Summer is finally here! We welcomed our first campers of the season and Ethan was one of them. Ethan started the week making his name badge special by decorating it with beads and buttons and exploring camp with old and new friends. On Tuesday, he took a spin in the lazy river and soaked his counselor at the splash pad in the waterpark, his favorite program area. There was so much for him to do during his third year at camp.

“The best is yet to come,” Ethan said. Later Tuesday night, he cheered on a NASCAR pit crew and even used airguns to change tires at NASCARnival, our camp carnival. The rest of the week was just as eventful. From the archery range, to the fishing docks, to the theater stage where he performed with all of his cabin-mates, Ethan created camp memories this summer that he will never forget. At Victory Junction kids find acceptance. They meet other campers who have similar illnesses and share similar challenges. The fear and hurt of teasing disappears and their self-confidence emerges along with a greater sense of independence.

This summer, our camp theme is Be Your Campself, which encourages our campers to take their Victory Junction experiences back home and continue being their best self. Ethan’s excitement for camp and his positive attitude truly demonstrates what it means to Be Your Campself.

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Ethan enjoying
the Victory Junction Camp