In Their Own Words IV
Reflections on camp
How did you get involved with Royal Family KIDS?
My wife came home from work at St. Andrews church in Orange County, CA and announced that we would be going to camp on the week of my birthday. I was not too happy about it at first, but once I got there and met all of the kids and the camp volunteers, of course I had a change of heart. By Wednesday of camp week—which by the way is also the day we throw a big birthday party for all of the foster children campers, I was completely wiped out! That same day was my actual birthday, so I rallied!
What did you expect from volunteering your time?
It was my first year of volunteering at Royal Family KIDS camp and I had no idea what to expect? I just showed up, tried to fit in, and played with the campers.
What had the most impact on you during that week of camp?
We had a greater number of difficult kids than normal, as well as scheduled changes due to the weather.
Do you have a story of one special camper that touched your heart?
We have friends that run an organization in Moreno Valley, CA called ‘All God’s Children.’ They sent three girls and six boys to our camp. I remember seeing the kids mostly at the pool and not in the cabins—in other words, they were very engaged with this activity among others. One of the boys had a medical condition that would be very embarrassing and it prevented him from swimming in the pool with the other kids. His counselor and someone from our psyche staff spoke with him about the situation. This boy handled the discussion with grace and put our people at ease. He exuded a true sense of maturity. WOW! You never know what you get with these kids.
Peter Prietto, RFK camp volunteer – Rock Harbor Church