Ages 12-16

Explorer

Build Your Own Camp!

The Explorer program 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. If you happen to make friendships that will last a lifetime while you’re at it, don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Explorer Brochure Daily Schedule

Activities

Aquatics

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!

Outdoors

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

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

Interested in becoming the next bear Grylls? Learn about fire building, shelter building, and more with our Outdoor Living Skills class!

Outdoor Survival Skills

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

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!

Guitar

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

Improv

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

Singing/Vocals

Warm up those pipes and sing!

Science & Technology

Cooking

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

Horizons Farm & Garden

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!

Sports

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.

Stage Makeup

Transform through the application of stage makeup!

Camp Extras for Explorer Campers

Caving

$35, half-day

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

Canoe Trip

$35, half-day

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!

Canopy Tour

$95*, full day

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.

Horseback Lessons

$115 for 1 week, 5 hours

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.

Horseback Trail Ride

$25, 1 hour

See Camp from a total different perspective on a 1-hour scenic trail ride through Camp Horizons’ property. Saddle up your horse and giddy up!

Padi Discover Scuba Diving

$135, full-day

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.

Rock Climbing

$35, full day

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!

Tubing Trip

$25, half-day

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!

Via Ferrata

$95*, full day

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!

NOTES:

* 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?

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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.

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