His Kids Camp
“To share the love of Christ with all of His children”
By Shelly Burke, Editor
Leila and Dave Rehbein, His Kids Camp Co-Directors, were in the midst of adopting two of their special-needs foster children (they have five biological children and 4 adopted children) when Leila realized that God did not want her to only care for a few foster kids in her own home, He wanted her to take on a whole camp full of His kids!
Leila and Dave had been volunteering at
for several years (and Dave is on the Board of Directors) when the pastor who was running the Handicamp program took a call out of state. When Leila and Dave were asked to take over the program, Leila said she was “Giddy with excitement at the prospect of leading this ministry!“ That summer she and her husband took over Camp Luther ’s Handicamp and later changed the name to His Kids Camp, which grew into His Kids Camp Ministry. Camp Luther
As described on the His Kids Camp website (www.hiskidscamp.org) His Kids Camp is a Christian residential camp (at
near Schuyler) for developmentally challenged individuals age 13 through older adults. Camp Luther
The His Kids Camp Ministry has evolved into a variety of camps and retreats for campers and campers and their families. As parents of several special needs children, Leila and Dave know how important it is for parents to have a temporary break from the often exhausting challenges they face. His Kids Camp provides respite for those parents.
Volunteers assist during the week as the campers enjoy indoor and outdoor Christ-centered activities, including a talent show. Leila says, “All of the activities are specifically geared to help each camper be successful. We boost self-esteem and build confidence!”
Volunteers entering 9th grade and up—including college students and adults—are welcomed. Leila reports that this year a grant will cover all of the expenses of volunteers, who, as a result, will be able to attend camp for free! Training, room and board, and programming is provided.
Leila says “Being a “buddy” to a special needs camper is a rewarding experience. It isn’t always easy, but every day they learn more and more of what it means to be a servant of Christ, to show God’s love to and for their camper. Volunteer buddies go home with a confidence that they have made a difference in the life of their camper!”
His Kids Campers
The special-needs campers are changed as well. Some of them have a hard time fitting in with other campers at first, and some have behavior problems that have prevented them from attending other camps. Leila and her staff make an effort to accommodate and work with these campers, sometimes assigning the camper an extra buddy for the week. The application form asks parents/guardians to list the camper’s abilities, challenges, needs, behaviors and how they are handled, activities the camper enjoys, and so on, enabling the staff and volunteers to have a detailed picture of how they can assure the camper enjoys camp.
… Camp Needs
Volunteers! For more details and application forms go to www.hiskidscamp.org. At least 15 volunteers are needed for each camp in June.
Nurses! Leila is a nurse but as the camp has grown, she needs other nurses to give medications during camp. The nurse (Leila would prefer to have two nurses for weekly camps) needs to be at camp from 4PM Wednesday-11AM on Saturday. For weekend camps one nurse is needed from Saturday at -Sunday at .
Financial Support for Campers! Many campers and their families are not able to afford camp. His Kids Camp is a unique opportunity for special needs campers to share the love of Jesus and feel accepted and welcome. Leila says “My goal is to have a LOW or NO COST camp for our special needs campers.” Please contact her for more information.
Please prayerfully consider the above needs and be part of sharing the love of Christ with His Kids!
For more information please contact Leila Rehbein, His Kids Camp Director at
of Ne, Inc. at (402) 981-5732 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.hiskidscamp.org. Camp Luther
His Kids Camp Dates 2012:
His Kids Retreat Weekend (ages 13 and over) April 20-22
His Kids Camp Family Retreat Weekend (ages 5 and older) April 27-29
His Kids Camp (age 35 and over) June 6-9
His Kids Camps (age 13 and over) June 13-16; June 20-23; June 27-30
His Kids Camp Retreat Weekend (ages 13 and over) October 6-7; October 13-14
($20 discount on all camp registrations received and paid in full before
April 15, 2012!)