Send Kids in Foster Care to Camp Horizon Programs

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Send Kids in Foster Care to Camp Horizon Programs
Send Kids in Foster Care to Camp Horizon Programs
Send Kids in Foster Care to Camp Horizon Programs
Send Kids in Foster Care to Camp Horizon Programs
Send Kids in Foster Care to Camp Horizon Programs
Send Kids in Foster Care to Camp Horizon Programs
Send Kids in Foster Care to Camp Horizon Programs
Send Kids in Foster Care to Camp Horizon Programs
Send Kids in Foster Care to Camp Horizon Programs
Send Kids in Foster Care to Camp Horizon Programs
Send Kids in Foster Care to Camp Horizon Programs
Send Kids in Foster Care to Camp Horizon Programs
Send Kids in Foster Care to Camp Horizon Programs
Send Kids in Foster Care to Camp Horizon Programs
Send Kids in Foster Care to Camp Horizon Programs
Send Kids in Foster Care to Camp Horizon Programs
Send Kids in Foster Care to Camp Horizon Programs
Send Kids in Foster Care to Camp Horizon Programs
Send Kids in Foster Care to Camp Horizon Programs
Send Kids in Foster Care to Camp Horizon Programs
Send Kids in Foster Care to Camp Horizon Programs
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
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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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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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Bus Arrival: They feel special from the start!
Bus Arrival: They feel special from the start!

This is just a friendly reminder that TODAY is THE DAY when every donation of $1,000 or less will be matched by a 40% donation from Global Giving. The deadline is midnight tonight! Please click here to make your tax-deductible contribution.

We need YOUR support to continue our success in changing lives. “Children and adolescents with foster care experience are diagnosed with PTSD at twice the rate of US war veterans.”  Our no-cost mentoring programs, with early intervention in a supportive environment, provide special healing. We ARE making a difference! Our campers continue to grow and flourish despite the adversity they face. The statistics on education alone show that 82% of foster youth involved with Camp Horizon programs graduate from high school, compared to 46% nationwide. Furthermore, 64% of our former campers enroll in college, compared to 20% of foster youth nationwide.

We are holding up to our mission of working to restore dignity and hope to children, teens and young adults who have been abused and neglected - empowering them to make good decisions and lead healthy, productive lives. Since 1982, Camp Horizon has helped campers believe they are children of promise.

Thank you for your continued support of Camp Horizon, our staff, our volunteers and most importantly our campers!

The Camp Horizon Team

 

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"Top Rated NonProfit for 2013" Award from Great NonProfits

Climbing Wall - Learning Determination
Climbing Wall - Learning Determination
Drumming in the Treehouse
Drumming in the Treehouse
Morning Thoughts: Our founder giving inspiration
Morning Thoughts: Our founder giving inspiration
Horseback: Gaining up the courage of a first ride.
Horseback: Gaining up the courage of a first ride.
Meeting new friends; forming healthy relationships
Meeting new friends; forming healthy relationships
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Beach theme. Counselors are ready!
Beach theme. Counselors are ready!

ONE DAY ONLY - 40% DONATION MATCHING, JULY 15th.

Camp Horizon just marked our 33rd year of summer camp restoring dignity and hope to Atlanta's youth in foster care. We’d like to give special thanks to the volunteers and donors who made this life-changing week possible. Our board and staff of camp counselors are all volunteers, which allows the money that we raise to go directly to the needs of the children. In fact, last year, we had over 250 volunteers who served more than 10,000 hours. If you cannot give your time, please consider giving financial support.

Tomorrow is the largest Bonus Day of the year! Beginning at 9AM, each donation of $1,000 or less will be matched by a 40% donation from Global Giving. We'll send a reminder tomorrow morning! Camp Horizon was recognized as a 2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit by the Great Nonprofits organization. Read our reviews here.

While summer camp was fun, and filled with memorable "firsts" for our campers, our intentional programs give them skills that last beyond their time with us. A child psychologist has stated that one week at Camp Horizon equates to a year’s worth of therapy for these children. We stay connected with our campers with year-round programs, providing stability and consistency. They will take what they have received from Camp Horizon and grow it into a powerful agent for social change, in breaking the cycle of abuse, bringing meaning to our motto: A New Day, a Better Day is on the Horizon!

If you missed seeing the daily camp updates with photos last week, visit our Facebook page here.

The Camp Horizon Team

Welcoming the Campers.
Welcoming the Campers.
One-to-One Camper to Counselor Ratio for mentoring
One-to-One Camper to Counselor Ratio for mentoring
Braid Ceremony. Growing confidence and friendships
Braid Ceremony. Growing confidence and friendships
Learning to swim, a very important life skill
Learning to swim, a very important life skill
Self esteem activities - Learning about resilience
Self esteem activities - Learning about resilience

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Camp Horizon

Location: Atlanta, GA - USA
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Project Leader:
Tonya Malone
Atlanta, GA United States
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