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Giving to Victory Valley Camp

For 63 years, Victory Valley Camp has preached the gospel and helped parents and churches to make disciples of boys and girls. Each year we provide many thousands of dollars in free, and reduced-fee sessions for boys and girls from low-income, military, and full-time ministry families, as well as for orphans and foster children. We never say ‘no’ to a child who wants to come to camp. Will you help us keep that promise?

Sponsor a Camper: Your gift of $300 today will pay for a week of camp for a boy or girl from a low-income family who would not otherwise be able to come. It's a great way to pass on your legacy of faith in Christ.

You can give online right now with your credit card. Just click one of the links below to start the safe, secure, quick process.

Click the amount you want to give:

$1,000 | $500 | $250 | $100 | $75 | $50 | $25 | Other Amount

If you prefer to mail a check, you may send it to:

Victory Valley Camp,

7352 Salem Bible Church Road

Zionsville, PA 18092

Almost a third of the money to operate this ministry comes from people like you who are eager to invest in reaching and teaching children (ages 5-14 years) through the transformative programs of Victory Valley Camp. Our camper fees do not cover the cost of providing our programs, and so the Lord has been pleased to work through people like you.

Serving Questions and Answers

Victory Valley Camp Summer Missionary FAQs

Victory Valley Summer Missionaries raise a network of prayer partners and financial supporters.  If you are new to this idea, which is employed by many global missions agencies, here are some answers to frequently asked questions.

How can I get a Summer Missionary application form?

You may download the form here as a PDF.  You'll need to make several copies of the reference form included in the download.  You may also apply online.  (You can save your application and come back to complete it later.)

Why do I have to raise financial support?

You do not have to raise financial support.  You may choose to serve as a missionary without pay - a volunteer.  However, all paid missionary staff are responsible for developing a team of ministry partners who will provide financial support for the ministry of Victory Valley Camp.  Click here to learn more about how to raise financial support.

How much support do I need to raise?

Victory Valley Camp Summer Missionaries are required to raise at least the minimum amount in the pay range for their position.
 * Leadership Team members may raise $50-$400 per week.
 * Senior Staff (18+ years old) may raise $50-$375 per week.
 * Junior Staff (15-17 years old) may raise $50-$225 per week.

Is raising support Biblical?

Jesus frequently accepted hospitality and instructed His disciples to do the same (Matthew 10:11).  In fact, He sent them out completely dependent upon the care of others (Luke 10).  The Bible says that Jesus and His disciples had many supporters (Luke 8:3).  Paul sometimes received support from churches and individuals, and sometimes he worked with his own hands, making tents to fund his ministry.  Paul wrote to the Corinthians, "The Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel" (I Corinthians 9:14).  John wrote to Gaius saying it was good to support misisonaries because "it was for the sake of the Name that they went out, receiving no help from the pagans" (3 John 5-8).  Paul also hoped to receive monetary help from believers for his mission to Spain (Romans 15:24), and he encouraged churches to help other believers who once worked with him (Romans 16:1-2).

How am I supposed to raise my support?

"And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19).  Serving as a missionary at Victory Valley Camp gives you the opportunity to grow in faith by trusting God to provide financial resources.  If the Lord is calling you to serve, He will provide.  Many Summer Missionaries begin with family, friends, and churches they have relationships with, but the Lord may surprise you with how He will provide.  Victory Valley offers training and ongoing coaching as needed throughout the process.  Click here for more information about how to begin raising your prayer support team.

What if I don't raise enough support?

Your primary goal is to recruit prayer partners.  If you want to raise financial support, we offer a target range depending on your position (see the target ranges here).  To be paid as a misisonary, your support team must contribute to Victory Valley Camp at least the minimum in that range before August 1.  We offer coaching to help if you're struggling to meet the minimum - just ask for help.

What if I raise more than the maximum in my support range?

Under IRS rules for tax deductibility, the financial support you raise for the ministry of Victory Valley is considered an unrestricted donation to the ministry, not to any particular missionary.  No one will be paid more than the maximum inthe salary range for a particular position.  However, there are no upper limits to the amount of support you may raise for the ministry.  Additional funds are used to help other summer missionaries meet their support needs.

Are contributions from my support team tax deductible for the donors?

Yes, when guidelines are followed properly, but they are only tax deductible because contributions are solicited with the understanding that Victory Valley Camp has complete discretion and control over the use of all donated funds.

What if I don't/can't complete the agreed upon term of service at camp?

If a Summer Missionary is released early due to injury or for any other reason, he/she will receive pay for the actual time served.

How can I contact Victory Valley Camp?

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  • Mail: Victory Valley Camp, 7352 Salem Bible Church Road, Zionsville, PA 18092
  • Phone: 610-966-5880

 

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Raising Support

If, after your personal interview, we extend an invitation to you to serve as a Summer Missionary at Victory Valley, your first responsibility will be to raise a network of 25 adult prayer partners.  You may also approach younger people, but your required prayer support network will consist of at least 25 adults.  Victory Valley provides you with prayer partner commitment cards.  You will ask these people to pray daily for you, the campers, and for the Victory Valley minsitry.  During the summer, they will receive periodic updates with personal notes from you.  As you recruit your prayer team, you may also give them the opportunity to partner with you in ministry by contributing financially to Victory Valley Camp.

Options for Serving at Victory Valley Camp

1) Serve as a volunteer Summer Missionary.  You raise 25 adult prayer partners, but you need not raise funds.  You will not receive a paycheck, but you get housing and meals while you are at camp.  Download a Donor Support Form for Volunteers.

2) Serve as a supported Summer Missionary.  In addition to your 25 adult prayer partners, you will raise support within a target range depending on your particular role at camp (see the ranges under Pay and Benefits).  While the funds cannot be given in your name, we will track contributions from your prayer partners and determine your pay withing a predetermined target range.  Victory Valley Camp will match a portion of the funds that you raise.

How do I raise my support team?

1) Send out a personal letter asking people to pray for you and to consider supporting you financially.  Need help composing your letter?  We'd love to help you!  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for samples and suggestions.

2) With your letter include:

- A copy of the Prayer-Support Letter from Uncle Doug, our director

- A copy of the Donor Form that they will send back to VVC (Donor Form for Volunteers not raising financial support)

Talk to your church missions committee first. Your first stop will be to contact your church missions committee.  Your church may have procedures in place for those who want to raise support teams, and they may want to help you and partner with you in the process.  Get in touch with the missions committee and ask if you can meet with them to explain your summer mission at Victory Valley.

Benefits of Building a Prayer Support Team

There are several benefits you receive by recruiting your team.  You'll have:

  • An active network of prayer support to undergird your mission
  • Better preparation for ongoing service to the Lord in missions
  • Potential lifelong mission partners
  • An important role in helping to ensure the future of the ministry

 

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Pay and Benefits

Pay

Summer Missionaries may raise financial support.  Victory Valley Camp will match a portion of the amount you raised based on the following guidelines (Amounts before taxes - total amount for the summer depends on number of weeks of service):

Leadership Team Members

  • You may raise $50-$400 per week.  VVC will match the first $75 per week.

 

Senior Staff Members (18+ years old)

  • You may raise $50-$350 per week.  VVC will match the first $50 per week.

 

Junior Staff Members (15-17 years old)

  • You may raise $50-$225 per week.  VVC will match the first $25 per week.

 

All Summer Missionaries are asked to gather at least 25 adult prayer partners for the summer.  You will write weekly updates to them.  For more information about raising support and how to do it, click here.

Benefits

Spiritual Leadership Training For our Summer Missionaries, Victory Valley Camp provides spiritual equipping and leadership training as you serve the Lord and prepare for a life of devotion to Christ.  Plus, you'll make friends and memories that last a lifetime.

Immediate Impact for the Kingdom Like their peers around the world, Victory Valley missionaries share the gospel, testify to their fatih, teach the Bible, and 'shepherd' a flock.  Our Summer Missionaries also endure some hardship and short-term separation from family and friends.  Your mission here will have an immediate impact for the Kingdom of God in the lives of hundreds of children.  You will experience God's grace as part of a team that He uses to draw boys and girls to Christ.  In the summer of 2019, over 30 children accepted Christ as their personal Savior throughout the summer.  Many more were challenged to deepen their dependence on the Savior.  Summer Missionaries work with all their hearts, as working for the Lord, not for men (Colossians 3:23).  And, year after year, they want to come back and do it again.

Other benefits:

  • Pre-Camp Training
  • Room and Board
  • Workman's Compensation Insurance
  • Spiritual Growth and Discipleship
  • Eternal Impact fot the Kingdom of God

 

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General Information about Serving at VVC

If you're committed to Christ and devoted to sharing Biblical truth with children and youth, Victory Valley Camp may have a mission for you this summer. It takes hard work, deepening faith, increasing maturity, unquenchable thirst for God, and serious commitment to the truth of His Word. Oh, yes ... and a lot of joy.

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For 64 years, Victory Valley Camp, in Zionsville, PA, has kept its commitment to seeking the salvation of boys and girls and teaching them to walk in Christ's way. It's a place where fun becomes joy and friends meet adventure in Christ. We do that on 73-acres of unspoiled woods and meadows about an hour from Philadelphia and less than two hours from New York City. We serve children and youth ages 5-14 years with Camp, Outpost, and Day Camp programs. The camp features a stream, pond, in-ground swimming pool, upper-elements challenge course, archery, air-rifle target ranges, fields and courts for all major sports, and a modern gymnasium with an indoor rock-climbing wall. Other activities include horseback riding, kayaking, arts and crafts, nature walks, and a night-time game called 'Mission Impossible.'

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Who Can Serve?

Summer Missionaries and volunteers must be at least 15 years of age. High school and college-age people are encouraged to apply as Summer Missionaries. We also have opportunities for older adults to serve as short-term volunteers, especially as they accompany groups of children from their church.

Positions Available

Leadership Team - Summer Program Director, Outpost Village Coordinator, Day Camp Director, Boys Head Counselor, Girls Head Counselor, Boys Junior Staff Coordinator, Girls Junior Staff Coordinator.

Senior Staff (18+ years old) - Counselors (for both cabin camp and outpost), Horsemanship Specialist, Ropes Course Specialist, Head Cook, Maintenance Supervisor, Crafts Specialist, Photographer, Maintenance Worker, Lifeguard

Junior Staff (15-17 years old) - Day Camp Counselors, Counselor Assistants, Assistant Cooks, Kitchen Workers, Photographer, Crafts Specialist, Maintenance, Lifeguard, Horsemanship Assistants, Office Assistant, Activities Staff

 

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Serve This Summer

Staff Photo 2018

Seeking the Salvation of Boys and Girls

And Teaching Them to Walk in Christ's Way

Apply now to be a part of the 2020 Summer Mission Team!

 

HOW TO GET STARTED - If you think you have what it takes, there are three steps to getting started as a Victory Valley Summer Missionary:

1) Download a Summer Missionary Application or you can apply online here (You can save your application and come back to complete it later).

Secure three references using our form.  Family members may not be used as references and at least one reference must be a church reference (Pastor, Youth Leader). Returning Staff Summer Missionary Application (download) or apply online here - Returning Summer Missionaries only need one reference (must be a church reference).

2) If you are between 15 and 17, come to our Prospective Jr. Staff Retreat March 27-29, 2020.

If you are 18 or older, you will need to complete a personal interview. To set this up, call 610-966-5880.

3) After you receive your employment agreement, build your prayer/support team. Click here for information on how to do this.

[Download Prayer-Support Letter and Donor Form]

SUMMER 2020 DATES

  • Prospective Junior Staff Retreat:  March 27-29, 2020
  • Leadership Pre-Camp Training:  June 6-18, 2020
  • Senior Staff Pre-Camp Training:  June 9-18, 2020
  • Junior Staff Pre-Camp Training:  June 12-18, 2020
  • Summer Service Time:  June 21-July 11 and July 18-August 9 (July 12-17 optional)

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VVC Wish List

VVC has a Wish List

A great way to support VVC is by donating things found on this list.  They are all things that would benefit the ministry here in a very real way.  While you do your shopping, please consider buying a gift that will help VVC to continue to minister to hundreds of children every year.  To download the list, click here.

Thank you for considering helping the ministry of VVC this way!  Please call us at 610-966-5880 if you have any questions about anything on this list.

VVC Wish List:

Office Supplies:

  • Sharpies-variety of colors
  • Copier paper - white and colored
  • Cricut Machine
  • Binder Clips
  • Card stock - white & light colored
  • Ballpoint Pens

 

Craft Supplies:

  • Markers- Mr. Sketch or Crayola are preferred
  • Clothespins
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Poster board - white & light colored
  • Puffy Paint/Fabric markers
  • Acrylic paint
  • Rubber bands
  • Tie Dye (Rit brand)
  • Colored feathers
  • Other General Arts & Craft Supplies

 

Sporting Supplies:

  • Ping Pong Balls
  • Water Guns
  • Water Ballons (KAOS Brand-available at Wal-Mart in containers of 500 for $5.00)
  • Regular Ballons
  • BBs
  • Basketballs
  • Playground Balls
  • Water Balloon Slingshot
  • Gator Skin Dodge Balls - 6"

 

Archery Supplies:

  • Arrows
  • Target Faces
  • Bowstrings

 

Camp Supplies:

  • 5-Gallon Insulated Beverage Dispenser
  • 10-Gallon water cooler
  • Plastic Bins with lids - 27 Gallon or larger
  • Spade shovel
  • Long hot dog roasting sticks
  • Aggregate rake
  • Post iron
  • Long lopper (also for branches)
  • 2 Shop Vacuums
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Chest Freezer (10-15 cu. ft.)
  • Pool Deck Round Tables and Chairs
  • LED lanterns

 

General Supplies:

  • Dice
  • Ace Bandager
  • Shaving Cream
  • Boxes of Candy Bars
  • White flat sheets (any size)
  • D Batteries