Are you caring for a child from a hard place who would like to attend camp? Check back in early 2021 for our next camp application.
COVID-19 Message: The Gardendale Royal Family KIDS Camp leadership team has made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 camp. We do not believe we can safely offer the Royal Family KIDS experience for our campers and volunteers this year, given the continued rise in cases and social distancing regulations placed on summer camps this season. Please pray for our campers, caregivers, social workers, and volunteers as we move forward with hope toward an end to COVID-19 and an outstanding camp next year.
Please note that the Royal Family KIDS Camp is free for eligible children, ages 6 to 11 at camp time. All of our volunteers receive extensive training in working with children from hard places, including abuse and neglect. This is a sleepover camp, and all children are paired with a Big Camper (counselor) who oversees no more than two children. No child is ever in the care of fewer than two trained adult volunteers. An application must be completed in full before the child can be placed on our roster or waiting list (including pages requiring signatures and an updated immunization form).
Entrance into camp is prioritized based on whether the child is a returning camper (top priority). After camp slots have been filled with returnees, new slots are available to children currently in the foster care system. We do open slots to children who have been adopted from the foster care system, but only after slots have been filled with returnees and new children still in care. Once a child has attended camp in one season, he/she always has returnee status even if adopted or returned to biological family.
How to apply for a camper to attend (check back in 2021 for working applications):
- Complete this online application.
- Download and print this packet, which contains additional application pages requiring signatures and a letter you can give to your pediatrician about the camp. Submit the packet to the indicated address or e-mail address as soon as it’s complete.
- Send an up-to-date immunization record for the camper to the same address as the other documents.
Camp placement priorities and deadlines:
- Campers who have attended our camp in the past and are still age 11 or younger at camp time have top priority.
- New applicants who are in the foster care system have second priority.
- Applicants who have a history of being in foster care but are now adopted or back home with biological family members have third priority.
We will continue to accept applications for campers until all slots are filled; however, priority slots will only be held until placements begin around June 1st. After that time, slots we will award slots on a first come/first serve basis.
If you have any questions, please contact David Ansardi, Child Placement Coordinator, at 205-913-2594 or email@example.com.