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Summer Camps

Community centers and free summer camp programs so kids can be kids

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Children are most likely to commit or experience criminal activity between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays.

This behavior includes vandalism, sexual misconduct, and cigarette, drug, and alcohol consumption.

Summer Camps for Kids

Many children from low-income families rarely experience life outside their immediate neighborhood. That’s why The Salvation Army’s annual summer programs for kids are so important.

Every year, thousands of kids of all ages get a fresh perspective on life as they meet new friends, discover new activities, and get a taste of the great outdoors. As campers learn to swim, play sports, create music, make art, and scout, their trained counselors help them navigate the complicated emotions and struggles often associated with their lives back home.

Broken Families Can Be Healed. You Can Help.

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The Salvation Army Summer Camps for Kids Help Families Thrive Through:


Busy kids are happy kids. Our summer camp sessions provide a structured and positive environment, keeping kids active and safe while at the same time giving them the opportunity to learn about building relationships with other kids and the world around them. Camp sessions are programmed with activities for kids that engage and inform.

The restorative power of nature

Poets and artists have long recognized the restorative effect nature can have on us, and science has turned theory into fact. Research shows that simply having a view of nature can improve a student’s test scores, reduce aggressive behavior, and even speed physical healing. Kids at our summer camps benefit daily from the fresh air, exercise, and new friendships they form.

New skills and self-reliance

The Salvation Army summer camp experience is more than just a pleasant vacation. Our counselors are trained to recognize your child’s emotional needs and problems and to help them to mature. Camp activities include swimming lessons, adventure and scouting camps, arts and crafts, music development, and sports.


State childcare subsidy is accepted at most of our summer camps, and offer scholarships to help parents with the cost of childcare. Parents are encouraged to contact Salvation Army summer camps directly for more information.

 Serving All Without Discrimination

In providing its after-school and summer camp programs and services to families, The Salvation Army is committed to accommodating all those in need without unlawful discrimination or harassment based on age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, disability, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other characteristic in accordance with our capacity to help.


The Salvation Army also serves local families through:

Kroc Community Centers

Each state-of-the-art Kroc Community Center gives families a chance to discover new skills, passions, and hobbies while connecting with friends and neighbors in safe, educational ways. Each facility offers after-school programs, recreational opportunities, and community programs dedicated to fostering healthy futures.

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After-School Programs

With over 400 after-school programs nationwide, we foster an environment of learning long after the school day ends. By providing a safe place to study, read, learn, connect with friends, play sports, and enrich the mind, we give at-risk kids a healthy alternative to less-desirable after-school options.

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All over the country, children are fending for themselves.

In communities today, 11.3 million children take care of themselves after the school day ends.

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Parents benefit from after-school programs too.

Parents with children in after-school programs are less stressed, have fewer unscheduled absences, and are more productive at work.

When you give to The Salvation Army, you provide funding for programs that help support safe family centers.Donate now


Gang membership increases a teen’s chance of death.

A gang member is 60 times more likely to experience death by homicide than the general population.

When you give to The Salvation Army, you provide funding for programs that help support safe family centers.  Donate now


We believe in the power of strong families.

The Salvation Army offers a wide array of community programs to help cultivate brighter futures. Along with community centers, we provide summer camps and after-school programs for students of all ages, and numerous music, art, and athletic programs for aspiring youth. While free summer camp invites kids to experience the world in a new way, extracurricular activities give families access to programs they might not otherwise be able to afford.

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The Salvation Army Gives Kids and Families a Chance at a Better Life

Watch how The Salvation Army lets kids experience summer camp for the first time.

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