For every Royal Family KIDS camp volunteer, the last day at camp is usually the hardest. You’ve forged wonderful relationships with children recovering from abuse and neglect. Your campers have taken important steps towards trust and healing. You have given them the gift of 5 days packed with positive memories. Then you must say goodbye until next year. Thousands of Camp volunteers ask, “Can’t we do more?” Royal Family Kids Club is a multi- state program designed specifically to answer ‘YES!’ to that question!
MENTORS Special bonds are established during the week of Royal Family Kids Camp. After camp is finished that bond is carried over into a one on one mentoring relationship through our Clubs and Mentors Program. Participating campers are matched with trained mentors from the Royal Family KIDS Camp team. Mentors and their mentees spend four hours together each month with an additional two hours at club. CLUBS Mentors and their Club Kids meet monthly during the school year for celebrations, meetings and field trips. Club Kids enjoy the same songs, games and friends they remember from camp.
Who can participate in Club? Any child 7-12 who attends Royal Family KIDS Camp is eligible to be matched with a trained mentor the same year they attend camp. Graduating campers are eligible for the Club program the same year they graduate from camp. Participation is only limited by the number of trained Mentors and the geographic area covered.
How can I become a Mentor? • Complete a week as volunteer staff for Royal Family KIDS Camp • Complete an additional 1 day Royal Family KIDS Clubs/Mentor Training • Complete full background check and mentoring application • Complete interview and be approved by Mentoring Director’s Committee • Commit to at least 1 school year of 4 hours a month with your mentee, plus Club meetings (once a month).
“Roughly 55% of foster children in the US have had three or more placements. 33% of foster children change elementary schools five or more times, losing relationships and falling behind educationally.” (Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute) Therefore, having a consistent mentor is VITAL. Studies show that a year of regular mentoring by a trusted adult can help a child in every area–socially, academically and emotionally.