The spiritual relationship with Camp Victory transcends generations
Marjorie Persons was the first of many generations of her family to have a spiritual relationship with Camp Victory.
In 1943, Reverend John Larson offered a young Marjorie the opportunity to serve as one of the first counselors at Camp Victory. According to Marje, Camp Victory became like a home to her, one that her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren have also come to know as their second home.
“Your life gets a different purpose when you work with the Lord,” Marge stated, “I loved those little girls – it only takes a week and it is very special. And at that time, not a lot of the children had not heard about Jesus.”
When asked about why she supported Camp Victory through the years, Marjorie gave a simple answer. “Your children are more important than anything else in this world and [Camp Victory] is where they need to go. When you go to camp, you get the word of God and see the changes start in their lives, even the younger ones. They need to come to know the Lord Jesus.”
In recent years, Camp Victory has seen a steady growth, both in the number of children who attend its summer camp sessions, and in the number of adult groups who use the facility as a meeting ground. The camp focuses on providing caring adult role models for children, while exposing adults and children alike to adventure and time with nature. The camp has focused on achieving success by providing visitors with time away from the distractions of the modern world, giving them time to think and reflect on the issues that matter most in life.
"We've seen a 50% growth in the number of campers over the last 10 years, and a more than tripling of the number of groups looking to use Camp Victory as a meeting place. In fact, we’ve had to turn away 2-3 groups a month, simply because we don’t have the capacity,” said the camp’s executive director, David Nelson.
In the year 2000, Camp Victory embarked on the first phase of its “Building the Dream” plan. Generous donations and volunteer labor allowed the organization to purchase land adjacent to the Zumbro River. Cabins and basic infrastructure were built.
As each new phase was completed, Nelson points out, the camp was able to move toward greater self-sufficiency. New buildings and expanded capacity mean that Camp Victory will be better able to fund itself through program fees, rather than depending on charitable donations.
“As we enter the final push of the capital campaign to fund the remaining work,” said Nelson, “we know that we will be able to reach more people to share the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with them. We will be able to host retreats for married couples that help them refresh their marriages by deepening their relationship with God. Host events that allow us to reach the wider community and show them the power of the love of Christ through our interactions with them. And, of course, we will be able to host more day camps, offering parents a wholesome, Christ-centered option for their children during the summer.”
“The easiest way for people to help is to contribute money or time,” said Steve Dawson, the camp’s development director. “We’ve got a portal on our website where donors can make a safe, secure donation. There are also many volunteer opportunities to be found there.” About Camp Victory Camp Victory is a non-denominational Christian camp and retreat center in SE Minnesota. Located on 200 acres of forested, rolling hills and the beautiful Zumbro River, Camp Victory offers a peaceful, natural setting for group meetings for adults and summer camp for kids as well as summer day camp options.
About Camp Victory
Camp Victory is a non-denominational Christian camp and retreat center in SE Minnesota. Located on 200 acres of forested, rolling hills and the beautiful Zumbro River, Camp Victory offers a peaceful, natural setting for group meetings for adults and summer camp for kids as well as summer day camp options.
(Cover photo: Camp Victory)