Please understand that while we are immensely grateful and humbled that you would consider serving with us, for the safety of the children entrusted to us and the success of the Royal Family team as a whole, we may not be able to accept every person who applies to serve at camp.
There are many ways to be involved at Royal Family KIDS-Cowlitz County, however! Whether or not you serve At Camp, we hope you'll consider these other options, as well!
● Camp Counselor ● Photo/Video/Sound ● Professional Counselor or Social Worker ● Hospitality/Snacks ● Arts & Crafts Assistant ● Musician ● Actors ●
Coach ● Bible Storyteller ● Decorating ● Woodworking Assistant ● Setup ● Staff Assistant ● Curriculum Coordinator ● Breakfast Club Coordinator ● Drama Coordinator ● Tea Party Coordinator ●
Birthday Party Coordinator ● Imagination Station Coordinator ●
Princess Parlor Coordinator ● Camp Notes Coordinator ●
Camp Store Coordinator ● Logistics Coordinator
In Town the Week of Camp
● Camper Check-In in Longview (Monday morning, August 3... setup the afternoon before) ●
● Camper Pick-up in Longview (Friday afternoon, August 7)
● Volunteer Appreciation Dinner in Longview (Friday late afternoon, August 7)
In Town Throughout the Year
NOTE: You do not need to submit an application to help in any of these roles. Please email or call Jess McCloud (contact info below) for more information.
Prayer Partners ● Recruit Volunteers ● Make decorations ● Solicit Donations of Goods ● Prep (arts/crafts/packing) ● Drive volunteers/ supplies to/from camp ● Writing thank you cards ● Bookkeeping ● Maintaining website content ● Designing print and online flyers ● Managing our Facebook page ●
Royal Tea Party Fundraiser: Planning, Table Decorator, Costumed Character, Silent Auction assistance
If you have any questions about this application, please call or text Jess McCloud at (971) 225-7352 or email her at cowlitz@RoyalFamilyKIDS.org.
Volunteers present themselves to Campers and other volunteers as imperfect followers of the perfect Christ, while living out Godly principles and truths, and providing hope. We strive to imitate Christ and reinforce Biblical truths, whether in the daily routine of eating, talking, interacting with others, or in the excitement of new friendships, experiences and accomplishments. Our goal is to extinguish pain in others through the power of the love of God.
Deuteronomy 6:4-8 (NLT) provides a biblical guide for volunteers:
“Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.”
To be an effective volunteer requires that Christ’s love, compassion and hope fuel our lives. Campers are not interested in a volunteer’s life, resume or children. Campers’ hearts are captured by love, kindness and guidance.
In the process of modeling the love of Christ to Campers, training and support is provided for volunteers so that they can meet the individual needs of each Camper while participating in an active environment of fun and challenging activities and supportive events.
Volunteers endeavor to place Campers at the center of all we do and create a non-coercive environment that:
* Provides for physical security and emotional safety.
* Respects authority while complying with all rules and exercising good judgement.
* Celebrates Camper successes while encouraging and challenging Campers in fun activities.
* Guides Campers with patient wisdom.
* Positively impacts the Campers’ view of themselves in every camp experience.
* Values meal times and other opportunities for heart to heart conversations.
* Helps Campers understand that they are valuable creations of God.
* Offers God as a source of strength and moment by moment sufficiency now and forever.
* Applies God’s truth in music, puppets, story and drama.
* Offers Campers the opportunity to discover Christ and His truth in teachable moments.
* Models positive relationships with Campers, other volunteers and Camp Staff.
* Creates affirming memories at Camp that extend beyond the Camp week.
* Observes creation alongside Campers with awe and wonder.
* Respects confidentiality.
Relational Objectives (volunteers to Campers):
* To shine the hope of Christ in dark places.
* To encourage Campers to find their way towards a fuller and more complete life.
* To create positive memories through adult role modeling and interactions.
* To provide love, attention, affirmation and support in both success and adversity.
* To encourage skill building and develop a pattern of achievement in new experiences.
* To listen attentively to each Camper’s soul and mentor them using guided conversation.
Emotional Objectives (Camper to Camper):
* To develop a sense of belonging to a group of age mates with common backgrounds.
* To feel needed as part of a team, and contribute to the success of a team.
* To experience nurturing friendships and the affirmation of peers.
Spiritual Objectives (for Campers):
* To recognize that they are valuable creations of God.
* To cultivate a greater curiosity about God.
* To understand God’s abiding love for them.
* To receive and use a Bible and to apply God’s truths to the challenges of their lives.
* To see others pray and be offered the choice to participate.
In order to accomplish these objectives we organize group events such as chapel and instructional opportunities, indoor/outdoor activities and evening special occasions that provide physical, educational and experiential events. We also provide a constructive atmosphere for informal interactions between Campers and volunteers during the daily activities. At the conclusion, Camp gifts, including a Camp memory book, are provided to each Camper so that the positive experiences of the week are captured for later storytelling and recollection of their favorite times at Camp.
Not sure if camp is for you? Here's a great video another camp in the region put together to give you an idea of what the week is like, for staff and campers: www.youtube.com/watch?v=utpGFIXqmDY
Camper Volunteer Application
This application is for a voluntary service position, it is NOT an application for employment. Therefore, neither the application nor the position, if selected, would be governed by employment law.
Please read the following prior to completing the below application:
We have been blessed to witness the Church come together as one body to make Royal Family KIDS possible. Our volunteers at camp the past two years have represented the below churches within our community. We hope to add to this list each year!
Abundant Life Nazarene
Beacon Hill Baptist
Calvary Community Church
Exodus Christian Fellowship
Faith Center Church, Kelso
First Baptist Church, Longview
Kelso Christian Assembly
Rainier Community Church of God
Renewal City Church
Shekinah Christian Center
St. Paul's Lutheran
The Grove Alliance Church
Timber Lake Castle Rock
Valley Christian Fellowship