Victory Junction Gang Camp

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Victory Junction Camp
Motto Feel your heart race
Type Residential summer camp
Coordinates 35°51′40″N 79°46′20″W / 35.861022°N 79.772243°W / 35.861022; -79.772243Coordinates: 35°51′40″N 79°46′20″W / 35.861022°N 79.772243°W / 35.861022; -79.772243
Affiliations SeriousFun Children's Network
Website www.victoryjunction.org
President George W. Bush shares a quiet moment with 10-year-old Hank Grissom

Victory Junction is a camp for children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses located in Randleman, North Carolina, USA. It is part of the SeriousFun Children's Network, formerly the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps.

History[edit]

Adam Petty who was a teenage stock car driver (as well as the son of veteran Kyle Petty), not only had a passion for racing, but a passion for helping others. Between races, Adam took the time to visit pediatric hospitals and spent time with children who were battling chronic illnesses. In 2000, Adam tragically lost his life in a racing accident at New Hampshire International Raceway when he was only 19 years old. To honor his memory, the Petty family gathered their strength and, as a part of their healing process, challenged themselves to build a place where seriously ill children could experience life and celebrate being a kid.

On June 20, 2004, Father's Day in the U.S., Victory Junction welcomed its first campers.

Facilities[edit]

President George W. Bush is joined at Adam's Race Shop on the grounds of Victory Junction Gang Camp, Inc., in Randleman, N.C., by NASCAR drivers Kyle Petty, Richard Petty, Michael Waltrip and Jimmie Johnson.

Victory Junction is open year-round and can accommodate about 128 campers at a time. Victory Junction is a state-of-the-art facility, offering innovative and accessible programs that are purposefully designed to provide endless possibilities for campers. Victory Junction had the honor of serving children from all 50 states and six foreign countries.

Facilities at Victory Junction include a climate controlled water park, a 24-hour medical facility staffed by caring pediatric and disease-specific professionals educated to each camper's unique healthcare needs, a horse barn providing therapeutic recreation for campers through the opportunity to experience horseback riding as well as interaction with donkeys, llamas, sheep and more.

A complete list of the camps current facilities:

Facility Donor/Sponsor Usage/Activities
Catch Kiss and Release Marina Bass Pro Shops fishing, canoes and kayaking
The Fab Shop Ruth Lind
The Pit Stop Kroger Camp hangout and Snack Shop
Kyle Petty Charity Ride Aquatic Center Kyle Petty Charity Swimming
Tree House Home Depot Outdoor Tree House
Arts and Crafts Building Sam and Priscilla McCall and David Moon Arts and Crafts
Tony Stewart Maze Tony Stewart Outdoor Carnival Style Maze
Miniature Golf Course Friends of Lee Ashburn and Davis Love III Miniature golf
Victory Lanes Jimmie Johnson Bowling
The Silver Theater The Silver Theater Stage Night and Other Theater Activities
Michael Waltrip Operation Marathon Sports Center Michael Waltrip Sport Activities
The Alpine Adventure Tower and Zipline Various Donors Climbing and repelling
The Fuel Stop Hendrick Motorsports Camp Dining Hall
Goody's Body Shop Prestige Brands Camp Medical Center
The Dale Jr. Corral and Amphitheatre Dale Earnhardt Jr. Western Town Themed Amphitheatre
Kurt Busch Superdome Kurt Busch Baseball, Kickball, and Other Games
Jessie's Horsepower Garage Numerous Donors Horseback Riding
Adam's Race Shop The Petty Family Sprint Cup Race Shop simulation

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