Victory Junction is a year-round camp that exists to enrich the lives of children, ages six to 16, with chronic or life-threatening illnesses. The activities and environment provide life-changing camping experiences that are exciting, fun and empowering.
Established in 2004, the camp was built by the Petty family in honor of Kyle's late son Adam, who died tragically on the racetrack in 2000. Adam Petty was more than a fourth generation NASCAR driver - he was a dreamer with a passion for helping others.
Kyle and Adam visited Camp Boggy Creek, a year-round camp for seriously ill children in Florida, on a charity motorcycle ride. During his time there, Adam envisioned creating a similar camp in North Carolina.
Today, Adam's dream lives on, as Victory Junction has provided more than 60,000 camp experiences to campers and their families – both onsite at the camp and offsite at participating hospitals and medical facilities through Victory Junction's REACH program.
Children served at Victory Junction are not able to attend normal summer camps due to their unique medical needs, such as cancer, hemophilia, spina bifida and epilepsy. And even though it costs more than $2,500 for one child to attend Victory Junction for a week, no child or family incurs this cost, thanks to the generosity of corporations, organizations and individuals.
Located in Randleman, NC, Victory Junction challenges campers to find resilience by looking beyond their illness - and also provides a safe place to try new things under unobtrusive, complete 24-hour medical supervision. During each session, campers can participate in arts and crafts, archery, swimming, boating, fishing, horseback riding, woodshop, and music and theatre all in a special NASCAR-themed program area.
Victory Junction currently serves as the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America's primary beneficiary. Since its inception 26 years ago, the Ride has raised more than $19 million for Victory Junction and other charities that support chronically ill children, helping send 8,210 children to Victory Junction.
To learn more about Victory Junction, please visit VictoryJunction.org. To make a contribution, please click here.