Confronting Abuse. Changing Lives. Royal Family Kids
“Just a Simple Walk” Late Thursday night, our last night at camp, and long after everyone had fallen asleep, one little boy lay quietly in his bunk sobbing continuously. One of our Counselors, who is a light sleeper, heard the boy and went to him to try and find out what was wrong. He got him to stop sobbing for a minute, and asked him why he was crying. The boy replied, “This was the best week of my whole life, and I don’t want it to end.” Trying to get the little boy to focus on the positive, and stop crying – the Counselor started to list all the great things that they had done at camp all week: swimming, fishing, canoeing, woodworking, art, activity centers, games with the coach, camp fires, Breakfast Club and Evening Chapel. And let’s not forget that great Birthday Party – with the special speed boat rides. Then he asked the camper, “Of all the things that we did, what was your favorite?” The boy stopped sobbing, thought for a moment, and finally replied, “Just walking with my Counselor, Todd.”
Royal Family KIDS has a memorable, one week overnight camp experience that recognizes the specific needs of abused, neglected and abandoned children.
The encouraging attention given from caring adults, displayed positive family role modeling, building friendships with other children from “the system”, and the beauty of playing in the great outdoors, all result in a host of wholesome, positive memories and enhanced self-esteem.
CAMP EXPERIENCE: The child’s first Royal Family KIDS Camp experience begins as they are greeted by warm cheers as they step on to the the camp bus.
At camp, each day is filled with a fun variety of activities and special events such as woodworking, swimming, horse riding, boating, fishing, crafts, songs, a birthday party, a talent show, and more.
A freshly made bed, a soft cuddly friend, and a special bedtime story await the first night. Camp Grandma & Grandpa share their stories, give “safe hugs”, and deliver camp mail to each camper. Lots of friends are made.
At the end of camp, each child will receive their own personalized photo album to help preserve their precious camp memories.
A foster child’s life and outlook can be enhanced by happy memories which can aid in the healing of scars of abuse and provide life changing moments.
FOR RUNNERS AND WALKERS:
Register for the Lace Up 5K Cross Country Run/Walk and 1 mile Family Fun Walk in Hartland on Saturday, November 4th.
- Fundraising efforts will be directed to two causes. Locally, Royal Family Kids Camp Hartland and globally, Orphan Outreach to support the Jelgava City Orphanage in Jelgava Latvia. This includes humanitarian aid, life skills training, mentoring, employment help and Bible studies.
We are donating to Royal Family Kids Camp Hartland today – and we hope you will consider doing the same!