youth ministry (7-12 grade)

Welcome to the Salem Youth Group homepage. Scroll down (this is a LONG page!) for information about Youth Group, Waywalkers, Retreats, and our 3 summer trips.



Scholarships are always available upon Request to ANYONE in need, including friends.

Contact Eric at or Allyssa at with any questions

Parents and Youth Sign up for Text Reminders about Youth Activities and Info:

 We are excited about a new communication channel for our youth programs. We encourage parents and youth to text @SalemYth17 to 81010 so we can subscribe you to the appropriate list and keep you updated! 
We can tailor messages to different groups so you only get what is relevant to you!

Jr & Sr High Retreat
*February 16th – 18th
Registration is due Sun Feb 11th. Cost is $65. At Camp Lebanon there is BROOMBALL! We will also have fun, “Guess the Jones Soda”, eat GREAT food, have free time, play games, worship with Jenny Olson, and lots of good, honest conversation on our theme of Sex & Dating!
*Typically this is only a Jr High Retreat, but this year we are able to open it to Sr High too!

will again lead the Wed night Lent Services! ALL youth are invited to help plan and participate. Waywalkers are required to attend. Ash Wednesday is Feb. 14th and Lent continues for the following 5 Wednesdays.

Sr High Youth Group
Wed 7:30-9:00 for all Sr Highers! Join us for a night of worship, games, devotions, prayer, and MUCH more!   We have a welcoming, affirming, fun, and deep community of Sr Highers and a GREAT team of dedicated leaders!  We hope you and your friends can join us!

Jr High Confirmation/Waywalkers  
Wed nights 7:30-9:00 for 7-8 grade students. Join us for good teaching, quality small groups, worship, games, and MORE! Our program is a 2-year program with an emphasis on small group participation, service, retreats and camps.  We also we work hard to engage families throughout the process! 

Youth Room OPEN

every Wed night after right after school! Join us for fun, video games, music, and a place to do your homework and eat a good meal for only $3. See you there!

We want to see YOU in action!  
If you are in any sports, concerts, plays, etc... please leave Eric of Allyssa your schedule so we can attend. Make sure your name is on the sheet along with the field or room where you will be and the times. We’ll try to get to them all, but the earlier we get them the better! Also, your event will be put on the calendar in the Youth Room.

If you want to stay informed with announcements and emails, please either give me your email so I can put you on my email list, OR become a fan of our Facebook Page “Salem's Youth Page” and watch for updates. Also watch the bulletin each week and the Youth Board located across from my office to stay up to date! If there is ever anything I can do for you, let me know! I have a TON of resources on all kinds of topics and would love to help in any way I can!

FUNdraisers and Scholarships
Scholarships (partial or full) are available to every youth in need (regardless of is they are a member of Salem or not), all you need to do is talk with Eric.  We will also have 2 FUNdraisers every spring where youth and families can earn money towards their personal account.

Forms & Newsletters:

Download a medical form HERE Winter 2018   Fall 2017    Summer Trips 2017    Summer 2017


Upcoming Calendar

*Dec 20/27: Christmas Break- No Youth Activities

*Jan 12-15, 2018: Sr High Winter Retreat

*Feb 16-18, 2018: Jr High Winter Retreat

*Mar 4, 2018: Celebrate Youth Sunday

*Apr 1, 2018: Easter Breakfast Fundraiser

*Apr 21, 2018: Rummage Sale Fundraiser

*June 10-16, 2018 Leadership Quest

*June 23-July 1, 2018 Sr High Road Trip

*July 22-27, 2018: Twelvestone Jr High Camp

*Sept 14-16, 2018: Jr & Sr High Fall Retreat


At Salem we greatly value retreats & camps. Studies show that most youth who stay connected to a faith community after high school have had a powerful encounter with God on a church camp or retreat. We put a LOT of time & energy into each one.

As ALWAYS full or partial scholarships are available to ANYONE in need (whether you're a member of Salem or not!).

Jr & Sr High Fall Retreat (next one is Sept 14-16, 2018):

Every September we travel to Faith Haven in Battle Lake, Mn for a weekend of fun, worship, connecting with God, small groups, games, a formal supper and MUCH more! This fall's retreat is on Joy. Stay tuned for a packing list. Cost $45 due by Sun Sept 10. Click here for the packing list.

Sr High Winter Retreat (Next one is Jan 12-15, 2018):

Every January we have a 4-day retreat over Martin Luther King weekend at Camp Lebanon in Upsala, Mn. This retreat is spiritually deep, with a focus on community, rest, and fun! We'll also eat AWESOME food and play broomball on the lake!!! Click here for the packing list.

Jr High Winter Retreat (Next one is Feb 16-18,2018):

This retreat happens every even year (usually in the month of February). The theme is Sex and Dating! We dig deeply into the topic, enjoy lots of fun games, have honest, yet fun conversation, and take lots of time for good discussion on God's plan for sex and dating. Click here for the packing list.

Sr High Road Trip

June 23-July 1, 2018   Cost $275.  A $75 Deposit is due ASAP to hold your spot.

This trip is a true adventure, you won’t know day to day where you are going or what you will be doing, just that you’ll serve others, have some fun, and share Christ’s love with others! This trip will be life-changing, you’ll travel across the country, experience new things, and the friendships you develop can last a lifetime! Spots are limited and available on a 1st come 1st serve basis. We will have a planning meeting in early summer to share our trip itinerary with parents.  Email Eric with any questions at

We have been taking Road Trips since 2000.  Click HERE for a page of journals and pictures of past trips

Jr High Camp Twelvestone

July 22-July 27, 2018   Cost $275. A $75 deposit holds your spot.

Jr High Camp at its BEST!  This is our own Jr High Camp that we co-lead with a Northwood Church from Maple Grove and Westwood Church from Chanhassen.  Twelvestone is hosted at Lake Beauty Bible Camp near Long Prairie, MN, which is an AMAZING place! Lake Beauty has quality food, a TON of optional activities including a low and high ropes course, zip line, horseback riding, tubing on the lake, mud dodgeball pit, climbing wall, disc & foot golf courses, a mountain biking trail, cabins with A/C, and MUCH more! We’ll have fun all day long, get messy, play some CRAZY games, eat EXCELLENT food, worship God, grow deeper in your faith in Christ, and build deep, lasting friendships!

For more information on the camp check our our Facebook page HERE or our website HERE

Sr High Leadership Quest

June 10-16, 2018 dates TBA   Cost $300. A $75 deposit holds your spot

This camp is open to Sr High Youth who have completed their sophomore year, who are passionate about Jesus, who have a desire for more leadership at church and in their lives, and who are willing to be stretched. We work hard, play hard, and learn skills that you will draw on throughout your entire life. If you are interested you need to talk with Eric in early Feb to set up a meeting to discuss going and get more information on the camp.

LQ2 is also available to past campers as an EXCELLENT next step.  Contact Eric for info