Sponsoring Church: Normal First Assembly of God
Royal Family Kids is a national ministry creating positive, life-changing moments for innocent children who have been victims of abuse, neglect, and abandonment. Their vision is to give foster children ages 6-12 a life-changing experience at camp. Their values are to treat these kids royally, keep moving forward, and make moments matter.
History of Royal Family Kids: 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, California. 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 RFKC as a countrywide organization. In 2008, the organization expanded to include a school year mentoring program called “Royal Friends Club,” headed by Joanne Feldmeth, the former Executive Director for Child SHARE. In 2015 Royal Family KIDS served over 7,700 children in 209 camps in 40 states and 4 international countries.