On Wednesday, Aug. 2, Clackamas County children in foster care will visit Deer Creek Ranch in Aurora for a special ranch day as a part of a weeklong Royal Family Kids Camp.
For the last 12 years, Community of Hope, a Wilsonville church, has been hosting a Royal Family Kids Camp as an outreach for children in foster care. This year, 33 kids will be in attendance. Members of the church, Jim and Kathy Page, each year invite the campers out to their 30-acre Aurora ranch for a fun-filled day.
"Royal Family Kids Camp is an international non-profit dedicated to providing special needs foster kids across the world a fabulous weeklong summer camp experience," said Jim Page.
The non-profit partners with churches across the nation to provide a fun and safe camp experience for kids who have experienced neglect or abuse and who are currently in foster care.
According to the Royal Family Kids blog, "There are 7,444 kids in foster care (2,226 ages 6-12), and unfortunately the situation in Oregon is becoming so bad that social workers are housing foster kids in their own offices or in motels until they can find foster homes."
But with the help of their volunteers, like Jim and Kathy Page, this camp is making a big difference.
At the ranch, campers will enjoy three military helicopters, a climbing wall, water slide and more.
"There's two rules when you come out to camp: have fun and be safe," Page said.
There will also be a variety of animals at the ranch day, including alpacas, goats, chickens, peacocks, cows and pigs.
In Page's experience, the kids always have a great time on ranch day.
"They go nuts out here," Page said.
For more information, visit rfk.org.