Back in 2009 the project catered for 128 Naval Service children and delivered 2,750 hours of school holiday activities. By 2018 1,410 Naval Service children took part in one of 7 Kings Camps at locations at naval establishments nationwide (including at the Commando Training Centre, Lympstone). Together, these camps provided an incredible 54,000 hours of school holiday activities from Dodgeball to Archery.
Teen Active, Multi Active and Rookie Academy programmes take place in the Easter and Summer holidays and are heavily subsidised by the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity to ensure that places can be taken up by all members of the Naval Service with eligible aged children.
More than just sports and activity camps, the RNRMC funded Kings Camps bring together children who all have a shared experience of having one or both parents in the Naval Service, and who benefit from peer support that they may not find elsewhere. Enrolment on a Kings Camp can also provide welcome distraction and help alleviate feelings of separation when either Mum or Dad are deployed. For many children, Kings Camp has become an integral part of the school holidays and one of the most anticipated experiences of the year. Many children return every year and look forward to meeting up with friends they have made at previous camps.
An extended funding partnership between the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and Kings Camps was initiated in May 2019 in an attempt to provide assistance to all Naval families throughout the UK. We now provide the opportunity for Naval Service children to enrol for Kings Camp, not just at naval establishments, but at 55 locations nationwide from Aberdeen to Cornwall and at a significantly subsidised rate.
“For the last 3 years Olivia and Zachary have enjoyed a week in Kings Camp at HMS TEMERAIRE. Each year they look forward to meeting up with their service friends, doing a variety of fun activities in a naval establishment, getting wet on a Wednesday and battling at the Kings Games on a Friday. It is a vital part of their summer, and the excitement is already building for this year’s programme. As a parent this opportunity is fantastic and I view it as a benefit for my family in return for my commitment to the Naval Service.“
More than just sports and activity camps, the RNRMC funded Kings Camps bring together children who all have a shared experience of having one or both parents in the naval service, and who benefit from peer support that they may not find elsewhere