Royal Family gearing up for season
In 1985, an assistant pastor named Wayne Tesch and his wife, Diane, saw a need to provide hope to local foster children in Costa Mesa, Calif. They created a week-long summer camp held in the mountains, the “cathedral of the outdoors,” in order to create moments that matter for foster children ages 6-12.
After the first five years of hosting camps through their church, the Tesches realized the need was in every county in the U.S.
They also realized it was possible to launch the program as a countrywide organization. So in 1990, Wayne left his position at the church to become CEO of the new charity. Diane joined him and brought her organizational skills and experience in franchising from the for-profit world, and together, they launched Royal Family Kids’ Camp, Inc.
In 2008, the organization expanded to include a school year Mentoring Club opportunity and changed its name to Royal Family KIDS®
In 2015 Royal Family KIDS served over 7,700 children in 209 camps in 40 states and 4 international countries.
Since 1985, more than 100,000 children have attended the camps, and the mentoring Clubs had 42 Clubs with 691 Club KIDS, 1258 Staff and Mentors.
In the state of Nebraska there are approximately 1,421 children, ages 6-12 in the foster care system through the course of a year. Royal Family KIDS currently has 13 Camps and one Club in Nebraska serving these children. The average camp serves 45-50 children each summer.
The Nebraska groups have wonderful volunteers who have dedicated thousands of hours to reach orphaned and abandoned children. In order for Royal Family KIDS to reach all the kids available to enroll in the program, they need to launch 15 more camps in Nebraska, according to the website http://royalfamilykids.org/nebraska/
For more information, to donate, or to volunteer, visit Royal Family KIDS website at http://rfk.org/, or call the Nebraska coordinator, Scott Murish, at 308-440-4560.