Many members of the Pixel team have wonderful memories of summer camp. Mama Iz spent eight hours each summer in the car on the drive to a small town in the Alabama mountains where she would spend some of the best weeks of her life. We remember braiding lanyards, piloting canoes, testing our hands at archery and riflery. We remember zip lines and whitewater trips and crazy competitions between camp sections.
For some kids, however, camp is only a dream. Physical or mental disabilities prevent them from engaging in this quintessentially American summer experience. Perhaps they lack mobility and can’t climb rock walls. Perhaps they need constant care, which means that trips away from home are limited or non-existent.
This week, we learned about a special camp in the mountains of North Carolina where none of these limitations matter. Camp Victory Junction is a place that allows kids to be kids, no matter what might make them seem or feel different from other kids. Built in honor of Adam Petty, a fourth generation race car driver who died in a crash, the camp “provides life-changing experiences to kids with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses.” Every camper attends for free, and gets the opportunity to interact with children going through similar experiences.
We learned about the camp from a doctor who volunteers his time one week a summer. He told amazing stories of how children with lower-body paralysis got the experience of climbing a rock wall or riding horses. He recounted how some nurses he knew get two weeks of vacation per year, yet spend one caring for the children at Victory Junction. We were so impressed, we thought we’d tell you!
Want to learn more? Visit their site.