Camp Horizons Plan to Expand Finds Opposition

By: Jarrod Aldom
By: Jarrod Aldom

Camp Horizons has been in Rockingham County for 22 years. It hosts summer camps for kids and business seminars for adults.

Now, plans to expand it by 11 acres are drawing sharp criticism from some people. WHSV took a look at the proposed changes and he has the details in this report.

The expansion of camp horizon would happen in the southwest corner f the facility's property, across the street from several houses. The goal is to provide better facilities for adult seminars.

"Since this is right on the edge of the camp property, we will be able to operate some of the adult training programs we do while camp is in session in the summer," states John Hall, owner of the camp.

But, at last Wednesday's Rockingham County Board of Supervisors meeting some of the camps neighbors raised concerns over the changes. To try and calm their worries hall gave them a tour of the camp last night.

"We visited for several hours and went around camp and talked about what we were doing and some common interests as well as some concerns they had, " says Hall of the visit.

Hall is repositioning speakers that are set up for some events, but he says because of the camp's nature, he can't eliminate all noise.

"We can still accomplish the same thing programmatically, but the neighbors won't enjoy our music quite as much as they do now," explains Hall.

The other problem the neighbors had with the expansion was increased traffic. Hall hopes better signage will take care of that problem. He says the camp has worked hard to solve the concerns of its neighbors and will continue to do so.

"We wouldn't be in business this long and certainly we wouldn't be this much in the future if we were just telling our neighbors to forget about it," says Hall.

Camp Horizons serves more than 20,000 people a year.


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