Youth and Women’s Programs

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The Crystal Lake Corps Community Center offers religious and character-building programs that include Sunday school, youth troops, music classes, athletics, arts and crafts, camping, and more.

Many children who participate in our programs would not have access or opportunity to have these experiences without Salvation Army programs. The Salvation Army gives all youth a chance to experience educational enrichment, life skills development, and spiritual and physical wellness. Such experiences allow these at-risk children and adolescents to envision and pursue better futures.

Our goal is to provide a safe environment in which kids will learn and develop different life skills through our Character Building programs. We assure you and your child quality programing with trained leaders and best of all……IT’S FREE!!!!! * All of our leaders have gone through background checks and The Salvation Army Safe from Harm program.

The Salvation Army’s fun, safe and educational programs includes Sunbeams for elementary girls, Girl Guards for young women, and Adventure Corps and Explorers for boys and young men. Rooted in the scouting tradition, The Salvation Army’s character building programs are biblically based with caring, trained leaders. The program runs every Monday Night from 5:00pm to 7:15pm and includes a free dinner every week at 5:00pm.

The Salvation Army Women’s Ministries on Monday nights encompass various opportunities for all women where they are valued, encouraged, equipped, and invited to catch the joy through Christian faith and fellowship. Our mission is to provide opportunity to win women for Christ, and assist in their spiritual growth, nurturing and awareness of the needs of the family, the community, the nation and the world.

Fellowship experiences are filled with fun, food and warm friendships. Offering an opportunity to build relationships, share concerns and receive friendly advice from other women is an important and exciting component of our Women’s Ministries.

So join us, we would love to get to meet your family and grow together. The Crystal Lake Corps Community Center located at: 290 West Crystal Lake Avenue in Crystal Lake. For more information call 1-815-455-2769.

1st Annual Salvation Army Tree of Lights & Kris Kringle Mart

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Join the Salvation Army in kicking off the Holiday Season at our Tree of Lights Ceremony on Thursday, November 13th at McCormick Park in Crystal Lake.

This year’s celebration will include a Community Carol Sing, the Salvation Army Brass Ensemble, The St. Paul’s Children’s UCC Choir and our first Holiday Magic Kris Kringle Market Place.

The Tree of Lights Ceremony is FREE and open to the public, a joyous kick-off to the Christmas Season and the Annual Red Kettle Campaign, which generates  funds used year –round to provide programs and services to people in need. The Kris Kringle Market Place will include local crafters donating a portion of their sales to The Salvation Army Red Kettle.

Schedule for the Evening

  • Kris Kringle Magic Market Place: 4:00pm—8:00pm
  • Refreshments: 6:15pm
  • Entertainment 6:30pm * Brass Band & Children’s Choir will perform Holiday Music
  • Tree of Lights Ceremony: 7:00pm
  • Event Closing: 8:00pm

Location: McCormick Park. 440 Pierson Street, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

*Our iconic red kettles will hit the streets Friday, November 14 and remain out until our campaign concludes on Wednesday, December 24.

For more information call 815-455-2769 ext. 16 0r email

Red Kettle Campaign

kettle-bell-ringer-300x207You can help a lot of people simply by “ringing a bell”. Every day people come to The Salvation Army for assistance in meeting the emergencies of life. By bell ringing at a Salvation Army “Red Kettle”, you can help raise the funds that are needed to provide these necessary services at Christmas and throughout the New Year. All donations stay right here in McHenry County, which make us simply neighbors helping neighbors ~ 365 days a year. Read More