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.

Sr High Youth Group
happens Wednesdays
from 7:30-9:00pm and is open to 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!

Need ideas for words/character qualities to affirm in others? Click HERE to see a list of character qualities!

Jr High Confirmation/Waywalkers  
at 7:30-9:00pm on Wednesdays for 7-8th 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 work hard to engage families throughout the process! 

Youth Room OPEN

Every Wednesday right after school at 3:30pm!!! 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!

Fall Retreat Pictures

You can access youth photos from retreats and events though Flickr! Click HERE or go online to Flickr and follow Eric Blake.

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.

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 @salemythmn 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!

A very easy and simple way to give back to our youth group is by clicking HERE on this link and follow the simple prompts to set up The wonderful thing is that it is no extra cost to you and it benefits the church! 

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 like 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

Summer 2018      Summer Trips 2018        Winter 2018       Fall 2018    


Upcoming Calendar

*Nov 21: Thanksgiving Eve Piefest/Youth Hangout

*Dec 26/Jan 2: No Youth Activities (Christmas)

*Jan 18-21: Senior High 4 day Winter Retreat

*March 3: Celebrate Youth

*April 21: Easter Breakfast

Note on safety HERE for parents


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 called "I've Got Your Back". Stay tuned for a packing list. Cost $45 due by Sun Sept 9. Click here for the packing list.

Sr High Winter Retreat (Next one is Jan 18-21, 2019):

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 2020):

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 June to share our trip itinerary with parents.  Email Eric with any questions at

Packing list can be found HERE

Sign up to bring snacks for Roadtrip HERE

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

Jr High Camp

July 8-July 13, 2018   Cost $275. A $75 deposit holds your spot.

Cost $275     **$75 Deposit to Salem AND Online Registration due April 8th

We are excited to be back at Lake Beauty Bible Camp again this summer! A few changes due to unforeseen circumstances has opened up a new opportunity for Salem to partner with Lake Beauty in a different way. Salem will be attending Lake Beauty’s summer camp this year as campers and counselors!  It’s going to be a GREAT week! 
Registration instructions can be found HERE  
Register online with Lake Beauty HERE

Sr High Leadership Quest

June 2019 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.