The Unbroken Promise of Louis Zamperini


OuR Mission

The Louis Zamperini Foundation exists to provide assistance to wayward, unfortunate, and neglected youth. Founded in 1952 as Victory Boys Camp, we empower young people by instilling self-respect through a sense of accomplishment. 

“It took [my World War II POW experience] to get to where I am now: telling my story, doing charitable work, saving lives, giving counsel, and helping kids. It’s been a great life, especially working with the kids.”
— Louis Zamperini

Our Methods

Through our Victory Boys Camp wilderness excursions in the High Sierra, we impart the skills required to become leaders, based on the core tenets of our founder: Forgiveness, Challenge, Survival, Hope, Preparedness, Positivity, Contentment, and Humility.

Our wilderness experiential education program takes children on a five day long journey full of challenge, adventure, and friendship. Our guides and mentors ensure that kids safely learn to overcome obstacles—both internal and external. Through experiences like rappelling off of a cliff face or climbing a granite slab, a child is given a chance to accomplish a task they would have never thought possible.




Learn more about the history of The Louis Zamperini Foundation, who we are, and what we can accomplish. 

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The Louis Zamperini Foundation provides assistance to children at no cost to them or their families, which is why we rely completely on supporters like you to keep our mission alive.
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Louis Zamperini photograph courtesy of The Daily Breeze