About 3 months ago, I had the opportunity to visit Camp Victory and meet the kids who have motivated the ride for Juvenile Arthritis. The camp is held for a week each year to give the kids a place to get away and have fun, in an environment that supports their needs, while challenging them to interact, participate and test some boundaries. If you get the chance, check out the Camp Victory website and read the story about the camp and the motivation for its formation.
This year, by shear coincidence, the camp was held the same time as the BMWMOA Rally in Bloomsburg – an event that drew over 7,000 BMW motorcycle riders in spite of the 100+ degree heat wave. The Camp was about a 20 minute ride from the Rally and I was invited to meet the kids and make an informal presentation on the Ride to Alaska (JA4JA) and have the kids do a kind of ceremonial signing of the Bike’s panniers. As described in a previous blog, the kids were great, excited and very supportive. I heard one say “I can’t believe my name (signature) is going all the way to Alaska!”
I am just now getting some pictures back from Camp Victory, many taken by Rodney, the Phila Chapter’s photographer for the event. Here are some of the pictures of the kids signing the panniers and other related activities.