Royal Family Kids' Camp #170

Royal Family Kids' Camp #170 started in 2006. This camp began under the direction of Joe Grizzle, then Senior Pastor at CrossPointe Church, and Dean Stone, then children's pastor at Crosspointe. Rick Roberts and Sabrina Yaw stepped up to lead and directed the camp for the first 10 years. They annually built a team of over 100 volunteers to care for the abused and neglected children in Norman, Oklahoma. At our first camp in 2006, we hosted 33 starfish—that's what we call the children who come to camp. Our camp has impacted hundreds of children's lives, with some former campers even returning to serve when they have turned 16. Royal Family serves children ages 7-11 that are in the local foster care program. In 2012 Crosspointe also began to host a Teen Reach Adventure Camp that serves foster children from 12-15 years.

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The Starfish Story
While walking on the beach one day, a man saw a Starfish by the shore, And everywhere he looked it seemed, he saw a thousand more. Then what to his surprise appeared? A boy of nine or ten, And as the Starfish washed ashore, he threw them back again. The man smiled at his exuberance and noted his frustration. “One fish won’t make a difference son: You can’t change this situation.” The boy stopped and picked up one more fish, then looking right at the man, “I can make a difference for this one sir,” and returned it to the sea. So the man went and gathered all his friends, his brothers and his cousins. They joined in with that little boy and saved Starfish by the dozens. There are still many to be rescued—many Starfish on life’s shore. And you can make a difference too— by saving just one more.

C.A. Milbrant