The Salvation Army operates hundreds of after-school programs in low and moderate-income neighborhoods across the country. These programs provide children with a safe place to play and learn in a supervised and constructive environment. In many cases, The Salvation Army will provide faith-based sports, arts, and music programs, which may or may not be available in the local school systems. As the economy has declined and local municipalities have struggled to fund these extracurricular programs. The Salvation Army has made an effort in many communities to provide these learning opportunities.
Youth Services: Character Building Programs
Character Building: Character Building is a program for young people ages 4 - 18 to learn more about the world around them and the God who loves them, by participating in hands-on activities, earning emblems in the process. Children ages 4 through the completion of kindergarten are "Moonbeams", girls in grades 1 - 5 are "Explorers" and boys 6 - 12 are "Rangers". They meet every Thursday night, along with the Singing Company and Youth Chorus at 4:30 p.m.
Teen Bible Study: Mondays from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Teens meet and will work their way through the New Testament reading challenge. The group will read a chapter from the bible then have a discussion about it. This is a fun, easy-going Bible Study for teens.
Vacation Bible School: One week each summer kids ages 5 - 12 are invited to a Vacation Bible School where they will learn a Bible lesson through crafts, games, stories and more.