1943 - AMF Missionaries John and Ruth Larson had a dream. They started with just a few committed couples who stepped out in faith to forge a new ministry---Camp Victory. Camp was one of several ministries of a home mission organization, The American Sunday School Union (renamed the American Missionary Fellowship, "AMF").
When Camp Victory started, the registration fee for the entire week was just seventy-five cents! Over the course of the next 27 years God tremendously blessed this outreach. Thousands of young people attended Camp Victory and hundreds received Jesus as their personal savior.
1970 - When John and Ruth retired, AMF missionaries, Jim and Jan Barnhart, filled their role. The camp ministry continued to flourish with vacation Bible schools in rural southeastern Minnesota. As more volunteers joined the ministry, and the word spread, Camp Victory grew larger. Hundreds more found Christ and were mentored through the camp programs.
2000 - AMF missionary Jeff Urban joined Jim and Jan in camp outreach. With Jeff on the team, Camp Victory was able to do more follow-up with local campers and counselors.
2001 - Unlike so many camps that started during the depression era, Camp Victory never purchased property. In fact, our youth camp ministry has moved five times in its 60 year history.
Camp Victory leased property at Waseca, Lake City, Lake Crystal (near Mankato), Woodland Camp (near Zumbro Falls) and Whitewater State Park (near St. Charles).
As our camps grew, so did our desire to purchase property that would allow camp ministries during all seasons of the year.
2006 - David Nelson became the Executive Director. We held our first camps on the new land near Zumbro Falls.
We praise God for the continued growth and discipleship over the years! Much has been accomplished through the shared vision of hundreds of volunteers with a heart for young people. Our desire is to stay as local as possible, focus on the fundamentals of our faith, and make camp as affordable as possible.