About RFKC ― Summerville
Summerville Calvary Chapel will host our 10th camp in 2020. In 2019 our camp saw volunteers come not only from around the Lowcountry but as far away as Greenville and Charlotte. They came from 17 different churches to serve our children in unity. With that kind of support we plan to 44 children in 2020.
Camp is a place where God’s love is modeled consistently through activities, crafts, Bible stories, drama, quiet times and fun that the campers experience with their team of cousins, aunts and uncles.
Our camp has a very high counselor and staff to camper ratio. Each counselor (cousin) has only two campers. Our camp staff includes camp grandparents, activity coordinators, a music and drama team, two nurses, and a camp photographer. This ratio ensures our campers will receive plenty of one-on-one time.
Each year we present a different theme through music and drama to convey to each camper that God loves them and we do too. Through the stories of Daniel, Esther, Joseph and others, our campers learn how God loves and cares for all of us. The love for our campers is shown throughout an incredibly busy week.
Our campers enjoy swimming, fishing, boating, and the opportunity to build a birdhouse or make a tie-dye shirt. Everybody’s Birthday Party is always a highlight. Many of our campers have never blown out birthday candles or received a birthday present before and we do it up right with water slide jump castles, piñatas, and birthday cake for all. The tea party gives our young ladies the chance to dress up in high fashion and enjoy a special afternoon. Our young men enjoy a sports camp and they all enjoy the challenge of team-building exercises. Friday afternoon is the talent show and our campers do have talent. It’s a full week and the hardest part is the Friday afternoon drive back to town.
We’ve received tremendous feedback from caseworkers, caregivers, therapists and foster parents. But our best feedback comes the following year. There is nothing like the Monday morning smile of a returning camper when they get off the bus to see the familiar face of their cousin waiting for them. Those smiles and the chance encounters between campers and counselors during the year let us know the impact we’re making. One week truly does make a difference.
RFK Summerville is affiliated with Royal Family KIDS Inc an international non-profit organizing summer camp experiences and year-round mentoring for these boys and girls. RFK-Summerville is one camp of over 250 camps in 40 states and 27 in 11 countries that impacts about 7,000 young children each year.
A week of camp can and does make a difference in the life of a child!
• 2020 Camp will be in late July
• Volunteer applications are due NLT May 1st.
Training will begin in June.
Please join us for our upcoming fund raising events.
Thank you again for your support!