In 1974, Lions Club members identified the need for recreational opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities in the Puget Sound area. In 1975 Camp Horizon was created and the first summer camp was held in Lynden, WA. For several years camp sessions took place at various locations. In 1986, the former site of the Blaine Air Force Station became available through Whatcom County Parks and Camp Horizon was relocated to Bay Horizon Park. Over the years volunteers remodeled the dorms, recreational building, dining hall, theater and conference hall and built a new playground.
The Camp Horizon Foundation was founded by Lions Clubs from three Washington counties and the lower mainland of British Columbia to provide financial support and oversee camp operations. The Foundation was granted 501(c)(3) non-profit status in 2001. It is wholly owned by the Lions Clubs of District 19H which includes 57 clubs in SW British Columbia and NW Washington. Its activities are governed by a Board of Directors made up of representatives from across the District. The Executive Officers are elected by the Board for two year terms and all members and officers are volunteers. To help defray the cost of maintaining the spacious park and its 60 year old buildings, the facility is made available for day or overnight rentals to individuals and non-profit agencies.