Ages 9-11


Spread Your Wings!

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

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.

Daily Schedule Journey Brochure



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.

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.

water aerobics
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!

beach ball
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!

chemistry tube
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.

clay work
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.

digital photography
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.

art canvas
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!

drama theater
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.  

horizons farm
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.

rock climbing
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.

rope climbing
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.

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.

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.

d20 dice
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.

movie making
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. 

soccer ball

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

baseball and baseball bat
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.

Camp Extras for Journey Campers

horseback riding lessons equestrian camp

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.

horseback rider

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.

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.

Sign me up!

Ready for an unforgettable experience at Camp Horizons? Register today!

Dates & Rates Register Online Now!