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Knowledge is a ticket out of poverty

The Salvation Army creates opportunities to grow and learn
for the youth in our communities

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Youth Programs and Camping Programs

We offer character building programs, as well as summer camping to empower and train kids, and give them a chance to recreate in a safe environment.

How we help empower youth

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.

1. Character Building Programs

Operating every Tuesday during the school year, children in grades 1st through 12 can participate in specialized programs that teach kids life skills and instill positive character.





2. Summer Camping at Eagle Crest Camp

Located near Peoria. Illinois the camp provides a chance for kids to be outdoors, learning new skills and enjoying the recreation a summer camp like Eagle Crest can offer.  Eagle Crest Camp is a ministry of The Salvation Army, that exists to provide an opportunity for all to encounter Jesus Christ and enrich their lives through exposure to God's Word, His Creation, and His People.

We send many children from ages nine to seventeen to various camps lasting from 5 to 7 days throughout the summer months.

3. Day Camp

The summer day camp provides an atmosphere where children can develop or enhance social, emotional, and physical abilities through a variety of activities. Operating from June through August some of the activities include: educational guest speakers, swimming, arts and crafts, usa of the computer lab, music, picnics, and tours of area businesses. This day camp service is available only to children whose parents/guardians are employed or are continuing their formal education on a full-time basis.


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