Camp is a movie that came out in 2013 written and directed by Jackob Roebuck. This is a movie based in different true events that had happened over the years at a 6 day camp for foster kids. This camp is organized over the United States every year by Royal Family Kids.
I came across this movie in Netflix and the trailer didn’t caught my attention but decided to give it a try. And I’m glad I did it, it is a fun movie with a great message.
The primary purpose of Royal Family Kids is to give great memories and experiences in a fun environment to children that have been abused or neglected. These camps make sure each kid has a counselor the whole week that get involved in their lives. Many of these volunteers had become future foster parents or end up adopting children that need a loving home.
These activities are designed to build self esteem, have fun and being safe.
After seeing this movie, I watched some real testimonies of kids that had been to that camp and they say how much that week changed their lives forever. As they say, a week can really make a difference.
In this movie, the main characters are a kid named Eli that has been abused by their parents that gets a counselor that attends to that camp to impress one of the investors of his successful company. At the beginning the counselor doesn’t take the whole thing very seriously and Eli doesn’t accept him, being hard and aggressive to him and other kids in camp. At the beginning he doesn’t know how to handle him, but at some point he decides to change a little and be a little more receptive and comprehensive. Eli ends up warming up with him and he ends up admiring his counselor. The counselor adopted him at the end, since his mom passed away from heroin and his dad is a drug dealer that is in prison.
This kind of movies with great messages and with real stories are the ones that I enjoy the most. They inspire me to be a better person. That is one of the most wonderful things about films.