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Cedar Rapids, ia Youth Ministries Image

Cedar Rapids, ia Youth Ministries

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


Youth and Camping Programs

We offer a variety of youth ministries to children in our community.  This includes sports programs, character building programs, as well as summer camping opportunities to empower kids.

Contact us about our youth ministries

Mr. Chad Feight | Youth Ministries Coordinator |

How we help empower youth

The Salvation Army in Cedar Rapids, IA has been actively serving area youth for over 125 years. The Salvation Army offers Christ-based character-building ministries that can include Sunday school, youth troops, sports programs, arts and crafts, camping, and more.

Many of the youth who participate in our programs do not have access or opportunities 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 our children and adolescents to envision and pursue promising futures.  These youth enrichment programs are offered in conjunction with other family services that promote healthy families. By offering helpful alternatives and hope.

Salvation Army youth programs place special emphasis on activities that encourage the development of faith, character, and life skills development. Through mentoring and education, children and teens are shown the possibility of a future with endless possibilities. 


1. Character Building Programs

Tuesdays during the school year | 4:30pm - 7:30pm (dinner served at 5:30pm to youth)

Fall 2021 registration packets are at bottom of the page.

Explorers (Boys grades 1st - 5th): The Salvation Army Adventure Corps is a Christian education program designed for boys Grades 1-12. It is divided into two sections: Explorers for boys in grades 1-5 and Rangers for boys in Grades 6-12. Each section takes members through a series of achievement awards and levels, helping boys to develop their individuality and potential.

Rangers (Boys grades 6th - 12th): The Salvation Army Adventure Corps is a Christian education program designed for boys Grades 1-12. It is divided into two sections: Explorers for boys in grades 1-5 and Rangers for boys in Grades 6-12. Each section takes members through a series of achievement awards and levels, helping boys to develop their individuality and potential.

Girl Guards (Girls grades: 6th - 12th): Guarding opens the door to adventure. As a Girl Guard, you will find many exciting new experiences awaiting you. With each experience you will discover things about yourself and the world God has created. Girl Guards is open to all girls in grades 6-12.  You will belong to a large family with thousands of members in every part of the United States and in many other the countries where The Salvation Army is located. Girl Guards is one of many youth groups sponsored by your local Salvation Army corps. Girl Guard meetings may be held at the corps center, at community buildings, or schools.

Sunbeams (Girls grades: 1st - 5th): The Salvation Army Sunbeam program emphasizes discipleship, evangelism, and the development of life skills. Aimed at girls in grades 1-5, it offers opportunities for building relationships with the youth who are members of the program as well as unique opportunities for presenting the gospel. Sunbeams takes members through a series of achievement emblems and award levels that help youth to develop their unique individuality and potential.

 Moonbeams (Boys & Girls in grade K): The Salvation Army Moonbeam program is specifically designed and written for kindergarten children. A kindergartner is much more like a three to four-year-old child than a six-year-old, developmentally and cognitively. Eyesight, hearing, motor skills, and bones are all still developing, as well as the ability to reason and think logically. Moonbeams offers a variety of activities to help children develop their self-image and their image of God.


2. Summer Camping at Eagle Crest Camp

Located near Peoria, IL, the camp provides a chance for kids to be outdoors, learning new skills, and enjoying God's creation.  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 ministry 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 chapel, educational guest speakers, swimming, arts and crafts, use 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.


4. Upward Basketball

Our Upward basketball ministry happens in January - March every year for boys and girls in 5th - 6th grade.  Upward Basketball is a Christian-oriented sports program.  Registration for the 2022 winter Upward season will be open in October.


5. Music School

The Salvation Army offers free music and worship arts courses through our regional music school.  Students can take classes in guitar, piano, brass instruments, worship dance and so much more.


6. Corps Cadets

1st & 3rd Sunday of the school year from 12:30pm - 3pm

Corps Cadets is a discipleship and leadership program created by The Salvation Army that engages youth in their spiritual growth and personal relationships with Jesus Christ and empowers them with tools, tips, and techniques for serving God and growing into the leaders of tomorrow.


7. Friday Middle/High School Open Gym & Recreation

Most Fridays during the school year from 1:45pm-3:45pm

Middle & High School students are welcome to come to The Salvation Army on early release Fridays for our Christ-centered Friday open gym & recreation time including: food, open gym time, computer lab access, video game time, homework help, and other focused activities.  Students are supervised by Salvation Army staff

Eligibility Guidelines

  • The Salvation Army Character Building programs are open to children grades K - 12th
Sign your child up for our youth programs!
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