Day 4: Talent Show

2017 Heart PicturesThe skies cleared, and as you can see, we were able to take a great shot of our campers, counselors and staff.  This picture is the perfect representation of our camp. We had almost 60 counselors and staff that surrounded our campers with God’s unconditional love throughout the week.  Through the fun times and the difficult times, our team united together to give the campers a life-changing week.

Our day ended with an amazing talent show. Acts included singing, dancing,  making paper airplanes, and, believe it or not, synchronized swimming.  The campers loved  every minute of it.



Day Two: The Petting Zoo

LakeOur theme for Day 2 was God’s Grace is sufficient.  We made it through because of an unbelievable group of counselors.  It was a late night for many!  The highlight of day was a petting zoo.  The kids loved the chickens, goats, sheep, ducks, and bunnies.  We even got some great fishing and canoeing in during a break in the weather.

SOTO: We had one child that just didn’t like how the day turned out.  Due to some of the changes that had to be made, he didn’t get to go fishing.  This was a major problem for him.  However, after a long talk with our therapist Kris, he did say that this was still a great day because he got to do a lot of great things that he never tried before like petting a chicken.

Petting Zoo

Day 1 – Campers Arrive & Carnival!


It felt like Christmas morning for the counselors and staff.  After many months of anticipation, the campers finally arrived!  This week, we have the privilege of serving 47 campers who arrived at the campground this morning.  There were some last minute changes for the campers attending, but God provided us with a foster sibling group of 3 girls that all got to attend.  Thank you to all that serve, and a special thanks to the staff at Bay Life Church.  It was a very smooth registration time for the campers because of all those who volunteered.


Each night we are going to try to share an experience with one of the campers.  We call it a SOTO.  One of the girls in the sibling group that was able to attend at the last minute came up to Scott at the carnival tonight.  She said, “This has been the best day of my life.  I am having so much fun!”  It is hard to fathom that a simple carnival can make that much of a difference, but it made a huge impact in this camper’s life.


DSC_0830One of the highlights of the carnival was an appearance by Thunderbug!  Also, The Tampa Bay Lightning provided a slapshot game, and all the campers had the chance to try on goalie gear.  It was an awesome experience.  There were bounce houses, cotton candy, snow cones, and lots of games provided by the men’s group at Bay Life.

Please pray for good weather.  It looks like the forecast isn’t going to be great over the next few days.  Also, please lift up the campers that they stay healthy throughout the week.


We have Arrived!!!!

Counselor Picture

We have arrived at camp!  Today we spent the entire day preparing the campground for our campers’ arrival tomorrow.  Cabins are decorated, the Jungle Hut set for the puppet show.  Check out our Facebook page soon for all the cabin decorations.

Pastor Mark Saunders came by to give us our evening devotions to encourage us to pour out our lives to our campers.

Please pray for:

  • Registration tomorrow
  • Our campers
  • Carnival Night
  • A couple of sick counselors.  They are pushing through

Countdown: Two Days to Camp

Tomorrow, our 60 counselors and staff will be heading out to camp to get thing ready for the campers to arrive on Monday!  Everyone is so excited to kick things off.  We know God will provide us with a great week of fun for the kids.  Please pray for good weather, good health for counselors and kids, and for God to touch each and everyone of the kids to let them know they are loved!  We will be posting every day on Facebook, so make sure you are checking in on us.RFK Bus


Less than 2 weeks to go!!!!


On June 5th, 49 kids will be arriving at camp.  These kids who have previously experienced abuse, neglect and abandonment will experience a life changing week of hope and unconditional love.

There are 3 ways you can still get involved:

  1. Donate a day or week of camp for a child.  Click Here
  2. Donate Supplies.  Buy on Amazon or pick up at a local store and drop off at Bay Life Church, Thrivent Financial in Brandon or REMAX in FishHawk.  Click Here to see the camp’s wish list.
  3. Donate your time.  We need volunteers who are willing to give a couple of hours at the camp.  Take a look at the Volunteer Opportunities.

Thank you for supporting the kids!

Single Day Volunteers

GETINVOLVED6-e1441663219430Royal Family Kids Camp Tampa Bay needs single day volunteers.  See where you can serve the kids that will be attending our camp.  We need a lot of volunteers, so click on the link below to find out more.  The camp opportunities will be at our campground.  We will share the location once we select our volunteers.  The campground is in Hillsborough County and roughly 30 to 40 minutes from Bay Life Church.  The dates are June 4-9th:


Opportunities include:

Supplies Coordinator

Coordinator for Part-time volunteers

Registration Setup at Bay Life Church

Unload Luggage and Supplies at campground

Camp Setup and Decorate

Registration of campers at Bay Life Church

Registration Tear down Team at Bay Life Church

Unload Camper’s luggage

Laundry Crew at the camp

Put together Camper’s Memory Books

Camp Tear down Team

Clean up Team after Welcome Home Dinner

Licensed Lifeguard

Import Music onto MP3 Players

Sound board technician

Graphic Artist


A Week of Memories . . .

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Angela had been sexually abused, beaten & nearly starved to death.

Samantha was stuffed in a tiny dog kennel to sleep each night.

Rebekah was separated from her 4 other siblings
and bounced from 12 different foster and group homes over 6 years.

These are just four out of the thousands of real life situations of kids that we serve at Royal Family Kids Camp.  Our local camp was created to change the lives of 50 children that have been abused, neglected and abandoned.

We need your help to make this camp a reality!  Our camp is one month away, and we still need to raise a minimum of $5,000 to provide these kids with a week that will provide hope.  Each child attends our camp for free, and every camp counselor and staff member volunteer a week to give back to these kids.

Will you consider giving back to these kids and donate $25?  It takes 2 minutes to click on the link below and donate:

Royal Family Kids Tampa Bay’s Donation Page

Thank you for donating.  It will change lives.  Just like Alex who served in Iraq and is now a police officer.  Just like Angela who graduated from cosmetology school.  Just like Samantha who graduates from college this month and will be a math teacher.  Just like Rebekah who graduated college with a Theater and Communications degree and has served as a camp counselor at Royal Family Kids Camp.



Helping Kids Like Samantha

Samantha was one of the statistics – one of the 3+ million kids who are abused every year.  However, Samantha was one of the worst cases ever seen.  It took someone to make a difference – someone who noticed and took action.  

Samantha's StoryYou can make a difference for kids like Samantha.  You can provide hope and support.  For kids who have experienced abuse, neglect and abandonment, Royal Family Kids Camp Tampa Bay provides a week of life changing experiences.  How can one week make a difference?  Take 5 minutes to see how it changed Samantha’s life (Click on her picture).

How can you take action to help those who have been abused?  One of two ways:

  1. Attend our Top Golf Event on Tuesday, April 25th.  You can attend as a golfer, or you can just come and eat dinner.  REGISTER HERE.
  2. Donate towards a day or a week of camp for a child.  Visit our website to learn more.  TampaKidsCamp.org 

Make a difference in a child’s life today!