About Us

Camp Horsin’ Around

Who We Are

At Camp Horsin’ Around, we are dreamers and big picture thinkers with the vision of providing a camping facility for children whose health is compromised or have special needs.

Values

Horsin’ Around
Organized and Excellent
Responsible and Efficient
Safety and Structure
Integrity and Accountability
Nurturing and Camaraderie

our mission

Who We Serve

We host non-profit organizations and groups that serve children from throughout Kentucky and surrounding states who have cancer, diabetes, asthma, kidney disease, sight or hearing impairment, special needs or other illnesses.  The facility also provides a camping home for organizations serving autistic children and young clients of Hospice as they deal with the loss of a loved one.

In 2018 Camp Horsin’ Around was proud to become the long-term summer camp home of the Indian Summer camps of Kids Cancer Alliance.

Our Facilities
story of our success

Our History

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It all started with five compassionate volunteers who saw a need for a special facility to provide for the emotional and social support of children with compromised health and their families.
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From there, the concept of a camp where children can have fun and bond with each other began. After visiting The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Ashford, Connecticut for research and inspiration, the founders decided to provide a similar environment in Central Kentucky where seriously and chronically ill children can feel that they are just like any other kid.
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Camp Horsin’ Around, Helping Children Become Happy Campers was established along with its non-profit status, and so began the process of making this camp a reality!
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Between 2002-2006, the camp became incorporated, and 191 acres of land were purchased to bring the vision to light. Construction began in 2007 and the facilities have since blossomed into five camper cabins, a medical building, a large/event pavilion, dining hall, swimming pool, basketball court, climbing wall, swinging bridge, boathouse, two-acre pond, picnic pavilions, archery range, campfire pits and access to the Chaplin River.
team

Board of Directors

President – Chris Hickey / ExecutiveVice President/CEO, Lexington Medical Society
Vice President – Marilyn Swinford / Retired RN, Community Volunteer
Secretary – Karen Mulholland / Oncology Nurse, Lexington Clinic
Treasurer – Porter Roberts / CPA, Dean Dorton Allen Ford, PLLC
Past President – Chris Mays / CNIO, Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital
At-Large – Phyllis Cronin / Community Volunteer
At-Large – Genie Whayne / Community Volunteer
General Counsel – Emily Dorisio / Counsel, Dickinson Wright PLLC

Megan Barlow / Vice President, Central Bank
Kamearah Chambers / Farmers National Bank
Claire Crouch / WLEX News Anchor
Brian Hill / Site Architect, CMW Inc.
James B. Hunter / M.D.  Lexington Clinic
Molly Hunter / Community Volunteer
Ken Miller / Retired Partner, CMW Inc.
Travis Musgrave / Wealth Management Advisor, Merrill Lynch
Shirley Ramsey / RN, Sunday Surgery
Melanie Simpson / CEO KV Oil & Gas
DeAnn Stephens / WKYT Reporter
Jane Warner / Community Volunteer
Brant Welch / VP Customer Experience, Farmers National Bank

Nancy Barbour / Kentucky Parole Judge
Ed Baum, M.D. / Pediatric Oncologist/Founder Cancer Camps of America
Luther Deaton / President, Central Bank
Donna Dugger / Community Volunteer
Jeff Hancock / Hancock Branding X Communications
Rene Heinrich / Attorney, Northern, KY
Anne Hoskins / Pediatric Oncology Nurse
Alice Ingram / Community Volunteer
Terri Johnson / Kentucky League of Cities
Ray Larson / Former Fayette Commonwealth’s Attorney
Mike Marnhout / President, Bluegrass Oxygen
Wayne Martin / Retired President and CEO, WKYT-TV (CBS)
Warren Rosenthal / Community Volunteer – Philanthropist
Brett Setzer / CEO – BCC (Brett Construction Company)
Tom Snyder / McDonald Owner/Operator
Anne Taylor / Community Volunteer
Bill Underwood / Pediatric MD, retired
Donna Woodford / Community Volunteer
Isabel Yates / Former Vice Mayor, Lexington

Phyllis Cronin
Terri Johnson
Ray Larson
Jackie Nicholson
Tom Snyder

Executive Director:  Julie McAllister
Camp Office: (859) 332-0001

Camp Director: Josh Manly
Camp Office: (859) 332-0001

Administrative Assistant: Susan Cloud
Camp Office: (859) 332-0001