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Kids Deserve Kindness

Our main charge is to ensure that all are met with understanding and love. At the core of all that we do, fighting for our youth is a primary driver to share God's grace. 

The Salvation Army is renowned for the holistic care approach incorporated into everything we do. Providing a safe place to play and a warm meal is just the start. We also provide character-building programs, summer camp, sports activities, after school programs, back-to-school drives and mentorship. The youth of today will be equipped and empowered for life, tomorrow.

After School Program

Dates: Held Monday-Friday after school until 6:00 PM when Petoskey Public Schools are in session (full day)

Transportation: Petoskey Public School students are delivered right to our building. Concord Academy Petoskey students are picked up at Concord.

Cost: $125 a month 

Activities: Snacks, Crafts, Activities, Field Trips, Help with homework

Call 231-347-3531 X 1009 to register! Scholarships available.



TEEN FIRE is a Christian youth group just for teens! We encourage positive development through games, activities, outings and fellowship in a upbeat safe Christian environment.

Cost: FREE! Bring your friends!

Dates: After school on Wednesdays and Fridays when Petoskey Public Schools are in session (full day)

Activities: Coffee, *Snacks, WI-FI, Video Games, Music! A fun and safe place for teens to hang out after school; help with homework available

*Optional: Additional charge for snacks and occasional field trips

For more information, please contact Youth Pastor Justin Bluer at (231) 373-0072 or email wmipetoskey@usc.salvationarmy.org.






Summer Recreation Program

Kids Days

Children enjoy a variety of activities on special kids days throughout the summer such as trips to the:

  • Beach
  • Keiju Farms
  • Fishing hole
  • State Park
  • Flywheelers




Watermelon parties

We share the love of Christ with others while we grill out at local apartment communities. The grill-outs are open to the public. We supply hot-dogs, chips, punch and of course watermelon! There are games and prizes for kids and we often have special treats like face-painting.



Vacation Bible School

Children embark on a adventure that teaches a different lesson from the bible each year. Snacks, games, activities, crafts, songs and plays are all part of this fun-filled week that kicks off with a Watermelon Party.














Summer Camp at Little Pine Island

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.

Camps are FREE of charge. Includes round-trip transportation and meals. No income requirements to qualify. Must register by dates shown.

Please call 231-347-3531 x 1009 to register!





Character Building Programs

Adventure Corps, Sunbeams, Girl Guards and Moonbeams

The Salvation Army Adventure Corps program is a holistic Christian education experience for boys in grades 1-12.  The Salvation Army Sunbeam and Girl Guard programs are holistic Christian Education experiences for girls in grades 1-12. The Salvation Army Moonbeam program is a holistic Christian Education experience for girls and boys in pre-k and kindergarten.

The goals of the Character Building programs are to develop positive social and communication habits, decision making and life skills, character and leadership.  This is done through a Biblical worldview by encouraging a sense of personal identity and character, Christian values and Biblical principles and physical, mental, spiritual, and social development in a safe environment for learning, developing, and caring that is age appropriate and Christ centered.

Contact us to get your child involved today!

Jr. Soldiers

Junior Soldiers are children between the ages of seven and thirteen who have professed Jesus Christ as their Savior and have signed the junior soldiers promise, becoming a Salvationist. Junior Soldiers utilizes the Totally His curriculum while Honor Junior Soldiers prepares children for the next step of leadership in their local corps.

Corps Cadets

A Corps Cadet is a young Salvationist who is at least 13 years old or in the 7th grade who undertakes a course of Bible study and leadership training in order to grow spiritually and become better equipped for effective service in The Salvation Army.

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