Summer Day Camp Counselor Application ~ Personal References
Employee Statement of Faith ~ Staff Standard of Conduct

In the early 1920’s, Helen Haien had a vision to reach children from lower income families in Peoria with the love of Jesus. She went out, picked up children, and brought them back to her house on Sanger Street for an all day Sunday School. Over the years, her Sunday School grew so large that she had to move out of the house on Sanger and into an old brewery on Olive Street.

Today, Helen’s vision continues. Programs for inner-city youth serve an average of 150 children a week in a variety of ministries including:

Summer Day Camp

Each summer, Monday through Friday, South Side Mission operates a Day Camp for school-age children. Participants enjoy swimming, crafts, outings, lunch, Bible studies, and a whole lot of fun. Fees for Day Camp are $235 for 61605 residents and $335 for non-61605 residents for the 8 week term and should be paid in advance. Registration forms for the summer of 2016 will be available May 1st.

For information about enrolling in any after-school program or Day Camp please call the South Side Mission Youth Department at 676-4604 x2131.

Every summer we hire 8 camp counselors for this program. If you are a Christian, 18 years or older, and want to minister to children this summer, click here for more information.

Before School – “Before the Scene”

South Side Mission offers a before school prayer ministry in five Peoria area public schools each week during the school year!

This voluntary “club” opens up a rich time of prayer to students, staff and faculty; helping the attendees to start their day in a quiet place.  We pray and praise, eat and visit, bringing hope and truth to each person present.

G.A.P. Tutoring (Greater Academic Progress)
Each weekday, around 70 students come to the Mission for our after-school tutoring program. They receive quality tutoring from volunteers and staff in all academic subjects. Participants also enjoy a hearty snack, Biblical instruction, and other activities.

Girls & Boys Clubs
Three tremendous clubs help young people age 6 through 18. Students learn how to be the best young men and women of God they can be. Boys and Girls enjoy outings, crafts, games, Bible studies, and a whole lot of fun!

Winter Basketball
Each Saturday during the winter, the South Side Mission gymnasium is filled with teams of boys and girls practicing and competing at Basketball. Caring adult coaches stress sportsmanship and model the Christian walk as they work with the children. What better way for kids to get rid of cabin fever than to get plenty of exercise, and learn about God!

Youth Orchestra
The Youth Orchestra is dedicated to reaching Peoria’s inner city students with the Good News of Jesus Christ as they learn the techniques of playing in an orchestra. The SSMYO seeks to provide:

  • Musical instruction from experienced teachers
  • Self-discipline, teamwork, self-expression
  • Mentoring relationships
  • Positive learning environment
  • The study of God’s Word
  • Note reading skills
  • Quality instruments and accessories
  • Ensemble and individual instruction
  • Fun and joyful process learning life skills!!

Rehearsals/lessons take place on Wednesdays after school. The students frequently perform around the community!

Do you have a gift or talent to share? Our programs are successful due to awesome volunteers – like you. E mail to learn how to get involved in our Children and Youth Ministry. You can make a difference in the life of a child.

Wish List

Full length, child friendly bibles for 1st through 8th graders.
Gift certificates to use for incentives.





Gigi Gibson – Supervisor of Children and Youth Ministry

Debra Young – Ministry Assistant – Children and Youth