So you may be interested in volunteering. Not to discourage you, but not everyone that desires to volunteer has the opportunity to do so. Our first priority is the safety and well being of the children we serve. That said, we do have camps all over the United States. Each camp is a part of our national network of camps. Here’s what we were able to accomplish last year –> http://royalfamilykids.org/stats-on-foster-kids/
UPDATE: Local Camps will be recruiting volunteers for the 2016 summer in February-April, 2016.
The best way to volunteer and/or get involved is to contact the Camp Director through their contact information listed here (see your state) –> http://royalfamilykids.org/locate-a-camp/
The camps have various needs: from volunteering for the entire week of camp to volunteering a day or a few hours (Birthday Party Team, Registration, Welcome Home Reception).
To volunteer for the week of camp it requires:
- A four page application along with references (minimum 18 years old)
- A complete background screening including finger printing
- A thirty minute interview for suitability and camper selection
- 12 hours of training (provided by the local camp staff)
The process is intense and thorough because of the nature of working with children of abuse. The part-time volunteer positions do not require the same level of training and interviewing, but do require a background screen to be done.
The week of camp is fully planned out with a daily schedule for the campers and their counselors. Each counselor is only responsible for two campers (1 to 2 ratio) which allows for excellent relationship opportunities.
The camps are only held in the summer months (May-August) and when they are “off-season” the Camp Directors are focused on fund-raising, team meetings and various events. Most of the camps begin the counselor recruitment process in February each year. This allows for plenty of time to have individuals complete the requirements before camp. That is the best time to connect with Camp Directors if you wish to volunteer at camp or volunteer part time.
However, you may just want to be a part of raising funds to give “Camperships.” Our camps are offered at no cost to the children so if you’d like to just donate to send a camper that would be a HUGE help. If you would like to be involved with a local camp’s fund-raising they would love to hear from you.
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