Our History

Meet the Founders, Wayne and Diane Tesch

In 1990 Wayne left the church position to launch Royal Family Kids’ Camp, Inc. fulltime. In 2008, the organization 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—Healing 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.
Wayne and Diane feel a profound sense of joy and urgency to reach out to the battered, abused and neglected children of this country. They want to see every foster child, age 6-12, experience a life changing camp, club and mentor. Wayne and Diane have seen thousands of volunteers and dozens of supporting churches all over America have help out… but we still have a long way to go.

Concord Camp

Founded in 2001 by Phil and Barbara Popineu, the camp was Directed by Jeff and Janet Juhala… That first year we took 28 children to camp! in 2013 we have expanded to take 102 children. Over the past thirteen years we have had the opportunity to serve in excess of 710 children for a week of camp and 72 children for year round mentoring.

Jeff and Janet Camp Directors 2001-2006
Rick and Jennifer Camp Directors 2007-2011
Dale and Jeri-Lynn Cross Founded Concord Club and Mentoring Program 2011-present
Brian and Cyndi Donnally Camp Directors 2012-present

SEE OUR PAST TEAMS AND CAMPERS …… Boy how have we grown

2001 Volunteers                                                                                                  2002 Volunteers

2001 concord crew                       2002 calvary crew

2003 Volunteers                                                                                                 2006 Children

2003 staff                 2006 KIDS PICTURES

2005 Volunteers                                                                                                 2008 Volunteers

2005 staff closeup                        2008 calvary staff

2009 Volunteers                                                                                                 2010 Volunteers and Campers

2009 concord staff                            2010 staff and kids

2012 Volunteers                                                                                                   2012 Volunteers and Campers

2012 calvary crew with writing                                 2012 staff and kids

 

2013 Contra Costa Staff without Sonoma                                                    2013 Volunteers and Campers

2013 calvary crew with writing                             2013 full group with kids

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