Camp Won Cory’s Heart
Cory was one of the 23 kids who attended our inaugural Royal Family KIDS camp in 1999. On Monday night during the first Sheepfold Chapel, this eight-year-old inner-city boy kept his fingers in his ears, refusing to listen. On Tuesday night, he continually made disruptive noises until we had to move him to the back wall, where he insisted on sitting on the floor. He then threw his tennis shoes across the room to make sure we knew he was there!
The next day, his behavior became so bad that we had to isolate him in a safe room. Cory snatched up some papers and ripped them in half. Our camp psychologist Susan, responded by grabbing some tissue paper and throwing it into the air. This disarmed Cory and he settled down. Out of nowhere, Cory asked “Can I come back to camp next year?” The answer of course, was a resounding “yes” and from that point, Cory’s behavior improved dramatically. During the last chapel on Friday morning, Cory came forward and helped the music director lead a song!
Cory came back to camp again for the next three summers and always had the same “cousin” (counselor), Jonathan. On his final bus ride home from camp that last year, Cory wanted to give away all the pictures from his photo album, as it was his way of coping with it being his last year at a Royal Family KIDS camp.