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Victory Junction: Not for the Weary


Our Family Weekend experience at Victory Junction was incredible and best shown through photos. It is the only way for you to see how much we did in less than 2 days. Not pictured, the Talent Show, Fab Shop (get your hair painted), 50's Rock & Roll Dance, tree house (accessible to wheelchairs), mini-golf, maze, arts & crafts area and wood shop. A pool & zip line are available during the summer.

The families we met were all great. Kids made quick friends with our cabin neighbors. Our camp counselors showed us the ins and outs of the camp and activities.

Personally, the camp wore me out. Ben was too excited at night to sleep and the eight twin beds in our cabin were too much for him. He had to travel from one to the other. This would not have been so bad had it not been 10pm at night and other family members were sleeping in them.


Inside our cabin.
Sports Complex
Cabins for the campers and families.



Dressed up for the 50's Rock & Roll Party.

Victory Junction is in honor of Adam Petty.
He died during a practice race in 2000.
He had the vision for this camp and his father,
grandfather and many other supporters helped make it happen.
All cabins are named for Race Tracks.
We were in the Rockingham Cabin. 

Dancing after breakfast and dinner. Always!

Ben used a cross-bow at the archery station. He hit a bulls-eye.

I hit one too!

Sean caught a fish at the "Catch, Kiss and Release" station.

Ben pet the donkey in the barn. The llamas wanted no part of him.

Who knew you could paint horses?

Logan is sitting in a real race car.

Sean tested the idea that donkeys are stubborn.

Ben's bowling technique: push the ball down the ramp while looking the other way.

Race cars hung from the ceiling in the Fuel Stop, aka dining hall.

Logan and Sean rode horses for the first time. Ben has been on horses many many times
and refused the option this time.
Victory Junction is one of many similar camps in a partnership called Serious Fun Network, an international organization started by Paul Newman. The theme may be different, but the mission and goals and the way they are carried out are all the same. This camp ran with precision: the staff knew exactly what they were doing. I had no doubt that if there were an emergency, they would handle it immediately. Safety, comfort and fun were their priority.

Families are able to attend camp more than once. I am already checking out the fall and spring weekends. I think I will be better prepared for the exhaustion next time and perhaps bring a small DVD player so Ben can have some low-key Bob the Builder time.

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