GIRL GUARDS & SUNBEAMS
Girl Guards and Sunbeams are Christian character building programs open to girls who are in the first through fifth grades (Sunbeams) and six through twelfth grades (Girl Guards).
The programs focus on helping girls learn about themselves and their world. They are designed to help guide girls toward spiritual, physical and social well-being, and help them understand their potential as individuals. This is done through programs centered around education, fellowship, service and worship, by working on badges and awards that focus on these areas and through educational field trips and camping experience.
JR. LEAGUE OF MERCY
The League of Mercy Program is an expression of love in the best traditions of The Salvation Army’s service and it truly reflects the ideal of giving hearts to God and hands to man. Men, women and young people spend time making personal visits and conducting services to cheer lonely and sick people across the nation. Whether it be patients in hospitals (including Veterans Administration Medical Centers), nursing homes and institutions, or others unable to care for themselves (shut-ins, disabled, blind), the League of Mercy volunteer provides warm, personal attention and often times the patients only link to the outside world.
During the Christmas Season, volunteers of the League of Mercy program deliver thousands of gifts to those who must spend their holidays confined to bed or far away from loved ones.
All Salvation Army programs and services are based on community needs and, therefore, may vary from location to location. For more information on specific programs including meetings times and activity schedules, please contact your local Salvation Army.
The Salvation Army is known for its brass bands the world over. What most do not know, however, is that the organization is unique in the fact that it offers free music lessons (and often times the free use of an instrument) to children involved in the music programs. The Salvation Army brass bands involve children of all ages and skill levels.
Brass bands, however, are not the limit of the Army’s musical expression to God. In addition to brass bands, they also provide choirs for all ages and timbrel (more commonly known as tambourines) brigades.
Some Salvation Army churches may also have string bands and/or Praise and Worship Bands. These groups incorporate contemporary Christian music into the worship service using vocalists, piano, guitars and drums with assistance being provide by the occasional wind.
A unique aspect of Salvation Army music in the Maryland and West Virginia is the Music Conservatory program. This is a concentrated four to five week Christian residential camping program for young people to learn more about various aspects of music. The program includes daily instruction in their instrument of choice, vocal lesson, piano lessons as well as an elective which may include classes in Hand bells, Guitar, Timbrel, Recorder, Conducting and Drama.
Adventure Corps is a Christian Education Program designed for boys in first through eighth grades. Its purpose is to assist boys in developing their individuality and potential in the following ways:
- Through group interaction with leaders and other boys.
- By discovering the importance of Christian values and Biblical truths.
- Through the development of physical, mental, and social skills.
- By providing a balanced environment for learning, developing and caring that is child-oriented and Christ-centered.
Within the Adventure Corps program, boys work on badges and other awards in the following areas:
- Sports & Athletics
- Health & Safety
- The World Around Us
- Science and Technology
- Outdoor Living
- Arts & Crafts
- Family & Culture
- Bible & The Salvation Army