Who We Are

We are much more than a summer camp. We’re a safe haven where teens and adults with disabilities can unwind, socialize and step outside their comfort zones by challenging themselves with new experiences. We create wonderful memories and build friendships that last a lifetime. By focusing on the “CAN” instead of the “CAN NOT” we build confidence and self-esteem. Abilities, not disabilities, guide us with FUN being the priority.

Our Mission

We provide recreational activities that encourage independence, build new skills, develop lifelong friendships and create lasting memories of camp.

Our Vision

To empower people challenged by disabilities through experiences that help develop life skills, foster independence and build self-esteem.

Core Values

Respect for the diversity we represent

Inclusive opportunities that welcome individuals of all abilities

Support and cooperation as we work together overcoming challenges

Empower and inspire others to grow and succeed

History

Recognizing that there was a need for recreational activities for adults with developmental and physical disabilities, Camp Horizon was started by the Lynden Jaycees in 1974, That first year there were 17 campers attending the session at the Lynden Fairgrounds. By 1981 the program had grown beyond the Jaycee’s capability to operate and the Lynden Lions Club assumed the leadership, hosting 85 campers that year. Lions Camp Horizon continued to grow and by 1985, we had moved to the former Blaine Airforce Station, now Whatcom County’s, Bay Horizon Park, hosting 130 campers that season.

In 1986, the Camp Horizon Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit, owned by Lions Clubs of District 19H (NW Washington and SW British Columbia), was formed to operate and maintain Lions Camp Horizon and Bay Horizon Park, our home. Over time we grew to having four Base Camps and later added two smaller Adventure Camp sessions. Currently we can accommodate 260 campers spread over our six camp sessions each summer.

Over our 45year history, tens of thousands of hours have been donated by Lions Club members, their friends, families, community supporters, etc. to improve and maintain our campus and grounds. Additionally, thousands of hours have been donated for food service, program and temporary positions to help reduce the cost of operating our summer camp sessions. In 2019, we hosted a nine member Americorps Team for eight weeks during which they undertook a wide variety of building, sidewalk and grounds maintenance activities.

Our Team

Lions Camp Horizon is owned and operated by the Camp Horizon Foundation a 501(c)3 organization. The Foundation has a Board of Directors comprised of District 19H Lions and other community members who share our passion to provide services to individuals with disabilities. All Directors are unpaid volunteers.
Interested in serving on our board? Let’s talk. Email our board president to start a conversation.

Board of Directors

*Bob Allen, USA Outreach Coordinator
Ken Ball
*Wendy Canessa, Secretary
Orson Christensen
*Lynda Davidson, Canadian Outreach Coordinator
*John Edmunds
*Karen Fletcher, Treasurer
*Dick Graham, Facilities Coordinator
Joel Haggen
Paul Hand
*Sharron Sherfick, Vice President
*Melisa VanderStelt
*Don Webster, President
Steven Wong

*indicates a member of the Executive Committee

Camp Director

Tana

MONTANA

Tana comes to us with a background in teaching and educational administration. She taught for 12 years (K-5th) before getting her Principal credentials. This is where her love for children with disabilities began. After her son was born severely premature, life as a parent of a child with disabilities has forever shaped her heart and grew her passion for cultivating inclusion and belonging for this population. As a result, Tana started a business, The Better Buttermint Company, that employs individuals with disabilities. Motivated to be a strong advocate for students with disabilities, Tana is completing her doctorate in Special Education. Tana has years of camp leadership experience in her former position with Young Life. Tana sees this new adventure with Lions Camp Horizon as the perfect place to put all her knowledge, experience, and passion to greatly benefit our campers.

Tana and her husband, John, are Blaine residents. They are parents to 7 children, two biological sons and five children adopted from foster care. Together, as a family, the Reneaus love to camp, hike, ski & snowboard, and enjoy the local outdoors. Tana is a trapshooter, a golfer, and a quilter when life provides space!

Tana comes to Lions Camp Horizon with a great deal of experience, overshadowed only by her bountiful enthusiasm. She is an awesome addition to our Leadership Team. You can reach Tana at CampDirector@lionscamphorizon.org

Meet Your Camp Admin

JOJO

Hey there! I’m JOJO your Camp Admin. I am going to school at Bellingham Technical College and will be graduating this winter! I was a camp counselor here at Lions Camp for 2 years and I am so excited to back back on site! My favorite thing about camp is getting to see everyone be their fullest fun and silly selves!

Meet your Program Team

MINNIE

Hey! I’m MINNIE, my favorite thing to do is help make buttermints! I also love hiking, playing sports, and most of all I love being goofy and having fun! My favorite thing about camp is the tethered hot air balloon ride!

POGO

Hi! I am POGO and I love to paint, play the guitar, and go thrift shopping! My favorite thing about camp is singing songs together!

Meet the Camp Counselors

CALI

Hello, I’m Cali, some of my favorite things are Harry Potter, playing soccer, horseback riding, and painting! My favorite thing about camp is how fun and accepting the environment is.

ECHO

Hey! I’m Echo and my favorite things are vlogging, playing cornhole, watching movies, and E-Bike riding! My favorite thing about camp is the community and the activities we do.

PEARL

Hi! My name is Pearl and I love swimming, all things ocean, houseplants, crystals, and being creative. My favorite thing about camp is being in an environment that not only embraces diversity but celebrates it!

CHEETO

Hello, I’m Cheeto! My favorite things are finding new places to eat, journaling, Iced matcha lattes, and Dogs! My favorite thing about camp is meeting new people and creating new bonds.

SUNNY

Hello my name is Sunny! I love Food, Dogs, Reading, Traveling, and Music. My favorite thing about camp is getting to know campers and fellow counselors, and having fun while doing so! 

SKETCH

Hey, I’m Sketch, as you could guess I love drawing, and doing crafts. I also love to spend time out in nature creating art and doing fun activities. My favorite thing about camp is since the first day I came to work here I have felt comfortable and safe to be myself.

CROW

Hi! I’m Crow! A few of my favorite things are Dragons, cats, and wildlife. I also love to draw and collect cool pins/ buttons! My favorite thing about camp is the inclusive community here!

BEEBO

Hi there! It’s me Beebo! I love lasagna, baking cookies, throwing javelin, and water color! My favorite part of camp is the campfire!

MULCH

Hello! I’m Mulch! My favorite things are trains, wolves and apple juice! I love photography and hanging out with friends. My favorite thing about camp is the community!

BREEZY

Hey, I’m Breezy! I love to play basketball, dancing, and going hiking with friends. My favorite thing about camp is all the new friends I’ll get to make and all the smiles I’ll get to see every day!

RUBY

HI! Im Ruby, my favorite things to do is singing, playing softball, crocheting, and watching Disney movies! My favorite thing about camp is singing around the campfire!

JOURNEY

Hey im Journey! I love reading, playing tennis, hanging out with my friends, and going on adventures outside. My favorite thing about camp is the opportunity to meet new people and experiencing new things!

NEWT

Hello im Newt! I love playing the violin, rock climbing, and reading! My favorite thing about camp is trying new things and meeting new people! This is my first year at Lions Camp Horizon and I truly cant to what Lions Camp is all about!

SEA STAR

At 17 years of age, I discovered my passion for helping people while working at a camp for children who have been abused and have been a part of it every year since. I loved it! This camp experience led to my bachelor’s degree in human services as well to a Counselor position at Camp Horizon. Being a part of Camp Horizon has been a joy, and I can honestly say that I get the privilege every year to work with the best group of people that I have ever met. From there I segued to volunteering with Special Olympics, became an intern with Max Higbee Center, and a caregiver. Working with people with disabilities is a passion of mine.

Along with Camp, my interests include spending time with friends and family, volunteering, traveling, caring for children, and watching movies.

Camp Horizon is a place where I feel welcomed, included, cared about, heard, and accepted for who I am, and that is my favorite part of camp, because I know are campers do as well.

ERNIE

“I’ve worked at Lion Camp Horizon for three years going on four and it has been the best experience of my life.I have found my passion in life and have made many memories with new friends every year. I’m forever grateful to be staffed at this wonderful summer camp.”

FORK

Hey I’m Fork! I like playing dungeons and dragons, drawing, playing music, and writing fantasy stories. My favorite camp activity is Archery!

Meet Your Night Watch Staff

LADYBUG

“I like to lend a helping hand when I can. I like to just have fun! My experience with camp so far has been amazing, I have learned so much from working here less than a year! Everyone at camp is so friendly and nice, helpful, caring, and supportive. My favorite activity at camp is the talent show we put on because it’s fun to get silly!”

Daffe

Food Service Director

Hi I’m Daffe, I am very excited to be your Head Cook this year. I received a Masters degree from Grand Canyon University.  I served in the US Army for over 20 years as a logistics manager, then I worked for the Department of Defense for 10 years as an operations manager.  I’m looking forward to having some fun in the kitchen this summer!

Bumper

Resident Caretaker and Rental Coordinator

“My name is Blayne aka ‘Bumper’. My 4-legged buddy is Clyde. I served in the Coast Guard and have been around the world, but this is by far the most rewarding job I have ever done. I consider myself lucky to be part of such an amazing program. Beyond all the camp season tasks, Clyde and I are year-round campers at LCH, maintaining the facilities, grounds and providing support for our rental clients.”

I have worked at Lions Camp Horizon for 3 years. This camp has helped strengthen me and has brought me joy in life.. Camp Horizon has filled me with the warmest memories and has left me with the most wonderful connection with both campers and staff. I love Lions Camp Horizon and all that it does for the special needs community.
Ernie, Lead Counselor
Deciding to apply to Lions Camp Horizon was one of my best decisions I have ever made with great friends and amazing people to hang out with. Seeing the campers so happy is truly special. I really wish everyone could experience Lions Camp Horizon.
Lilac, Lead Counselor
Camp Horizon has improved my life significantly. I’ve gained incredible experience that no other place will provide and I am grateful for the people I’ve met along my journey with Camp Horizon. I will have lifelong friendships and unforgettable memories that will forever bring me joy.
Jersey, past counselor
Being part of Camp Horizon has changed my life completely. I am so thankful to be part of something so inspiring and positively life changing. Both the staff and campers make this place one of the most unique and fun environments I have ever experienced. My favorite summer memories were made at Camp Horizon and I will hold them close forever.
Nilla, past counselor