First night at camp, a young girl was not feeling too well. Camp nurses came in to check on her, and she was running a little bit of a fever. (Thankfully tested negative for one specific virus.) The little girl was truly wanting to go home, but at the same time didn’t want to leave camp. Then, her Royal Family showed up.
When you don’t feel well, it could take a while for you to feel better. The princesses, campers and counselors, in her room worked together to come up with a way to try and help her feel better. Hoping to surprise her, they secretly worked together to write get well cards and draw pictures for their friend. They placed them right inside of her suitcase, in hopes that when she get home, she would open it up and see the sweet notes they wrote to her.
How precious is the heart of a child that wants to give and help without even knowing the outcome of this story. This is a great reminder that these children are constantly watching and being led by our example. What we do matters, and encouraging their beauty to uplift and care for others is incredibly powerful.
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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!