Onward & Upward is a weekend-long retreat offered in February and September each year for 12-15 year olds focusing on positive character traits.
Onward and Upward (O&U) began in February 2004, after several volunteers and the leadership team from Royal Family Kids Camp wanted to continue working with the same children as they aged out of camp. As Paul Harvey used to say, we wanted to know (and see!) the rest of the story.
OFC continues to use a 2:1 teen to counselor ratio at O&U, and the curriculum and activities are designed to help teens combat peer pressures and build independence. The 2:1 ratio enables some measure of mentoring while going through the various sessions and activities of the retreats. Activities include swimming, hiking, fishing, our own version of “The Amazing Race”, crafts, praise time, and various games. Free time is also built into all retreats, enhancing the communication between the counselors and the teens.
GET INVOLVEDMake a difference - one child at a time
Do you have a heart for kids? Do you like to laugh, play games, go swimming, fish on a lake, and just have fun? Do you like the idea of mentoring a young child, filling them with HOPE and the love of Jesus. Sound like you? Make your summer vacation count by taking a week off to provide HOPE to children of abuse and neglect. We need men and women to help serve as counselors to the kids at Royal Family Kids Camp. Or spend a weekend helping teens with a history of abuse or neglect by serving at our Onward & Upward and Summit Retreats. If you are interested, click here to volunteer!
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Our Father's Children exists to reach out to children of abuse and neglect in North Texas. We accomplish this mission through camps for young kids, retreats for middle school and high school students, and mentoring for teenagers. 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 giving hope to these kids!