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Approximately 13 percent of children in Boone County live below the federal poverty level, which means they often don't have the same chance to thrive as their more privileged peers.
That's why we offer youth groups, music and character building programs, and trips to summer camp, all of which introduce kids to new, enriching experiences that expand their worlds.
We provide a safe environment, positive adult mentors and programs that build the character, enrich the minds and feed the spirits of young children and teens alike.
Our youth programs are offered on Wednesday evenings and include transportation to and from our Worship & Service Center and supper.
Music School | 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Learning to play a musical instrument increases creativity, fosters discipline and personal responsibility and improves self-confidence, which is why we offer both youth and adults alike the opportunity for brass instrumental instruction. Youth enrolled in our weekly Music School will also participate in the monthly Divisional Music School and the annual Music Academy Camp, both of which take place in Nebraska.
Supper Club | 5:30-6 p.m.
All youth participating in Wednesday evening programs are invited to Supper Club.
Character Building | 6-7 p.m.
Our character-building programs offer the opportunity for kids to develop strong communication and leadership skills, grow their minds, and explore God's Word, all while having fun and connecting with their peers. We offer the following groups for girls and boys:
Kids need a place to be kids. Every Monday from 6-7 p.m., our Y.P.L. youth group offers kids and teens ages 10-18 exactly that: a safe, welcoming place to meet for fellowship, youth Bible study, community service projects and, of course, games, fun and socializing.
Junior Soldiers | Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.
The aim of the Junior Soldier program is to ensure that children involved in The Salvation Army have personally received Jesus Christ as their Savior and are discipled in biblical truths, life applications and Salvation Army principles and practices. Junior Soldiers are the youngest members of The Salvation Army, ages 7-14.
Corps Cadets | Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.
Youth between the ages of 13 and 18 who are enrolled as Junior or Senior Soldiers are invited to participate in this training program and discipleship course focusing on spiritual growth, leadership development, growing their knowledge of Salvation Army history and evangelism training.
Kids and teens in first through 12th grade are offered the opportunity to enroll in overnight camps each summer at Gene Eppley Camp in Bellevue, Nebraska, where kids experience nature, connect with others and learn social, leadership and character-building skills. Themed weeks are also offered, including Music Camp, Teen Camp and Outdoor Camp.