Royal Family KIDS Camp


Royal Family Kids Camp

While walking along a camp trail at Royal Family KIDS Camp, Riley looked up and told his counselor, “This must be what heaven is like!”

Bart and Karen Francour raised four children of their own and fostered sixteen, so they know a thing or two about steering children in the right direction. After a conversation in 2005 with Tim Vanden Bos, director of Willow Creek’s Camp Paradise, they transitioned into a new way to impact the lives of children.

“What we really need is a camp for children who have no fathers,” said Tim. Inspired by Tim’s words, a seasoned team of volunteers joined the Francours and helped give birth to Royal Family KIDS Camp (RFKC) in Lake Geneva.

“Our mission,” said Bart,“is to provide a week filled with fun, hope, and positive memories for 7-11 year-olds living in the foster care system in Lake, Cook, and McHenry counties. Our goal is to introduce them to the God who loves them, and to guide them toward productive lives.”

Gearing up for the Season
RFKC, entering its seventh season, takes place the week of June 9-14 in Lake Geneva, WI. And it’s all about making the kids feel like royalty. Activity centers, games, sports, hiking, swimming, boating, and a great Bible-based curriculum are all part of the excellent program. “We even have an event called “Everyone’s Birthday Party” since many have never had their birthday’s celebrated,” said Karen. At the end of the week, they leave with a memory bag that includes a Bible, a MP4 player with camp songs, a treasured letter from their counselor, and a personalized photo album.

How You Can Help
“If you hear God’s whisper to reach out and impact the life and touch the heart of a beautiful, yet hurting child,” said Bart, “we’d ask that you prayerfully consider serving with us.” There is a crucial need to fill both female and male counselor openings before our first training on April 20 at Willow’s South Barrington campus. More than 50 counselors are needed to serve at the June camp alone. Also, camper scholarships and corporate donors are needed to finance the week.

For information about RFKC, please email Camp Director Bart Francour, at or call (847) 382-0884.

“We are God’s plan to reach children of abuse, neglect, and abandonment.” Wayne Tesch, Founder of Royal Family KIDS – Camps, Clubs & Mentoring

Category : Local Outreach

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