What is Band of Survivors?
Band of Survivors is a month long summer mission school designed to eradicate spiritual complacency, and aims to see youth love God and serve their neighbors. With a skilled and motivated team, Band of Survivors will provide access to relevant training, significant mission and authentic discipleship for the youth of the Metropolitan Division.
We will live in community with one another: working together, preparing meals together, praying together, worshiping together and serving together. There are essentially two parts to the program, teaching (studying the Bible, 24/7 prayer, cell groups, learning about the Salvation Army) and service (evangelism, youth work, supporting Metropolitan Corps). Band of Survivors members are trained to use a skill set that puts them on a course for holiness, and they go home excited to fight alongside members of their Corps.
When is Band of Survivors 2017?
Band of Survivors will take place from June 26-July 21. There are also a few mandatory orientations. The Leadership Orientations (for leaders and intern only) are scheduled for Saturday, March 25, 2017 and Friday, June 16, 2017 at Metropolitan Divisional Headquarters (5040 N. Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 60630). Exact times are TBD, so please block the entire day for these orientations. The Full Team Orientation (for everyone) is on Saturday, June 17 from 9:30am-3:00pm, also at Metropolitan Divisional Headquarters.
Here is a complete list of Band of Survivors 2017 dates:
March 13, 2017 – Intern and Leader Applications Due
March 25 – Leadership Orientation 1
April 17 – Student Applications Due
May 1 – BOS Team Announced
June 16 – Leadership Orientation 2
June 17 – Full Team Orientation
June 26-July 21 – BOS 2017
Who should join Band of Survivors?
Applicants who are prepared for an intense month of mission, who are passionate about God, and are willing to be stretched will be admitted to the program. We have space for 14 high school students (ages 14+), 5 young adult leaders (ages 18+), and 1 young adult intern (also ages 18+).
Why should I join Band of Survivors?
Like we said up above, youth are experiencing incredible growth and are being trained to use a skill set that puts them on a course for holiness. They are going home excited to fight along side members of their Corps and are really on fire for the Lord. Not only do they return with a renewed commitment to Christ, but to the Army as well. Still not sure? Watch the Band of Survivors Promo Videos at the top!
How much does Band of Survivors cost?
Only $200. Only $200? Yes, only $200! That includes all teaching, training materials, books, living arrangements, food, travel expenses, and 2 team t-shirts. That’s a steal!!! This tuition is due at the date of the Full Team Orientation (Saturday, June 17 from 9:30am-3:00pm at Metropolitan DHQ). Interns and Leaders are exempt from the $200 tuition. Upon successful completion of the program, the Intern will receive a $2500 grant, and Leaders will receive at $1500 grant.
How do I apply?
To apply as a student, click here.
Our leadership and intern positions for 2017 has been filled.
Intern and Leader applications are due on Monday, March 13, 2017, and Student applications are due on Monday, April 17, 2017. That may sound like a lot of time, but it’s not! Space is limited, and spots will fill up fast. Be sure to talk to your Corps Officers and Youth Leader to let them know you’re applying so they can help you along the way (they also need to fill out paperwork with you!).
Still have some questions? No big deal.
Should you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to contact us right away. We’re here to help you through this application process. There are a number of ways you can contact us, which are listed below:
Band of Survivors Contact Information
Director: Nate Irvine
Office Phone: (773) 205-3689
Email Address: [email protected]
Band of Survivors Photos
Want to check out some photos from years past? WHO DOESN’T?!?! Below are some links to a ton of photos that should give you some idea as to what BOS life is like. Click a year to see what BOSers did that particular summer.