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The Salvation Army offers a wide array of community programs to help cultivate brighter futures. Along with community centers dedicated to supporting the physical, emotional, and spiritual growth of moms, dads, and kids, we provide summer camps for kids, after-school and summer programs for students of all ages, support for expecting and new parents, and numerous music, art, and athletic programs for aspiring youth.
No family should feel like they are struggling alone!
For many kids, summer camp is the first time they will see the world outside of their neighborhood. Each year, Little Pine Island Camp welcomes hundreds of children from low-income families to enjoy fresh air, exercise and new friendships through our annual summer program. This experience is more than just a few days away from home. Here, children learn new skills and self-reliance. Trained counselors who understand their emotional needs and problems help them mature and grow. Camp activities include learning to swim, scouting, arts and crafts, music development, and sports.
Children and youth in these programs build valuable skills that they will use throughout their lives. Our programs focus on positive youth activities and character building. The goal of the programs are to build positive social and communication habits, decision making and life skills, and build character and leadership skills with Christian values.
Schedule for our "Worship on Wednesday" (WOW) Program
4:45 - 5:15 p.m. Supper Club
5:15 - 5:45 p.m. Singing Company
5:45 - 6:40 p.m. Character Building Groups (ages 4 through 12th Grade)
6:40 - 7:00 p.m. United Chapel (led by the Majors Kevin and Christie Van Zee)
For girls and boys ages four and five, The Salvation Army offers the Moonbeams and Laser beams programs. The children learn to make their world brighter by being a light everywhere they go. They earn emblems, learn about interesting things like insects, cooking, animals and how to be helpful and polite. It?s a great opportunity for young girls and boys to make new friends and learn about a very special friend, Jesus.
Moonbeam Aim: I will try to love God, to help everyone and always do my best.
Moonbeam Motto: "Do your best."
Sunbeams is a fun-filled program that helps girls (1st-5th grades) develop socially, mentally and spiritually. From learning to help at home to assisting others in the community and respecting nature, Sunbeams opens girls? eyes to how they can make a difference in the world around them.
Sunbeam pledge: I promise that I will try to love God, to be obedient, to be loving and kind to all and to be true to the
Sunbeam Motto: "Do right!
For boys 1st - 5th grade. Adventure Corps participants are encouraged to get out, explore the world around them and discover ways of serving God and others. By participating in a variety of activities including hiking, fishing, investigating museums, visiting nursing homes, and camping, young men learn to overcome physical, mental and social challenges to grow into responsible adults. Adventure Corps is broken into two groups, Explorers (1st-4th grade) and Rangers (5th-8th grade).
In Adventure Corps boys and young men get the opportunity to take part in a variety of exciting activities while working on emblems. This scouting type program offers fun work that also educates and builds positive character.
Pledge: I promise to explore God's Word and God's world to find ways to serve Him and help others; to develop and guard good habits so that I will grow as God desires; and to adventure into the world with the "good news" of Jesus Christ.
Motto: "Adventure With Christ"
Girls in middle and high school are given the opportunity to join Girl Guards, a four-fold emphasis addressing their spiritual, physical, mental and social needs. Skill-development, personal growth and community service opportunities expand as girls learn to work together and independently in various environments. They are also encouraged to think seriously about career and life-style choices as they move into adulthood, based on what they?ve learned as a Girl Guard.
The Girl Guard program focuses on the four aspects of personal growth: spiritual, mental, physical and social. Girl Guards meet once a week and focus on these goals by earning emblems within various areas of interest. Girl Guards study art, find out how to respect and take care of the environment, learn the responsibilities of parenthood, gain computer skills and auto know-how, delve into God?s Word, discover how to handle difficult situations, participate in wood working classes, join in recreational sport activities and so much more. By discovering God?s gifts of arts and skills, health and happiness, nature, people, personal growth and their present and future, Girl Guard members gain knowledge and experience in a variety of areas which will aid them as they mature into adults.
Girl Guard Aim: I understand that as a Girl Guard I will grow spiritually by increasing my knowledge of God through Bible study and prayer. I will grow mentally by being honest in my thoughts and actions and by developing the mind and talent God has given me. I will grow physically by protecting myself from all harmful substances and habits by developing a healthy body. I will grow socially by being respectful, friendly, of service to others and loyal to my country.