In Their Own Words
Reflections on camp
Royal Family KIDS camp season is here! Throughout the summer, foster children across the country between the ages of 6 and 12 will arrive at campgrounds bursting with love, grace, and tons of FUN! As we enter this exciting season of the year and all throughout this week, we’ll share with you reflections from Royal Family KIDS camp volunteers. Please enjoy!
How did you get involved with Royal Family KIDS?
My son Tim Storey and his wife Kristin, were serving at a Royal Family KIDS camp for several years and invited us to come join them.
What did you expect from the week? Did it turn out as expected? What was different?
I thought I would feel more emotional about the kid’s living situations or life stories but as it turned out, I just loved on each of them. I enjoyed bringing joy into their lives. I was a ‘tea party’ lady the first two years so therefore, fun and laughter was our goal!
What stood out the most for your during the week of camp?
Smiles! Kids having fun being silly! Terrible—yet sweet english accents exclaiming, ‘pinkies out when in doubt’ at the tea party! In subsequent years I was a nurse and things were more serious but equally rewarding. I was able to listen to kids and meet some emotional and physical needs.
Any special story of a camper that touched your heart?
There was a little girl name Sara who was at camp for the first time, and since she was eleven year old, it would be her last year to attend. Sara came down with a fever on Monday the week of camp, and it continued to get worse until Wednesday. We took her to the urgent care in town. Sara was very concerned that she would be sent home. She had two siblings with her that week at camp and was worried they would have to go home as well. If it was up to her, she would leave camp and go home to get better, but would allow her sisters to stay. Sara made it very clear that she didn’t want to interfere with her sibling’s opportunity to enjoy camp. Praise God, she received antibiotics for her strep throat and felt better pretty quickly. She was able to enjoy her last two days as did her siblings. It touched me how she was so thoughtful of others—particularly when she was ill.
What has brought you back to serve so many years?
The kids! It is such a blessing to serve God by loving these kids. Additionally, the team of volunteers is such an amazing group of people that it is a pleasure to serve alongside them. I actually look forward to ‘camp’ week all year long.
Ann Storey, RFK camp volunteer – Rock Harbor Church
*The name was changed for protection purposes