunteer Camp, you’re invited to bring your spouse, kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews and friends to campus for a week of unique experiences designed to engage the whole family in community service—and have a whole lot of fun at the same time.  You will meet other alumni families who share your commitment to service and your ND memories. And in the span of one week, your family will make cross-country

friendships that can last a lifetime. Participants perform approximately 5 hours of service each day at South Bend area non-profit organizations such as the Center for the Homeless and St. Margaret’s House. Each evening, participants are invited to attend fun events organized by the Alumni Association, such as ice skating, bowling, or an ice cream social.

Other benefits of Family Volunteer Camp include: 

  • Kids can fulfill service requirements for school or church.
  • Access to campus facilities including the Rockne pool, St. Joseph’s beach, and the South Dining Hall.
  • You can show your children your favorite campus sites, including the Grotto, LaFortune Student Center, your dorm, and the Hesburgh library.
  • Participants will stay on campus in a residence hall.


Registration for the Family Volunteer Camp 2016 Lottery has closed. The cost will be $430 per person, which covers all meals, snacks, housing, and activities. Some of the money is also used for project supplies needed for work at the nonprofit sites. Transportation to service sites is not included, although there are generally some seats available in other participants’ vehicles for families who fly and do not rent a car. In general, we rely on participants to drive themselves to and from work sites. Detailed directions and maps are provided.

New for 2016

  • Camp dates for 2016 are Week 1: June 26-July 1, Week 2: July 10-July 15, Week 3: July 17-July 22.  Registration will occur through a lottery process starting January 19th. The lottery will close February 8th, and families who are selected will be notified on February 15th. 
  • Age limit:  To adhere to the safety regulations of our Community Partners, we must enforce a strict age limit of 9 years and above

For More Information

If you have any questions, or for additional information, please contact Annie Envall, NDAA Director of Service, at or (574) 631-6723.