Camp Horizon Summer Camp
Our week long summer camp is designed to enrich the lives of children in foster care by creating experiences that are meaningful, empowering, and fun. Each camper is paired with one counselor for the entire week and this 1-to-1 counselor-camper framework builds trust throughout the week. Along the way, our campers come out of their shells, responding positively to attention, guidance, affirmation, and direction. All activities focus on developing a positive self-image, improving interpersonal skills, and increasing feelings of achievement. In addition to the traditional camp activities - arts & crafts, biking, boating, fishing, swimming, and horseback riding - there are self-esteem classes and a variety of evening programs. Campers are loved and encouraged to define their true potential, develop meaningful relationships, and discover a support system that will last for years to come. Our life-changing programs take place at a state of the art facility through our partnership with Camp Twin Lakes, located in Rutledge, GA.
Leadership Development Program (LDP)
When the summer camp experience comes to an end for our 11 year old campers, they graduate into our Leadership Development Program (LDP). In LDP, we focus on peer-to-peer interaction, life skills, and continuity of relationships that were built at summer camp. Rather than a week of camp in the summer, LDP offers weekend retreats and one-day events. At LDP, we move away from the 1:1 pairing and mentor as a group. We continue to emphasize the importance of our 3Rs - respect, responsibility, and resilience.
The fall LDP retreat will take place Oct. 16-18, 2020 at Camp Twin Lakes Will-A-Way.
Camp Horizon Adult Mentoring Program (CHAMPs)
Transitioning into adulthood at 18 is difficult for most people, but when you consider that kids in foster care "age out" with little or no support, it can become even more challenging. Our Camp Horizon Adult Mentoring Program (CHAMPs) was designed specifically for young adult campers ages 18-24. They remain in the "family" and receive support, guidance, and assistance with real-life issues like creating a budget, buying a car, or renting an apartment for the first time. Our goal is to foster a path into a healthy, productive adulthood paved with good decisions and personal successes.
Remaining engaged with children who have suffered trauma is critical for their continued progress and healing. At Camp Horizon, we believe that the more opportunities we have to impact our campers, the more effective we'll be in accomplishing our mission of restoring dignity and hope to their lives. Our campers are transient with many of them moving frequently and in short timeframes. We must work diligently to stay in contact, and our year-round,
no-cost events and ongoing programs help to ensure continuity and consistency for youth who may lack this elsewhere in their lives. By offering outings throughout the year - like going to the zoo, playing laser tag, or attending our annual holiday party and family reunion, our campers can continue developing relationships with their Camp friends and "family."
Please visit the Get Involved page for a list of upcoming outings.