About Our Camp

Thankyousm2013 was our first year of Royal Family Kids Camp in South Dakota. We are excited to continue this opportunity in the Sioux Empire to make a difference in the lives of children and families in our community. Our camp is for children ages 6-12 in foster care in Minnehaha and Lincoln Counties. In 2012, the average number of children in foster care at any one time in Minnehaha County was approximately 380.

In South Dakota in 2010, there were 15,228 referrals for child abuse or neglect. Of those, 3,838 were referred for investigation, finding 1435 children victims of abuse or neglect needing to be removed from their home.

IMG_5590Royal Family Kids Camp volunteers are specially trained to work with children of abuse and neglect. Our camper to staff ratio is 1:1 and in South Dakota, we host approximately 102 campers during our three weeks of camp – two serving the Sioux Empire and one serving the James River Valley.

At Royal Family Kids Camp children receive one on one attention from safe, caring adults. For one week, instead of operating in survival mode, they can be a kid. With tea parties, crafts, woodworking, birthday parties (one of the highlights of RFKC as many children have never had a birthday party, let alone received a birthday present), music, dress up and much more, these kids can feel “normal” and once again dream, believe and find new hope for their future.

IMG_6093Royal Family Kids extends Christian love and care, with adults modeling a non-violent, positive way of life as an alternative to many of the negative, abusive situations which children of abuse and neglect have faced. Although each camp counselor and staff member is a committed Christian, the camps do not proselytize, and no religion is ever criticized or denigrated.

In addition to receiving the attention and encouragement of an adult camp counselor and his/her “buddy camper,” each camper is also exposed to a variety of fun activities, designed for their success and to build self esteem.  Activity centers, games, sports, hiking, swimming, and fishing are all part of the program.
Each camp is sponsored by a community church and we are excited for the full support of Brandon Valley Assembly of God as they continue to Love God, Love People and Make a Difference through Royal Family Kids Camp!
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