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Royal Family Kids Camp Personal Reflection

July 30, 2012 0 Share

Two weeks ago, a couple of charter buses pulled into a camp not too far from here filled with 104 eager campers.  They were greeted by about 120 volunteers from St. Andrew’s, Rock Harbor, and Irvine Presbyterian Church who had spent the last few months planning and training to pull off what can only be described as an annual miracle.  This was Royal Family Kids Camp.

Royal Family Kids is an organization that supports individual churches in running summer camps for children who have been abused and neglected and as a result have spent some amount of time in foster care.  This year was a special year for St. Andrew’s since it was our 20th year of camp!

As is common with many good things in life, this week tends to be one of the most tiring weeks as well as one of the most rewarding for the volunteers.  This was my fourth year going as a counselor and it was one of my favorites.  It was my first time being a counselor for the oldest kids at camp, the 11 and 12 year olds.  One of my campers was a returnee whom I had last year as well; the other was new to our camp but not new Royal Family, so he felt right at home.  I think we did everything there was to be done like, archery, crawdad fishing, woodworking, sports of all kinds, hiking, swimming, sand castle building, and more.  Not only do we do awesome activities on our own, but as a camp we sing and dance and listen to Bible stories, celebrate everyone’s birthday on Thursday, and we even have a variety show.

For me Royal Family Kids Camp is about participating in God’s kingdom as we welcome the campers with Christian hospitality, and see how God is redeeming their stories.  So next year don’t miss out on one of the coolest things St.Andrew’s does all year, but be warned, God is likely to break your heart and pull you into what he is doing is these kids lives.

 Blessings,

 Tim Storey

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