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.

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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.

Chris Smith, Executive Director

Chris joined the Camp Horizons family in early 2012 because he recognized the unique and invaluable experience that Camp Horizons provides to each child and staff member that calls camp “home” during the summer. Before coming to Camp Horizons, Chris worked as the director of summer resident camps, adventure programs, environmental education programs, and conference/retreat services. While much of his time is spent on administrative responsibilities, Chris can often be found playing basketball, hanging out at the Lazy Daze Landing, or heading to Nelson Rocks Outdoor Center for an adventure trip so that he can spend more quality time with campers.

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!