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.


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.

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. Martin is an experienced trainer, cheerleader. 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.

Mandi Smith, Director of Administration

As Director of Administration Mandi works as a team with Chris to embody the sense of family, community, and togetherness that Camp Horizons is known for. Known as the “Camp Mamma”, Mandi can often be found giving out hugs to campers and staff throughout the day. Mandi is a Tennessee girl originally, but she is thankful to call Camp Horizons home!

Devin C. Hall, Camp Life Director

Originally from Halifax (southern Virginia), Devin has been a part of the Horizons Family for 7 years. This is his second summer as Camp Life Director. Devin recently graduated with honors from Eastern Mennonite University with a degree in Communications. Devin enjoys traveling to England, LEGO, and his dog Lulu.

Jenny Walker, Village Director

Jenny is entering her 6th summer at Camp Horizons, first joining us in 2009. Originally hailing from Northern Irelent, Jenny currently lives in Scotland where she works for Wild Packs, a summer camp staff requirement agency. Jenny lives for camp! When not at camp she enjoy traveling, hanging out with friends, and dreaming about camp!

Bridget Hutchens, Equestrian Director

As our year round Equestrian Director, Bridget has 20 years of experience with horses. She graduated from St. Andrews University with a degree in Equine Business Management and has impressive experience as a groomer and director of equine programs along the east coast. Bridget lives at camp with her horse Tennie and her dog Layla.

Trey Smith, Adventure Director

With a strong background in leadership development, a passion for working with kids, and a goofy sense of humor, Trey has been a great addition to Camp Horizons. Trey is a graduate of James Madison University and is the driving force behind our new Adventure Camps and the new Horizons’ Farm Program. Trey is originally from Virginia Beach. He loves to surf and about anything else outdoors!

Colleen Lovelace, Lead Camp Ambassador

Colleen began her relationship with Camp Horizons over 25 years ago as a Camp Counselor and has continued to be part of the family throughout the years. Her children, Max and Shannon, have attended every summer for over 5 years. Colleen knows firsthand how camp can be a positive force in a child’s life and spends her time spreading the word and letting other parents know why Camp Horizons is such an amazing experience with kids and teens.