There are many ways YOU can become involved with Royal Family KIDS Camp and Mentoring Club. Our Camp is a fellowship of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (GSLC) with volunteers from many area churches. A successful camp experience for the children depends on multiple individuals filling various volunteer positions for the CAMP week, monthly MENTORING CLUB and available BOARD opportunities.
MENTORING CLUB Volunteer Opportunities
Royal Family KIDS Mentoring Club is for any child 7-11 years of age that attended Royal Family KIDS Camp. Throughout the school year campers and their mentors attend a once a month mentoring club meeting. Mentoring club is a place where a camper can reconnect with many of the participating staff members from camp as well as build lasting friendships with the other mentoring club kids. Check out the tabs below to find out different ways to volunteer for Club.
Mentors and mentoring Club KIDS have a special bond that was established during the week of Royal Family KIDS Camp. After Camp is over, that bond is carried over into a one-on-one mentoring relationship through Royal Family KIDS Mentoring Club. Time commitment is two hours attending Club per month in addition to Mentors and their mentoring club KIDS spending four hours together each month doing fun activities and building healthy adult-to-child relationships outside of Club.
Perform music from songbook, be willing to lead music team, use overhead to show the words to songs. Must have children’s leadership skills. Support staff as needed. Time commitment is about 2.5 hours Club time each month. Plus, a once-a-month staff meeting to preview curriculum and make a connection to the activities.
Help drama team with setup, games, puppets, skits, fun activities and tear down. Direct involvement with KIDS. Prefer Camp trained. Time commitment is about three hours Club time each month. Plus, a once-a-month staff meeting to preview curriculum and make a connection to the activities.
Be prepared to lead support staff in helping children with 20-30 minutes activity including cleanup. Curriculum focused or seasonal. This position will be responsible for having all materials available and prepped. Time commitment is about three hours prep time and two hours Club time each month. Plus, a once-a-month staff meeting to preview curriculum and make a connection to the activities.
Plan and lead children in non-competitive, physically active games or organize special guests to come teach/talk to kids. Time commitment is about 30 minutes of Club time each month. Plus, a once-a-month staff meeting to preview curriculum and make a connection to the activities.
Prepare or organize others in providing healthy snacks or lunches for KIDS, mentors and staff. Help with cleanup. Time commitment is about two hours prep time, an hour Club time each month. Plus, a once-a-month staff meeting to preview curriculum and make a connection to the activities.
CAMP Volunteer Opportunities
When a kid goes to Royal Family KIDS Camp, they receive the attention and encouragement of an adult camp counselor and his/her “buddy camper”. In addition, each camper is also exposed to a variety of fun activities, designed for their success and to build self-esteem. For most of these children, it’s the best week of the year – a special time when they can focus on having fun and enjoy being a kid. Check out the tabs below to find out different ways to volunteer for CAMP.
For every volunteer also known as “Counselor” that is willing to spend the entire week at camp, two foster children or “Campers” can attend Camp. Counselors and all other volunteers are required to attend a day-long training in June in addition to submitting to a background check and fingerprints. Counselors arrive at camp Sunday afternoon to prepare the cabins and campground and to welcome the Campers as they arrive on Monday. Two little campers – and only two – are assigned to each camp Counselor. In addition, there is generally a “back-up” Staff person for each Counselor.
Volunteers are needed to help with the everyday activities of Camp. Support staff are needed to help with crafts, drama, reading, birthday party, and running errands. Positions are available for junior Counselors who are individuals of high school age who wish to volunteer but are not assigned to any children.
There is also a need for registered nurses to administer medication, and licensed social workers to assist in counseling and referrals, when necessary.
Grandmas and Grandpas are individuals who are not assigned to any specific camper but are available to assist in supervising and meeting the needs of the campers, especially when extra loving is needed. Grandmas and Grandpas write letters to the Little Campers and deliver mail each day. They are responsible for setting up and hosting the annual tea party where the Grandparents and Little Campers dress up in clothes appropriate for a British high tea.
Many of our Little Campers have never experienced a birthday party of their own. We have a birthday party to celebrate ALL birthdays with pony rides, a petting zoo, inflatable bouncy activities, games, and crafts. After the party, the Little Campers return to the cabins to find birthday presents on each of the beds. Volunteers are needed to help with all the birthday activities and to help supervise the Little Campers for this fun filled morning.
Camp volunteers that have limited time to attend all camp activities can choose to become part of our Camp Dream Team. By 8:00 pm, Big Campers have already gotten Little Campers ready for bed. Dream Team members take over for just an hour to watch Little Campers as they sit with them to listen how their day was and to read them bed time stories. During this time, Big Campers take a break to have their daily meeting. Our Dream Team is an essential part of showing love and compassion for our Little Campers.
Registration is Monday morning at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, helping check in the campers. Responsibilities include welcoming each KID and his or her guardian, help them feel comfortable, check in their items, give them their name tags, and supervise them until their departure for camp. It is a fun time where you see the excitement of the campers as they prepare fro their fun filled week of camp.
After a week of camp, it is difficult to say goodbye. On Friday night, we have a welcome home dinner for the camp staff to thank our volunteers for giving of their time and talents for another successful camp. Welcome Home volunteers are needed to decorate and set up for the meal. Stories are told, a video of camp is shown, and volunteers are recognized for their years of service. Our dinner is catered by an amazing chef.
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BOARD MEMBERS AND SUPPORT STAFF
Royal Family KIDS of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (GSLC) is a great place to volunteer to service Utah's foster care kids. Check out the tabs below to find out different ways to volunteer for Board positions or Support Staff.
BOARD AND SUPPORT STAFF Volunteer Opportunities
If you feel called to serve Utah’s foster kids but you rather work behind the scenes helping with Fundraising, Camp planning, Mentoring Club planning, Marketing, Public Relations, Social Media, Coordinating Volunteers or doing Community Outreach. We encourage you to contact us about your God-given talents and interests. We hope we can invite you to be part of God’s plan for Utah’s foster kids here and now.
- Supervises special event manager(s)
- Reviews and approves all public communications (i.e. schedules, donation request letters, thank-you letters, and advertising) with event manager
- Attends committee meetings prior to special events
If interested contact Vice Chairperson, Karen DeSmet at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 801-910-2923
- Conducts fundraising meetings for event
- Submits budget to Fundraising Director
- Books venue, entertainment, and audio-visual person(s)
- Writes donation/supporter letters; reviews with Fundraising Director
- Creates all advertising for event including announcements for supporting congregations and community bulletins; reviews with Fundraising Director
- Creates schedule
- Prepares church(s) ticket sales package: posters, flyers, money bags with $50 cash, receipt books, props, pictures, sign-up sheets (banquet attendees, banquet volunteers, camp volunteers, club volunteers), venue maps, etc.
- Books emcee and guest speakers; invites pastors to give opening and closing prayers
- Writes script for program
- Creates banquet program and sends to printer
- Oversees and supervises coordinators; assists as needed
- Purchases emcee and guest speakers’ gifts
- Reviews committee timeline
- Oversees all volunteers’ day of event, especially selling of prize drawing tickets
- Notifies venue event planner the number of guest meals and volunteer meals
- Writes Thank-you letter and mails; coordinates with Treasurer for supporter and donor receipts and address labels