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Knowledge is a ticket out of poverty

By the end of the 4th grade, African-American, Hispanic and low-income students are already two years behind grade level.

By the time they reach the 12th grade, the same kids are four years behind

Now more than ever - our kids need help so they have a better chance at succeeding in school!

Poverty impacts education. Students from low income families are seven times more likely to drop out than those from families with higher incomes. When you give to The Salvation Army, you provide funding for programs that help support kids’ educational needs. Share Children in poverty have greater learning challenges. Children who live below the poverty line are 1.3 times more likely to develop mental delays or learning disabilities than those who don’t live in poverty. Give for the children and our future - Support The Salvation Army

How we help empower youth

The Salvation Army provides several youth programs in Southern Indiana. These programs provide children with a safe place to play and learn in a supervised and constructive environment.  

Supper Club

During the school year, kids get together for food and fun every Wednesday at 5:30 PM.  After a healthy and delicious supper, kids break into various age based groups for character-building activities.  Groups include Moonbeams (PreK and K), Sunbeams (girls 1st-5th grade), Girl Guards (girls 6th-12th grade), Explorers (boys 1st-5th grade), and Rangers (boys 6th-12th grade).  Each group works to earn merits which help them learn about themselves, their environment, and their world, all from a Christian perspective.   Children are recognized twice per year in a merit award ceremony during church.  Church attendance is not required to participate in this program.

For more information about Supper Club, contact Shelby Rayls at 812-206-2649 or shelby.rayls@usc.salvationarmy.org.

Summer Bible Day Camp

Children make new friendships, have a blast, explore Southern Indiana, and learn about the Bible at our Summer Bible Day Camp.  Activities include swimming, reading, snacks, recreation, team sports, weekly field trips, and more!  Trained staff supervise and mentor kids to make sure their summer is filled with fun and laughter in a safe environment.  Weekly fees apply; reduced rates are available based on need.

For more information about Summer Day Camp, contact Shelby Rayls at 502-206-2649 or Shelby.rayls@usc.salvationarmy.org.

Would you like to support our recreation programs? Click HERE to see our current wish list with items like basketballs, practice shirts, and a new scoreboard. 

Hidden Falls Camp

Children ages 7-17 are invited to go to our overnight camp located in Bedford, Indiana.  Each weekly camp has a different theme and activities.  For a list of each camp, dates, and age requirements click here.  Transportation to and from the camp is provided from our main office in New Albany (2300 Green Valley Road).

For more information about Hidden Falls Camp contact Shelby Rayls at 812-206-2649 or shelby.rayls@usc.salvationarmy.org.

Eligibility Guidelines

  • For information about Kids' Academy at The Salvation Army, contact Kelly Saydera at 502-681-2061.

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