Build Your Own Camp!

EXPLORER camp is designed to give older campers a chance to build the summer of their dreams. Mountain biking? Sure.  Kayaking, photography, AND horseback riding? Absolutely. Whatever your passion, Camp Horizons offers a wide variety of on-camp and off-site activities so that you’re never bored ever—even for a minute! Stay a few weeks, and try a whole world of exciting, new activities. And if you happen to make friendships that will last a lifetime while you’re at it, don’t say we didn’t warn you… BUILD YOUR OWN CAMP.

Daily Camp ScheduleExplorer Brochure (pdf)

Explorer Activities Include:


  • Water Aerobics

    Like fun in the water AND fitness?

  • Water Games

    Enjoy classic pool games!

  • Water Polo

    Catch and throw with one hand and become a swimming master!

Performing Arts

    • Dance

      Learn the fundamentals of dancing and perform your routine at the Talent Show!

    • Drama

      Become a world class actor with Drama games and present your skit at the Talent Show!

    • Improv

      Try your hand at comedy in this off the cuff activity.

    • Guitar

      Beginner & Intermediate. Learn and practice level appropriate chords and songs.

    • Singing/Vocals

      Warm up those pipes and sing!

    • Stage Makeup

      transform through the application of stage makeup!


    • Archery

      Be like Robin Hood and shoot a perfect arrow!

    • Climbing Elements

      Learn the skills of climbing on our ropes course and climbing wall!

    • High Ropes Challenge Course

      A camp favorite, traverse our cable bridges while being 30 to 40 feet up in the air! Finish with a Zip Line to the ground.

  • Kayaking

    Learn the skills of kayaking on Lake Phillipa!

  • Mountain Biking

    Travel the miles of mountain biking trails on our 300 acres! Knowing how to ride a bike is a prerequisite.

  • Outdoor Living Skills

    Already mastered the basic Outdoor Living Skills? Try this advanced activity to learn the the basics of outdoor survival!

Science & Technology

  • Cooking

    Learn basic meal and delicious dessert preparation. The best part, you eat your creation.

  • Horizons Farm

    Take care of and learn about our farm animals and garden!

  • Horizons Radio

    Be the voice you hear on radios! Take over as a DJ for the week, deliver camp news and play some tunes!

  • Movie Making

    Be the next Oscar winner! Make a movie with your friends and become a star!

  • Rocketry

    Learn to build and shoot off rockets with your friends!

  • Wacky Lab

    Enjoy a new science experiment everyday and become a mad scientist!


  • Basketball

    Become the next LeBron James or Brittany Griner!

  • Beach Volleyball

    Bump, Set, Spike!!

  • Frisbee Sports

    Learn how to throw and catch frisbees as well as the rules for the fast paced games of Frisbee Golf and Ultimate Frisbee.

  • Net Sports

    Practice your skills on the tennis and badminton courts!

  • Soccer

    Become the next FIFA World Cup player!

  • Team Sports

    Enjoy a new sport every day!

  • Yoga

    Relax and enjoy soothing music while you learn some yoga moves!

Visual Arts

  • Arts & Crafts

    Painting, Drawing, Tie-Dye, Crafting, and More!

  • Clay Work

    Create a variety of art from plates to decorative pieces, mugs, and even jewelry.

  • Digital Photography

    Use digital cameras and learn Photoshop tools to make great art!

  • Knitting and Weaving

    Refine your knitting skills while also learning how versatile weaving is. You can take home your creations and share your new skills.

  • Sketching and Painting

    Are you ready to become the next Pablo Picasso? How about Michelangelo? Or maybe you just want to refine your stick-person skills. We cover it all in our pencil to paintbrush class.

Camp Extras for Explorers:

Explorer campers may add the following optional activities for an additional cost.

Horseback Lessons

What is it?
Camp Horizons owns its own horses and provides English horseback riding lessons. Campers will learn basic horse care and riding skills, including both ring and trail riding. All necessary equipment — helmets and boots — are provided. Campers must wear long pants and closed-toe shoes with heels while riding.

How much is it?
$115 for 1 week, 5 hours

Horseback Trail Ride

What is it?
See Camp from a total different perspective on a 1-hour scenic trail ride through Camp Horizons’ property. Only open to Explorers. Saddle up your horse and giddy up!

How much is it?
$25, 1 hour

Tubing Trip

What is it?
An Explorer favorite and storied tradition! Travel by Camp Horizons’ bus to a local section of the Shenandoah River for a relaxing trip down this beautiful stretch of river. Enjoy the relaxation of the flat water and the exhilaration of the class 1 rapids!

How much is it?
$25, half-day

Canopy Tour

What is it?
Campers zip through the lush forests of the Nelson Rocks Outdoor Center by way of 12 zip lines, three sky bridges, and a 40-foot rappel! Campers must weigh between 70-240 pounds.

How much is it?
$95*, full day

Via Ferrata

What is it?
Campers climb to incredible heights and enjoy spectacular views on this exhilarating guided climbing experience at our sister organization, Nelson Rocks Outdoor Center in West Virginia. Campers must be 13!

How much is it?
$95*, full day

Rock Climbing

What is it?
Crimpers. Slab. Belay. Smear. Crank. Brake. These are all terms you might hear on this off-site climbing trip to a local climbing area with amazing views. Rappel and climb on the 80 foot rock faces!

How much is it?
$35, full day


What is it?
A half-day trip to a local wild cave. It’s dark and muddy… what else would you want?!

How much is it?
$35, half-day

Canoe Trip

What is it?
A half-day trip down a class I-II section of the Shenandoah River. Learn basic river reading, canoe strokes, and river safety skills while navigating the whitewater!

How much is it?
$35, half-day

Padi Discover Scuba Diving

What is it?
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to breathe under water, to be a fish? Campers learn the basic safety guidelines and skills needed to dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Professional. Includes a supervised open water dive in one of the premier open water dive locations in the Shenandoah Valley.

How much is it?
$135, full-day


* Fees for all off-site trips include transportation, all equipment, guides, and supervision by Camp Horizons’ staff.

** Refer to Camp Extras Weekly Schedule to avoid booking activities that occur on the same day.

Camp Extras Schedule

Still Not Enough?

Outdoor Adventure Camp

Choose your own ADVENTURE. Our Outdoor Adventure Camp for campers ages 13-16 explores some of the best outdoor offerings of western Virginia and West Virginia. Choose from one-week or two-week sessions. Our Challenge By Choice philosophy allows each camper to set individual goals and feel pride in his or her accomplishments regardless of experience or skill level. So, join up, what have you got to lose?

Camp Up with People

OR, try CAMP UP WITH PEOPLE, a camp designed to immerse 13-17 year-olds in a variety of different cultures, performing arts experiences, and community service activities. Providing a chance to practice leadership and build a diverse group of friends, CAMP UP WITH PEOPLE is the perfect way to make your summer both meaningful and memorable.

Leadership Camp

LEADERSHIP camp is designed to train potential Camp Horizons counselors in leadership skills, small group development, and Camp Horizons’ philosophies and policies. You’ll have fun, but you’ll also be expected to demonstrate a high level of maturity and growth as you learn to be a true camp leader.