Parents’ FAQ


Where is Camp Horizons?
We are located just north of Harrisonburg, Virginia at 3586 Horizons Way. We are less than 2 hours from DC, about 2 hours from Richmond, and about 2 hours from Roanoke. The closest international airport is Washington-Dulles (IAD).

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How does my child get to camp? Do you provide transportation if needed?
Many campers arrive by car (2 hrs from DC, 2 hrs from Richmond, 2 hrs from Roanoke, 4 hrs from Philadelphia). We also provide a shuttle from Washington-Dulles Airport and bus transportation from Northern Virginia for an additional fee.  If you have questions about these options, please let us know!

Dulles International Airport: $100 each way or $200 round trip

Northern Virginia: $65 each way or $130 round trip. Bus stop location:

Tyson’s Corner Best Buy
8449 Leesburg Pike
Tysons Corner, VA 22182

Airport Arrival and Departure: Arrivals need to land at Dulles International Airport between 10am and 2pm on the Check-In Day (Sunday) of your camper’s session. Departures need to be scheduled to leave Dulles International Airport between 12pm and 4pm on the Check-Out Day (Saturday) of your camper’s session.


Are most camps American Camp Association (ACA) accredited?
No. In fact, many camps are not accredited because they are not able to meet the industry standards or because of the amount of work required to become accredited. ACA reports that there are approximately 2,400 camps in the United States that are accredited, yet there are approximately 12,000 camps. We are very proud of this distinction and our commitment to excellence through ACA accreditation.


How many campers and staff do you have?
The number of campers in camp each session varies, but we average approximately 150 – 220 campers at a time. We employ approximately 70 staff, giving us an excellent staff to camper ratio of 1 staff to every 3 campers.

What is your staff to camper ratio?
Our staff to camper ratio is at least 1 staff member for every 3 campers.

How do you recruit your staff?
We have staff from throughout our region and from around the world. Typically, approximately 25-30% of our staff are from outside of the USA. We spend a considerable amount of time recruiting camp staff. All applications are screened/reviewed by our Directors. Selected applicants will be invited to conduct a face-to-face interview with the directors. Top candidates are required to have criminal background and sex-offender registry checks before being employed.


What are the meals like at camp? What if my child is picky or has special dietary needs?
Unlike most camps, we have an Executive Chef with 30 years of experience who plans and prepares all meals at camp. Mealtime is revered at Camp Horizons! Our meals appeal to even the most selective eaters. In addition to the main entrée, we have side-bars at all meals with supplemental menu items to help ensure every camper gets plenty of food to eat and keep them healthy while at camp. If your child has special dietary requirements, please contact us at least a few weeks prior to camp to ensure we are able to meet their needs.

Are there snacks available in case my child gets hungry after mealtimes?
Camp life is busy and often times strenuous, so we have to ensure additional snack times to help campers stay energized! Our Swap Shop sells snacks each afternoon to help with the mid-afternoon slump, and every evening we provide some sort of light, healthy snack to ensure campers don’t go to bed on an empty stomach.


What are the cabins and bathrooms like?
We have rustic, comfortable, wooden cabins with 10-12 beds (bunks). Cabins have porches, ceiling fans, and are all in close proximity to other cabins in their village. All main camp cabins are equipped with bathrooms/showers as well.

Camper Wellbeing

Will I know if my child isn’t doing well at camp (emotionally or medically)?
We take pride in communicating with you as a parent if your child isn’t doing well at camp. While we will not call you when there is a brief challenge, any sustained concerns will promptly result in parental contact from a camp director. The types of concerns that may warrant a phone call to you include extreme homesickness, injury or illness that removes your child from his or her normal camp activities (including anything that would require medical attention from outside of camp), extreme behavioral issues, or concerns related to pre-existing special needs/concerns with your child.

How are medications handled?
For the protection of all campers, all medications are required to be submitted to our medical staff during camper check-in so that there are no medications in our cabins. Medications are kept under lock and key in our Camper Care Center and are only accessible by authorized personnel. We stock many over-the-counter medications to relieve parents of the responsibility of having to bring common, non-prescription medications. However, if there is a very specific and/or unique over-the-counter medication your child is used to taking, please feel free to bring it. All prescriptions will be followed according to physician’s orders; any deviations from those orders must be approved by a physician. Medical staff maintains a medication log that campers are required to initial when taking medications. All medications are returned to you at the end of the camp session.


Can we visit Camp Horizons before registering?
Yes, please! We offer several Open Houses during the spring, featuring tours, a camp presentation, opportunities to meet some of our staff, and a question and answer period. If you can’t attend an open house, we will gladly arrange a private tour for you and your future camper.

Can we come visit our child during camp?
We do not encourage visiting camp simply because it can cause a disruption to the camp experience—not only for your child but for other children as well. We find that visits can bring on sudden bouts of homesickness in other campers who may be jealous they were not visited or realize they are “missing” something at home. That said, if there is a special circumstance or if you as a parent feel strongly that you would like to come visit, please contact us directly to discuss.

Cell Phones

It’s important for me to stay in contact with my child, so can my child bring a cell phone?
We do not allow campers (or staff) to have cell phones (or other electronics) with them during camp. We ask that those be left at home or submitted during check-in. Cell phones cause unnecessary distractions from camp life and, more importantly, cause safety concerns for our campers. You can email your child as often as you would like while they are at camp, and they can complete an email form that we will scan back to you each day as well. Of course, old-fashioned, hand-written letters are still very popular and very much appreciated by our campers as well!

Refund Policy

What is your refund policy?
In the case of serious accident, illness, or other extenuating circumstances refunds will be provided at the discretion of the Camp Director. No refunds or reductions are made for late arrival or early departure from camp. Any camper whose behavior disrupts the camp program or is harmful to him or herself will be dismissed with no refund. Campers found possessing or using tobacco, alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs or weapons will be dismissed from camp with no refund of fees.

  • For cancellations made before May 1, all fees may be refunded, less a $200 processing fee.
  • For cancellations made after May 1, the $500 registration deposit is forfeited.
  • For cancellations made after June 1, the total registration fee is forfeited.