Royal Family KIDS of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (Chapter 113) exists to provide opportunities for children in the foster care system within the greater Salt Lake City area to experience God’s love and grace through Christ-centered programs and activities.
Royal Family KIDS Chapter #113
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With the assistance of our Lord, we foster an environment that helps these children to develop life long memories that will influence their future direction and decisions in a way that reflects their camp experience in a positive way.
2019 Royal Family Kids Camp
Royal Family KIDS of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church held its first camp in 2003 and has continually grown in the ensuing years. We admit 48 – 50 campers each year. The participation of the broader Christian community is essential to the success of each camp. We have trained hundreds of volunteers from 36 different churches over the past years. Each staff member volunteers his or her time and energy to provide the best experience possible for each camper.
2019 RFK Camp Volunteers
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 for 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.
Camp Volunteer Applications can be found on our website’s main menu under the APPLICATIONS tab.
Royal Family KIDS of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity. Donations and gifts are tax-deductible as allowed by law.