Sunday, September 1, 2013

DVD Review: CAMP

CAMP is a must-see film inspired by true stories from camps for abused, neglected, and abandoned children. It's the story about a troubled, physically abused, biting ten-year-old boy, Eli and a self-absorbed, career-minded, cell phone-addicted investment advisor, Ken, who get paired at a summer camp for foster kids and learn the true meaning and the healing power of unconditional love. At first, Ken (Eli's counselor) struggles to connect with Eli. Eli is filled with anger, distrust, and shame, haunted by his past. Once Ken stops complaining and starts caring instead, things begin to turn around.       

Raw. Powerful. Absolutely inspiring and touching! I was totally captivated from the beginning to the end. And I cried more than once. I really enjoyed the movie and loved all the different characters (campers and counselors). There's even a cool surprise near the end of the movie :). It's incredible how one week of camp can make such an enormous impact on the lives of these children who have endured so much hardship. Excellent performance! Kudos to all the real-life campers who volunteer their time to help foster kids have fun and experience God's love, hope, friendship, encouragement, safe environment, and trust. These broken and forgotten kids desperately need caring & understanding adults in their lives to positively influence, guide, and nurture them.

Jacob Roebuck, the film’s writer and director, received inspiration for the film when he joined a summer missions trip and had the opportunity to help abused and neglected children through a program called Royal Family Camp. Once there, he felt the call to help the children he met that so desperately needed contact with loving and caring adults. A portion of the proceeds from the film benefit Royal Family KIDS, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) non-profit that serves as the nation’s leading network of camps for abused, neglected and abandoned children.

The film is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 110 minutes. The DVD was released on Aug. 27th. For more information about “CAMP,” Royal Family KIDS, Inc. and to view a trailer, visit: 

This is a wonderful film about healing the wounds of your past... We are pleased to award this movie our Dove ‘Family-Approved’ Seal for ages 12 and over.” ~The Dove Foundation 

Most of the time, movies and television shows spotlight the lighter side of youth camps, but CAMP goes deeper to bring viewers face-to-face with the transformation that happens in the lives of children and even the adults that volunteer. It is incredibly heart affecting, even through the real-life interviews that play during the credits.”  ~DeWayne Hamby (Christian Retailing, White Wing Messenger) 

Hollywood loves to entertain us. But CAMP does more than entertain – it inspires. It beautifully illustrates the huge impact the small sacrifice of a week’s time can make in the life of a child in foster care.” ~Julie Gumm, best-selling author of “Adopt without Debt” 

~Thanks to Edify Media, Inc for sending me a free copy of this DVD in exchange for my honest review! 

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