Children shine at Victory Junction. Free from the confines of their disease, illness or disability, they discover that they can be a kid! How does this happen? Victory Junction has created a medically safe, yet exhilarating camp, that challenges children who have a serious medical condition to try things they never imagined possible.
Their program provides a week of summer camp for children at no cost to the camper’s family. They stay in comfortable air conditioned cabins, eat at the Fuel Stop (which meets all dietary restrictions), and enjoy program areas which include: a zipline, indoor sports center, theater, arts and crafts, boating/fishing, and even a water park. As they enjoy the activities children build confidence that shape how they view the rest of their lives. Once children arrive at Victory Junction, the boundaries and limitations they live with on a daily basis disappear and they simply concentrate on having fun!
History of Victory Junction
In 1999, a lanky, wide-smiling teenager visited a Paul Newman SeriousFun Camp in Florida (Boggy Creek) with his Dad and knew it was his calling to bring a similar camp to the hills of North Carolina where he grew up. This young man was up and coming race driver Adam Petty, son of NASCAR driver Kyle Petty, grandson of racing legend, Richard Petty and great grandson of NASCAR pioneer, Lee Petty. Adam not only had a passion for racing, but a passion for helping others.
One year after his touching experience visiting children at Camp Boggy Creek, Adam Petty tragically lost his life in a racing accident. To honor his memory, the Petty family set out to build Adam’s dream. With land donated by Richard and Lynda Petty, their family spearheaded a capital campaign in 2002 and received donations from corporations, individuals and foundations to build Victory Junction, a NASCAR-themed summer camp ninety minutes from Charlotte. In June 2004, Adam’s legacy of love was realized when Victory Junction opened its gates to campers.
Victory Junction is still accepting applications for this summer, click here to apply to come to camp, or click here if you are interested in becoming a volunteer.