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Knowledge is a ticket out of poverty

We have been actively serving the youth of Cape Girardeau since 1898. 

It's often said that our youth are our leaders of tomorrow, we say that our youth are our LEADERS of today or there won't be a tomorrow. 

How we help empower youth

We 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.

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.

Youth Camps
Long hot summer days, a dip in the pool, star-filled nights, camp fires, roasted marshmallows, pillow fights, cabin devotions, emblem work, seeing old friends, making new ones. Expanding horizons and creating memories. The variety of camps is amazing, but they all provide a gorgeous setting, a caring environment and activities that enrich life.

That's what camp is about. For more than 100 years, The Salvation Army has recognized the value of camping. It has witnessed the difference it can make in people's lives. For an underprivileged child who's only known city concrete, the blare of car horns and whirl of mass transit, it opens a whole new world. For a single mother it represents a cherished respite and bonding time with her children. For older adults camp symbolizes independence, a trip down memory lane and desperately needed companionship.

There are camps where kids learn the basics of playing a horn and camps where advanced musicians refine their craft. Teen camps feature organized sports, interesting programs and classes addressing life issues to help them navigate through challenging years. Children who participate in The Salvation Army's character-building ministries in their own hometowns come to camp to learn new skills and increase their knowledge while having fun earning emblems. 
Camp Mihaska

Inner-City
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.

Youth Enrichment
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.

Character and Life Skills
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.

Everything We Do Points to Sundays

Sunday - For Grades 6-12
9:00AM - 9:30AM Breakfast (Youth and Families
9:45AM - 10:45AM Sunday School
11:00AM - 12:00PM Worship
12:00PM - 1:00PM Lunch (Youth and Families)
1:00PM - 2:00PM Corps Cadets

Other Ways We Meet Needs