My girls Ally and Abby, came to camp last week for their first time. They have tried to come for several years but we just couldn’t work it in with their other activities. Well, they will definitely be back next year! They had an unbelievable experience and, as you know, it can be challenging to excite/please them at their age (12-13)!… Thanks again for offering a fabulous, Christian based, common sense approach, action packed week of out of this world experiences for our children.
Dana N. on her daughters’ Victory Ranch Experience
As a self-described helicopter mother, I was scared of sending my son to camp. Victory Ranch has completely erased any and all of my fears. Being a Christ-centered, action-packed, kid heaven, Victory Ranch enabled my son to grow in confidence and character (he actually extended his stay a week!). My husband and I are thankful to have this wonderful place to send our boys to grow and mature while having the time of their lives in a loving setting.
Jennifer and Joel H. reflecting their son’s Victory Ranch Experience
Victory Ranch has been such a huge part of our family for almost a decade. Our son and our daughter were 7 and 8-year Victory Ranch campers, respectively, and they would both wholeheartedly agree that VR was a defining experience in their lives and their faith journeys. They would tell you that they loved every minute of each week they spent with Dennis, Anne, and the fabulous staff and counselors at Victory Ranch. As parents, we never had to “sell” attending Victory Ranch to our children – instead, each year as we pulled out of the VR gates to head home, our children were begging us to come back the next week. Dennis, Anne, and their staff have done such an incredible job each year making Victory Ranch a warm, safe and fun place for our children to meet new friends, try new things and grow spiritually. The truest testament to the VR Experience is one we share with so many other families—our experience and love for Victory Ranch is clearly not an anomaly, because year-after-year, our children excitedly reconnected with their best camp friends from the previous years, who also continued to come back year each year. We are so thankful to Dennis, Anne and so many other on the Victory Ranch staff who were instrumental in providing this opportunity for our children and for helping them grow in their faith and in so many other ways.
Nicole and Steele C. and their Victory Ranch Experience
Victory Ranch is absolutely the best part of our kids’ summers every year. All 3 of our girls have been going to VR for 6-8 years and it’s the highlight of their summer! They have a blast, renew their faith in Christ and meet lifelong friends. The amazing counselors are sharing their love of Christ though their actions while loving, caring, and having FUN with our children. The kid’s feel very connected not only to their counselor’s but also to Anne & Dennis Smith. The staff is always very accommodating and the facilities are top notch. Our children are truly blessed to have been exposed to the Victory Ranch experience! I highly recommend Victory Ranch. Our girls always come home happy, confident, and full of songs and stories each and every year.
Stacey and Thomas H. and their Experience with Victory Ranch
Victory Ranch has been and continues to be the perfect venue for our Opening Retreat. The Opening Retreat is a highlight for many of the NEXUS participants and Victory Ranch plays a great role in making that impression. The staff and accommodations offer a positive environment. NEXUS continues to cultivate and duplicate principle-centered leaders for our Memphis community and Victory Ranch help us accomplish that goal each year.
I first learned about Victory Ranch as a participant in the Leadership Collierville class in the fall of 2005 when we traveled there for the day to take part in exercises both physical and mental that helped us get to know each other, challenge ourselves and just have fun. Since that time I have become the director of the Leadership Collierville program, and I think the highlight of each year is bringing both our adult and youth classes to Victory Ranch as part of their opening retreat. The property is kept up beautifully and the instructors are great in the way they make you feel comfortable but challenged at the same time. I would recommend Victory Ranch to any group that is trying to instill teamwork and just all around fun.
Terry Dean–Leadership Collierville
I have been involved in student ministry for over 25 years and can honestly say there are very few camping/retreat centers in this country as attentive to the needs of a group or as willing to accommodate a group as the staff at Victory Ranch. They are as concerned about the comfort and safety of our group as they are about making sure our students have a great time. My experience has been that no request is too great and no detail too small for the staff. Our week-end camps at Victory Ranch have become a highlight of our program, talked about and looked forward to by our high school students and middle school students alike. There is a pursuit of excellence that is evident the minute you pull through the gates. This is a special place.
Bret Spiegelman–Director of Student/College Ministries, Hope Presbyterian Church
Each September, the 8th graders of Briarcrest Christian Middle School enjoy a class retreat at Victory Ranch. These students look forward to this trip throughout their middle school years and are never disappointed with their experience. The facility is beautiful and offers a wide range of activities for the students. A full-day of recreation is always capped off with a western hoe-down and a great night’s rest in the beautiful bunk houses. The staff is not only well-trained and capable but friendly and Christ-like in all of their encounters with our students. We leave Victory Ranch better than we were when we arrived, and we always look forward to our next adventure at “the ranch.” God is truly blessing this ministry, for all that is done is done to His glory.
Sharon Watson–Principal, Briarcrest Christian Middle School