Why Camp Horizons?

Established in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia in 1983, Camp Horizons is a diverse community of campers and staff members from across the United States and around the world working, playing, and learning together. Since our founding, we have been fully accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA), an organization that has been ensuring that American summer camps provide only the safest and highest caliber of programming for almost a century. Offering a variety of activities that challenge our campers to reach their full potential as individuals and team players, we are dedicated to making sure that campers experience their best summer ever at Camp Horizons and come to see their new camp friends as their new camp family.


Founder/Owner

John Hall, Founder/Owner

John’s hearty laugh, constant smile, and boundless energy have become trademarks of Camp Horizons since its founding in 1983. His contagious enthusiasm serves as the foundation for Camp Horizons and its philosophy of blending challenging and fun activities with a supportive community to create a home away from home where campers can feel secure. John was an Eagle Scout, a camp counselor, and traveled with Up With People before settling in Harrisonburg to pursue his life-long dream of operating a summer camp. As a result of John’s business endeavors and achievements, he received the 2009 Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce.

Directors

Martin Brennan, Summer Camp Director

As a summer camp director, Martin brings a love of teaching, the performing arts, and the outdoors. As a young man his participation in both Semester at Sea and the international organization “Up with People” influenced him greatly and birthed a deep curiosity about the world. He also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras, and has worked with numerous corporations and organizations in the areas of diversity and leadership.

 

 


 Chesca Pritchard, Associate Summer Camp Director

Hi there! My name is Chesca and I am the Assistant Director at Camp Horizons. I started working in summer camps in 2012, and I’ve been at Camp Horizons since 2015. I’m originally from a small town in Oklahoma where there are more cows than people (which probably explains my obsession with cows). I attended Oklahoma State University for 6 years and received a Master’s of Science in Recreation Management and Therapeutic Recreation. During my first summer of being a camp counselor, I quickly realized the power of summer camps and how much we can positively impact a camper’s life through the community we create. I currently volunteer with the Virginia’s American Camp Association Local Committee of Leaders as the Independent Camp Chair. I am so grateful to be a part of such an incredible industry and to be a part of the Camp Horizons’ family.

 


Liz Heilbronner, Associate Summer Camp Director

Hey all! I’m Liz and I’m the Associate Director here at Camp Horizons. I’m originally from Charlottesville, Virginia, but moved to Harrisonburg in June 2016 to begin camp life full-time. Before coming to camp, I worked at a therapeutic boarding school in the Charlottesville area after receiving my Masters in Counselor Education from UVA. I have been going to Camp Horizons since I was 7 years old and each summer is an exciting new experience! I love camp because it has given me the opportunity to meet people from all over the world and impact children in a way that might not happen at home or school. When I’m not at camp, you can find me around town with my fat cat Noodle or re-reading Harry Potter for the millionth time!

 


Trey Smith, Assistant Director for Specialty Camps

Hello everyone, my name is Trey Smith! I am the Director of the Outdoor Learning Center as well as the Assistant Director for Specialty Camps. I help support the development, hiring, and logistics of our specialty camp programs including Leadership Camp, Outdoor Adventure Camp, and Camp SCA. I came to Horizons after studying Organizational Communication and Environmental Studies at James Madison University. I love camp, and the specialty camps specifically, because they provide the opportunity for campers to try an activity and develop a passion. When I am not at work you can usually find me reading, riding a bike, or paddling a canoe.

 

 


Harriet Flynn, Associate Director of Camp SCA and Leadership Camp

Hi, I’m Harriet and I Associate Director of the Leadership Camp and Camp SCA during the summers and am the OLC Associate Director at our Horizons campus during the school year. I began working at Camp Horizons in March of 2016 after earning my degree in Parks and Outdoor Recreation from George Mason University and working in the summer camp/outdoor recreation industry for 7 years. I love working at camp the most when I get to see campers making life longs friends and trying new activities that push themselves outside of their comfort zone. My favorite parts of summer camp are all the bonds that are formed, random dance parties, and swimming in the lake! When I’m not working, you can find me exploring a cave or hanging out with my miniature goat named Sid!

 


John Fitzpatrick, Associate Director of Outdoor Adventure Camp

Hi, I am John Fitzpatrick and I am the Associate Director for the Outdoor Adventure Camp. As part of the Adventure camp, it is my pleasure to plan, lead and scout all our travel summer programs. I love being able to get out woods and to explore the national Parks around us. I joined the Camp Horizons family in the spring of 2016 and having been enjoying it ever since. I attended Lawrence University and graduated with a degree in History before beginning to work with children in the Pacific Northwest. I have had the pleasure of working at camps across the country in California, Washington, and the Carolinas. I love summer camp as it is a chance for kids to relax and enjoy being a kid. The best part of Adventure camp is watching a camper grow over the two weeks and to hear their stories about their two week adventure.

 


Support Staff

Julie Fisher, Customer Service Manager

Hello, my name is Julie and I am a lifelong resident of the Shenandoah Valley.  I found my call to Customer Service in the commercial print industry in 2003 and continued my work there until 2013. Looking for a career change, I came to Horizons in 2016 in search of a position that offered both professional growth and the freedom to build great long standing relationships with clients.  Horizons has provided me the opportunity to be creative, share ideas with my peers, and to see those ideas come to life in the everyday operations to make a positive impact for our clients. I enjoy working in an environment where there is a push to be better and where an idea can be conceived by anyone, regardless of tenure,  and be put into practice to make a difference.

 


Karen Everett, Customer Service Associate

Hi, I’m Karen and I am a Customer Service Representative at Camp Horizons. I help with all of the enrollments and parent questions prior to camp. You’ll see me at the check-in desk on opening day. I began working at Camp Horizons in April of 2017 after working at resorts, a city government recreation department and a non-profit recreation center over the past 10 years. I live at Camp Horizons in my tiny house with my two dogs. I love the buzz of opening day and watching all of the excitement on the kids’ faces.

 

 


Paige Shebasta, Customer Service Associate

Hello! I’m Paige and I am a Customer Service Representative for Camp Horizons, OLC and Horizons Hospitality. I started working at camp in July 2017 mainly assisting with event planning for our OLC and Hospitality groups, but I also assist campers and parents as well. I moved to Virginia from Green Bay, Wisconsin after graduating from college where I worked in event planning for the county and for my university’s School of Business and Economics. I love working at camp because I get to be outdoors and work with wonderful families from all over the world. Horizons has been a wonderful family to join because they support each other and have a real passion for customer service.