Horizonsprogram for kindergarten-7th grade graduates
Horizons Day Camp is located on Lake Fairlee with 150 acres of inviting fields, woodlands, and trails. Horizons campers explore a rich array of activities, run by our high-caliber staff—then go home to bed at night—tired and happy. From archery and boating to swimming and drama, campers spend time in each of our 11 departments throughout their session. Participants also enjoy special whole camp activities and unique events that take place throughout the session. Campers spend time in assigned groups which are scheduled to rotate through all departments. They have free choice of activities for the majority of afternoons. Group placements are made with great care, considering factors such as prior camp experience, school, age, and developmental needs.
- Registration for Horizons 2024 opens in January!
- Our youngest campers are Kindergarten graduates.
- Learn more about our Apprentice Program.
2024 Dates & Rates
2024 Dates & Rates
Welcome to Horizons!
Horizons is a very special place and unique to the region. Operating in a similar fashion to our residential camps, but in a day camp setting, campers experience a huge breadth of programming through our diverse activity departments and frequent special events. There is a strong focus on the lessons learned through challenging ourselves in different ways. We see the experiences we facilitate as opportunities to help campers learn about themselves, building resilience, self-awareness, independence, and personal growth. Horizons Day Camp values relationship-building and chooses to keep technology away from our experience so we can focus on each other while becoming immersed in the program on a beautiful campus. And, we have a bucket full of fun at the same time!
– Stuart Fairbairn, Horizons Program Director
“Horizons is a great camp! Wonderful people, beautiful setting, a wide range of fun activities, and a nice focus on building good character in the kids, which they may not even realize until they’re older.”
2023 Horizons Parent
“The boost in our child’s self-confidence is a testament to how the staff interacts with the campers, both purposefully and thoughtfully. Horizons provides the perfect setting where campers feel appropriately supported by the counselors (and their peers!) who are constantly cheering them on to be their best selves.”
2023 Horizons Parent
“It is our son’s favorite camp. We love the convenience of the 8 am to 5 pm schedule with the bus transport and that food is provided!”
2023 Horizons Parent
The Horizons schedule allows campers to enjoy each of the 11 departments throughout their session. Each department employs highly trained staff to facilitate that department's activities. They are supported by group/unit staff who join departments with their camper group.
Archery is set on a range with a three-mile valley view. Quality instruction focusing on safety and proper form is combined with fun activities like dinosaur shoots, aiming games that involve teamwork, and archery tournaments in a variety of formats.
Arts & Crafts
The Arts & Crafts barn is filled with the creativity, imagination, inspiration, and materials needed to create individual and group projects out of cloth, wood, clay, paint, beads, leather, metal, yarn, and more. The possibilities are endless!
The Boating department offers campers the opportunity to learn paddling skills. In canoes or kayaks, children exploring the open waters of Lake Fairlee and the small tributary that runs under the Horizons foot bridge.
Drama & Music
In the Lodge, home of our Drama & Music department, campers try out whacky improv and crazy costumes. They create puppet shows and imaginative skits. Those looking for even more theatre might choose to act or work behind the scenes on set and costumes for our end-of-session performances.
Field Games & Court Sports
Horizons’ large field, basketball, tennis and pickleball courts see lots of action between our two sports departments. Alongside some unique Horizons games, campers revel in activities such as Quidditch, dodgeball, tag games, soccer, frisbee, and kickball. We enjoy friendly competition with an emphasis on cooperation and sportsmanship.
Another popular sport at Horizons is gymnastics in a large, airy studio with a variety of equipment including beams, floor mats, low bars, and spring boards. Campers develop greater coordination and body awareness through a range of skills practice, challenging games and some additional voluntary extras such as dance, stretching and mindfulness.
Exploring the natural world is an important part of the Horizons experience. Campers take advantage of our forests, wetlands and meadow, building links between the diversity of organisms (including human), and their respective roles in the overall wellbeing of our ecosystems.
Horizons’ fleet of sailboats is used by novice sailors under the supervision and instruction of counselors or soloed by campers who have passed their skipper's test. Campers interested in racing enjoy sailing regattas with other camps.
At our welcoming waterfront, campers play in the sand and swim in Lake Fairlee. Through small group swimming lessons with our experienced staff and fun free swim games, campers see improvements in skill and comfort.
The Tripping department takes campers into the beautiful hills and mountains of Vermont and New Hampshire for wilderness hiking adventures. Older campers also learn camping skills on an overnight trip and venture to our other camps on Lake Morey to challenge themselves and support each other on a high ropes course or climbing tower.
Horizons campers are assigned to a camper group of 10-12 children and 2-3 counselors. During Unit Time, two groups combine to form a unit. Each unit has a specific intentional space and additional support staff. Younger groups have two full time counselors to guide and support them during transitions and activity periods. Older groups transition themselves and have assigned staff all other times.
- 8:30 – 8:40 am – Campers arrive by bus or car
- 8:45 am – Camp begins!
- 8:45 – 9:15 am – Unit Time (Campers learn about the day, connect with friends and counselors, and enjoy down-time activities.)
- 9:15 – 9:40 am – Assembly (singing, stories, sharing, performances, announcements)
- 9:40 – 10:35 am – First activity period (camper groups assigned to 1 of 11 activity departments)
- 10:35 – 11:40 am – Second activity period and Snack – (camper groups assigned to 1 of 11 activity departments)
- 11:40 – 12:30 pm – Third activity period (camper groups assigned to 1 of 11 activity departments)
- 12:30 – 1:00 pm – Unit Time (free time in Units, wash up and table setting)
- 1:00 – 1:45 pm – Lunch
- 1:45 – 2.15 pm – Unit Time (quiet focused activities after lunch)
- 2:20 – 3:05 pm – Fourth activity period (campers choose from a wide variety of activities)
- 3:05 – 3:55 pm – Fifth activity period (campers choose from a wide variety of activities)
- 3:55 – 4:30 pm – Unit Time (free time in Units, prepare for departure)
- 4:30 pm – Time to go home!
We believe that eating together is essential to creating community and encouraging authentic interactions. Campers are involved as table helpers, recyclers, and composters. We take pride in the supplier relationships we have established with local growers and farm stands nearby in Vermont and New Hampshire. Our kitchen is nut-free and we can accommodate many medically-dictated dietary requirements but are not equipped to handle all dietary restrictions. We offer vegetarian options, gluten-free options, and dairy-free options, but are not able to guarantee a vegan option. We cannot guarantee there will be no cross-contamination from food ingredients from facilities that also process nuts, dairy, or gluten products.
Arrival and Departure
- Campion Rink: bus leaves 8:00 am, returns approximately 5:10 pm
- Marion Cross School: bus leaves at 8:10 am, returns approximately 5:00 pm
- Lyme Elementary School: bus leaves at 8:20 am, returns approximately 4:50 pm
- Thetford Elementary School: bus leaves at 8:25 am, returns approximately 4:45 pm
An adult must remain present at the bus stop until the chaperone releases them. Campers must be signed in and out each day. Campers are expected to follow the bus rules. If the bus is running late, you will be notified by email and/or phone.
Dropoff and Pickup at Camp
Authorized Pickup Person(s)
Changes in Transportation
Final Friday Open Houses On the last day of our two-week sessions, we invite camper families to join us at 3:30 pm for a chance to meet Horizons counselors and enjoy a taste of Horizons. More details will be shared at the start of your camper’s session.
Second Tuesday Overnight On the second Tuesday of each two-week session, Horizons offers older campers the opportunity to join us for an overnight. This optional campout is offered to 3rd – 7th graders. More information and a permission slip will be sent home at the start of each session.
Campers should dress for the weather as they will spend lots of time outdoors. Please label all belongings and refer to our Lost & Found policy if an item turns up missing during your child’s session. T-shirts, shorts, hard-soled shoes (sneakers), and a warm layer are essential. In addition, please be sure your camper packs the following each day:
In backpack or tote bag:
- bathing suit & beach towel
- small bottle of sunscreen
- water bottle
And if weather requires…
- extra sweater or sweatshirt
Please leave the following items at home:
- electronic games, iPods, cell phones
- food, (unless arranged with the camp nurse in advance)
- sports equipment (we will provide everything your camper
Lost and Found Policy
- Any excessively dirty or wet items, single socks, or undergarments will be discarded.
- We’ll store lost and found items at the camp for a maximum of 10 days after each session except for the last session when items will only be kept until the last day of camp.
- If we do not receive a request for the item within 10 days, it will be discarded, used for camp, or donated.
How do I get my stuff back?
If you’ve left something at camp, here’s how to get it back: Contact camp as soon as you notice the item missing. Give us a call (802) 333-3450 or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Give a description of the lost item and your camper’s name.
To avoid losing items, we highly recommend labeling all of your camper’s personal belongings.
We offer camps and programs for people of all ages. Let’s talk about you, your child, your family – and discover together which experience you would value most. There are many options and possibilities!