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Rebuilding after the floods of 2010, Camp Victory gets a big lift

David Nelson, Camp Victory's Executive Director David Nelson, Camp Victory's Executive Director
Camp Victory's peaceful setting southwest of Zumbro Falls Camp Victory's peaceful setting southwest of Zumbro Falls

ZUMBRO FALLS, Minn. (KTTC)-- If you've ever been to summer camp as a child you know that you leave with great memories and lasting relationships.

After just receiving a large donation, Camp Victory is planning to expand and keep the memories alive after weathering the devastating floods of 2010.

The Rochester Area Foundation is giving $624,000 to Camp Victory.

When you talk about generous people allowing a great camp like Camp Victory to expand, it really does make a difference for the kids and adults who utilize the facilities.

Tucked away on the back roads southwest of Zumbro Falls, Camp Victory is located in a very peaceful valley.

Camp Victory is a non-profit camp for kids and teens in the summer, but is also used for family camping, retreats and summer day camps.

This Christian camp has rope courses, canoeing, camp fires, archery and a number of other activities.

The Rochester Area Foundation donation will be used build a new facility that will house 48 people.  Executive Director David Nelson says every year the number of people utilizing the facilities has gone up.  Last year more than 1,300 kids attended the summer camp.

Camp Victory was established in 1943, but it wasn't until 2001 that it purchased property in Zumbro Falls.  The flood of September, 2010 hit Camp Victory hard, and the camp staff and volunteers have been working to rebuild what they could.

This generous gift will make a difference.  Nelson says he and the rest of the staff are looking forward to the new lodge and the growing number of people that will make lasting memories at Camp Victory.

The majority of the money donated is being used to build the lodge.  The rest will be used to help the camp out financially.

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