Camp Horsin’ Around supports organized groups to provide an outdoor camp adventure for children whose health is compromised or who have special needs.
A brief History of Camp Horsin’ Around
Some 13 years ago, the five founding members, all of whom had experience with the Lexington, Kentucky Ronald McDonald House Board, saw a significant unmet need for those children and families beyond the clinical aspect of their treatments. No permanent place or program existed to truly support their emotional and social needs. The founders wanted a place where these children could be happy.
The concept of a camp came to mind. After a visit by two of our founding board members to the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Connecticut, they readily admitted that the goal for this camp was to model that concept, and to provide a place where seriously, terminally and chronically ill children can feel that they are just like other kids, can have fun and bond with each other. The name “Camp Horsin’ Around- where children become happy campers” was agreed upon, non-profit status was applied for, a board of directors was enlisted and they went to work.
In May 2002 the core group decided to move forward with the project. This was based on the feasibility study indicating that there was a need for a facility to be a “camp home” for various groups.
- The Camp was incorporated July 31, 2002.
- 179 acres of land was purchased in Boyle and Mercer Counties in June of 2003.
- In October of 2003 CMW, Inc. was hired as the architects.
- In 2004 the Board purchased another 12 acres of land from a neighbor to avoid building a bridge over the Chaplin River to the building site on the property. Now own 191 acres of land.
- Infrastructure began in 2006.
- Construction began in 2007. The first cabin was built in the Boyle County as are all buildings.
Since the first cabin was built phase one of the camp construction has been completed. The site includes 5 camper cabins each housing 20 campers and 8 counselors, a medical building, an administration building/residence, large pavilion, dining hall, pool, basketball court, climbing wall, swinging bridge, pond and a picnic pavilion by the river. Funds for a boathouse are in hand and plans are being drawn at this time.
Camp Horsin’ Around has been built with private funds and grants. There are nearly 900 active donors to the camp. The $4 million plus project has a very small mortgage and has created an endowment to insure the future of the camp. Truly a testament to the dedication of the Board and the generous donors who “believe”.
We believe that no gift is too small or unappreciated. Our campers are grateful for the opportunity to have a great outdoor adventure in a place created just for them. When big brown eyes look up at you from the river where they are wading and catching crawdads and say “this is the best day of my life” you know you have accomplished your dream.