To Whom It May Concern @ Royal Family Kids’ Camp,So many months have now passed since the camp for needykids took place last August, and I have wanted to write so manytimes, but the life of a social worker can be a distractingjourney. My heart is filled with an overwhelming amount ofgratefulness for the amazing, week-long experience you createdfor four of the children on my caseload, and a total of eightchildren from our agency.When the children returned from camp,so many of the things they shared with me touched me deeply.They loved the collective birthday party, which I found to be awonderful idea since in moving from foster home to foster home,so many of their birthdays go uncelebrated. They loved gettingdressed up for the tea party and experiencing a bit ofsophistication. A few of them went for a “polar swim” with acounselor in the early hours of the morning, which I thoughtwas a great example to give them, teaching them to experienceintense fun and a rush of emotion with an innocent activityrather than through drugs or alcohol. They all returned feelingso loved and cared for by their counselors — two to one isan incredibly generous ratio — and everyone wants to return next year.But it is now that I am writing because, as I sat in thebedroom of one the “hard to reach” boys with whom I work, Isaw that he had put up the framed quote from the Bible thatyou had given him, reminding him that he is special and he isloved. I don’t know where he had had it between August and now,but apparently, in the darkness of these winter months, heneeded to be reminded.The gifts you give for these extremely needy children areunbelievable. Whether it is the self-esteem that you build, orthe new experiences you offer, or merely the attention that isgiven during that week in August, the camp provides longlastingeffects that change these children forever. Thank youfor being a part of the lives of these foster kids, childrenthat are so often forgotten by the rest of society.
Please accept our deepest appreciation for all the hundreds of hours, the hard work and the dedication of everyone involved in Royal Family KIDS Camps. Our agency is privileged to be able to work with such a quality project.
As a foster parent, I have seen the tremendous need these children have for positive attention and the effect one person can have on their very fragile lives...[and] how truly moved the parents of these children were by the attention that had been focused on their children.