Annual Queen’s Park Reception Focuses on The Salvation Army’s Youth Initiatives

Salvation Army at Queen's Park Reception - Group Photo
by The Salvation Army in Canada
Categories: Divisional News, Events

By: June Li

This week, The Salvation Army had the pleasure of hosting their annual reception at Queen’s Park for Members of Provincial Parliament. With child poverty being a growing issue in the province of Ontario, this year’s reception focused on the many life-changing programs for youth offered by The Salvation Army. These programs bring a wide range of benefits to youth and families. Not only do they keep children active, but they can improve academic performance, reduce risky behaviour and help them build confidence.

This year’s reception looked at four key youth programs:

The Salvation Army’s Ontario Camping Ministries

The Salvation Army Ontario Camping Ministries operates a summer camp for children and youth. Activities at camp include swimming, archery, canoeing, sports, arts and crafts, and a high ropes challenge course.  All of the activities are meant to bring a fun adventure to campers while providing an opportunity of growth through challenge, teamwork, and a sense of accomplishment.

Youth Anger Management Programs: Red Cap and TASK

Red Cap is an anger management program geared to children ages eight to 12. The goal of Red Cap is to have participants come to the point where they can learn to effectively manage their anger.

Similar to Red Cap, TASK is an anger management program designed for High School students. It is operated as a school club for an hour and a half during lunch or after school for 8 to 10 weeks.

Youth Music Programs

Whether it is learning to play an instrument or singing in a choir, The Salvation Army provides opportunities for children and youth to learn music. Weekly rehearsals involve music theory, giving them a foundation and understanding of music that goes beyond just making beautiful music.

Youth Sports Programs

The Salvation Army’s youth sports programs offer children a safe haven and an opportunity to learn new skills. Whether it is hockey, basketball, soccer or swimming, sports programs provide opportunities for children who may not have been able to due to financial constraints.

“This event is an important opportunity for The Salvation Army to connect with the Members of Provincial Parliament and their staff,” says Glenn van Gulik, Divisional Secretary for Public Relations, “It allows The Salvation Army to share the work being done in communities all across Ontario.”

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