ROYAL FAMILY KIDS CAMP INC

Rating: 3.67 stars   6 reviews

Issues: Sports

Location: 3000 W MacArthur Blvd Ste 412 Santa Ana CA 92704 USA

Mission: PROVIDE POSITIVE MEMORIES FOR ABUSED AND NEGLECTED CHILDREN AGE 7 TO 11 IN A FREE ONE WEEK SUMMER CAMP EXPERIENCE IN A CHRISTIAN SETTING.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

RFKC has impacted our community with hope and love. Over the last 20 years, a church in our community has sponsored a RFK Camp for children in the child protective services system. The foster children that attend RFK have been deeply transformed by the love, compassion and care provided through the excellent network of trained and committed RFK volunteers. This endeavor would not be possible without the leadership and vision of the parent organization, RFKC, Inc.

RFKC Inc. provides much more than a camping experience for 6-12 year old foster children. It provides leadership development and creates compassionate people that care for the "fatherless". My wife and I have served as volunteer counselors, staff and directors at a local RFKC. We have served as national trainers and as part of the core volunteer leadership at RFKC Inc national programs. We have invested our lives into the cayuse of RFKC Inc. due to their commitment to quality, best practices, safety and placing the children first in each decision.

RFKC is a top-tier organization and a pioneer in the field of faith-based services that change lives and transform communities. It is worthy of your highest level of support.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was a volunteer Camp Director for 10 years. i can personally tell you that the camp not only changes the lives of the children, but it also changes the lives of the adults who give a week of their vacation for the lives of the fatherless and orphan. Now, since Royal Family KIDS has added Clubs and Mentors to the child's opportunities, i have no doubt that it is the premier camp and mentor club experience in the United States.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1999

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

Royal Family KIDS is the nation's leading network of summer camps and mentoring programs for kids in foster care. We focus on children ages 6-12 and recruit, train and equip volunteers from around the world to stand up for children of abuse, abandonment and neglect. The program works very well and we have the track record to show for it!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Invest in technology upgrades in the office

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 1 stars  

Royal Family Kids Camp provides memories for children who have experienced abuse & neglect in their past. However, they knowingly allow wife abusers & child abusers to work as adult leadership over & again year after year. The national board of rfkc knowingly overlooks these offenses - sadly this is common in our society, but it needs to stop. Allowing criminals to work in any capacity in this type of work is dishonoring to the women and children who've been hurt by these predators.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

require social and moral accountability - publicly

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Badly

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A little

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

This organization offers a great camp experience for children in difficult situations who often crave the positive adult attention and encouragement that they receive while at camp. I have helped host one of their events and have always been impressed by their dedication to the kids they serve. Also, they do a great job at finding enthusiastic volunteers of all ages with a heart to invest in the children they serve who often require a huge amount of attention and patience because of their varied home situations growing up.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the effects that their camps have on the children they serve.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help them increase their public exposure and donor base.

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 1 stars  

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This organization provides a wonderful camp experience, encouraging children who are in foster care.

The organization runs Criminal History Checks through the State Patrol. It would be to everyone's benefit to increase the level of education & accountability among the leadership & all those involved.

Those who work in this field know that child abusers don't get caught 'til they've hurt many many children and families. Those presented with allegations of abuse against someone should look beyond their own ability to discern and take seriously the information.

It's not that children & witnesses don't try to expose, the general fault lies in the fact that allegations are usually disregarded by the average person or community because most often abusers are skilled at creating a public image that makes others think they would never be any different in private than they are in public. Abusers are excellent liars and usually have spent quite some time hiding who they really are behind their public facade. Most are very believable.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen many children blessed.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would require leadership to increase their level of education about abusers & their tactics & ask all leaders to seriously make connections with anyone in the history of their camps who they may have inadvertently hurt due to lack of knowledge.

Thank you for letting us know that you feel there is an un-safe person involved at your local camp. I completely understand you writing this anonymously, however, without a name or a local camp identity, I will not be able to look into this situation. Royal Family Kids' Camps is currently hosting 170 camps involving 7000 children and over 8000 adult volunteers. Each camp has strict policies about volunteers. A 4 page application with friend recommendations, a background (fingerprint) check, a 30 minute interview as well as 12 hours of training. We also have a two-deep rule active at all times around the children. No adult is ever allowed to be with a child in a one on one situation. Our primary concern is the safety and well being of the children we serve. Camp is safe and fun and that can only happen in a secure community of adult volunteers. I have personally contacted the person who posted these comments and have asked them to please identify the camp location, director or person(s) involved.

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