This year, the Youth department is partnering with the Music & Arts departments. Together we are offering 4 distinct teams with unique missions:


2 Hands On teams
Locations: Panama and Portugal

1 CAST team
Location: Bahamas

1 Summer Brass team
Location: USA East

Application Deadlines

Hands On: December 31, 2023

CAST: December 31, 2023

Summer Brass: December 31, 2023


The dates in which you must be available for Hands On, CAST & Summer Brass will be June 6 – July 31, 2024, and your participation will be expected at Commissioning and OOB. The exact dates for Orientation and Debrief will be given at a later time.


1. Fill out the application at note – this application is quite lengthy! Please set aside a time when you can complete it fully and thoughtfully. You will not be able to leave and resume your progress – it must be filled out in one sitting.

2. Please answer the following questions in 2-3 minute video format and upload it along with a photo of yourself to the link provided:

(Please ensure that the video and photo are taken with a clean, plain backrgound, in a well lit area and in a selfie style facing forward using a phone for an easy and quick upload.)

  • State your name, division, and corps.
  • Describe your relationship with God. Please include how and when you accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and your understanding of God’s plan for salvation.
  • Share something that you are proud of.
  • Why do you want to be a Hands On Team Member this year?
  • What do you hope to learn from this Hands On experience?

3. Schedule a 30-minute interview with Elaine Castro-Delaluz.

Please note: To schedule your interview with Elaine, please email her directly below.



  • All applicants must have a valid US passport prior to applying
  • Must be an active Salvationist.
  • Must own and be willing to wear a Salvation Army uniform as assigned.
  • Must be 18 years old and graduated high school by January 1, 2024.
  • Must provide 5 references: 1 personal reference (mentor, professor, friend), 1 professional reference (employer, teacher, coworker), 1 Corps Officer reference, 1 DYS reference, and 1 Divisional Commander reference no later than the application deadline.
  • Must demonstrate leadership ability
  • Must be active in corps ministries
  • Must demonstrate emotional and spiritual maturity
  • Must be a team player
  • Must have a desire to learn and serve
  • Must be able to travel both within and outside of the United States
  • Must submit a 2-3 minute video submission (see application for more information)
  • A complete Health History Form and physical examination will be required if chosen on a team
  • Some Hands On teams may travel to countries where additional immunizations are required. Immunizations are the personal responsibility of the team members and proof of immunizations will be required prior to travel out of the USA.
  • All team members will be required to participate in orientation and debriefing


Please send an email to Elaine Castro-Delaluz, our Young Adult and Missions Ministries Coordinator.


Hands On is a short-term, summer missions program designed for young adult members of The Salvation Army between the ages of 18 and 28 who are eager to engage in learning and serving others. Hands On team members will have the opportunity to express their love, commitment, and passion for Jesus Christ while partnering with Salvation Army ministries in different cultures for the purpose of learning and serving in evangelism, physical labor, and personal discipleship.

CAST is an evangelistic, arts-focused, service-minded mission team. The Arts Ministries Bureau annually assembles a production team and selects a play, musical, or original piece to produce. That’s where YOU come in! Accepted members begin their adventure in June with rehearsals and orientation in New York. The mission team then begins a 6 (ish) week-long summer performance and teaching tour, ending in July/August. Performances and teaching will take place at Salvation Army summer camps for kids, community centers, corps, churches, and street festivals around the Eastern Territory.

This mission team will consist of a group of Christian young-adults gifted in brass and vocal performance. They will be led by adult leaders who will provide spiritual and practical guidance. The objective of this team will be to use brass and vocal performance and education to support the vision and mission of The Salvation Army. This would be accomplished through performing and teaching in the areas of brass, vocal and music theory at various music camps, conservatories, Kroc Centers and corps. These teaching and performance opportunities serve youth that often do not get to see much outside of the inner city or usually are unable to attend because of lack of money.