Our History

In 1990, Wayne and Diane Tesch started Royal Family Kids’ Camp, Inc., an international organization whose mission is to create life changing moments for children in the foster care system. At that time, their goal was to have a one-week camp experience sponsored by local churches in every state.

Five years later, two ministers in Midland, MI, Bill Clarkson and Curt Zastrow, founded the Mid-Michigan chapter of Royal Family KIDS.  Their passion for children led them to get the appropriate training required by the state to have such a specialized camp. While that first year was full of hard work and determination, they developed a strong team of volunteers (many of whom are still involved). After seeing the smiles of those first campers in June of 1996, a second camp was added two years later in an effort to accommodate even more area children.

In 2008, RFKC, Inc. expanded to include a school year Club and Mentoring program and changed its name to Royal Family KIDS®. In addition to the week-long camps in both June and July, Mid-Michigan RFK has also developed the Clubs and Mentors program, which provides meetings and mentors to kids across 6 counties and is now a full time, year-round ministry.

Beginning with one local church, volunteers from Mid-Michigan RFK now represent almost 20 different congregations of various denominations in the area. And while they are sponsored by the local church and generous donors, there is (and always has been) absolutely no cost to campers and their families/caregivers.

For more information on nationwide and international camps, visit royalfamilykids.org.

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