Nov 4, 2019

Fall Programming 2019 Updates

It's been an incredible season!

 

After wrapping Summer Camp 2019, our fall programming kicked off with new campers, excited volunteers, and high hopes for what was to come.

 

The first event of the season was the Fall Outing at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Our campers and counselors reunited for the first time since Summer Camp and after a million hugs, we set off into the beautiful Nature Center to learn about local animals, plants, and waterways. Many of our campers commented it was their first wilderness experience! We spent the day exploring, singing, and sharing a great lunch.

 

The next event was LDP Weekend. Camp Horizon's Leadership Development Program (LDP) caters to our teen campers and focuses on healthy group activites, leadership styles, and continuation of relationships. A new addition this year was the camper-to-camper mentoring program, where older LDP campers were paired with a first time camper to introduce the weekend. This way older campers take responsibility, and younger campers have an asset to lean on.

 

With holiday season approaching, we are looking forward to the Wrapping Party and the Holiday Party. Thank you again for all your love and support. You are an incredibly important part of our mission to restore dignity and hope to youth in foster care!

Aug 5, 2019

Summer Camp 2019 is COMPLETE!

Last month forty-three brave little campers joined us at Camp Twin Lakes for Camp Horizon Luau 2019. Summer camp is the base of what we do. It's how our eight-year-old campers are introduced to the Camp Horizon family and often the entry point for new volunteers and staff. This year, with more campers than ever before, our volunteers welcomed children with open arms and devoted hearts- spending 24 hours a day with their camper and being there for every challenge, success, laugh, tear, and spontaneous dance party. Camp Horizon's one-to-one camper to counselor ratio ensures that each camper receives focused attention and support as we learn about the three R's: respect, responsibility, resilience. All of this is possible because of donors like you! Thank you for supporting a week of transformation and love. We are incredibly appreciative of your continued support!

May 7, 2019

It's Almost Time for Summer Camp!

As of today, we are just SIXTY DAYS away from Summer Camp 2019!

 

SO WHAT'S NEW AT CAMP HORIZON?

  • APPLY TO BE A CAMP COUNSELOR: The best week of the year is just around the corner! Join us July 6-12 for summer camp at Camp Twin Lakes' facility in Rutledge, GA. Email Amy Orr at amy.orr@camphorizon.net for an application today!
  • CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE: Go over to www.camphorizon.net today and check out our brand new look!
  • SAY HELLO TO OUR NEW DIRECTOR: After jumping into Foster the Funk, Cammie Cook is staying on full-time as Camp Horizon's new director! Email her at cammie.cook@camphorizon.net to say hello!
  • PADDLE GEORGIA: Paddle Georgia 2019 is June 14th-22nd. This seven day journey on the Withlacoochee and Suwannee Rivers is an experience our campers won't forget! If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Taylor at taylor.hunt@camphorizon.net.

 

ROSEA'S SUCCESS STORY

Our Camp Horizon family is often rewarded by seeing our campers grow up to make positive decisions and lead happy, healthy lives. Witnessing campers graduate high school, join the military, enroll in college or trade school, or start their career are achievements that are celebrated and offer a moment of reflection on that individual

camper's journey. Rosea is one of Camp Horizon’s success stories, joining our family over ten years ago during summer camp. A cautious 8-year-old during her first summer, Rosea’s counselor, Tara, provided the empathy and encouragement that allowed her to come out of her shell. Initial feelings of discomfort and distrust of her new surroundings slowly eroded throughout the week, earned through a sense of security formed through constant supervision, fun programming, and a safe environment where basic needs were never in question. Over time, Rosea did not feel embarrassed about being in foster care due to Camp Horizon’s accepting environment, eventually realizing that many other campers (and even some volunteers) shared similar experiences involving case workers, moving to different homes, or not being with their parents.

As Rosea grew older, she benefitted from Camp Horizon’s Leadership Development Program for teenagers. Designed to give the campers more independence, LDP exists within a group setting for discussion and goal-making within similar-aged peer groups. With plenty of adult supervision, the participants of LDP worked together to discover options to difficult teen situations and enthusiastically plan for their futures. At LDP, the campers were able to develop new strategies for navigating life, all with the unfailing support of the Camp Horizon family. Unlike 90% of GA teens foster care, (GA Dept. of Education 2011) Rosea graduated from high school right on time.

Now a mother to her son Braylon, Rosea is already implementing Camp Horizon’s “3 R’s” of Respect, Responsibility, and Resilience in her role as a parent. It is with great personal pride that Rosea declares, “Braylon will never experience Camp Horizon programming as a camper... but because I am his mother, I will make certain that he benefits from all the love I got from my camp family.”

 
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