ABOUT US

Camp Victory provides a safe, nurturing environment where campers can heal and thrive in a supportive community. There is no cost to attend. Volunteers are carefully screened and trained. Camp Victory is a private, 501 (c) (3), non-profit organization.

 

Our Mission

To empower survivors of childhood sexual abuse to discover and embrace their self-value and encourage movement toward healing by providing camps and supportive programs that create community and build resiliency.

 

What is Camp?

Imagine yourself meeting new friends, having an adult buddy who is there to make sure you have fun, eating delicious food, making crafts, playing games, and singing at the campfire – Imagine YOU at Camp Victory. Join the Mama Lion volunteers for four days and three nights of building memories, healing, and magic.

Camp Victory has all of the traditions of a great camp—crafts, singing, hiking, campfires, skits & stories, s'mores and all kinds of fun activities—all infused with the intentionality of a caring and safe community where youth can grow, play, heal, and thrive. Campers get to show up and be their best selves and are celebrated, attended to, and encouraged. We empower our campers to think and dream and find their voice and power.

This year, Camp Victory celebrates our 30th Anniversary! In 1990 we held our first camp for girls and in 2013 we started our camp for boys. We hope to see you soon at Camp Victory!​

Girls camp serves girls ages 5-18. Boys camp serves boys ages 7-18. Our campers come from Pacific, Grays Harbor, and Mason counties in Washington state and are survivors of sexual abuse. If you need help choosing between the two camps, please contact one of our camp directors.

If you would like to come to camp, or would like to refer a camper, please email us at info@campvictoryforchildren.org

 

F.A.Q.'s

• Who comes to camp? 

Campers are survivors of sexual abuse. They live in Grays Harbor, Pacific, and Mason Counties. Girls Camp campers are ages 5-18, and Boys Camp campers are ages 7-18. As campers become older teens, they have an opportunity to join our leadership program.

Adults in camp are trained volunteers, all of whom have completed training and background checks. Volunteers help with running activities, preparing meals, and making sure fun happens! We also always have a nurse at camp. There is even a volunteer buddy for each camper to hang out with and to enjoy all of the activities together.  Campers and volunteers are never alone together. Boys Camp is staffed by both men and women.  Girls Camp is staffed by women, with a few men who come to help during the day in the kitchen and with some activities. 
 

• Where and when is camp? 

Both camps have heated cabins that have doors, electricity, and a bathroom. Girls Camp is in June near the beach. Boys Camp is in May on a lake. Both camps are four days, Thursday morning through Sunday afternoon. Camp Victory transports your camper to and from camp. Groups of campers are picked up and dropped off from several safe pre-designated locations in the communities of our campers. Drivers are Camp Victory volunteers who have received training and background checks. For safety purposes, we do not post the actual locations and dates of camps or the pickup locations. That information is shared during the registration process.

 

• What happens at camp? 

There are many activities to choose from at camp. Campers can make crafts, play games, do archery, fly kites, dance, sing, decorate a t-shirt, go for walks, make s’mores and more. In the evening we have special group activities, and a campfire with songs and skits. Each camper gets their very own buddy to enjoy these activities with. Buddies are trained adult volunteers.

 

• What is the food like? 

We all eat in the dining room together. Tasty and nutritious meals are prepared on site and are kid-friendly. Food allergies and restrictions can be accommodated. Meals are long time favorites for our campers. Snacks like fruit are available between meals.

 

• How are medications handled? 

There is always a nurse on site at camp. Medications are not allowed in cabins. Both adults and campers keep medications in a secure location. The nurse administers and logs all medications given to campers. Inhalers and epi-pens may remain with the camper or volunteer.

• Do campers talk about their abuse at camp? 

Campers are not asked about their abuse. Camp Victory is a safe and healing place. If a camper would like to talk, there are adults available to listen. We are honest at camp about all campers having been abused, but no one is ever asked to speak about their experience. We do not hold therapy sessions at camp, but Camp Victory can help connect campers to outside help if desired and assist with cost when needed.

 

• How much does it cost? 

Many people work together to make sure the cost of camp is covered. There is no cost to the campers or their families. We can also help to pay for counseling for campers and their family members.

• How do I register for camp? 

Register online, contact the camp office at 360-665-2888, or email us at info@campvictoryforchildren.org

If you have additional questions or would like to speak with someone at Camp Victory, please call 360-665-2888 or email info@campvictoryforchildren.org.

 

We hope you will join us if Camp Victory sounds like the place for you.

SUPPORT CAMP VICTORY

All Camp Victory programs are available to children at no cost. We’re committed to making our programs available to every child or teen who wants to come. Your support makes this possible.

 

Your gift will help children who are survivors of sexual abuse find their courage to heal, survive, and thrive. Every dollar we receive goes directly to support our camps, volunteer training, counseling for our campers, and seasonal activities to keep kids connected.  We have no paid staff, and are completely volunteer run. Since we don’t have typical administrative and overhead expenses, all donations received provide direct services to youth. Your gift of any amount is appreciated and will be put to immediate use. Thank you for your support. You can also support Camp Victory through planned giving, hosting your own fundraising event or giving in other ways.

How Your Gifts Help

Your donation helps Camp Victory support children and teens through a difficult time in their lives. Here are some examples of how your gift benefits Camp Victory kids:

 

  • $10 dishes up nutritious, kid-friendly meals for a day for one camper

  • $25 provides activities & supplies for one child at camp – crafts, archery, tie dye, recreation, and more

  • $50 toasts up s’mores during a campfire—a camper favorite!

  • $75 outfits a camper with a coat and shoes they didn’t have

  • $100 covers the cost of a weekend of training for one big buddy – camp rental, meals, workshops, and materials

  • $250 provides four counseling sessions for one child

  • $600 makes it possible for one little buddy to attend camp and Camp Victory programs throughout the year

  • $1,000 nourishes volunteers at training with healthy meals

  • $5,000 covers the rental fees for a camp session

Other Ways to Give

TAX INFORMATION AND TAX ID NUMBER

Your gift of support to Camp Victory may be tax deductible. Consult your tax advisor for more information.

Our tax ID is:  31-1750539

While you Shop

You shop. Amazon gives.

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Camp Victory whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service. Support Camp Victory by starting your shopping at https://smile.amazon.com/gp/chpf/homepage?orig=%2F

You can help Camp Victory earn donations just by shopping with your Fred Meyer Rewards Card! Here’s how it works:

 

Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Camp Victory at www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards

Then every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping Camp Victory earn a donation!

You still earn Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates just as you do today. If you do not have a Rewards Card, they are available at the Customer Service desk of any Fred Meyer store.

While you Work

Considering giving through your workplace? State and Federal public employees have the opportunity to donate through payroll contributions. Camp Victory receives donations from the Washington Combined Fund Drive.

 

The Combined Fund Drive (CFD) is Washington State’s workplace giving program for active and retired public employees. State and higher education employees are invited to give to the charity of their choice through payroll contribution and agency fundraising events.

To enroll in the Washington State Combined Fund Drive, please visit https://www.cfd.wa.gov/search.aspx and use Camp Victory’s ID #: 1110508

Gift Matching

Many employers will match your donation made to Camp Victory. Matching gifts can double and sometimes even triple your donation! Check with your company to see if it offers a matching gift program.

 
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Planned Giving/Legacy Donations

You can help make sure Camp Victory is around for as long as kids in our community need it.  Making a planned gift will support Camp Victory for many years to come.

 

In 2019 we received a bequest that allowed us to develop an investment plan and to start an endowment fund. We work with both a community foundation and a certified financial planning firm to grow our investments. Our goal is to have an endowment that will provide us with enough money to run Camp Victory programs without the challenges of raising money in the usual ways. With expenses covered, we could use all of the time and talents our volunteers contribute to make camp even better!

 

There are options for any financial situation and stage of life, and many ways to support Camp Victory without impacting your current lifestyle or your family’s security. You can support Camp Victory by either designating us to receive estate assets in the future or by making immediate gifts of assets.

Examples of planned giving include:

- Gifts from Your Will or Trust - Gifts from a Retirement Plan - Gifts of Stock and Appreciated Assets - Gifts of Life Insurance

 

For more information and to get started on planning your gift, please contact Jill Rose at jill.r@campvictoryforchildren.org

Camp Victory Leadership

Jessica Josephs

Camp Secretary

I started coming to Camp Victory almost 10 years ago. During Camp, I’m happy to help wherever needed. You can often find me in the dish room, building a fire for s’mores, at tie dye, or driving the van. Over the years, it’s been fun and heartwarming to watch our campers grow into themselves and mature into vibrant individuals. I joined the leadership team in 2014 and shortly thereafter began serving as Secretary.    

 

Living in Grays Harbor, (with my four-legged housemates) I am committed to serving the community where I live and work. At work, I am the lead forester for Rayonier in the Northwest but at camp it is easier to explain to little buddies that I am a tree farmer.  

 

In my free time, I travel to visit family and to unique ecologies around the world, I am learning to quilt, and I spend time growing things.

Loretta Dawley

Camp Treasurer

I am a northwest gal starting with my first 10 years in Seattle and from there through high school in Astoria, OR.  I graduated from the University of Oregon with my degree in accounting in 1990. For the past 25 years, I’ve lived in Portland and worked at Columbia Sportswear in the accounting department.

 

I’ve been involved in Camp Victory since 1998. I love my primary role as a Big Buddy where I get to run and play all day and make the kiddos smile. Since 2003, I’ve been on the leadership team (Board) in many roles. Currently, I serve as treasurer for the organization I have held every position on the board, with the exception of secretary.  This is an amazing community of kids & adults, we gather and create a safe, fun and supportive environment where we connect and help children heal and play a positive role in their lives.  Camp Victory has been a wonderful part of my life!

 

I have played many fun team sports such as, Rugby, women’s football, still playing with and competing against my friends on the softball field and on the water with my dragon boat team.  Also entertain myself drawing or spending time with my friends and family, in the outdoors.

Nancy Shreve

Leadership Team

I was born in New York State and have lived in Iowa and Washington State. I have lived in many towns in Washington since 1980. 

 

One of my joys in life is working with youth from school teaching, teaching Sunday School, working with church camping and now helping with Camp Victory. While helping at CV boys and girls camps I have the great honor of being on the Craft Team. I also get to represent CV at Garlic Festival in Ocean Park, WA. 

 

I graduated from The University College of Arts and Science at Geneseo, NY with a degree in Elementary Education and have a Masters degree in Integrating Technology into the Classroom. I have been married to the love of my life, Mike, since 1974.  We enjoy traveling and spending time with our son and grandson. I enjoy doing crafts of all kinds.  

Andrea Seabert-Olsen

Girls Camp Director

Growing up, I spent all year anticipating the week I would spend at camp.   I loved camp so much that I majored in recreation at the University of Oregon in order to become a camp director.  I have directed camps across the northwest and in Kuwait, Panama, Korea, and Germany. 

 

Beginning in 1991, Camp Victory allowed me to combine my background in recreation with my deep desire to serve my community.  My mom, Judy Seabert directed Camp Victory from 1991 until 2008 when I took over as director after completing a Master of Social Work at the University of Washington.  

 

When not at camp, I am a faculty member, counselor, and advisor at Centralia College where I teach sociology while also providing therapy, mentoring, and advising to students.  

 

Professionally, I provide training and consultation to groups and organizations on topics including implicit bias, inclusive practices, and restorative justice.  I am also a certified death midwife, serving individuals and families with end of life planning and guidance. I believe that camp creates healing and magic for campers and volunteers!

Lynda Dillard

Boys Camp Director

Summer camp was a formative element of my childhood. The experiences and energy I gained from camp stayed with me all year long. I volunteered as a counselor as soon as I was old enough, filling my summers with camps around the Pacific Northwest. Those summers led to directing the camp waterfront during my college years while I was working on my Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science at Pacific University (go Boxers!) and eventually directing camps.  

 

I started volunteering with Camp Victory in 1998. It changed my life. Never had I experienced the level of passion and compassion. In 2013, I was asked to be the assistant director for the first year of the Boys camp under the leadership and guidance of Judy Seabert. In 2014, I took the helm as boys camp director and have watched our boys and volunteers grow in amazing ways.   

Professionally, I worked for WA State Division of Child Support for nearly 20 years. Currently I work at the federal level helping states serve children and families. Working with and for children and families is a part of every single aspect of my life, and I love it. 

Jules Tieman

Girls Camp Assistant Director

I moved to the Puget Sound in 1985 after graduating from Rocky Mountain College in Billings Montana with a B.S. in Mathematics. I have been volunteering with Camp Victory since 1992. I had led other camps for years, and knew from the beginning that Camp Victory was home.  Everything about camp is intentional from the planning to volunteer training to the camper experiences to safety. Campers get to come back year after year, and they hold camp as dear in their hearts as I do.  Together we create an amazing, magical healing experience for all involved.

 

Campers get to know deep down the abuse was not their fault and that they can be more than survivors - they are strong and capable thrivers. I have the privilege of volunteering with both camps leading music, teaching archery and sometimes just hanging out being a buddy.

I’ve been a technology professional since 1985 and am currently a Principal Software Engineer with Motorola Solutions, Inc. doing cool stuff in the cloud. I share my home with my dog and cat. My hobbies include fused and stained glass, ceramics, archery, chainsaw carving and making music with my voice and guitar. 

Tracy Jacoby

Camp Co-Coordinator

I am from Seattle and graduated from Western Washington University with a B.S. in Environmental Science. I started volunteering with Camp Victory in 1995. I knew right away that I had found something incredible. I had never seen an organization where every voice was valued. Camp Victory is my heart’s work. I get to bring my strengths and merge them with everyone else’s strengths to make a life-changing experience for our campers. During camp they get to KNOW all the way to their core that they are not the only one. They get to KNOW they are strong and loveable. Camp Victory makes a difference one child at a time. 

 

Outside of camp, I live a quiet life. I’m married with two almost grown children. During the day, I am a paralegal in the Washington State Office of the Attorney General’s Office. On evenings and weekends, I practice and teach Kokikai Aikido as a second degree black belt. In the summer, our family loves going camping and going on local hikes.

Reverend Bonnie Campbell

Camp Chair

I was born and raised near a very small town in Central Indiana by a working class family. I moved to Washington State in December, 1974. I worked for Crisis Support Network as an advocate for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. I am currently an Episcopal priest in Montesano and also for Chaplains on the Harbor, a ministry to homeless and marginalized people.

 

I met Judy Seabert while working for Crisis Support Network and sent some clients to camp. I wanted to volunteer right away, but it took a few years before I was able to in 2005. I wanted to make sure camp was available for clients I had worked with for 20 years of advocacy. When I went to training and saw how intentional every action is at camp, I knew these were my people. When I experienced the magic of the created space of acceptance and safety that the campers enter at camp, I was amazed and knew it would be hard for me to stay away.

 

My work in the church truly is a blessing. I love the people I encounter through my work as a priest. They all enrich my life. I visit people in jail, feed people on the streets, help coworkers with life skills, and take care of a small flock of congregants at my church. I am a mother, wife, and grandmother. I have two adult children and 3 grandsons plus two bonus sons and 5 bonus grandsons.

Tammy Hanson

Camp Vice Chair

I was born in Los Angeles, California.  I moved around as a young child since my dad was in the Navy.  We spent a couple years on Guam, then landed in Washington.  I have lived here most of my life. 

 

I was working as the camp nurse at another camp, when I was invited by Joan Huber to be a part of Camp Victory, about 17 years ago. I was one of the camp nurses my first few years, then I moved into crafts where I have been lead of the craft team for several years. In crafts, we take pride in providing crafts of varying materials and skill levels so all the campers can feel empowered and successful. We encourage creativity and try our best to find the “yes” in every way we can.  

 

I was a nurse for most of my career, mainly working in mental health and geriatric care. I have never had a job that was NOT in health care. I am currently working in a lab as a histology technician.

 

I have been married for 30 years, and raised 5 children. Something interesting about me is that I have had several unusual pets over the years. I have had two tarantulas, two iguanas, and currently have a bearded dragon!  (In addition to the typical dogs, cats, gerbils, hamsters, rats and so on!)

Mary Kate

Leadership Team

I was born and raised in Aberdeen, a true Harborite! I lived in the Olympia area for 7 years before moving to Medford, which has been my home since 2004. I have worked for Rogue Credit Union since 2004 and am an Assistant Manager in the Operations and Payments Department.

 

I came to the Camp Victory family in 1998 when Judy Seabert (a lifetime family friend and mentor) invited me to be a volunteer. Year one and I was hooked! An amazing organization and even more amazing campers have held me tight even after I moved nearly 500 miles away. I continue to be a part of camp, and have served as a member of the Leadership Team since 2016. This is definitely a Work of Heart and one that will always have a hold on me no matter where I am. Life is not always easy, but being available to those in need of support, safety, and fun IS.

 

I come from a family of 18 children, both biological and adopted, and we were taught by the example of our parents to love, provide, and support wherever we saw the need. I remember at a young age when my family and 4-H group put in a garden for an adult foster home near my school in Aberdeen, and served meals at the Gospel Mission. I am very grateful for these opportunities and memories that set me on a path of life that I truly love. I work hard and am very blessed to have a career that I love, a comfortable home to call my own, two cats who greet me when I walk through the door, and the ability to support myself and have enough left over to give/provide to others who are in need.

Jill Rose

Fundraising Committee Chair

I was born in Oregon and have lived in the Puget Sound area for over 25 years. I have a heart for social justice, and have worked and volunteered for some amazing organizations over the years. 

 

I first volunteered at Camp Victory almost 20 years ago and knew immediately that I had found my community. I have a passion for building community, and volunteering with Camp Victory is inspiring and rewarding on many levels. There is something about Camp Victory that makes it truly unique and special. The kids and the adults who dedicate their time to CV are inspiring. I joined the Leadership Team in 2016. 

 

I graduated from The Evergreen State College with a degree in social work, multicultural counseling, and community studies. In my professional career, I am the Development and Communications Director at PCAF. 

 

I am also a rock hound, and my partner and I enjoy vacations and adventures that often include opportunities to dig in the dirt to find natural gemstones and other treasures.

 
 

VOLUNTEER

TODAY!

Volunteers are the heart of Camp Victory. In fact, for 30 years, we have been an all-volunteer organization. We literally could not provide these life changing programs without our dedicated volunteers, many of whom have been with Camp Victory for 10, 15, or 20 years and a few for even longer than that! If you are inspired by the magic of Camp Victory, there are many opportunities for you to get involved and share your gifts, talents and time, both in the camp setting and throughout the year. 

What do volunteers do? 

During camp sessions, volunteers may help in many ways. They prepare nutritious, kid friendly food in the kitchen, get creative with campers in the crafts area, assist with tie dye projects, help with laundry, lead recreation activities or are directly attached to a cabin. Throughout the year, volunteers may help in other ways. They help spread the word about Camp Victory at events, educate the community about the issues of child sexual abuse, and raise money to support camp. All volunteers are carefully screened before coming to camp, including thorough reference checks and a background check. Volunteers attend a training annually for ongoing learning and development opportunities and to build and nurture relationships with other volunteers. 

We are always looking for caring individuals who want to help us make a difference in the lives of children. If you would like to talk with someone about volunteer opportunities, please email us at info@campvictoryforchildren.org  If you're ready to volunteer, please register online.

 

Resources

Camping Site

Sister camps

VOCA Camp was the first camp in the Pacific Northwest for child and teen survivors of sexual abuse. VOCA serves boys and girls in Clatsop County, Oregon, and inspired the creation of Camp Victory.

Camp Victory Texas is our sister camp serving girls in the Houston, TX area

other resources

Crisis Support Network (sexual assault and domestic violence services for Pacific County)
(800) 435-7276
www.crisis-support.org

Darkness to Light is a nonprofit organization focused on ending child sexual abuse

www.d2l.org

Child Protective Services in Grays Harbor County
(360) 537-4300​

Child Protective Services in Pacific County
(877) 613-1190

Connections (formerly Children’s Advocacy Center of Grays Harbor)
(360) 249-0005
harborconnections.org

 
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Contact Us!

Mailing: P.O. Box 711 - Ocean Park, WA 98640  |  Business: P.O. Box 2131 - Aberdeen, WA 98520

info@campvictoryforchildren.org  |  Tel: (360) 665-2888

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