Ages 12-16


Build Your Own Camp!

*Note: Session 4 – Explorer Girls – is full at this time

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 your days are filled with fun! Stay a few weeks, try a whole world of exciting new activities, and make friendships that will last a lifetime!

* In order to be offered, classes require an enrollment minimum of four campers. Enrollment numbers will vary from session to session.

Explorer Brochure Daily Schedule


Paddle Sports

Lake Philippa is the perfect setting to learn, practice, and master basic canoeing, kayaking, and paddle board skills. Participants will learn a lot about safety, paddling techniques, and teamwork as they paddle around the lake and play games.

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Stand Up Paddle-Boarding

(4th period) – Paddle out on Lake Phillipa on one of our Stand-up Paddleboards. From games, to floating in the sun, there’s lots to do in this laid-back activity.

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Water Aerobics

(4th Period) – Get moving and grooving in this active water-based activity. Take all the high energy movement and uplifting music from Zumba and add it to our pool!

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Water Games

Join us for fun water-based games in our pool and lake. Campers will get to try a new activity each day such as water polo, shark & minnows, diving contests, volleyball, and more! Don’t forget to bring a towel!

Creative Arts

Arts and Crafts

A true camp classic, this activity touches all the different art media styles we offer in one art-filled week!

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Book Club

4th period) Campers will have free time to read a book they bring with them or one from our collection. They may also have group discussions about books or write their own. This is a great class for campers who want to have time to relax and read a book or for campers who enjoy talking with friends about their favorite reads.

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Clay Work

Using quick-dry clay our campers will learn various styles of clay sculpting and will get to take home their completed masterpieces at the end of the session.

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Digital Photography

Say cheeeese! Campers will get to know the ins and outs of their own Canon Rebel T5 digital camera and learn all the skills to capture the perfect shot. From landscape to nature photography, the whole camp is just waiting to be captured! Campers will also gain experience in photo editing software.

Maker’s Space

Calling all creative minds. This activity is all about using anything and everything at your disposal to make anything you can imagine. We gather supplies from all over, from traditional to wacky, to allow campers true creative freedom when creating their art.

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Sketching & Painting

Using our beautiful outdoor setting, campers will get familiar with different sketching, shading, and drawing techniques. Then using different paint types and styles, campers will add color to make their masterpiece really POP!

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Stage Makeup

Campers will be taught many ways stage makeup is used. They will spend the week practicing their skills on themselves and others in the class transforming from fairies to zombies and more by learning the application of stage makeup.

Natural World


Join us in the garden here at camp! Learn all about what it takes to grow plants, determine what soil is needed, discover what bugs are good or bad for the plants, and harvest and try different herbs and vegetables.  

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Grampy’s Farm

At Grampy’s Farm, our experienced and passionate farm team will give our campers the chance to get up close and personal with a variety of farm animals and learn how to safely handle and care for them while making more than a few furry and feathered friends along the way. 

Nature Exploration

An activity based around our Nature Center and our beautiful 300-acre property. A knowledgeable staff guide will inform campers about all the beauty the Shenandoah Valley has to offer. Campers will get familiar with snakes, turtles, frogs, and more, learning all about proper animal handling and care while making some new friends along the way.


Camp gives kids a chance to experience nature in a newfound way. Our 300-acre property is the perfect environment to explore the wonders of the natural world.


Bullseye! Participants will learn how to safely use a bow and arrow, get to practice on stationary targets, and show off their skills through games involving both individual and team challenges.

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Climbing Wall

Climb to new heights (literally) in this activity centered all around our 40ft outdoor climbing wall. Campers will learn and practice the skills necessary to become a master climber while learning about safety and goal achievement along the way.


(4th period) – Fishing pole and bait in hand, campers will spend time fishing in Lake Philippa which offers a unique opportunity to connect with nature, develop patience, and learn the fundamentals of the age-old art of fishing.

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High Ropes / Challenge Course

In this activity participants will go out of their comfort zone and into their challenge zone by exploring our high ropes elements such as the zipline, giant swing, leap of faith, and more.

day hiking

(4th period only) Get outdoors and hike our many wooded trails in our 300-acre property adjoining the Washington National forest.

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Intro to Biking

This is a beginner’s activity where participants get the opportunity to learn how to ride a bike. We will teach them about the parts of the bike, how to shift gears, and proper riding safety. Our goal is to pass on a skill that can be used forever!

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Mountain Biking

This class is designed for riders who are already proficient in the basics of biking and are ready to elevate their skills to the next level. It is important that participants are familiar with riding a bike over uneven terrain, shifting gears, and riding for a longer period. Using our miles of bike ready trails here on camp, participants will review basic mountain biking skills and work to help each other grow their riding skills.

Outdoor Living Skills

Our campers will take the time to learn essential outdoor survival skills such as fire building, shelter building, leave no trace, and more in this adventurous activity all about the idea of living and thriving in the outdoors.

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Pump Track

(4th period) – Are you ready to elevate your cycling skills to the next level? where we dive into the exhilarating world of pump tracks. Pump tracks are purpose-built circuits featuring a series of rollers and berms designed to maximize momentum through the art of “pumping” your bike. This class is tailored for riders of all levels, from beginners seeking an introduction to pump track fundamentals to experienced cyclists aiming to fine-tune their skills and conquer advanced features.

Performing Arts

It's time to take center stage. Whether your child was born to perform or has a bit of stage fright, our performing arts class will give them a chance to shine in a supportive setting where fellow campers and counselors are their biggest fans.


Tie up your laces and cut a rug, it’s time to dance! Campers will explore different styles of dance while learning the fundamentals and adding their own style.

drama theater

Calling all aspiring actors who want their moment on the stage! Our drama class allows our campers to hone their acting and stage skills from musical theater to improv. What the campers produce will be presented at the camp wide talent show at the end of the session.


You can’t have summer camp without a guitar! Offering beginner & intermediate courses, our guitar activity allows campers to learn or improve skills around the classic six-stringed instrument that they can then share with the camp at our camp-wide talent show.

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Horizons D&D

Our summer camp spin on the popular table-top role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons. Campers will get to stretch out their creative freedom by creating a character, working together to solve dilemmas, engaging in problem-solving challenges, and gathering rewards in a structured, outdoor setting.

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Movie Making

Do you aspire to be an Actor? Costume designer? Camera Operator? Editor? Film director? MOVIE PRODUCER?? Then sign up now for this super diverse activity where campers get a chance to take on the various roles involved in making an award-winning silver screen production! All our movies are shown to the whole camp at the end of the session.


Learning the fundamentals of teamwork and good sportsmanship are far more important than winning. Counselors will guide children through a variety of sports experiences, such as basketball, volleyball, soccer, frisbee, and more.


Join us on the court to have some fun playing this classic team sport. Campers will participate in drills, skill games and scrimmages.

Beach Volleyball

Bump, set and spike! Campers will participate in drills, skill games and scrimmages to become the best beach volleyballer around!

Disc Sports

This activity is designed to introduce campers to a variety of disc sports, working on individual skills learning the fundamental skills of throwing, catching, and strategizing while engaging in friendly competition.

Net Sports

This class offers a comprehensive exploration of net sports such as pickleball, tennis, and badminton. Campers will have the opportunity to play singles and doubles and gain an understanding of the rules of each sport. 


(4th period) – Come play the fastest growing sport in the world. It doesn’t matter if you are a pro or beginner, there’s fun for everyone in this thrilling net sport!  

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GOOOOAL! Lace up your shoes and hit the field to participate in the most popular sport in the world!

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Team Sports

Learning the fundamentals of teamwork and good sportsmanship are far more important than winning. Counselors will guide children through a variety of team sports experiences, such as basketball, volleyball, soccer, ultimate frisbee, and more.


This class is designed to introduce campers to the fundamentals of yoga in a fun outdoor environment. Whether you’re a complete novice or have some experience, this class is tailored to accommodate as many as possible to foster a lifelong love of yoga, promoting physical fitness, mental well-being, and a sense of community among campers.

Additional Options for Explorer Campers


Canoe Trip

$50, 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!

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Canopy Tour

$110*, 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.

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Horseback Lessons

$210 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.

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Horseback Trail Ride

$50, 1 hour

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


Rock Climbing

$50, 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!

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Tubing Trip

$50, 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!

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Via Ferrata

$110*, 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 to climb.



$50, half day

Explore local caves in the valley and enjoy an afternoon of mud and fun!


* 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.

Offsite Trip Schedule

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