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. This is all available through our youth programs held at Camp Happyland.

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Camp Happyland

Located about two hours south of Washington, D.C., in Richardsville, Virginia, Camp Happyland is a summer destination for more than 1,000 youth from all communities The Salvation Army serves in the Washington, D.C. metro area and Virginia.

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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.

Music & Arts

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