Let's take a step back...10 years ago the first Royal Family Kids Camp was getting set to hold its first week of camp in Alaska. My sister Jaime was on staff as the Dean of Women, a volunteer counselor position who accompanies all the kids and staff (called cousins, uncle/aunt, grandma/grandpa). I was a prayer warrior as I have been each year of the camp's existence. Following camp there is a Welcome Home dinner for the staff & prayer warriors to share how camp went. It was during this Welcome Home dinner that I felt a familiar tug at my heart (Holy Spirit). I listened intently to the stories that were shared and rejoiced for the successful memories & moments these precious children got to take home. I was moved. I remember hearing that it cost $500 per child to attend camp for a week. I knew that this amount of money had to come from somewhere to ensure that many many other children could attend camp the following year. I approached Chris Scott who was and is still the Amazing Director of the camp and suggested the idea of a fundraiser event or a 'Night to Remember' where we could successfully obtain finances for the camp via donation from those in the community. I knew that if people heard about the camp and its mission, they would lend their support. Thankfully, she was just as excited about it as I was. I got hard to work writing letters & contacting restaurants in town seeking dessert donations for a coffee/dessert evening in which we would share the mission of the camp and the success of the previous year. The first year was a tad hairy as most first events are... I remember hand making starfish favors for each person in attendance. I remember email's back and forth to generous businesses in town regarding coffee & desserts they would willingly give us. I remember the Pastry Chef from Orso/Glacier Brewhouse making a dessert special for us and even giving me his baking pans on loan until I could return them the next day. I remember running around town with my sister Jaime collecting desserts the hours before the first Night to Remember was set to debut. I continued on helping with the Night to Remember for the next few years, mostly just providing desserts as others came up with ideas for making it bigger and better. In 2010, I was unable to be a part of the Night to Remember in any way as I had just been released from the hospital after a six week stay following brain surgery to remove a Hemangioblastoma from my brain stem. My recovery was just beginning as I was learning to walk, talk and swallow all over.
Last night, Chris, paid tribute to me for my vision of Night to Remember. I am humbled that she did this, but I am truly in awe of how this event has morphed into an incredible evening where people can gather together and commit to an exciting and rewarding organization that is radically changing the lives of those it comes in contact with.
Royal Family Kids Camp is all over the United States. I borrowed this from their website (www.royalfamilykids.org) so that you could see what they are about. PS They are incredible!
The beautiful blown glass starfish that Royal Family gave to me. Amazing!!!! It is beautiful and I love that it will remind me of the Starfish story.
Invitation & Schedule of Events for the Night to Remember
RFKC Director Chris Scott, sharing about camp
I mentioned the starfish earlier and this story is one that Chris shared with me many years ago when sharing about Royal Family Kids Camp. I hope it blesses you and it helps you to see the parallel between God rescuing us and us rescuing these precious kids.