Northern Division: Serving every county in Minnesota and North Dakota

Youth Services

Youth of all ages come through our doors. Some want to learn a new skill after school rather than going home to an empty house. Some need an adequate dinner or help with homework. Others just want to have a conversation with someone who is willing to listen. No matter what the need, we see each child’s potential in life and help them see hope for a bright future.

Click the links below to reveal a description of each youth service:

After-School Programs

Children from all walks of life face obstacles. But those who grow and learn in structured activities and have supervision are less likely to succumb to risky behaviors.1 Many of our Salvation Army locations offer after-school programs to engage children to learn new skills and gain confidence through tutoring.

1 According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy

Teen Drop-In Centers

When teens don’t have anywhere to go after school, we open our doors to give them a safe place to interact. Contact The Salvation Army in your neighborhood to find out if there are teen drop-in hours.

Character-Building Programs

Building character starts young and helps determine who a child will become in life. Our programs help develop a child’s unique personality and individual strengths, based on Biblical principles.

Girls can attend Moonbeams (preschool to Kindergarten), Sunbeams (first through fifth grades) and Girl Guards (sixth through 12 grades). Boys can attend Moonbeams (preschool to Kindergarten), Adventure Corps Explorers (first through fourth grades) and Rangers (fifth through eighth grades).


Youth with a passion for music crave an outlet to perform, collaborate with other musicians and learn new techniques. Most Salvation Army locations offer bands or choirs where youth can practice their passion as part of a musical team.

Northwoods Camp

Need an outlet for your child’s sense of adventure and creativity, or a place for your family to bond over roasted marshmallows? The 280-acre Northwoods Camp in Finlayson, Minn., is just 90 minutes north of the Twin Cities. We offer camp opportunities for both children and families. Call 320-233-0711 for more information.

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