During the summer of 1986, Lois and Dennis Wolff shared a dream with a few close friends. Their son, Nicholas, was recovering from a liver transplant at just 18 months of age, having been born with a life-threatening liver disease. During that trying time, the Wolff family realized the value of having a place to go to share their triumphs and struggles with others going through a similar experience. Farmers and entrepreneurs from Millville, PA, the Wolffs decided to donate 35 acres of their farmland to create that place. When their friends agreed to pitch in and help, the Nicholas Wolff Foundation, Inc., and Camp Victory, a “Special Camp for Special Kids,” was born.
A significant grant from the Lions Club International Foundation initially spearheaded the Camp’s construction. Through the hard work and dedication of a core group of volunteers, Camp was constructed and built over the course of several years. Camp Victory was finally ready to host its first residential campers in the summer of 1994 when five groups brought 325 campers to Millville.
Over the 26 years that have followed, Camp Victory has grown steadily into the impressive facility and program it is today and has hosted nearly 30,000 overnight campers and counselors. Partnering with 30 independent groups, Camp Victory offers the unique location, infrastructure and program each group needs to host their camp. When partner groups sign on, they choose from a variety of options, including programs like archery, waterfront, challenge course and arts and crafts. Camp Victory provides all food service, waterfront, arts and crafts, maintenance and facility, and challenge course staff. Each camp provides its own cabin counselors and specialized medical staff. Despite often requiring unique attention and special care during their stay, campers get a true camping experience at Camp Victory.