The first Royal Family KIDS Camp was held in Orange County, California, in 1985. Since then, RFK has opened 160 camps in 35 states and 12 countries, providing spots for over 80,000 campers since its inception. Today, the organization has expanded to include clubs and mentorship programs in addition to camp. To learn more about the national organization, click here.
Royal Family KIDS Mankato is the result of waiting . . . for the right time and the right team. For eleven years, it seemed that establishing RFK Mankato was just out of reach until a small group of ordinary people came together in 2013 for the adventure of a lifetime. After months of planning and fundraising, a bus filled with 24 excited kids arrived at camp and the adventure began.
We work primarily with children currently in foster care or the social services system. Some of our campers have been abused or neglected, some have experienced the recent trauma of losing a parent or family member, and some are dealing with mental health issues within the family unit. Some are currently living in a foster care home, and others are going through the process of reunification with their biological families.
Regardless of the circumstances that bring them to our attention, these kids and their families are in need of some respite, and we are here to provide it!
1. TREAT PEOPLE ROYALLY
- Choose to speak life and worth into the lives of those around us, beginning with the most vulnerable: our children.
2. KEEP MOVING FORWARD
- Choose to allow today to be a new day, acknowledging that our choices affect our circumstances.
3. MAKE MOMENTS MATTER
- Choose to find the value of the moment and its impact on the future. A two-degree change today can change a life if we give it time.
This is a faith-based program, but we are not a Bible camp. We respect the individual beliefs of our campers and their families, and attending camp is not contingent on subscribing to any particular belief system. The curriculum and activities are based on teaching important character traits, such as kindness, honesty, and self-control.
Unique opportunities are offered for the campers to try new things, make new friends, and learn new ways to celebrate life. The food is tasty, the pool is warm, and the fishing is great! Campers are able to participate in a variety of activities, including swimming, fishing, hiking, tie-dying, basketball, mini-golf, woodworking, music, arts and crafts and evening campfires.
For the safety of our campers, the physical location of camp is kept confidential. Contact information will be shared in case of emergency.
Angie Fogal - Director
Meridith Tietz, M.Ed. - Assistant Director
Dan Anderson, Ed. Spec. - Treasurer
Brian Fogal, M.Ed. - Development Coordinator
Amy Anderson, LISW - Social Worker
Kate Knutson, Ph.D. - Dean of Women
Randall Mittelsteadt - Administrative Coordinator