The Salvation Army has been actively serving America's youth for over 120 years. Salvation Army worship and community centers, Boys and Girls Clubs, as well as Red Shield and Kroc Centers offer recreational activities, educational and enrichment opportunities, as well as religious and character-building programs that can include Sunday school, youth troops, music classes, athletics and sporting events, computer and homework labs, arts and crafts, camping, and more.  

Many inner-city youths who participate in such programs do not have access or opportunity to have these experiences otherwise. They have not experienced the peace or safety of camping in the rural countryside. Many have never had the opportunity to play a musical instrument, or to make crafts and play competitive games in a protected setting.

  • Camping programs allow youth to escape city living in the summer for one of our mountain retreats. Several camps are operated throughout the winter and are also used for conservation education.
  • Boys and Girls Clubs, as well as Red Shield and Kroc Centers provide recreation, education, and support service for children and youth during the summer and after school.
  • Day care centers allow parents to place children in a caring, educational environment during their working hours.
  • Religious teaching takes place during Sunday School programs and mid-week Bible Study activities.

By offering structured programs and activities for our youth, TheSalvation Army can help steer them in a positive direction for life.

How to Get Help ...

Salvation Army services vary according to the needs of the local community. If you need assistance, or for information on specific programs and locations in your area, enter your city, state and/or zip in the Find a Location field in the left column of this page

You can also contact the  divisional (regional) headquarters in your area,  or your local Salvation Army Corps Community Center.