Keep Camp and Camp On during The Salvation Army Summer Day and Away Camps! 

Summer Camp 2017
 It is time to create wonderful new memories, meet new friends, gain new skills and confidence and have an amazing experience with God in His creation! The Traverse City, Salvation Army is excited to provide area children and youth the opportunity to attend Summer Day Camp and Away Camp at Little Pine Island Camp at Comstock Park, MI. Click here for more information! 


We are excited to offer a variety of Youth Development programs for children and youth of all ages
 including Character Building, Music programs, Minecraft EDU Virtual Learning and All-American Starz Dance Team. Children and youth in these programs build valuable skills that they will use throughout their lives. 
Our programs focus on positive youth activities and character building. The goal of the programs are to build positive social and communication habits, decision making and life skills, and build character and leadership skills with Christian values. Click to download a Youth program brochure. 

CHARACTER BUILDING AND MUSIC PROGRAMS - Tuesdays (during school year)

WHAT Is Character Building?

Programs that challenge and nurture boys and girls by teaching them to express their value and ambitions toward spiritual, mental, physical and social well-being, and helps them understand their potential as individuals. 


2:30 - 4:15 Gym (homework)
4:15 - 4:45 Devotion (chapel)
4:45 - 5:30 Dinner (provided)
5:30 - 6:15 Character building programs (Moonbeams (4ys-K) Sunbeams(Girls K-5th grade) Explorers (Boys 1st-5th grade) Girl Guards (Girls 6th-12th grade) and Rangers (Boys 6th-12th grade))

6:00 - 7:15 Music programs


Moonbeams are for 4-year-olds and kindergarteners. The emphasis is on "Doing your best," and badges focus on things which help the children be confident in who God has created them to be.

Moonbeams pledge: I promise that I will try to love God, help everyone and always do my best.

Moonbeam Motto: "Do Your Best!"


Sunbeams are for girls, 1st - 5th grades. The Sunbeam program focuses on helping girls learn about themselves and their world. They do this through programs centered around education, fellowship and worship.

Sunbeam pledge: I promise that I will try to love God, to be obedient, to be loving and kind to all and to be true to the

Sunbeam Motto: "Do right!


Explorers are for boys 1st - 5th grade. The Explorer program focuses on working with others, providing service within the community, learning about other cultures, meeting new people, and building friendships. 

Explorers Pledge: I promise to explore God's Word and God's world to find ways to serve Him and help others; to develop and guard good habits so that I will grow as God desires; and to adventure into the world with the "good news" of Jesus Christ.

Explorer Motto: "Adventure With Christ"

Girl Guards

Girls Guards are for middle and high school girls. The Girl Guards program is focused on addressing their spiritual, physical, mental and social needs. Skill-development, personal growth and community service opportunities expand as girls learn to work together and independently in various environments. They are also encouraged to think seriously about career and life-style choices as they move into adulthood, based on what they’ve learned as a Girl Guard.

Girl Guard Aim: I understand that as a Girl Guard I will grow spiritually by increasing my knowledge of God through Bible study and prayer. I will grow mentally by being honest in my thoughts and actions and by developing the mind and talent God has given me. I will grow physically by protecting myself from all harmful substances and habits by developing a healthy body. I will grow socially by being respectful, friendly, of service to others and loyal to my country.


Rangers are for boy's 6th - 12th grade. The Ranger program focuses on working with others, providing service within the community, learning about other cultures, meeting new people, and building friendships.

Transportation is available from many local schools to the Traverse City Community Center at 1239 Barlow Street (although not guaranteed) and transportation home after programs. 

MUSIC - Tuesday evenings (during school year)

  • NEW General Music - Students must go through this class in order to join one of the other music groups unless they pass a proficiency test or were previously a part of music programs. It is to teach basic music theory and prepare students to learning an instrument without having to learn the basics of music at the same time.
  • Singing Company - Childrens choir
  • Junior Brass Band - We have several brass instruments available to check out
  • Guitar Ensemble - We have several nice guitars for students to check out thanks to a generous donation by guitar center.

Click here for download a Youth Night Character Building and Music program registration and permission waiver form.  

Programs are help at The Salvation Army Community Center, 1239 Barlow St., Traverse City. Participants must be registered before starting the programs. For more information please call 231.946.4644.