Frequently Asked Questions for Volunteers
PLEASE NOTE: The volunteer application for 2024 is open!
Please consider applying in December/January for RFK 2024.
WHEN IS ROYAL FAMILY KIDS CAMP 2024?
FOR LITTLE CAMPERS/THE KIDS
Monday-Friday, June 9-14, 2024 for the kids or - whom we call - Little Campers.
DATES FOR FULL-WEEK ADULT VOLUNTEERS
If you are a full-week RFK Volunteer, you will be attending Camp from Sunday-Friday, June 9-14, 2024. Mandatory training for full-week volunteers is Friday evening and all day Saturday, April 19 & 20, 2024.
MANDATORY TRAINING FOR ALL NEW FULL-WEEK ADULT VOLUNTEERS
Mandatory training for all NEW full-week (Sunday-Friday, June 9-14, 2024) Royal Family KIDS Colorado Springs volunteers is Friday evening, April 19, 2024, and Saturday, April 20 (8 hours). (If you can't attend ALL of training, you are ineligible to serve at Camp.)
WHAT IF I WANT TO APPLY TO SERVE WITH ROYAL FAMILY KIDS?
- Complete online application (not publicy listed and only available after passing pre-questionnaire)
- Be 18 and older by April 1, 2024
- Provide three non-family adult references
- Provide three emergency contacts
- Chosen applicants attend an in-person interview
- Pass an FBI/CBI Trails background check (anyone with a felony on your record is not eligible to apply
- Pass a fingerprinting background check
- Chosen applicants attend ALL of mandatory training in April 2024 (Friday evening, April 19, and all day Saturday, April 20, 2024)
- Be able to attend all of Camp (Sunday-Friday, June 9-14, 2024) and the Welcome Home Celebration on Friday, June 14) right after returning from Camp.
IF CHOSEN AS A FULL-WEEK OR ONE-DAY VOLUNTEER, IS THERE TRAINING I NEED TO ATTEND?
MANDATORY TRAINING FOR ALL RETURNING FULL-WEEK ADULT VOLUNTEERS
Mandatory training for all RETURNING full-week (Sunday-Friday, June 9-14, 2024) Royal Family KIDS Colorado Springs volunteers is Saturday April 20 (8 hours). (If you can't attend ALL of training, you are ineligible to serve at Camp.)
CAMP DATES FOR ONE-DAY ADULT VOLUNTEERS
Girls' Tea Party is on Wednesday, June 12, 2024.
Boys' Barbarian/Highland Games Party is on Wednesday, June 12, 2024.
Birthday Party for all of the Little Campers is on Thursday, June 13, 2024.
TRAINING FOR ALL ONE-DAY ADULT VOLUNTEERS
One-day volunteers will need to attend Training only on Friday evening, Apri 19, and all day Saturday, April 20, 2024.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO VOLUNTEER?
THE ROYAL FAMILY KIDS COLORADO SPRINGS TEAM consists of volunteers whose desire it is to see foster children - kids who have experience childhood trauma at the hands of their family - experience safe, healthy adults in a positive environment.
EXPLAIN ROYAL FAMILY KIDS CAMP & MENTORING CLUB
Here's how Royal Family KIDS works for foster children!
IS THIS AN OVERNIGHT CAMP? Yes! This is an overnight Camp. All Little Campers and our RFK Volunteers will stay at Camp for the entire week.
WHAT IS THE AGE RANGE FOR THE LITTLE CAMPERS AT ROYAL FAMILY KIDS CAMP? At Royal Family KIDS Colorado Springs, we take children who are 6 to 12 years old. All of these kids are either currently in foster care or kin-like/kinship care or have been adopted or returned to live with biological family.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? Camp costs $25 per child, our Application Fee. Royal Family KIDS Colorado Springs pays the additional $475 per child. It costs us ~$500 per adult as well, but RFK Colorado Springs covers the cost with help from fundraising efforts by each Volunteer.
WHERE DO YOU GET THE MONEY TO PAY FOR CAMP? Thanks to incredibly generous donors - individuals, businesses, organizations, and grants - we're able to cover the cost of each of our 72 Little Campers and every adult volunteers to attend Camp! If you want to help Sponsor a Child to head to Camp, you can do so on our RFK Donation link!
ARE VOLUNTEERS EXPECTED TO HELP FUNDRAISE? Yes, we ask each volunteer to help us raise funds to send themselves and a Little Camper to Camp. That is a total of $1,000. We provide you all of the information and materials needed to raise the funds, starting with our RFK Donation link.
WHERE IS THE CAMP LOCATED? For the safety of the children, we don't publicly disclose the location of the Camp. Volunteers will be looped in only after being accepted and offered a spot as a volunteer! We contract with an incredible Camp property located in the mountains of Colorado.
DO WE HAVE CONTACT WITH THE KIDS AFTER CAMP? Unless kids are part of our Royal Family KIDS Mentoring Club the school year following Camp, adult volunteers are NOT ALLOWED to share any contact information with Camp kids whether it be phone, email, home/business address, or any social media contact. If you do have a "Little Camper Sighting" out and about in town, please introduce yourself to the parent/guardian and say HELLO to the kid(s) by all means!
HOW LONG HAS ROYAL FAMILY KIDS BEEN AROUND? Royal Family KIDS has been around since 1985. It was started in Southern California by Wayne & Diane Tesch who wanted to serve the foster care population through a summer Camp ministry experience. Royal Family KIDS Colorado Springs is one of around 245 RFKs around the country - and across the globe - and has been operating and serving foster children in El Paso County since 2011. We are just celebrating the start of our 12th year of ministry to foster kids here in Colorado Springs!
WHAT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES EXIST AT RFK? We accept applications for adult volunteers (18+) to serve as full-week staff or help run a one-day opportunity for the Tea Party, Boys' Party, or Birthday Party. Volunteers state which opportunity they are interested in and the RFK leadership team assigns each volunteer a role at Camp which may be Big Camper (Camp Counselor), Arts & Crafts, Tea Party, Birthday Party, Boys' Party, drama, music team, Bible Teacher, Coach, Drama, Royal Treatment team, medical team, etc.
HOW DOES "FOR THE CHILDREN" RELATE TO ROYAL FAMILY KIDS? The parent organization for Royal Family KIDS Colorado Springs was called "Royal Family KIDS" until October of 2021. Since then, the name has change to "For The Children" and still houses Royal Family KIDS underneath as one of its programs.
WHAT IS MENTORING CLUB? Mentoring Club is a program for RFK Little Campers who desire to be mentored throughout the schoolyear and attend a once-a-month Club (a mini-Camp experience) may apply to be part of the RFK Mentoring Club. Children will be mentored one-to-one by RFK adult volunteers who served as full-week Camp staff.