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The First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania grant will allow Camp Victory to purchase a swing that is accessible to campers who use wheelchairs. Photo provided

Camp Victory received a $2,540 grant from the Tree House Fund at the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania to purchase a swing that is accessible to campers who use wheelchairs. 

“We greatly appreciate the Foundation’s support. This grant will make it so much easier for our campers to enjoy life and for helping to make the Camp Victory facility more barrier-free,” Kate Pacacha, resource development associate, explained. “Our new adaptive swing will allow campers to interact with peers and enjoy swinging without having to transfer from their wheelchairs.”

Camp Victory was specifically built for individuals with special needs and serious medical issues. Partner groups host different camps from spring to fall - for example, there is a week for children with cancer, a week for kids with diabetes, spina bifida, heart disease, autism, and many more. There are 30 different camps and more than 1,600 campers each year from all over Pennsylvania and other states.

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“We have a Med Shed (mini clinic) on-site, staffed with experts in the area of specialized care our campers require on a daily basis,” Pacacha added. “Our playground is universally accessible, as is the entire camp – the tree house has a ramp, the zip line and rock wall have adaptive harnesses, the pool has a ramp, as well as a lift as a few examples. When kids are here, they can just be kids regardless of any medical conditions.”

“We are always looking for ways to improve our unique facility for our special campers and with support from organizations like the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania, we can continue to do so,” Pacacha concluded.