Saturday, July 15, 2017

Victory Junction - Goody's Body Shop

Victory Junction - Goody's Body Shop

Every camp has a health center. Some may call it their clinic, infirmary, or first aid... we call ours the Body Shop.



Here's 8 Things You Didn't Know
About the Body Shop:

Why We Are Different
Not only is our name different - our care is different, too. We provide campers with everyday needs like band aids for scrapes and ice for bumps and bruises. We also provide infusions, dialysis and administer oral chemotherapy. We meet every need of our kids because they are our top priority.

Cabin or Doctor's Office?
Body Shop rooms are decorated to look exactly like our cabins. If campers have to spend the night in the Body Shop, they don't feel like they're in a hospital or feel like they're missing out on the camp experience. Cords and mechanical items also hang from the ceiling, just like a real body shop (don't worry, they're just decorations!). The racing theme does not stop there - our shiny, black and white checkered floors are a perfect complement to our toolboxes, which are actually our nurses' carts

Check-In Day
When children are checked in on the first day, their medicine is checked in as well. Our doctors and nurses are fully educated on all medical needs of our campers so care is always tailored. All medicine is kept safe in our pharmacy, also located in the Body Shop (how cool is that?!).

Who Needs Scrubs?
We want our campers to feel comfortable and focus on just being kids when they are at camp, so our nurses and doctors don't wear scrubs - they dress just like our counselors! This way, campers don't feel like they're at the doctor's office if they have to come into the Body Shop or if they need to receive medicine. The team wears tie-dye lanyards to make it easy for kids and counselors to find them, if needed.

Fun Never Stops
Our nursing staff brings medicine to campers so they don't have to worry about going to the Body Shop. This is so our campers don't miss out on any fun!

Our Pit Crew
Our Body Shop is run by three types of staff: full-time, volunteer and seasonal. Many of our doctors and nurses come from neighboring hospitals and clinics; however, some even fly to North Carolina to volunteer for a week or two.

Oops! Wrong Number
Our staff attends to campers... not vehicles. People will mistakenly call Victory Junction Body Shop thinking it is a body shop that will fix their car. Although our staff would love to help others with their vehicle troubles, campers are their main priority.

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NASCAR Race Mom had the privilege of touring the Victory Junction Camp in May of 2017.  The camp's purpose "to enrich the lives of children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses by providing life-changing camp experiences that are exciting, fun and empowering; all in a medically-safe environment at no cost to the camper or their family" is evident everywhere.  

The photos below were taken on that tour.  

Rooms inside the Body Shop mirror Regular Cabin Rooms #NASCAR
Rooms inside the Body Shop mirror Regular Cabin Rooms

The Welcoming Reception Desk in the Body Shop #NASCAR
The Welcoming Reception Desk in the Body Shop

NASCAR Race Mom inside the Victory Junction Sports Complex
NASCAR Race Mom inside the Victory Junction Sports Complex

Thank you Victory Junction and Adam Petty for sharing the dream.  

Note: To honor Adam’s memory, the Petty family gathered their strength and challenged themselves, their friends and the NASCAR community to build his inspired dream— a place where children with serious illness would be able to experience the joys of childhood and forget about being sick for a while. With land donated by Richard and Lynda Petty, the Petty family spearheaded a capital campaign in 2002 and dollar by dollar received donations from corporations, individuals and foundations to build what would become Victory Junction, a NASCAR-themed camp located in Randleman, N.C. Adam’s legacy of love was realized when we opened our gates to our first campers in June of 2004.

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