Camp Victory is situated on 295 acres of diverse woodlands and fields in west-central Wisconsin in the town of Willard. Hardwoods cover about 150 acres, while spruce plantations cover approximately 20 acres, providing food and shelter for wildlife. The remaining 100 acres of the forested area consist of fruit trees, other softwoods, and creek bottom. Small fields and food plots of clover, alfalfa, and oak regrowth areas (tree tubes) cover 15 acres and provide food for deer and our feathered friends.
A one-acre fishing pond with a wheelchair dock is located close to the lodge and camping area. The pond is stocked with bluegill for our guests to catch and release using barless hooks.
Winding throughout the property are four miles of wheelchair-accessible and walker-friendly graveled woodland trails. The trails are five to six feet wide. Along the trails are nine 8×8 wheelchair-accessible hunting blinds. Each blind has a ramp that leads to a hardwood-sided permanent building with multiple windows providing a wide field of view in all directions for hunting, game observation, photography, etc. Each blind provides comfort and camouflage for the hunters. In addition to the blinds, there are ten ladder stands along the trails. Lastly, there are six rest stops with benches to allow counselors to stop and rest with the veterans to talk with them about their PTSD concerns.
Our 5-acre campground located on the south side of the property has 34 camping sites. Fourteen have electrical hook-up, and 20 are tent sites.
A new campground restroom is being built. The women’s bathroom will have one wheelchair-accessible stall, one standard-size stall, and a sink. The men’s bathroom will have one wheelchair-accessible stall, a urinal, and a sink. One wheelchair-accessible shower will be available to men and women.
In 2002, the main lodge was constructed to provide sleeping quarters, a daily meeting place, handicap-accessible restrooms, warmth, and care of the harvested game. The lodge was built with red pine, half-logs from the Northern Wisconsin CCC Camp plantations to create a more natural theme for the camp. Each log was hand peeled, treated, and dried. The lodge cabin sits among oaks and sugar maples, providing a colorful fall setting.
In 2016, we added a 900 square foot dining and meeting room. This room can accommodate 45 guests. Wheelchair guests can access the lodge using a wheelchair ramp. Outside of the dining and meeting room, there is a 20×20 paved area with a firepit.
In 2020, we built a Female/Staff Lodging Building that sleeps six. Adjoining the sleeping area is a wheelchair-accessible bathroom with a toilet and sink. There is an additional wheelchair-accessible bathroom with a roll-in shower, toilet, and sink.
We added the south entrance off Rock Creek Road to accommodate larger groups and organized field trips for clubs, schools, or youth groups. This entrance can accommodate vans or small buses. A 10×12 lighted picnic shelter is available to use. Under the shelter are a picnic table, electricity for roasters, a concrete grilling pad, and a charcoal grill. Wildflower fields border the parking areas and connect to the main lodge area.
The property has a small spring-fed stream and a ½-mile four-season creek. Over 200 apple and crabapple trees and 50 fruit-bearing shrubs have been planted, and there is an oak regeneration site with 1,200 oak grow tubes.