The Mission

There are ~450,000 children in the U.S. foster care system, 2500 in Orange County alone. Many have suffered terrible sexual and physical abuse, all have suffered the trauma of having been taken from their families. Two years after aging out of the system at age 18 half remain unemployed, 25% have spent time in jail, 40% of the girls become pregnant, 20% are living on the streets and less than 3% have attended college.

The Mission of the Royal Family Kids program is to make a difference in the future of these children by providing positive memories and imparting the hope of Jeremiah 29:11 into their lives:“For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord.They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope”

Jointly sponsored by Rock Harbor, St. Andrews Presbyerian and Irvine Presbyterian churches, each summer a team of ~120 volunteers provide a camp experience for ~100 local children from the foster care system. Counselors spend 24 hours a day with one to two campers. Numerous activities are designed to create positive memories and make the kids feel loved. Activities include swimming, field sports, wood working, animal encounter, arts and crafts, painting, dress-up and tea party, archery and more. Each evening the kids look forward to receiving their mail filled with affirming notes from the camp staff and other campers. Through the week the kids come to love our camp Grandma and Grandpa who listen to their stories while serving them cookies and milk in the cabin. Many of these kids don’t get an opportunity to celebrate their birthdays so on the “all camp birthday party day” we celebrate with a birthday carnival, cake and a special present chosen by their counselors. At the end of the week the children are provided with a personalized photo album that they can take home which become a prized possession for many.

Can a week make a difference ? The answer is absolutely ! This is evidenced by kids arriving with broken spirits and leaving reconstituted with love and filled with the hope of Jesus Christ. We see the change in the returning campers who have looked forward expectantly to camp all year long. Each year we hear former campers speak of what camp has meant to them and many have returned to serve. After camp is over, our Royal Family Kids Club program matches children from camp with year-round mentors from the camp team where the children spend an hour each month in a group setting and a minimum of four hours per month one on one with their mentor. This camp also touches the lives of the volunteers which for many is their very first mission. Inspired by their experience at camp, past volunteers have gone on to service in all aspects of foster care and have become international missionaries, marriage and family therapists, court appointed special advocates, foster and adoptive parents and more.


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