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Youth Programs

Youth Programs

In 2010, The Salvation Army launched a National Youth Developmental Initiative (YADI) in partnership with the Search Institute, authors of the 40 Developmental Assets, which are cited as necessary building blocks for healthy development of young people. The Youth Asset Development Initiative, beginning in Kroc Centers throughout the country, embodies Joan Kroc’s emphasis on tapping youths’ potential by providing opportunities for them to nurture the gifts that God has given them, for the betterment of others as well as themselves. The Salvation Army is keenly aware of the magnitude of our responsibility to influence and care for young people in our communities. This initiative is viewed as an early step in accountability for programming focused on positive youth development as an outcome.

Explore our opportunities below:

Summer Day Camp 


Corps Cadets

BOLD for Corps Cadets is a practical training that provides the individual an opportunity to discover and develop potential for effective leadership in The Salvation Army as a soldier or an officer. BOLD stands for: Bible study, Our Heritage, Leadership and Discipleship. The BOLD Scope and Sequence is a five year overview of the 10 courses to be completed in the Corps Cadets Curriculum.

Students at The Sal

Students @ The Sal takes place on the 2nd Friday of each month during the school year. Enjoy fun and games in a safe environment from 7-9 pm. For middle school and High School Students Only.

For more information please contact Melanie Mowers @ 248 585 5600 ext. 674 or at

Scouting Programs

Our Scouting programs meet on Wednesday nights at 6 pm during the school year.

The Salvation Army's Character Building programs provide opportunities for young people to develop their character through exploring different activities, experiencing new things, and learning how to work together as a group.

For more information please contact

Melanie Mowers 248-585-5600 ext. 674

Sal Youth Basketball League

Registration for the WINTER 2020 league opens December 2nd, 2020 To register: Bring your registration form & payment to

The Salvation Army 3015 N. Main St., Royal Oak Monday-Friday 8:30am-12:00pm & 1:00-4:30pm to the Main Office entrance or Monday-Friday 4:30-6:00pm to The SAL Community Center entrance.

Youth Trips

Information for Youth Group Trips will be updated here!

For Youth Group Information please contact Melanie Mowers @ 248 585 5600 ext. 674 or at

After-School Program

Registration for the 2021/2022 school year begins Tuesday, May 25. Register in the main office Monday - Friday 8:30am-4:30pm

After school can be a tough time for students. Students can either get involved in an after-school activity or search for something to do, often ending up playing video games, watching TV, or just being bored. Our After-School Program offers an alternative. We pick kids up from Royal Oak Middle School, Northwood Elementary, and Oak Ridge Elementary and take them to The Salvation Army Community Center. While there, they receive a snack, tutoring & homework help, structured activities and some time just for hanging out in a safe supervised environment.

Youth Music

Music plays a large role in the life of The Salvation Army Church for teens. Rehearsals are on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.

For more information, please call 248 585 5600.

Echo Grove Camp

For nearly 100 years, thousands of children from low-income families have enjoyed fresh air, exercise and the chance to make new friendships during the annual summer camp program at Echo Grove. The camping experience is more than just a pleasant vacation. Children learn new skills and self-reliance; trained counselors who understand their emotional needs and problems, help them to mature. A few weeks at Echo Grove can mean a lifetime of impact for a kid who needs to be lifted up and encouraged.

While at Echo Grove, campers participate in a wide range of activities, including swimming instruction, Adventure Corps and Scouting, arts and crafts, music instruction, Christian education and much more.