PENINSULA - Organizers are looking for a few good women (and men)! If you'd like to be involved in providing a safe, nurturing environment for children and young adults, you may be the perfect candidate for Camp Victory.

Each October, Camp Victory provides a four day camp, free of charge, for girls aged 5 to 18 in Pacific and Grays Harbor Counties who are survivors of sexual abuse. Girls are paired one-to-one with carefully screened and trained adult women who accompany and support them throughout a fun weekend of shared activities.

The four day camp takes place in a safe and secure setting on the Peninsula and includes activities such as crafts, music and singing, tie-dying, beach hikes and more. Prior to their actual camp experience, adults will receive 30 to 40 hours of training on subjects such as sexual abuse and prevention, child development, communication skills and camp activities. All adults who apply for this important job are carefully screened with references and checked for criminal histories.

In addition to the volunteers mentioned above, Camp Victory greatly benefits from the assistance of "Camp Angels" - men and women who provide help with setup, cleanup and meal preparation throughout the weekend, providing a much needed support team for the entire camp. Camp Victory is also involved in various activities in our communities throughout the year and welcomes volunteers for these as well.

Becoming a part of the Camp Victory experience can be tremendously rewarding. Volunteers participate knowing that they are making a positive contribution to the lives of some very special children and young women.

An informational event is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Peninsula Church Center, 5000 N Place, Seaview. Those attending will meet members of Camp Victory and hear about the upcoming camp as well as other efforts the group is involved in. Time will be allowed for discussion and questions.

For additional information or to receive an application, please leave a message at the Camp Victory office at 665-2888 or call Joan Huber at 665-6033.

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