The Time of My Life

My first experience attending Horizon Summer Camp

written by Frances Clair, camper

2018 was my first year at camp and I absolutely loved it! The best part was meeting so many new people who were fellow adults. I work with kids all year, so I’m used to hanging out with elementary age kids. Hanging with other adults was nice because I could talk about so many more things in detail.

While it was nice to be around people my age, things like encouraging others and being a positive influence are the same whether it’s children or adults. I liked being there to cheer others on or help convince fellow campers to try new activities. It even helped me be more courageous!

Having the option to do so many accessible things was such a relief. To know I could participate in every activity (for a change) was a great feeling. I didn’t have to worry about being left out or stuck or just watching from the sidelines. Going on a boat was my favorite pastime. I grew up spending summers at a river with a boat, but I haven’t been able to get on our boat in a number of years. I don’t have people around that can lift me but at camp, they were there. Getting that chance again was wonderful and it was the same with the pool.

I love swimming and being in the water which again I haven’t been able to go swimming in a number of years. Having a pool with a ramp was even easier than having a chair that lowers you in. I also loved that they make activities available to everyone. Things like bikes or kayaks and even sports aren’t always easily accessible in an adapted form. The opportunity to have so many options for the picking was a great feeling. I tried to do as much as possible.

While winter and snow makes it difficult for me to get around, I really have enjoyed the few fundraisers I’ve been to as well as the Camp Never Ends events. It’s always nice to be around other disabled people as well as able bodied people who aren’t going to treat me differently because I’m in a wheelchair. I’m eager to to continue to be involved with Horizon so I can help make it wonderful for me, my friends, and all those new or returning to camp!

I’ve had a ton of creative outlets in my free time. I am frequently involved in reading and writing. In the future, I do hope to write a book. I enjoy fantasy and science fiction the most. There is a shocking, or maybe not, lack of physically disabled characters in stories. Somehow I’m going to find a way to write them into my work. 

I would like to fill that void with physically disabled characters who people can love. Maybe stories like that would eventually stop other authors from having disabled characters become able-bodied and calling it character development.

In general, I always want to inspire physically disabled people to try new activities and figure out how to make something work for them. Where I work, if a kid can’t run the bases in kickball, I encourage them to kick and have someone else run.

I want to let people know about resources and places with adapted activities so that they can find other disabled people to befriend. I want people to know about the things no one told me about when I was first diagnosed.

Summer Camp Visitors Day – Join Us!

Can’t come to camp for the entire week but don’t want to miss out on seeing your favorite people? Come to Visitors’ Day on Friday, July 20th and experience our last full day at our beautiful campsite! 

Any and all are welcome to visit camp. Our theme for the day is the 1980’s, if you wish to dress for the decade. 

Those wishing to enjoy dinner at Timber Pointe must contact us at the earliest convenience to ensure ample food and space. Email us below or call (773) 477-5170 to reserve your spot. 

Hope to see you there!

Interested in joining us for dinner? Please RSVP

Camp Address:
Timber Pointe Outdoor Center

20 Timber Pointe Lane
Hudson, IL 61748

Mini-Golf for Good Event – This Saturday

Make plans this Saturday, June 9th and come on out to Horizon’s Mini-Golf for Good Fundraiser. The event is great for families and kids alike. The event will take place at Green Valley Golf Range in Northwest Suburban Hanover Park. Stop by anytime between 11 and 4 p.m. Registration is recommended. However, we will also accept walk-in registrations day of the event.

Buy your tickets online today

Event tickets are only $20 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. Each ticket includes 18 holes of mini-golf and lunch which consists of pizza, soft drink, and ice cream. After you’re done golfing, check out our raffle table for some exciting items to win.

The course is accessible to those who use wheelchairs. Beer, wine, and other alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.

For more information please contact Jen Farag at: jenfarag@associationofhorizon.org

Check out our YouTube Channel

Did you know Horizon has a YouTube channel? We recently created a new channel and we have updated our channel with new content and linked videos. See what camp is all about and why camp is everyone’s favorite week of the year. You will find an assortment of videos from fundraisers to summer camp. Many of these videos were created by our very own volunteers. Make sure you subscribe to our channel so you receive updates on future videos that are added. Happy viewing! 

Click the image to be directed to Horizon's YouTube Channel

We need your help! We are looking for interesting videos on YouTube to link to from our channel. We are seeking any video that would be relevant to the disability community. If you see something that you would like to share please do so. We would greatly appreciate it.

If you have a video to share or any questions, please contact michael.meyer@associationofhorizon.org

Camp Wish List – Need Your Help

WE NEED YOUR HELP! Have you been trying to figure out how to help your favorite organization? Here is how you can help. We have a wish list of things we are in need of to make camp the best week ever. 

We need things from cabin supplies to food and cookout supplies to arts & crafts items, as well as gift cards so we can get things as we need them during the week.
Check out the list here: https://associationofhorizon.org/camp-wishlist/

Do you know someone who works for company that would like to donate? Want to contribute to Horizon’s camp supplies but don’t have time to shop?  No problem. Make a monetary donation, and mark “camp donations” as the donation type. Your donation will go toward supporting Horizon Summer Camp.

Check out our Amazon Wish List in the link below and donate items right away; they will be shipped to our donation coordinator.

Click to view our Amazon Wish List.

If you have any questions contact Jim Novalinski.

Mongolian Grill Fundraiser – Guest Griller Event

Come on out to Mongolian Grill at the Bolingbrook Promenade on Thursday, March 29th from 6 to 9 p.m.!

Our very own Horizon volunteers will be behind the grill cooking up some delicious stir-fry while collecting your tips!! Inform the hostess you’re there for Horizon and the organization will receive $3 for each person that attends.

We have the back room reserved, so plenty of room for friends and family. Please spread the word. We will have a good assortment of raffle prizes as well. See you there!

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Michael Meyer

Camp Applications Available Now

Get ready to experience The Decades at Horizon’s 2018 Summer Camp, which will take place Sunday, July 15th through Saturday, July 21st, 2018.  

Whether it’s the first time or the twentieth time, if you want to attend camp, you must complete an application and submit the required documents.  Space is limited, and it may take some time to complete the registration process.  Don’t delay, and apply today!

Camper application due April 1st, 2018
Volunteer applications due May 1st, 2018

For more information about camp, and to begin the registration process, go to the Summer Camp page.

 

New Year, New Look: Horizon’s New Website

It’s the beginning of a new year, and Horizon is excited to debut the website’s a new look! Stay awhile and click around to explore what the newly revamped website has to offer.

New features include:

  • easier access to Horizon information for campers, volunteers, and donors
  • blog with up-to-date news about Horizon initiatives and events
  • expanded compatibility for desktops, tablets, and mobile devices