Ages 9-11


Spread Your Wings!

Experience the magic of a traditional sleep-away camp at Camp Horizons in Virginia. Our Journey program is specifically geared for 9, 10, and 11-year-olds who want to embark on an unforgettable summer adventure.

Journey is designed to encourage preteen campers to spread their wings, discover new talents, and meet new friends. Journey campers are ready for new challenges and additional decision-making opportunities. They are beginning to enjoy socializing and making peer connections.
* In order to be offered, classes require an enrollment minimum of four campers. Enrollment numbers will vary from session to session.

The Journey camper to staff supervision ratio ensures individual attention and appropriate levels of supervision while still allowing campers to practice self-expression, discover new interests, and develop leadership skills.

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Journey campers can fill their summer with unforgettable activities, from things they know and love to a wide range of new skills. At this age, kids begin forming their identity and exploring passions that will follow them for the rest of their lives. Our activities help them discover what makes them tick. Here are some of the incredible adventures we offer at Camp Horizons:


Summer and fun in the water go hand in hand. Journey campers can have one water-filled adventure after another, from playing classic games to perfecting their backstroke.

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Water Aerobics

(4th period only) Like fun in the water AND fitness?

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Water Games

Enjoy classic pool games!

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Water Polo

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


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.


Be like Robin Hood and shoot a perfect arrow!

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Climbing Elements

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

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(4th period only) Great for all experience levels, we provide all the equipment necessary to enjoy a class period fishing at our lake!

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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.


Learn the skills of kayaking on Lake Phillipa!

Nature Ed

Learn your way around the forest with our knowledgeable staff!

Outdoor Living Skills

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

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.


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

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


This class is appropriate for beginner or intermediate campers. Beginners will learn the basics or guitar while intermediate players will hone their skills. They will have the opportunity to perform what they have learned at the Thursday night talent show.


Warm up those pipes and sing!

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Skit Making

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

Science and Technology

These diverse classes give campers a variety of endeavors to choose from, including caring for animals to experimenting with slime.

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Take care of and learn about our farm animals!


While at the garden campers will learn about growing plants, what soil is needed, what bugs are good or bad for the plants, how to harvest, and will get to try different herbs and vegetables. They will also make their own tea!

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Horizons D&D

During this fantasy, tabletop role-playing game campers will create a character and work together to solve dilemmas, engage in battle, and gather treasure. It’s a very popular class!

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Movie Making

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


(4th period only) Enjoy learning about the science of how the engine and water rockets can blast off!

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Wacky Lab

(4th period only) Enjoy a new science experiment every day, like slime and rockets, and become a mad scientist!


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.


Become the next basketball superstar!

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.


(4th period only) Two teams take on the diamond in this recess classic!

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Become the next FIFA World Cup player!

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Team Sports

Enjoy a different team sport every day like soccer, basketball, kickball, and more!


Practice your skills on the tennis and badminton courts!


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

Visual Arts

When it comes to creativity, the sky is the limit. Kids can dive into a variety of arts and crafts, from learning the basics of drawing to making their own tie-dye creation.

Arts and Crafts

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

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Clay Work

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

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Digital Photography

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

Knitting and Weaving

(4th period only) From scarfs and mittens to decorative hangings, campers love learning how fun and versatile knitting and weaving can be.

Maker’s Space

Campers will be given the freedom to create whatever they would like during this time. There will be pre organized crafts/ projects for campers to choose from or they may use supplies and create from their own ideas.

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Campers will be taught different sketching techniques and work on their skills throughout the week.

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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

Camp Extras for Journey Campers

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Horseback Lessons

$175 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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Trail Ride

$50, 1 hour

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

Benefits of Overnight Camp for 9- to 11-Year-Olds

Whether this is your child’s first sleep-away camp experience or not, you’ll find that our Journey program offers loads of incredible benefits:

  • Beauty of nature: Explore the great outdoors at our lovely 300-acre property nestled in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.
  • Friendly counselors: Our counselors demonstrate an incredible balance of appropriate supervision while still giving campers the freedom to explore and discover.
  • Friendship: Sleep-away camp for 9, 10, and 11-year-olds is the perfect place to make lifelong friendships with fellow campers who become your camp family.
  • Diverse cultures: We embrace diversity, welcoming campers and staff from all over the world.
  • Gain independence: During these formative years, children should have ample opportunities to try new things. Gaining independence will give them a boost of confidence and help them discover what makes them unique.

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Learn More About Our Journey Program

Send your 9- through 11-year-old on an unforgettable journey of discovery and fun at Camp Horizons. If you’re looking for a summer camp for kids near you, our location in northern Virginia is a convenient option for families throughout the Northeast. Contact us today to learn more or schedule a tour.

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