In 1974, the Lynden Jaycees identified the need for recreational opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities in the Puget Sound area. Camp Horizon was created and the first summer camp was held in Lynden, WA. The Lynden Lions assumed the responsibility for Camp Horizon a couple of years after it was founded. For several years camp sessions took place at various locations. In 1986, Bay Horizon Park (the former site of the Blaine Air Force Station) became the new home of Camp Horizon. Over the years volunteers remodeled the dorms, recreational building, dining hall, theater and conference hall.
The Lions Camp Horizon Foundation was founded by the Lions District 19H Clubs (Lower British Columbia Mainland and NW Washington State) to provide financial support and oversee camp operations. The Foundation was granted 501(c)(3) non-profit status in 1993. Its activities are governed by a Board of Directors made up of LIONS Club members from across our District as well as non-LIONS who are interested in supporting our Mission. The Foundation’s Officers are elected by the BOD and thereby are also Board of Director members.
All of our BOD and Officers are unpaid volunteers.
When Camp Horizon is not in session we rent our facilities, including overnight accommodations, for meetings, retreats, weddings, etc. All the proceeds from these rentals are used to offset some of the costs of operating and maintaining the facilities, thereby supporting our special needs camping program. Please click on the “Facility Rentals” tab for more information.