Jun 28, 2016

Our Teen Campers 103 Mile River Paddling Trip!

River Paddling Trip
River Paddling Trip

What a fun-filled and meaningful summer it has been for Camp Horizon! This weekend, we kick off our Summer Camp 2016 for children in foster care ages 8-11. Last week, we had an exciting river paddling adventure for our teens. Last month, our teen campers had incredible experiences visiting the Porsche Experience Center Atlanta and the Circus Arts Institute! 

For last week’s river adventure, Camp Horizon's teen campers got to paddle rivers for over 100 miles! Partnering with “Paddle Georgia, A Project of Georgia River Network,” each of our teen campers received a scholarship to attend the Paddle GA Youth Program (PGYP) thanks to grants and generous donations of caring individuals like YOU!

During the weeklong paddling trip, they held the ‘three Rs’ of Camp Horizon, Respect, responsibility, and resilience, in high regards. After paddling all day, each evening was spent with self-esteem and reflection activities, journaling, and games like "Wacky Olympics," canoe tug of war and lots of dancing! There was also a lot of animal sightings; including cows, snakes, and turtles! 

Our teen leadership events provide our teens with new opportunities for growth and valuable life skills lessons. We are extremely proud of everything they have accomplished! Now, we are off to make final preparations to welcome our youngest participants to our 34th year of Summer Camp!

River Paddling Trip
River Paddling Trip
River Paddling Trip
River Paddling Trip
River Paddling Trip
River Paddling Trip
River Paddling Trip
River Paddling Trip
River Paddling Trip
River Paddling Trip
River Paddling Trip
River Paddling Trip
Mar 29, 2016

Spring 2016 Newsletter

Learning to swim!
Learning to swim!

Summer Camp 2016 is quickly approaching! Our staff is hard at work planning the week and recruiting volunteers. Camp Horizon provides a unique experience for our foster youth by matching each child with his/her own volunteer mentor counselor. For every 40 foster youth we bring to camp, we have 40 trained and compassionate counselors ready to guide them through an amazing week of growth and self-discovery. We are dedicated to this 1:1 mentor match program because during the past 34 years, we've seen the impact personalized and focused attention can have on a child who has suffered trauma. With at least one committed and caring adult, these children begin to see the world in a new way. We show them that they have a voice and they are important, and in time, they believe it. Our hope is that we are breaking the cycle of abuse and that we're instilling a sense of self worth in children who are often forgotten. 

Josh Shipp, a former foster youth, explains these important connections in this video: ONE Caring Adult

Staying connected with our foster youth is crucial to maintaining positive connections, so our services don't end when camp is over. We provide year-round events that are free to our participants, and include a mix of fun and educational experiences. In December, we hosted our annual holiday party that included a traditional holiday meal, games, crafts, and a special visit from Santa! Each child received a new outfit, toy, fleece jacket, hat and gloves.

In February, our campers and volunteers reconnected for a day of bowling at Brunswick Zone. Our bowling scores may not have been very high that day, but the love and energy was through the roof!

Thank you for supporting the important work we do for Atlanta's foster youth. We're working to make a positive difference, and with your support, we're doing it TOGETHER

 

Santa bringing gifts to our campers!
Santa bringing gifts to our campers!
Reconnecting at the bowling alley!
Reconnecting at the bowling alley!

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Nov 24, 2015

Results from Camp Horizon's Party on Purpose (POP)

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Thank you to everyone who continues to support Camp Horizon through GlobalGiving and other avenues, as well as those who attended Camp Horizon's Party on Purpose (P.O.P.) this month. With your support and generosity, we were able to raise $25,500! This money will help fund our 2016 programs for the foster youth of Atlanta.

It was a wonderful evening of premium wine, craft beer, fabulous food, live music, and silent auction items consisting of artwork, jewelry, dining certificates, signed sports and celebrity memorabilia, and lots, lots more!

Some photos from the event are attached below. For more photos, check out our page at www.Facebook.com/CampHorizon

Sincere thanks,

The Camp Horizon Team

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