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Knowledge is a ticket out of poverty

In 2017, 960 local students who met income eligibility and pre-registered received supplies for school from Back to School Fond du Lac.

Our youth programs reinforce God's love as they deliver life lessons

Opportunity awaits young people in our youth programs:  opportunity to grow in self- awareness, dream of all that's possible for them, realize their abilities, and create the path to make their dream real. Programs include:  summer camp, music lessons, practical skill-building and creative hobbies, an archery program and a summer teen theater.  We furnish transportation, meals and the items/equipment needed.

How we help empower youth


Summer Teen Theater
Fond du Lac Teen Theater encircles tween and teens, ages 12 - 18, with a passion and talent for theater into 4 weeks of intensive and incredible work "growing" a play from start to finish, finally presenting it free to our community. The production is entirely driven by teens -  make up, stage crew, costumes, set design, promotions, etc. - all of it!! 
This summer's production is "Words Hurt!" and uses a storyline similar to NCIS, quirky characters and comedy  to tackle the subject of bullying.

24-Hour Vacation Bible School

Young people, grades K-5  join us from 4 pm August 17 to 1 pm August 18 for a blast of winter in the heat of summer! This indoor 'Arctic' overnight adventure teaches about all the gifts God placed inside and around us with music, movies, games, role playing, fellowship & food!   It'll be a real 'Polar Blast!'

Youth Summer Camp at Army Lake Camp
Army Lake Camp is 200 acres of campground staffed with a well-trained team, dedicated to providing young people opportunity to run, jump, play music, sing, sport, and enjoy good times with God!  A variety of camping options are spread throughout the summer and include Junior Camp (9-12 yrs), Teen Camp (13-17 yrs), Kids Camp (6-8 yrs.), Music Camp (9+ yrs.), Sports Camp (9-12 yrs.) & Outdoor Camp (13-17 yrs.). The Salvation Army camping experience isn't just for children there's a family camp too!


School Year (September - June)

Join us Weds nights from 5 - 7 pm for food, games, worship and learning!

Back to School Fond du Lac 

Location:  The Salvation Army, 237 N. Macy St. 
Please bring:  photo ID, proof of address, proof of income, and each child's: name, birth date, school and grade   
Distribution:  August 25
To learn more, go to backtoschoolfdl.org

Sock It To 'em Collection

Christmas In July with Dock Spiders
Annual home game celebrates those "Doing the Most Good" and helps "mound" a sock collection. Additional businesses and friends of the Army collect through August.

Collection Sites:

Salvation Army staff and Corps members, certified in archery skill instruction share the experience of archery with young people in an indoor controlled archery gallery.  No experience needed.  We provide all the equipment. It's an opportunity that is "right on target!"

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Equiping children  with school supplies is a financial burden each year.  For parents struggling just to feed their families, it's a nightmare.
The Salvation Army's rich tradition of helping children with back to school supplies began in 1989 with a program we called 'Operation Back to School' and continues through our partnership with community in Back to School Fond du Lac

We've taken our interest in helping students to the school counselors, and regularly meet to ask what more need they see throughout the school year.  Counselors told us children come to school in the dead of winter in need of socks; we created a sock drive to help.  Our relationship is ongoing, helping us respond to students and their parents more effectively.  We connect students with Salvation Army Camps, enroll then in our archery classes, and help parents get critical resources.  For one single mom of four who came to us on referral from a school, it's made all the difference.  She and her children were homeless and sleeping in her van; we enrolled her in Pathway of Hope and  it lead to full time employment and a home of their own.    "Thank you for what you've done for my family" was on the handwritten note her young son gave us.

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