Developing Youth Leaders

This year’s DYL (February 12-15, 2013) will be a great opportunity for all of us who are passionate about ministry with youth to gain more insight, be inspired, and make contacts with other youth leaders. If you’re interested in pursuing new and innovative ways to reach our children and youth with our love–and more importantly–the love of Christ, then register now for DYL 2013 at Camp Wonderland and Conference Center.

Check-in begins Tuesday, February 12 at 1pm in the Chapel’s lower level. The first session begins at 2pm. DYL concludes Friday, February 15 after lunch.

Registration deadline is Friday, January 18, 2013!

Special Guests:

Dr. Andrew Root

Andrew Root, PhD (Princeton Theological Seminary) is the Olson Baalson Associate Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at the Lutheren Seminary. He is the author of Revisiting Relational Youth Ministry: From a Strategy of Influence to a Theology of Incarnation (IVP, 2007) as well as a host of other books. Dr. Root will be teaching from this book and helping us understand the importance of our ministry with youth through relationship.

Jim Conway

Jim Conway will provide delegates with an introduction to the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets, an important tool for assessing the efficacy of youth programming, providing examples and strategies from the youth development sites on how the asset framework is being used to strengthen current youth programming.


The Salvation Army Outdoors (TSAO) Training – Maj. Charlene Polsley & Bruce McAlister

This track will give participants an overview of why getting young people outside is so important, and how they can engage with nature and physical activity. Additionally, it will give instruction and certification for running a basic archery class.

Community Development – Majs. Phil & Gail Aho

Focusing on several models for developing a healthy neighborhood and community, this track will share the 8 key components of the Christian Community Development Association’s asset based framework for community development. Specific teaching and discussions will cover the opportunities and challenges these pose for The Salvation Army.

Spiritual Formation – Barb Higgins

What strikes fear in your heart as a concerned parent, pastor or youth worker? Recent studies suggest 40-50% of kids who are connected to religiously centered activities will fail to stick with their faith in college. As you work with youth in your corps you may have asked yourself if you have equipped your children to carry their faith throughout adulthood. In the Spiritual Formation Workshop we will consider the important task of defining spirituality and summarize some views of the spirituality of young people, including alternative perspectives of how spiritual growth and experience are best encouraged. This workshop will give you the helpful and hopeful tips you need to foster a faith that will enable students to follow the Master throughout their spiritual journey.

Divisional Youth Secretaries – Maj. Gail Aho & Capt. William DeJesus

DYS only. Like the Babysitters Club… only better…

4 Points of Contact – Jerrie Miller

“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all fullness of God (Ephesians 3:17-19).”

Did you ever wish there was a way to make youth programs more meaningful for your young people? Explore how to help young people become rooted and empowered in an environment that is based in Scripture, produces faith in action, and moves young people toward leadership through four consistent points of contact.


  • Corps Youth Worker (Non-Officer): $100.00
  • Kroc Center Staff: $160.00
  • DYS or Divisional Youth Department Staff: $160.00

Registration is now closed.