About Camp Horizon
The Beyond the Horizon’s Camp Horizon is a camp for children who have or have had cancer. Camp Horizon is designed to meet the special needs of children undergoing treatment, as well as offer a fun environment where they can participate in typical summertime activities. In addition to a weeklong camp for children undergoing treatment, Tennessee’s Camp Horizon offers a weeklong SIBS Camp for siblings of current or former cancer patients. Camp is provided free of charge to all campers.
Camp Horizon was originally founded in 1983 by the American Cancer Society. While originally designed to serve the special needs of current and former childhood cancer patients, Camp Horizon was expanded in 1997 to offer SIBS Camp for Special and Important Brothers and Sisters.
Camp Horizon’s Oncology Camp is open to children ages 6 to 17 who were diagnosed with cancer or received cancer treatment within the last five years. Children do not need to be in active treatment to attend camp.
SIBS Camp is open to children ages 6 to 17 whose sibling is a current or former cancer patient. SIBS Camp is designed to meet the special emotional needs of the well child whose family has been touched by cancer.
Camp Horizon is held each summer at Bethany Hills Campground in Kingston Springs, Tenn., just outside of Nashville.
Children currently receiving cancer treatment are welcome at Camp Horizon. They can visit the camp’s Club Med to receive their medication under the supervision of doctors and nurses who volunteer their time to provide this service. Medical staff, including pediatric oncologists and oncology nurses, are on duty 24 hours a day. Camp Horizon is available at no cost to campers and their families thanks to the generous support of sponsors and donors to Beyond the Horizon Corporation.
Campers are supervised by trained volunteer counselors who help provide a memorable and safe camping experience. Counselors come from all over the community and include doctors, nurses and college students. Many former campers return to Camp Horizon as counselors. The camper to counselor ratio is 3 to 1 for Oncology Camp and 4 to 1 for SIBS camp. In addition, Camp Horizon has a Counselor-in-Training program for older teens who want to develop leadership skills while being a positive influence on children who have or have had cancer, and their siblings.
In 2011, more than 150 campers and counselors-in-training participated in either Oncology Camp or SIBS Camp. Most campers are children living in Tennessee and the surrounding states. Some campers are from out-of-state or from foreign countries and attend Camp Horizon after undergoing treatment at a cancer treatment facility in Tennessee.
It cost roughly $500 for one camper to attend Camp Horizon for a week. Camp is provided free of charge for campers thanks to donors from the public, like you. Please consider donating to Camp Horizon and give a kid a week of camp.