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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.

Children's & Youth Programs

Fall SA Group Life Tuesday Family Night begins September 14! See information below

We are excited to offer a variety of Youth programs for children and youth of all ages. 
Programs include Character Building, Youth Music and Arts and Summer Camp

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. 

Programs are held at The Salvation Army Community Center, 1239 Barlow St., Traverse City. Participants must be registered before starting the programs. For more information please call Susie Afton, Youth Ministries Coordinator (231) 946-4644 ext 309.

Programs include: 
Tuesday Night Youth Programs - Character building and music during SA Group Life - Family Night! 
The Squad Teen Program
Christian Education (Sunday) - Sunday School, Junior Worship and Junior Soldiers and Corps Cadet programs  

FALL 2021, Tuesday Nights, September 14 - October 19.  Join us Tuesday Nights for SA Group Family Night! 

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Nightly Schedule:
4:00 - 5:00 PM: THE ARTS: Brass, Ukulele, Guitar and Fine Arts
4:30 - 5:30 PM: DINNER

  • SA NURSERY, Ages 0 - 4 - A safe place for you to drop your kids off so you can attend your small group. We will read books, do crafts and learn about Jesus!      
  • SA KIDS, 5 - 12 yearsAn activity-based program that builds character and creates a safe and fun environment for kids to be creative.
  • BIBLE STUDY - This group will be going through Andy Stanley's "Christian: It's not what you think". They will be exploring the rebranding of         Christianity.
  • REVIVE for Single Moms (This course will run through Fall and Winter Sessions) Single Mom Ministry’s reVIVE Course was created to provide a thirteen-week small group experience for single moms looking to live courageously and rediscover their greatness. To register or for more information: www.revivecourse.org/register
  • WOODWORKING  This group is designed to give amateurs, professionals and anyone in between, the opportunity to build basic and complex things.


The Squad

The Squad is a youth group for students 6th-12th grade. It is a time to hang out in a safe Christ-centered environment connecting with peers and leaders. The Salvation Army "The Squad" youth group will be held on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Friday from 6:00-8:00 PM. We will be offering several activities for teens in The Squad to be involved with such as bowling, archery (when this becomes available), movie nights, open gym, swimming, games and other activities. Some of these events could also be a part of family night as well. There will be a cost for some of these events such as swimming, archery and bowling. Most things that have a cost to it that takes us outside of the building will come at a minimal cost.

If you are interested in having your child participate, we will need you to fill out a participation form and also go over a form with your child about behavior and what we expect your child to adhere to while they are in our care. For participation form please call Susie Afton, Youth Ministries Coordinator at (231) 946-4644, x.309.

Christian Education (Sundays)

The Salvation Army Christian education programs focus on the salvation and nurturing of young people and adults to the honor and glory of God as well as building relationships within the body of Christ. This objective is achieved through the spiritual disciplines of scripture study and memorization, prayer and accountable relationships.

Sunday School   -  Sunday   9:30-10:45 AM 
(Children and adults welcome) 

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