OCEAN PARK — After considering it for years, Camp Victory will this spring be sponsoring a three-day camp for boys aged 5 to 11 who have been sexually abused. 

“Since 1990 Camp Victory has provided a four-day residential camp for girls ages 5 to 18 who are from Grays Harbor and Pacific counties and have been sexually abused,” Camp Coordinator Judy Seabert said. “We will continue to serve girls in these two counties and now we will give this wonderful service to boys who need the same healing experience.”

In essence, Camp Victory works to provide a safe and fun experience where kids can heal in a supportive environment. In a letter to members of WellSpring, who also work on behalf of young people in Pacific County, Seabert described camp as “a few days of play, music, activities, crafts, archery, drumming and all the joy of being part of a wonderful camp setting.”

Organizers hope to wrap up the registration process by April 10. Information is available via campvictoryforchildren.org, info@campvictoryforchildren.org, or 665-2888. There is space for 20 boys this first year.

  Boys are not asked to talk about the abuse they experienced, although therapists are available to them in camp. Boys are part of age groups that include both women and men who have been trained specifically for this camp. The Big Buddies act as friends and guides in the camp setting in which safety is the highest priority. All adults in Camp Victory are volunteers who have been through an intensive training, and have had background and reference checks. 

Transportation will be provided by Camp Victory. No fees are charged to children or their families. 

“In addition to the three-day camp, we will provide boys with activities during the year to keep them connected with each other,” Seabert said. “Camp Victory also pays for specialized counseling services for boys who have attended camp and who do not have access to such services.”

Describing the process of adding this new service, Seabert said, “We have worked hard to gather the resources we need in order to help our boys heal from sexual abuse. We have looked forward to this camp for a very long time and are committed to providing boys in our communities with the same compassion and healing energy we have brought to our girl’s camp through the years.”

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