The Salvation Army has been actively serving America’s youth for over 120 years. Salvation Army corps community centers offer religious and character-building programs that can include Sunday school, youth troops, music classes, athletics and sporting events, arts and crafts, camping, and more.
Many inner-city youths who participate in such programs do not have access or opportunity to have these experiences otherwise. They have not experienced the peace or safety of camping in the rural countryside. Many have never had the opportunity to play a musical instrument, or to make crafts and play competitive games in a protected setting.
The Salvation Army gives all youth a chance to experience educational enrichment, life skills development, and spiritual and physical wellness. Such experiences allow these at-risk children and adolescents to envision and pursue better futures.
These youth enrichment programs are offered in conjunction with other family services that promote positive living. By offering helpful alternatives and hope, The Salvation Army assists at-risk youths and families to avoid social dysfunction and crime.
Salvation Army youth programs place special emphasis on activities that encourage character and life skills development. Through mentoring and education, disadvantaged children and teens are shown the possibility of a better life. Please contact your local Salvation Army for information on youth programs available in your area.
The Salvation Army's music ministries teach people of all ages how to read music and play brass instruments, while emphasizing the importance of God's love and learning to use musical talent as part of Christian life. Whether it's playing in a Salvation Army band on Sunday morning, or volunteering to play your trombone outside a Salvation Army kettle at Christmas time, The Salvation Army music ministries combine musical and spiritual excellence.
For over 100 years, The Salvation Army has recognized the restorative power of nature. Camping frees youthful imaginations trapped in the concrete, noise, and pollution of our inner-cities. It restores peace of body and mind to weary parents, and creates undistracted time in which families can bond. Camping also gives elderly men and women a unique way to rediscover pride and independence. » Learn more about our summer and day camps