YOUTH PROGRAMS 2017-18

We are excited to offer a variety of Youth programs for children and youth of all ages. Programs include Character Building, Youth Music and Arts and Summer Camp opportunities.

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

PROGRAMS INCLUDE:
Youth Night     -  Tuesday
Sunday School  - Sunday
Junior Church   - Sunday
Junior Soldiers and Corps Cadets
Summer Camp Opportunities 

CHARACTER BUILDING AND MUSIC AND ARTS PROGRAMS - Tuesdays nights through November 1 and then starting again January 9, 2018. 

TUESDAY NIGHT IS YOUTH NIGHT!
Youth Night challenges and nurtures boys and girls of all ages 4 yrs. of age thru high school 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. 
Free transportation is available from many local schools. 

SCHEDULE
3:00 - 4:15 Gym (homework)
4:15 - 4:30 Dinner (provided)
4:30 - 5:25 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))
5:30 - 6:00 Music and Arts

CHARACTER BUILDING GROUPS

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. 

Moonbeams 

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

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

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

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 AND ARTS

From The Salvation Army’s earliest days, music and the arts have played an important part of our ministry. Opportunities are available to develop and express their musical and artistic skills to bring glory and honor to God.

  • Junior Band*
  • Singing Company
  • Guitar Ensemble*
  • Puppets

*New students must pass a proficiency test and show an interest to learn the basics of music theory in order to check out a brass instrument or guitar owned by The Salvation Army.

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

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

The Salvation Army Christian education programs focus on the salvation and nurturing of young people and adults to the honor and glory of God as well as building relationships within the body of Christ. This objective is achieved through the spiritual disciplines of scripture study and memorization, prayer and accountable relationships.

Sunday School   -  Sunday   9:30-10:45
(Children and adults welcome) 

Junior Church    - Sunday   11:30-noon(Ages 5– 12yrs )

Junior Soldiers and Corps Cadets programs are spiritually structured and in-depth. Groups meet at various times. Contact Susie Afton, Youth Ministries Coordinator for more information at 231.946.4644 ext. 309.

Programs are held at The Salvation Army Community Center, 1239 Barlow St., Traverse City. Participants must be registered before starting the programs. For more information please call Susie Afton, Youth Ministries Coordinator 231.946.4644 ext 309.

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
Proverbs 22.6