Specialty and Partner Camp FAQs
At Camp Horizons, we are happy to offer specialized camps that focus on specific areas of learning. We also understand that these camps often give rise to questions not covered under our general camp FAQs. Below you will find information specific to each of our specialty and partnership camps. As always, please feel free to reach out to us with any additional questions.
Camp Up with People
When does Camp Up with People begin?
- Session 1 – Cast A – July 1 – July 21, 2018
- Session 2 – Cast B – July 22 – Aug 11, 2018
How do I enroll and/or get more information about the camp?
Simply go to our website: www.CampUpwithPeople.org and click on any of the Register On-line buttons. One of our representatives will be in touch with you.
Where is Camp Up with People?
Camp UWP is located in the beautiful, historical Shenandoah Valley about 5 minutes north of Harrisonburg, Virginia, and just two hours southwest of Washington, DC. Our camp site is called Horizons at Valley Pike.
How many years has Camp UWP been around?
The Camp began in 2011, so 2018 will be our 8th year.
Where do campers come from?
Campers, age 13-17, come from all over the United States and many countries around world. In fact, 40%-50% of our campers come from outside the U.S. Camp UWP does not have a religious affiliation. We welcome campers from all walks of life and backgrounds.
Do you have costumes?
We use the same recommendations that UWP does for the show costumes, and Camp UWP uses UWP’s specialty costumes.
Do you have a band?
We do not, as we only have 3 weeks to put up a show. We use UWP backing-tracks and all solos are live.
Can my camper stay more than one session?
Though the 3-week sessions are the same, you can attend both sessions, and there is a discount if you attend both. See our website for more information on discounts.
How many campers are in each session?
We limit each session to 50 campers, so that everyone will be included and involved.
What is the ratio of staff to campers?
There is one counselor per 5-7 campers. The counselor-to-camper ratio may vary during different activities, but should not exceed one counselor for every 10 campers.
What are the dorms like?
Each dorm room has 2 sets of bunk beds, and shares a common bathroom with another 4-person dorm room. The dorm has electricity, and is air-conditioned. Typically the boys and girls are in separate sections of the same dorm; however, sometimes we have separate dorms.
What are the other facilities like?
In addition to the Dorm(s), we have our own Lodge, Rehearsal Hall & Music Room. We also have our own Swimming Pool, Basketball Court and Soccer Fields.
How are activities planned and scheduled?
Most of the activities during the 3-week session are planned in advance. However, the schedule will change depending upon weather and the interests of the campers and their desire to complete all they hope to accomplish. Many of our outdoor activities take place at our sister camp, Camp Horizons.
If I fly in, will someone pick me up?
One of our buses will pick you up at the Washington-DC Dulles Airport on arrival day, and take you back to the airport on the final day. This is included in the camp fee.
What is the difference between Equestrian Camp and taking horseback riding lessons during camp?
While Equestrian Campers participate in other activities such as swimming and evening programs, the rest of their activities are entirely horse-centered. This means even when they are not horseback riding they are learning something about horses! Campers who are in the Discover, Journey, or Explorer program may sign up for horseback riding lessons as one of their activities, in addition to any others that might interest them.
What kind of clothing and equipment does my camper need in order to ride?
Camper must wear long pants (jeans are fine), an approved horseback riding helmet and heeled boots in order to ride. We can provide helmets and heeled boots for your camper to borrow during their time here. They are welcome to bring their own as well. All helmets must be ASTM/SEI certified.
What time is the horse show?
Start time for our horse show is 9:00 a.m. sharp on closing day. You may pick up your campers belongings beforehand if you wish.
How much time do equestrian campers spend at the barn?
Campers spend about 4 hours at the barn daily. 3 of those hours are in the morning, and one in the afternoon after horizontal time.
How much time do equestrian campers spend riding?
Weather permitting equestrian campers ride twice a day. They have two lessons in the morning. They also may play bareback pony games, go on a trail ride, or have another lesson in the afternoon.
Do the equestrian campers help feed the horses?
Yes! We love for our campers to show an interest in helping to feed their horses hay, grain, and treats.
Do equestrian campers clean stalls?
Campers do not spend much time cleaning stalls but we do encourage them to participate with that chore. Cleaning stalls is one of the many responsibilities of having a horse!
Do the equestrian campers help tack up their own horse?
On Monday morning, campers will get a tutorial from one of our staff on how to correctly tack up their horse, then they will get to practice under the watchful eye of our equestrian director and staff. While we want our campers to feel independent, for safety reasons each instructor will check each riders tack before they mount their horse.
How much time do equestrian campers spend on horse care (theory) (including horse show prep and other unmounted lessons)?
Campers spend up to 2 hours daily on theory lessons. This includes grooming and nutrition, learning breeds, colors, and markings, and many other topics.
How are camper’s horses and lesson groups selected?
Along with the other forms required before coming to camp is a rider profile that gives us knowledge of your camper’s riding experience. In addition to that our equestrian director has a one on one conversation with campers about their equestrian experience. Each rider is then evaluated on a horse for a few minutes to give the director a glimpse of their overall stature on a horse and fundamentals such as how they use their hands, seat, and legs so we can select the best horse for them. Lessons are grouped together by the camper’s current riding level.
What levels does Camp Horizons Equestrian Camp accommodate?
Our equestrian camp accommodates those that have little to no experience with horses through upper intermediate level riders. More progressed riders do not jump any higher than 2’3”-2’6” at the most. While your camper may jump higher than that at home, chances are they are also riding a new horse and it is very important to work through the basics first to help them get to know their horse and become 100% comfortable before moving on to any more advanced maneuvers. In addition, it is important to maintain the horse’s legs by not over jumping them and preserve them from repeated hard landings. They are ridden every day, multiple times a day after all!
Do campers ride the same horses every day?
Yes. It is our goal that each child rides the same horse in each lesson so she or he can progress with their mount. With that said, if the director feels there is a more appropriate horse for the exercise they are going to do, or for some reason were considered unrideable. We have extra horses to meet many circumstances!
Outdoor Adventure Camp
Why should my camper go on an Adventure Trip?
Campers that go an Adventure trip get to gain new experiences and overcome challenges that they would not otherwise experience. When travelling as a small group, each individual camper not only becomes closer to their fellow campers, they gain a sense of responsibility for the group. Our trip leader’s help to foster a sense of community and responsibility amongst the campers by allowing the campers to make a lot of their own decisions. Each camper will have the opportunity to be a leader and be responsible for the group during the trip. They will be empowered to make “safe” decisions and come away with a sense of accomplishment and community.
How old does my camper need to be to do each trip?
The age range for Adventure camp is 13 -16 however, the Potomac Highlands Trip caters to 13-14 year olds and the Blue Ridge Trip is primarily 15-16 year old.
How many people are on each trip?
The maximum number of campers on any trip will be 13.
Who leads the trips?
We will also always send 2 staff members on every trip regardless of the number of campers. One male and one female staff member per trip.
What are their qualifications?
Our trip leaders are selected from our most senior and qualified staff. All of our Adventure staff is First Aid/CPR certified while many hold more advanced certifications such as Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder. Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness First Responder are upper level wilderness medical certification that train staff to be handle situations that may arise in back country settings. There will be at least one staff member with Wilderness First Aid on every trip. Our trip leaders are recent college graduates or upperclassmen that are studying to be outdoor recreation major and have previous experience in facilitating adventure trips.
How do you communicate with the trips?
The trip leaders are in constant communication with Outdoor Adventure Camp Associate Director and the Director of Specialty camps. Trips leaders will have nightly logs and check-ins that they must do every day. Also, campers will be able to send mail from the road on trips in the form of postcards or letters and will receive any mail or emails sent to them when they return to camp on the weekend.
What happens if my camper is hurt or sick?
If a camper is hurt or sick, the staff responds as per their training. If a camper doesn’t feel like continuing on the trip, the trip staff will communicate this with the OAC director. At this point, the camper will be able to choose to return to traditional camp or head home.
What skills does my camper need to go on a trip?
A camper does not need to know how to canoe, raft or camp before these trips. These are just some of the skills that we will teach to your camper. Your camper just needs to come to camp with a sense of adventure and love for the outdoors. Our trip leaders are able to meet campers on their skill level and are able to teach novice campers the basics to the outdoors or new skills to more seasoned outdoor campers. Our trip leaders will strive to impart something new to each camper and send them home with a skill that they can carry with them.
What kind of supplies or gear does my camper need to bring?
Camp Horizons will provide a packing list specific to the Outdoor Adventure Camp as well all of the necessary camping and backpacking gear. This includes overnight backpacks , tents and all cook ware. One of the most important pieces of gear that campers need to have are comfortable hiking shoes.
Where does your camper sleep?
Camp Horizons provides 4 person tents for every trip. Our trip leaders set up camp with both a male and female side of camp with the trip leaders between the two groups. On most trips, we groups campers into groups of 3 for a tent so that they have more room in each tent. The Adventure trips will stay in established state or private campgrounds for most of their time trip with the exception being during their backpacking or overnight canoe trips where they will be staying at pre-scouted camping locations.
How often are the campers allowed to shower?
Campers will have the opportunity to shower most nights with the exception being on their overnight backpacking trip.
What will my campers eat on the trips?
While on trip, we take pride in the food and the campers and staff have the opportunity. The campers are responsible for helping to prepare and clean up from every meal on the trip. Meals often become a focal point of the trips and lead to some of the best conversations and memories.
What if my camper takes medication?
Our trip leaders are instructed by our Health Center staff in how to and when to properly distribute medications. Our staff will mirror our Health Center in making sure to keep accurate medical logs as to when and what medication is given out. At the beginning and end of every week, they must check-in with the Health Center.