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Growth in Adventure

July 2, 2017

We believe campers overcome adversity and step out of their comfort zones when they are encouraged to do things they never dreamed of doing. The Adventure Zone is one of our many programs that does just that. Here’s why:
What it is

The Adventure Tower stands 55 Feet tall, covered in puzzling ways to get to the top. Neighboring the tower is our Adventure Swing, where kids get a little taste of free falling – all in a harness, of course!

“It felt like my heart was in my back …but it was so fun!” – Chance, camper
Rite of Passage

Although the tower and swing are popular around camp, not everyone gets to experience them…right away. Only our oldest campers can take on the challenge. For children who have attended camp for years, they get the satisfaction of finally getting to climb the tower. For newcomers, seeing the tower for the first time quickly builds anticipation and excitement.

Getting to the Top

Making what seems impossible, possible, is what we thrive on at camp. The tower and swing are accessible for everyone. For children in wheelchairs or with limited mobility, we have the Misty Chair. Campers are lifted out of their wheelchairs and pulled all the way to the top of the tower. The chair is not automatic. It is hand-pulled by Adventure team members, which keeps the experience focused on the camper’s goal and not on a machine aiding them. The chair is also used for campers who are not comfortable climbing independently. Everyone is able to have the full Adventure Tower experience and see the view from the top.

Pushing Your Limits

Climbers are given the option to wear a blindfold while they are guided up the tower by voice. Some choose a blindfold to make the tower a bigger challenge. Others choose it to help with their fear of heights. They get to climb and have the experience while overcoming their fear.

Roping the Challenge

Making memories is just what we do. After tackling the Adventure Zone, counselors and campers reflect on the opportunity to climb, swing and conquer adversity and fears. Then, campers are given a symbol of accomplishment – a bracelet made from rope used to climb the tower. Campers have a memory they can hold onto, and wear, forever.

“Campers think they would never be able to climb
the tower, but Victory Junction makes it happen.”
– Lee, counselor