It’s always fun to watch the new campers at Royal Family Kids Camp. It seems they’re surprised at every turn. Little Kayla didn’t know what to expect. She met her friendly counselor, Pam, but the young girl seemed very reserved and a bit overwhelmed.
After their first lunch together, Kayla wanted to fix her new friend’s hair. “You can play with my hair later before bedtime,” Pam affirmed. Kayla objected. “Oh no, my momma won’t let me stay with you tonight.” Pam explained to her, “Sweetie, you get to stay all week.” That bit of news caused Kayla to come out off her shell. “I love y’all – and I love it here!”
Another “newbie”, Kara, seemed amazed at dinner the first day of camp. She laid her fork down and sat back. Pointing at each person at the table she whispered, “One…two…three…four….five. I’ve made five friends already!”
At camp, we love the children who are with us for the first time. This is a place where all surprises are good ones.”
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Onward & Upward is our weekend-long retreats for 13-15 year olds. The retreats use a curriculum focusing on character traits of godly men and women. We began this semi-annual program in 2004 with 39 teenagers and 46 volunteers.
SUMMIT is our weekend-long retreats for 16-18 year olds. The curriculum focuses on skills that will help them function better as adults. Examples include managing bank accounts, completing job applications, & mock interviews. We began this semi-annual program in 2007 with 12 teens and 16 volunteers.
RISE is a weekend-long retreat offered in April for teen boys and November for teen girls, ages 12-18. OFC will continue to use a 2:1 teen to counselor ratio at RISE, and the curriculum and activities are designed to help teens build self-esteem and navigate gender-specific issues.
Our Father's Children exists to provide HOPE to children of abuse and neglect in Texas, ages 6-18, in week-long camp settings and weekend retreats. We recruit volunteers from a variety of cities, churches and organizations who have a heart for offering these kids hope in Jesus Christ. Whether as a volunteer or donor (or both), we would love to have you join us in providing hope to these kids!