Music program turns kids into leaders (video)
The program, called the Summer Music and Gospel Arts Crew, was held throughout July and included extensive training in public speaking, music, acting, leading a worship service – even setting up a music stage. (Donate to this camp.)
A crew member named Tori (pictured left) will be putting her new skills into action at The Salvation Army’s church in Rochester, Minn. After arriving at camp unsure of her abilities as a guitarist and leader, she left with a newfound confidence in herself and her talents.
“At first, I thought I couldn’t play guitar well enough,” she said. “After I got over that fear I started to have a lot of fun. When I go back to (Rochester), I will be bringing more to the table. Now I understand what it takes to be a good leader.”
“When I go back to my (church), I’m going to teach the kids how to play trumpet and how to sing,” said Nene, who attends a Salvation Army church in St. Cloud, Minn. “My goal is to help make a new praise team.”
“What a wonderful group of kids,” he said. “This program was an experiment – but a very successful experiment.”
So successful, in fact, that Sanchez believes the program could be modeled by Salvation Army locations nationwide.
Meet the members of the Summer Music and Gospel Arts Crew in this short video:
About Northwoods Camp
Northwoods Camp is a 280-acre Salvation Army facility located two hours north of the Twin Cities. Each year, hundreds of children and families in Minnesota and North Dakota come for fun outdoors activities and spiritual growth.
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