“This weekend is one our family will always remember,” noted Natasha Hamilton when talking about the recent Marriage and Family Enrichment Camp. Victory Lane Camp presented the weekend on May 22-25, and three Victory families attended along with five Backyard Mission Trip families.
This was the first family camp for children with special needs that had ever been hosted at Bradford Woods, which is a retreat center located near Bloomington, Indiana. The 2,500-acre natural setting was an ideal setting for the training, therapy, and relationship building planned for this weekend.
Each Victory family (those who have at least one child with special needs), had nearly nine hours of 321Go Family training during the weekend. This training continued to deepen the foundation built during the Pace Lap Camp time last July. Jerry and Kimberly Ingalls helped to lead this time of training and teaching, much of which centered on strengthening marriage relationships. Victory couples enjoyed a quiet evening together for a date.
While parents were in training, the Backyard Mission Trip families facilitated adaptive group activities which allowed all of the children to participate together. In addition, children with special needs received therapy in a fun and relaxed environment.
“I really want to thank Brett and Paige Fischer for creating such a wonderful organization,” Natasha said. “I’m also thankful for Kimberly Ingalls and her family for speaking to my husband and I about decisions we need to make as a couple.”
Families had an opportunity to do a variety of activities including a zip line, climbing tower, cargo net tower, pontoon boat ride, canoeing, fishing, and swimming.
“We were the first group to use the cargo net tower challenge course,” mentioned Tiffanny Youngquist, Victory Lane Camp staff member. Tiffanny, her husband David, and their four children served as a Backyard Mission Trip family.
“It was a great start to our 2015 year of camping and continues to lay the foundation for community building that will continue the rest of the year,” expressed Brett Fischer, Victory Lane Camp CEO and Founder, who also provided therapy services during this weekend. “Each night we had a campfire and skits. In one of the skits, we used the song ‘Macho Man.’ The next day, little Madison Muncy (part of a Backyard Mission Trip Family) stopped me and said, ‘I know you! You’re the Nacho Man!’ We are still laughing about that one.”