About Camp & Club

Royal Family KIDS is an international network of camps, clubs and mentoring programs for children ages 6-12 that have been identified by Children Services to have been abused, neglected, or abandoned. Annually 3.6 million cases of child abuse, neglect or abandonment are reported in the United States. One of these victims dies every six hours due to that abuse.

Royal Family KIDS was founded in 1985 by Wayne and Diane Tesch. There are now over 213 camps that serve 7,600.kids in a five day overnight camping experience.

ROYAL FAMILY KIDS CAMP #271 and CLUB PROGRAM #053

Royal Family Kids Camp #271 and Mentoring and Club Program #053 is our local Royal Family Kids Camp and Club started in 2012 and 2014 respectfully. We are a faith-based initiative serving the secular community.

Royal Family KIDS is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt public charity. Donations and gifts are tax deductible as allowed by law under the Tax ID number 34-1299384. We are based at Willoughby Hills United Methodist Church, for more information visit www.WHUMC.US

WHAT IS THE MENTORING AND CLUB PROGRAM?

After completing our first two years of camp, we eagerly took the next step by launching our Royal Family KIDS Mentoring and Club Program in January, 2014. By building a year-round relationship with campers we are taking the sadness out of the last day of camp. We now have the opportunity to meet with our campers for several hours once a month during the year for structured activities and mentoring in a safe and friendly environment, further strengthening the relationships that were begun at camp. 

Children who attended Royal Family KIDS Camp #271 during the previous summer are eligible. Most of our Club and Mentoring kids come from Lake County.

WHAT HAPPENS AT CAMP?

Each child attending Camp receives a Welcome Bag containing a water bottle, a Bible suitable for children aged 6 to 12, an activity book, an MP3 player pre-loaded with camp songs, a beach towel and goggles for swimming, two T-shirts, a duffle bag, and a welcome from the staff that includes lots of cheers and smiles to start the week on a positive note!

A typical day at camp includes three balanced meals served family style as well as a healthful afternoon snack. Our morning session (Breakfast Club) and Chapel teach the children positive life affirming values. Swimming, fishing, canoeing, games on the Sports Field, archery, and nature walks provide the kids plenty of opportunity for physical activity. The Creative Arts Center offers a variety of arts and crafts including our Woodshop where the children can make a birdhouse, sailboat, or other projects. Evening campfires provide a close to the days that have been filled with lots of singing, laughter, and time just being a kid in a safe and nurturing environment. Special events include “Everybody’s Birthday” where each child receives, perhaps for the first time in his or her life, personalized birthday gifts and an individual birthday cake with the camper’s name on the cake! At the end of camp, the children take all of their gifts and projects home with them as well as a Memory Book that contains pictures of all their fun and successes from a wonderful week at Royal Family KIDS Camp #271.

WHAT HAPPENS AT THE ROYAL FAMILY KIDS MENTORING AND CLUB PROGRAM?

The Royal Family KIDS Mentoring and Club Program follows a curriculum from the national Royal Family KIDS organization. This curriculum is built around core values taught through activities and stories in Adventure Books. These core values include: Integrity, Kindness, Fairness, Self-Control, and Open-Mindedness. Adventure books are used by both the child and the mentor so they can each complete the exercises together. During the Club the children and their mentors share a devotional time with songs, skits, and puppet shows. During their free playtime they may participate in games, crafts, or outdoor play. Before they return home they share a simple meal with their mentors.

Traditions are an important part of this Mentoring and Club ministry. Memories are made with their mentors during the Commitment Ceremony where they both agree to complete the Mentoring and Club Program for the year. To solidify this commitment, children are awarded a royal cape which they can choose to wear at every Club meeting. At the year-end ceremony, each child receives a themed pendant to wear to remember all the good times enjoyed during the Club year. Each child also receives a shirt with the Royal Family Logo and a sling back pack in which to carry their gear. These small tokens and traditions give each child a sense of comfort and belonging.

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