The Senior Boat Party is a Graduation Night tradition at Yorktown. New graduates get to participate in a drug and alcohol free evening with their friends and classmates. The new graduates will enjoy a beautiful new boat, food, beverages, entertainment, and incredible views of our nation’s capital.

***This event is dependent on current school opening and state guidelines. We are moving forward with planning with hope that the party can be held.***

We need parent volunteers from all four classes to help to make this event a success. Please take a look at the positions needed and consider helping. This will be a team effort and any contribution you can give will be highly appreciated.


  • Treasurer/Budget (December to June)
  • Fundraiser (December to June)
  • Entertainment/Activities (January to June)
  • Volunteer Coordinator (February to June)
  • Decorations and Food (April to June)
  • Security/Chaperones (April to June)
  • Transportation (April to June)

You can email Holly Radus, 2021 YHS Boat Party, at boatparty@yhspta.org to offer your help or for more information. You can also call Holly at 703 944 1559.


Treasurer/Budget (December to June) –

  • Oversee the boat party budget
  • Take record of tickets sales and donations 
  • Submit a written financial report at the boat party meetings
  • Attend boat party meetings

Fundraiser (December to June) –

  • Contact local schools, businesses, and other entities and request cash donations as well as gift cards
  • Develop and maintain a spreadsheet of all the donations and contributions
  • Give donations to the treasurer for deposit
  • Submit a fundraising report at Boat Party meetings
  • Send thank you notes to each contributor
  • Attend boat party meetings

Entertainment/Activities (January to June) –

  • Work with entertainment company to determine entertainment for party
  • Supervise entertainment and activities during Boat party
  • Attend boat party Meetings

Volunteer Coordinator (February to June) –

  • Contact the different committee chairs and make a full inventory of volunteers needed, for what, number, times, etc. 
  • Based on that inventory, create a sign-up genius to get volunteers for the following committee: 
    • Publicity/Ticket sales
    • Decorations
    • Entertainment
    • Security/Chaperones
    • Check-in
    • Other
  • Attend boat party meetings

Decorations and Food (April to June) –

  • Work with the Spirit cruises to create menu 
  • Decide on boat decorations in line with the Boat Party theme chosen
  • Purchase decorations based on Boat Party budget
  • Coordinate volunteers to go to boat and decorate at 10PM on graduation night
  • Attend boat party meetings

Security/Chaperones (April to June) 

  • Liaison with Spirit Cruises security
  • Decide on the rules of the boat party
  • Communicate the boat party rules to the Spirit Cruises, YHS PTA, YHS Administrators, Students, chaperones
  • During the boat cruise, promptly and legally enforce the rules during the boat cruise
  • Recruit, through volunteer chair, and supervise chaperones 
  • Provide written guidelines to chaperones
  • Attend boat party meetings


– Chaperones ride buses from YHS to the Wharf (on duty: 10 PM to 3 PM)

– Two Chaperones for each deck will be rotated around, and some may be asked to help with entertainment (pass out trivia questions, assist with food, etc.).     

– YHS teachers and staff are guests. They are not chaperones.

Transportation (April to June) 

  • Arrange with YHS for buses to take students to the Wharf
  • Ensure buses arrive on time
  • Ensure bus drivers know where they are going
  • Ensure bus drivers return in time to pick up the students and return them to YHS
  • Attend boat party meetings