CAMP HORIZON INC

Rating: 5 stars   69 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Crime & Law, Sports

Location: 3904 N. Druid Hills Rd., #339 Decatur GA 30033 USA

Mission: Camp Horizon works to restore dignity and hope to children, teens and young adults — empowering them to make good decisions and lead healthy productive lives.
Results: We have helped to positively change the life trajectories of over 1,000 children since 1982.
Target demographics: At-risk children, teens and young adults in foster care, aged 8-23.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 68
Geographic areas served: Metropolitan Atlanta, including Fulton, Dekalb, Cobb, and Gwinnett counties.
Programs: Summer Camp, Leadership Development Program (LDP), Camp Horizon Adult Mentoring Program (CHAMPs), and Year-round Outings

2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a Board member at several other nonprofits and religious organizations, and Camp Horizon stands out. The most prominent reason is its tenacity. Camp Horizon has been in operation for about 25 years, with a history of overcoming a great number of challenges. The source of this perseverance is the group's sincere dedication to its mission: helping significantly disadvantaged kids in the foster care system build the life skills and confidence necessary to thrive in this world. I am proud to be part of Camp Horizon.

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The week I spent at Camp Horizon last summer was one of the greatest and most fulfilling experiences of my life. You wouldn't expect to form such a strong bond with a child in just one week, but spending almost every moment with one camper you are paired with makes you love them in a way that you can't imagine until you experience it. The consolers and staff at camp create a phenomenal family atmosphere for both the campers and for the other counselors, and it feels so much like home by the end of the week that it makes it hard to leave. You will never want to say goodbye to you camper and you will try and see them every chance you get through outings that Camp Horizon has throughout the year. I could not recommend this organization strongly enough. I can't think of a group more in need of love, support, and affection than these foster children from backgrounds of abuse and neglect, and I can't imagine an organization that could provide those things better than Camp Horizon.

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Camp Horizon provides hope, love, and direction to children who, even under life's most-difficult circumstances, will undoubtedly prove to be productive members and leaders in their community. Camp Horizon is the impetus behind creating a unique platform to help children who have been abused or neglected to develop invaluable skills and feeling of self-worth. This program has changed my life as a counselor, but, more importantly, the lives of children in Georgia.

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Camp Horizon is about family. It is about providing children who have been abused or neglected with reassurance that they are valuable and loved; comfort that their current situation is no fault of their own; and the skills, encouragement, and support to strive for their dreams. If anyone is slightly interested in serving some of the most vulnerable youth in the US (with estimates that as high as 80% of the US prison population having once been in foster care), you should definitely check the website or contact Camp Horizon about opportunities to get involved. Become part of the family our kids so desperately need and see first hand how life changing this experience is for both the children and the volunteers.

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Camp Horizon, I am sure, is an absolutely invaluable experience in the lives of all who are involved. There is perhaps no other time in a child's life that he or she can receive the kind of 1-on-1 attention that is given to campers for an entire week at camp, and to receive that kind of attention in such a loving, encouraging, and nurturing environment is truly a blessing. The week spent at camp is like therapy.

One of the best things about camp is the different experience that campers get to have. Experiences like horseback riding, fishing, bike riding, arts and crafts, and a class on self-esteem, among others. These experiences, coupled with the mentorship and positivity of dedicated counselors and staff members, make for a fantastic week at Camp Horizon!

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I have been part of the Camp Horizon family since 2001, as a summer camp counselor, a former board member, as well as I currently serve on their staff for summer camp. For over 13 years I have had the privilege to be a part of this amazing organization that literally heals and repairs the lives of children that have been abused and/or neglected from the metro Atlanta area. This organization gives each child unconditional love and positive encouragement, as well as teaches them how to get through the ups and downs of life. It is not just a week at summer camp that is provided, but a continual support system that lasts through their adolescence through weekend outings and other events. As teenagers our campers are taught many life skills to prepare them for adulthood, and most importantly they are taught the three "R`s", respect, responsibility, and resilience. I have witnessed children overcome major adversity that most adults cannot comprehend, much less overcome themselves, largely in part to this loving and supportive program that has changed lives for almost 30 years.
After all this time with the Camp Horizon family, I continue to be amazed at all they provide for these children and young adults with such minimum resources. I encourage anyone who reads this to consider supporting this great organization either financially or through volunteering your time.

John R.
Camp Horizon Volunteer


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Camp horizon is a wonderful non-profit organization that assists children through the development of social skills and the volunteers work to increase self-determination through positive prosocial interactions. Students are taught lifelong soft skills and career related life skills to prepare them to become successful in life. Camp Horizon is a wonderful non-profit organization to get involved with if you truly care about giving back to support our youth. Also, getting involved in Camp Horizon allows you to see the growth and development of our youth as they transform and grow to become young adults with the many different programs that are involved with Camp Horizon. I have been involved with Camp Horizon for more than 13 years and I can assure you that the volunteers truly make a difference in the lives of many children.

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After hearing about Camp Horizon , I knew that I wanted to become a camp counselor. Seeing the kids smiling faces and bright eyes during the week is truly heart warming. I was filled with many positive emotions during the week. I got to meet awesome kids with so much potential and loads of energy . I gave a young girl a great week and I'm truly thankful that I was able to. Camp Horizon is a family and is filled with so much love !!

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I feel blessed to have gotten the chance to volunteer at Camp Horizon this past summer. From counselor training all the way to the last day, I was surrounded by constant love and encouragement from the staff, other counselors, and campers. It was a truly wonderful week in which I could help a great girl have the time of her life and forget about her stresses and worries from home. I am so glad I am now a part of the Camp Horizon family, and I cannot wait for the many more years of camp to come!

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Camp Horizon is a blessing for these children. It gives them the opportunity to participate in new activities and discover new talents. They develop lifelong friends and learn social skills that are applicable to their everday lives. My own camper was given the opportunity to ride a bike, learn to fish, and realize her own intuitive tennis talent! By the end of the week, after much practice, she was able to swim across the camp pool and obtain a coveted green band, allowing her to swim in the deep end. She conquered fears, built skill, and learned to be compassionate in only 6 days. This is a non-profit with an excellent mission that does and will continue to change lives.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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