One group of our resources that we provide is Character Building. This group will cover items from Adventure Corps (Rangers & Explorers), Girl Guards, Moonbeams, Sunbeams. You can click on any item below to be directed to the following resources you are searching for.
The Salvation Army Adventure Corps is a Christian education program designed for boys Grades 1-12. It is divided into two sections: Explorers for boys in grades 1-5 and Rangers for boys in Grades 6-12. Each section takes members through a series of achievement awards and levels, helping boys to develop their individuality and potential.
Guarding opens the door to adventure. As a Girl Guard, you will find many exciting new experiences awaiting you. With each experience you will discover things about yourself and the world God has created. Girl Guards is open to all girls in grades 6-12.
You will belong to a large family with thousands of members in every part of the United States and in many other the countries where The Salvation Army is located. Girl Guards is one of many youth groups sponsored by your local Salvation Army corps. Girl Guard meetings may be held at the corps center, at community buildings, or schools.
Moonbeams are members of a national character-building program sponsored by The Salvation Army for boys and girls in grades Preschool (age 4) through Kindergarten.
Moonbeams should try to help others whenever possible, even before being asked. Moonbeams are encouraged to attend Sunday school or church every week. If not a member of a Sunday school, the Moonbeams are invited to attend at The Salvation Army. There they’ll meet friends and have fun learning about Jesus.
The Guarding Program is sponsored by The Salvation Army. It includes girls in grades 1 through 12, divided into two groups: Sunbeams (grades 1-5) and Girl Guards (grades 6-12).
If you do not have a Sunbeam program in your local Salvation Army, you may join Girl Guards in grade 5. If you do not have a Girl Guard program, you may remain a Sunbeam through grade 6.
All Sunbeams are members of the Guarding Program. Any girl may join the program.
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Leadership Tip: Meet & Greet
STEP 1. Meet with your corps officer. This is the person who is responsible for overseeing all the troops in your corps. Ask how you can support the goals and mission of your corps. Find out how your troop can support upcoming projects or corps events. Ask what you can do to promote or support other corps programs among troop members. Ask if there are rules you should follow when you want troop events added to the corps calendar. Find out how to add new members to the corps roles, record attendances and report troop advancement, etc.
STEP 2. Meet the parents. Ask them about any special needs or concerns they have for their young person. Keep them informed about any special dates or plans so they can arrange their family calendar. Invite them to teach a special skill or hobby at a troop meeting or to help plan upcoming event.
STEP 3. Seek out your assistant divisional youth secretary (ADYS) or divisional character building director (DCBD). This is the professional troop leader who is responsible for overseeing all troops in your division. They have a great deal of experience and knowledge about the workings of a troop. They have lots of useful ideas and resources to help you to become a great troop leader.
STEP 4. Find a mentor in your area who works with the same type of troop as you. Invite them to meet for coffee. Pray together, share ideas and discuss any challenges you face. Visit each other’s troop meetings, share resources or plan a time for your groups to meet together for a special event or troop meeting.
Do you have other Meet & Greet ideas to share? Follow the troops page on Facebook and join the conversation.
Want to grow your troop? Try this.
1. Decide how many new members you can manage.
2. Challenge your troop to recruit that number of new members (must join…not just come a time or two) and if they do, they can hit you in the face with a whipped cream pie.
3. The person recruiting the most people throws the pie.
Alternative – Before you begin, ask the Captain to take the pie in your place…a great illustration of substitutionary grace.
Looking for ideas and resources? Click on your troop logo to find help on Pinterest.