About Camp & Mentoring

Founded in 1990, Royal Family KIDS, Inc (RFK) is the nation’s leading network of camps and mentoring clubs for children in foster care. This year, approximately 226 camps across 42 states and 4 continents will host over 8,000 of these children during a 1-week camp. Over 13,000 trained and intensively screened volunteers freely give of their vacation time (nearly 1.8 million hours) to help these children build perhaps the few positive memories they have for the entire year.
 
WelcomeCampers Royal Family KIDS of San Jose, CA is part of the national RFK organization and our first camp launched in 1999. Since then, we’ve hosted approximately 600 children at our camps. Our campers are ages 7 to 11 and the volunteers are a wee bit older ranging from 16 to 75. Our camp is held in a beautiful forested environment where by day the kids swim, launch rockets (nearly to infinity and occasionally beyond), nuzzle with llamas, shoot archery (at balloons that go POP!),  dress up “tea party” or “quinceañera” style, rock climb, make the cool-kid crafts (everyone loves tie-dye t-shirts and stained glass), and learn life lessons in chapel. By night, we sing silly campfire songs and perform skits before returning to the cabins where friendships are formed through many heart-to-heart conversations.
 
We’re still excited that we launched our Mentoring program in the Fall of 2015, Yayy!!  This is a program where camp volunteers and children are matched together to continue during the school year in a one-on-one mentoring relationship. Think Big Brothers Big Sisters, but with an awesome Royal twist. Not only do mentors spend one-on-one time directly with their mentees, but the relationship is augmented with a monthly Club gathering, where we all come together and have a mini “2 hour camp.” Mentors have already done an impressive variety of things with their mentees such as laser tag, ice skating, Color Me Mine, sports museum, Christmas in the Park, Glow, Golfland, bowling, skate park, tide pooling, Chuck E Cheese and food, food, and more food!
 
True religion is caring for orphans1 and these foster kids or “modern day orphans” have not been a regular part of a household filled with love and stability.  Our mission is simple: To pour unconditional love into the lives of these children and thus change their destiny. Can one week of camp or 4 hours of mentoring a month really impact the life of a child? We’ve got a lot of pudding so come join us to find out.
 
Bethel Church of San Jose
1201 S Winchester Boulevard, San Jose, CA 95128
408-246-6790  ext. 262
RFKC@bethel.org

(1) James 1:27: Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress

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