RFK, Inc. got started in 1984 when Wayne and Diane Tesch were invited to develop a camp for underprivileged kids. The first camp was held in Costa Mesa, CA, in 1985. In 1990 it became a full-time ministry for Wayne and Diane. By 2010 there were 175 camps, 6800 campers, in 36 states, and 9 international countries.
How We Got Involved
The UntoMe Orphan Ministry of Emmanuel saw a need to start a camp for foster/adopted children in the valley and we all fell in love with the Royal Family Kids Camp model. Our core team attended training in June of 2011 for 7 days. We are now moving forward and Royal Family Kids Camp of the LC Valley will first be held June 25-29, 2012. We will be only the 2nd camp in Idaho.
Where Do These Children Come From?
- Foster Care
- Children on the watch list for foster care
- Referrals of children who have or are experiencing abuse and neglect
- In the United States there are approximately 100,000 children waiting to be adopted
- A report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds
- More than 5 children die every day as a result of child abuse
- Of the abuse 2.4% is medical neglect
- 7.6% is sexual abuse
- 9.6% with another form of maltreatment
- 10.8 % is physical abuse
- 78.3% is neglect
- 7.6% is psychological maltreatment
- These add up to more than 100% as a child may have to suffer more than one type of maltreatment
- In our five-county region in Idaho there are usually about 40 children in the foster system at any given time
- There are usually around 500,000 children in foster care at a given time
RFKC's philosophy is to create positive memories for abused and neglected children, ages 7-11, in a one-week Christian camp experience.