The Next Big Adventure?

Looking for the next big adventure? Horizons Outdoor Adventure camps might be the perfect fit for campers, ages 13-16, who want something a little different from “traditional” camp. Facilitated by highly trained and qualified senior staff and guides, Horizons Adventures takes campers to new heights of adventure, experience, and fun. Adventure campers travel throughout western Virginia and parts of West Virginia as they explore some of the best outdoor adventures the east coast has to offer! Choose from one-week or two-week sessions, and let the adventure begin! Our Challenge-by-Choice philosophy asks each individual camper to set their own individual goals and to appreciate the success of the week regardless of experience or skill level.

(13-14) Blue Ridge 1-Week Adventure

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(13-14) Blue Ridge 1-Week Adventure

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(15-16) Potomac Highlands 1-Week Adventure

Day 1-

Check in day! Upon arrival to camp you will be greeted by your trip leaders and meet the other campers you will be traveling with. After getting to know the group a little better, you will settle into one of our rustic mountain top cabins at Base Camp and attend the opening campfire to kick off our week together.

Day 2-

Its time to pack the van for your trip! You will break in to teams with your trip leaders to pack personal gear, load group supplies, and pack food to last the week. Then we hit the road to go backpacking in Spruce Knob, the highest point in West Virginia! You will navigate the trails and refill your water at stops on the local stream. Then after arriving to your campsite, you will settle in for your first night under the stars.

Day 3-

The morning will be spent hiking out from your campsite, and the group will take a lunch on the trail before charging though the last mile or so. Once finished, you will celebrate with a well-deserved trip to Seneca Rocks swimming hole and a relaxing afternoon spent in the shadows of one of the most iconic rock formations on the east coast. After dinner, you will head up Seneca to catch the sunset before hiking back down to camp with your flashlights lighting the way.

Day 4-

After an easy morning, you will throw on some caving gear and crawl, climb and hike through one of the local cave systems. After getting sufficiently dirty in the caves, you’ll change out of your muddy cave clothes, eat some lunch, and head out on one of the longest stretches of our road trip. Destination… the New River Gorge! Some time in the van will give everyone the chance to play a few games of license plate A to Z, count cows, and belt some T-Swift out the window before setting up camp in beautiful Fayetteville, West Virginia.

Day 5-

Day 5 is the big river day!!! Under the guidance of some of the most experienced guides in the industry, you will paddle one of the oldest and best white water rivers in the world! You will get a riverside lunch, the chance to swim some rapids with your team, and the opportunity to fight your fears with a 30ft rock jump into one of the deep river pools. Then after the trip it’s into town via West Virginia’s famous suspension bridge to celebrate your day on the river with a little surprise from the trip leaders!

Day 6-

Today starts on the banks of the beautiful New River Reservoir where a professional guide will give you a lesson on standup paddle boarding. After a few wipeouts and some good laughs we will paddle and explore the coast together.

After drying off and eating lunch, it’s time to head back to Harrisonburg! On the way we will hit a couple fun stops; getting back with just enough time to shake down all our gear, wash the van, and head up to the mountain top village for our final day’s feast. The day will end with a closing campfire, reflection on the trip, and retelling of some of the funniest moments of the week.

Day 7-

With the road trip officially over, we will head down to the main camp dining hall for a prepared breakfast! Then with parents and busses on their way, we will take a few more photos together and exchange contact information.  Eventually it will be time to say goodbye, and everyone will head out in separate directions on their way back home.

(15-16)Potomac Highlands 2-Week Adventure

Day 1-

Check in day! Upon arrival to camp you will be greeted by your trip leaders and meet the other campers you will be traveling with. After getting to know the group a little better, you will settle into one of our rustic mountain top cabins and then head to Opening Campfire to kick off your trip.

Day 2-4-

It’s time to pack the van for your trip! You will break into teams with your trip leaders to pack personal gear, load group supplies, and pack food to last the week. Then we hit the road to go backpacking in Spruce Knob, the highest point in West Virginia! You will spend the next 3 days navigating the trails and streams of this beautiful wilderness area. In the evenings we will do some ridiculously good stargazing as we relax from the day’s adventures.

Then, after finishing out this three-day, two-night excursion, you will celebrate with a well-deserved trip to Seneca Rocks swimming hole and a relaxing afternoon spent in the shadows of one of the most iconic rock formations on the east coast.

Day 5-6-

The next morning will start with preparation and packing for the next chapter in your journey… an overnight canoe trip. After getting everyone set and comfortable with some paddling techniques, we will start the first half of our trip down the beautiful South Branch of the Potomac River through the mountains of West Virginia. After a night spent camping, you will wake up and finish out the final stretch of the river trip before heading back to Harrisonburg to resupply and do some laundry for the next stretch of your journey.

Day 7-8-

With clean laundry and full coolers we’re back on the road. The first stop is a hike to an exposed fire tower that sits right on the Virginia-West Virginia boarder.

Then you will throw on some caving gear and crawl, climb and hike through one of the local cave systems. After getting sufficiently dirty from a few hours underground we will head to a nice picnic spot for lunch. Then it’s back underground, following a mountain stream as it disappears underground for over a ¼ of a mile.

Day 9-10-

After a day underground, we go to the NROCKS Outdoor Center to enjoy an incredible day of zip lining in the trees. With 14 zip lines, 4 sky bridges, and a repel station; this trip has everything to get your blood pumping. Slack lining and a cookout that night will finish out a pretty solid day of monkeying around.

The next day will take the group to even greater heights as team members choose between a guided top-rope climbing experience or the Via Ferrata climb. On the top rope climb, you will get to practice your climbing skills on the side of the beautiful Nelson Rocks formation, learn solid climbing techniques, and even get a lesson in belaying and climb setup from professional climbing guides. On the Via Ferrata, you will follow a guided climbing tour along the same formation. This trip involves some more exposed routes and uses a special type of climbing only found in 5 locations in the US. Then, once everyone is finished, we will meet back up to share our experiences.

Day 11-

After time in the tress, day 11 will take us back on the road and for one of the longest stretches of our road trip thus far. Destination… the world-renowned New River Gorge! Some time in the van will give everyone the chance to play a few games of license plate A to Z, count cows, and belt some T-Swift out the window. A few scenic stops here and there, and before you know it, we are in Fayetteville West Virginia shaking hands with the instructors for our next activity; standup paddle boarding! After a few wipeouts and some good laughs during our paddling lesson, we will explore the New River Gorge Reservoir together.

Day 12-

Day 12 is the big river day!!! Under the guidance of some of the most experienced guides in the industry, you will paddle one of the oldest and best white water rivers in the world! You will get a riverside lunch, the chance to swim some rapids with your team, and the opportunity to fight your fears with a 30ft rock jump into one of the deep river pools. Then after the trip it’s into town over the famous West Virginia suspension bridge to celebrate our day on the river with a little surprise from the trip leaders!

Day 13-

After eating breakfast and packing up camp, it’s time to head back to Harrisonburg! On the way we will hit a couple fun stops; getting back with enough time to shake down all our gear, wash the van, and drop off our personal belongings up at our mountain top village. Then we will throw on our bathing suits and get some time on the lake trampoline and water slide before drying off, and settling in for our final dinner together. The day will end with a final reflection and a closing campfire where everyone will get to laugh about some of the funniest moments of the past two weeks together.

Day 14-

With the road trip officially over, we will head down to the main camp dining hall for a prepared breakfast! With parents and busses on their way, we will drive down to checkout, taking our last ride together in the van. While waiting for everyone’s parents, we will take a few more photos together, exchange contact information, and make plans for next summer. Eventually it will be time to say goodbye, and everyone will head out on separate road trips back home.