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RFKC 2013 – One Week Away

There will be 24 kids arriving at Acoma in a week – kids who haven’t had the chance to be kids.

They’re going to show up at Acoma for a week of camp. I’m not entirely sure what they’ve been told, if they know about swimming every day, making crafts, the carnival or doing archery. I don’t think they know we’ve been planning for months in hopes of creating a week that is a bright spot in their lives.

Last year was my first year of camp. Before going, I had expectations. I had been told all about working with kids in the foster care system and the logistics of camp. I was told that saying goodbye to the kids at the end of the week would be hard. I was never told that the shape of my heart would be forever changed.

I walked away from camp last year with my heart full of the girls who were in my room last year. I’ve carried with me their hurts and the depth in their eyes. My heart is full of their smiles and hopes for their futures.

 

I’m excited to be going to Royal Family again – it’s a chance for me to the adult for kids who spend most of their days worrying about their lives in very adult ways. It’s a chance to watch kids set aside some of their hurts, hopes and worries and experience the joy and wonder and excitement of childhood.

We leave for camp in one week. (Only one week!) At any moment, my emotions switch between anticipation and readiness, nervous and anxious, but more than anything – unbelievably excited to meet the campers.

This next week feels not long enough to prepare, and all at the same time too long to wait.

Blog post By Jackie Alvarez

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