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YoungLives, is a ministry to a young life of a teen mom and their children. Here is the life of one of the teens that attended the camp last year…Amanda (named changed to protect her true identity) has been prostituted by her mom since the age of 12 to support her mother’s drug addiction. Trina (again her name has been changed) is caught up in gang activity and now faces cervical cancer.
This years camp will be at the Timber Wolf Lodge, Lake Ann, MI. They are expecting over 100 teen moms and their children from across the country - including Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, Michigan and Alabama. At camp young moms are given the opportunity to experience all the fun their peers do. From the pool and zip line to the ropes course and the pamper pole, there is no shortage of excitement. During camp, the young women get a break from their everyday schedules - thanks to childcare volunteers who look after their children. Teen moms get the chance to relax, play, and learn about God and His plan for their lives.
Madison is the capital of Wisconsin, and with a population of about 240,000 it's the second largest city in Wisconsin. Located in the central part of the state, Madison is home to the University of Wisconsin. The city prides itself on being a great place to live and raise a family, where residents can enjoy outdoor activities throughout the year. While the university is a primary source of vitality, there are a wide range of other notable businesses and institutions in the area. Madison is socio-economically diverse, but there is a growing awareness among city leaders of pockets of segregation and poverty.
Imagine not having any certainty in where you will sleep tomorrow night. Imagine knowing the only way you've been shown love is through abuse or neglect. This is the life of a foster child. When kids are placed in foster care, there is confusion, anger, fear, and lack of trust with any adult. Royal Family Kids' Camp is a national/international ministry that has been around for 28 years, serving foster kids ages 7-11 to provide a week-long camp of showing God's love, providing positive memories, and giving hope to kids currently in the foster system.