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Camp Horizons Closes

After 28 years, the Livingston-based camp is closed

Camp Horizons held its last Family Rocket Launch, and hosted its final Wednesday pizza lunch. After 28 years, the Livingston-based camp has closed, says owner Neil Rothstein, because Newark Academy has declined to renew the camp's lease.

"The camp is over," said Rothstein. "We're very sad to leave." The camp has been located at Newark Academy for 28 years. Camp Horizons shared the campus with sports camps and summer academics offered by the school.  "The school plans to expand the summer offerings," said Rothstein.

Newark Academy could not be reached for comment at this time.

Some 100,000 children, from grades K through nine, attended Camp Horizons over the past 28 years, many returning as counselors in training and then as counselors. About two each year, reckons Rothstein, entered Newark Academy after summers there inspired their interest in the school.

The camp website's lengthy list of testimonials lauds the "choice" element of the camp, which allowed campers to choose their own activity.

"Visiting Day this year was attended by Peter's grandmother," reads one parent comment. "At the end of the visit she said, 'Put the deposit down for next year, I don't want him to be closed out!' " For the thousands of local kids who attended Camp Horizons, there is no next year of camp to consider.

Wendy Leeds September 10, 2012 at 11:47 AM
This is just devastating to all the campers and their parents who love Camp Horizons.
Jill Breene Cheng September 10, 2012 at 03:06 PM
This is Jill Breene Cheng from Camp Riverbend. We are also sad to hear about Camp Horizons. We've known and worked with the Rothsteins in the camping world for many years and their contributions will be missed. Camp Riverbend welcomes any Horizons families who are looking for an equally great summer for their children and we will match any enrollment incentives being offered. Contact us with any questions or to schedule a tour. 908-580-CAMP. info@campriverbend.com
MominSH September 10, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Does anyone know of any camps similar to Camp Horizons which allows kids to pick almost the entirety of their schedule and has such broad ranging options to choose from?
Clare Silvestri Krakoviak September 10, 2012 at 07:12 PM
This is so sad. Neil Rothstein and his staff at Camp Horizons are such caring, child-centered people. My autistic son attended the camp at a time when he was having difficulties with the social elements of transitioning to high school, and Neil bent over backwards to help make his experience at Camp Horizons both fulfilling and fun. A huge THANK YOU to all the counselors, staff and administrators who have given so much of themselves for so many years to make so many kids' summer camp experience so great!
Roger Black September 10, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Stonybrook Day Camp is also a great option for a summer that is warm, caring and nuturing. Feel free to call them at 973-584-0078 or www.stonybrookdaycamp.com
Jill Breene Cheng September 12, 2012 at 05:10 PM
We would be happy to talk with you and your camper about this. 908-580-CAMP. Come for a tour!!
Jed Buck September 13, 2012 at 04:53 PM
We are very appreciative and honored that Neil has recommended Meadowbrook Day Camp to his Camp Horizons families. We invite everyone to join us at our Fall Meadowfest Event on Sunday, October 7 at Camp from 11am-3pm. Neil will be here to welcome Camp Horizons families to Meadowbrook and answer any questions about the transition for Horizons families to Meadowbrook. Feel free to call us at 908-876-3429 with any questions. Thanks - Jed & Roz
Tina November 08, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Other camps should stop commenting on this because the kids will look into other camps and there is NO WAY anyone an compare to Camp Horizons. The camps that posted comments on this hurt some of the kids more because they loved Camp Horizons so much it's hard to think about just going to another camp that won't even compare to Camp Horizons. Thank you Neil for everything.

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