Monday, August 3, 2009

2009 Royal Family Kid's Camp

Here is a re-cap of our week at kids camp:
70 adults from our church
72 area foster children ages 7-11
5 days of fun!

Jason was a counselor. One of the aspects of RFKC is that each counselor has only two campers- we are serious about giving these kids lots of love and attention!

This was my 5th year as the camp photographer. Many foster children do not have pictures from their childhood so each camper goes home with an individual photo album of pictures of just him/her! (I strive for about 15 pictures for each child.) I took over 2,600 pictures last week, and printed about half of them to distribute to the kids. It is A LOT of work- my job requires that I know the name and face of every child there, pretty much by lunch time on Tuesday! I absolutely love getting to be with ALL the kids!

p.s. Due to the nature of these kids lives, I cannot show any 'identifying' pictures- so that's why you don't see any full faces of the children. Every photo in their album can only be of that one child (plus any of the adults, just not any other kids).

This is my favorite photo from the whole week!

One counselor was too kind ;)

Each cabin of girls gets invited to a tea party - they get to dress up, pretend they are princesses of grand estates and eat fancy foods! My friend, Marilyn, does a fantastic job at this each year! (She is the "maid brought in from Paris") The staff ladies all take turns attending too, Miss Chelsea is at this one.

My mom coordinates ALL the activities for the kids- painting, map & compass trail manicures, doll house, puppets, dress up, flubber, tie dye t-shirts, etc.
We also have zip-line, fishing, kayaking, swimming, bicycles, hiking and woodshop! The kids go home with about twice as much stuff as they came with!

Lots of kids in foster care don't get birthday parties, so we have an "Everybody's Birthday Party" on Thursday night where they get to blow out candles, have "Happy Birthday" sung to them and the get some pretty great gifts!

Another tea party

Costume Corner

We tie-dye t-shirts by coloring them with Sharpie markers and then spraying them with rubbing alcohol.

A family at our church brought 6 Jupiter jumps one evening! This one is a race/obstacle course.

My Grandpa working in the wood shop. This year we were the only family with 3 generations volunteering~ Grandpa-Mom & Dad-Jason & me.

Don't the t-shirts turn out fabulous!?

The fishing was beyond amazing this year! This was the largest fish caught, about 2 FEET long!

It takes about 1 adult per child to make RFKC happen each year. I just have to say, we belong to an awesome church!!

My dad & one of his campers.

My mom helping a girl measure out her hot water to make "flubber"

We apparently all got the memo to wear royal blue this day! (My friend, "Aunt" Donna is the very left gal)

Part of the "family" aspect is that we have a camp aunt & uncle and grandma & grandpa.
Uncle Greg heads up the fishing
Aunt Donna serves the afternoon snack
Grandma Margie writes the kids notes for their bunk
Grandpa Roger works in the wood shop

Jason & his co-counselor with their boys ready to do the map & compass trail.

All week long the kids are constantly looking for crawdads in the creek...or as some call them, "lobsters!"

At the tea party each girl gets their portrait made by themselves and then with their counselor.
This is my first prom dress, I actually got it for homecoming court my 10th grade year. It was my 'Cinderella' dress! I had a hard time letting my mom donate it a few years ago, but now I love that every year I get to see these little girls become Cinderella in it too! It gets worn by someone at almost all 9 tea parties every year now!

This was another one of my formals from highschool :)

This is the only RFKC quilt I have a photo of from this past year :( (It's also the only top I made by myself...I hope to make some more this year!)
A group of us ladies at church work Tuesday afternoons to make each "graduating" 11 year old camper a quilt. We gave out about 25 this year, so we are going to have to get after it this fall and re-build our stock! It is a really big deal to the kids that they are there their last year to get their quilt!

My friend Diane & I working on this quilt after we tied it.
(Sorry, Bren, they are just "tie" quilts!)


Sweet P said...

Wow! What an awesome week for children!

~Bren~ said...

"JUST" tie quilts?? Those are about the most magnificent quilts ever made!! What love has gone into them and the feeling those children must have after a week at camp and then to recieve a quilt....amazing that love that spreads itsself over a child to keep them warm...not just their flesh but their spirit. I am so deeply moved!!!