for Special Kids A Special Camp
By Gail Truax, Assistant Camp Director
uring the summer of 1986, Lois and Dennis Wolff shared a dream with a few close friends. Having been born with a life-threatening liver disease, their son, Nicholas, was recovering from a liver transplant at just 18 months of age. During that trying time, the Wolff family realized the value of having a place to connect with other families going through a similar experience by sharing their struggles and triumphs. The Wolffs decided to donate 35 acres of their farmland in Millville, PA to create that place. When their friends agreed to pitch in and help, Camp Victory, a “Special Camp for Special Kids,” was born. After several years of hard work and dedication, the Camp was finally ready to host its first residential campers in the summer of 1994. In the following 25 years, Camp Victory has grown steadily into the impressive facility and program it is today and has hosted nearly 30,000 overnight campers and counselors. Partnering with 30 independent groups, Camp Victory offers the unique location and programming each group needs to successfully host their camp. When partner groups sign on, they choose from a variety of options, including program activities like archery, waterfront, challenge course and arts and crafts.
Camp Victory provides all staffing for food service, waterfront, arts and crafts, maintenance and facility, and the challenge course. Each camp provides its own cabin counselors and specialized medical staff. Campers get a true camping experience while still receiving unique attention and special care during their stay.
Camp Victory is not just the physical camp where special kids come to have a fun time, but it’s also a magical place where special people come to grow in spirit, accomplish goals, heal and leave with renewed confidence and determination. A young child can come to Camp Victory battling an illness, feeling afraid of being separated from family and uncertain about their future. However, after a week’s stay at camp, that same child can be positively changed for life.
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