WATERTOWN — Pastor Carol Rubleman and Associate Pastor Dan Rubleman of The Father’s House are raising money to host a Royal Family Kids Camp in the area. The Royal Family Kids Camp is a nationwide non-profit organization that provides a week-long camping experience for children in foster care. The camp accepts children ages six to 12 who are currently in foster care. The Father’s House hosts a chapter of this organization and aims to raise $50,000 for the camp.
This is the third year The Father’s House is sponsoring the camp. Each year they have been growing their outreach and have attracted more campers. Next summer Mr. and Mrs. Rubleman plan to have 50 campers attend the camp.
The Father’s House is one of the few Royal Family Kids Camps in the state, which sponsors nearly 4,000 children who are currently in the foster care program.
“We’ve got to help the kids in our area,” said Mrs. Rubleman, who is also the local director of the camp.
The camp will be hosted for one week during the middle of the summer and be from Monday to Friday. The children will stay overnight at one of the area summer camps that is fully staffed by camp professionals with the assistance of volunteers.
The children will be able to enjoy activities including hiking, canoeing, arts and crafts, tea parties, swimming and other fun summer activities.
In addition to camp activities, Royal Family Kids Camp will include some religious learning lessons and emotional support.
Mr. and Mrs. Rubleman said that the purpose of the camp is to remind these children that they matter and that they are loved and have not been forgotten about.
While The Father’s House is looking to raise funds for the camp, they are also looking for enthusiastic locals interested in volunteering at the camp for the week.
“We need a lot of volunteers to make this happen,” said Mr. Rubleman.
The camp provides more than just a week escape for foster children, but also an opportunity to make connections and learn from role models.
“We want to make a difference in their lives,” added Mr. Rubleman.
This year The Father’s House has received certification from the Royal Family Kids Camp to begin a mentorship program in addition to the yearly camp.
Each child will be given a mentor at the camp who will be able to keep in contact with the child after the camp.
Mentors will be able to spend up to four hours a month with campers and build relationships after camp.
The Father’s House will host their first fundraiser event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, December 7.
They will be hosting a Christmas-themed event that will include raffles, a Christmas cookie swap, kids’ crafts, gift wrapping and 20 different vendors.
The event is free for the public to attend and will be at The Father’s House, 523 Main St.
The organization plans to host other fundraising events throughout the spring to raise money for the camp.
While a lot of work still needs to be done to raise money for next year’s camp, both Mr. and Mrs. Rubleman are hopeful that they will be able to raise enough funds for another successful year.
Those interested in volunteering for the camp or looking to donate can find additional information at https://rfk.org/locations/connecticut/watertown/ or call The Father’s House at 860-417-3535.