Wayne & Diane Tesch, Founders

Wayne & Diane Tesch, Founders

In 1990 Wayne left the church position to launch Royal Family Kids’ Camp, Inc. full-time. In 2008, the organisation expanded to include a school year Club and Mentoring program and changed its name to Royal Family KIDS®. In 2012 Royal Family KIDS served over 6,000 children in 160 camps in 35 states and 11 international countries. Eighty thousand children have been enrolled in the camps since 1985.

Wayne and his wife, Diane, have coauthored three books: Unlocking the Secret World, by Tyndale House Publishers (1995); Moments Matter — The Stories of Royal Family Kids’ Camps (2000); and From Despair to an Heir—Reviving the Heart of a Child (2008). They wrote a Special Edition 20th Anniversary book—A Week of Memories—A Life of Hope (2010), consisting of testimonials from 20 former campers who have all returned to serve at the camps.


In 2014, Bryan and Misty Elliott, founders of Capital City Church in Cardiff, Wales, began the journey of bringing RFK and its life-changing week of camp to the United Kingdom.  After much prayer, several trips and training events, Cap City hosted a very successful first camp in August of 2016, with camp size doubling in 2017, and continuing strong in 2018. 2019 saw the launch of a new UK-wide charity to oversee the growth and expansion of camps in England, Wales, and Scotland. This new charity came with a new name: Starfish Kids Camps.

You can help

  • Volunteer at Starfish Kids Camp

  • Become a faithful supporter

  • Encourage your church to launch an Starfish Kids Camp

  • Pray for the work and the volunteers of Starfish Kids Camp