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Horizons Program

Enriching activities for tweens and teens after school and in the summer.

Help your child become a more versatile and intelligent leader.

Horizons is designed to help young people succeed by building critical skills. Horizons is the Y's most academically focused program, and it's also a blast! 

Young people love Horizons' engaging activities and trips, and they enjoy making friends in an environment that provides support, challenge, and opportunities for growth.

Whether you enroll your child in our afterschool program or the summer camp, you can be sure they will be set up for success with Horizons.


  • Academic support
  • Help to transition between grades
  • Field trips
  • Teambuilding and leadership activities
  • Collaborative learning
  • And more!


  • Afterschool: Aug. 28 to the last day of the school year
  • Summer Day Camp: To be determined, but during the summer season


  • Afterschool: 3:30-6pm
  • Summer Day Camp:  8:30am-5:30pm


  • Afterschool: To be determined
  • Summer Day Camp:  To be determined

Horizons Program FAQ

Financial assistance is available for qualified applicants. Click here to apply. 

  • The amount of financial assistance that can be provided will be dependent on income and other factors. Please have financial documents ready before you apply. 
  • You must apply for DHHS vouchers with the Department of Social Services state subsidy program before you can qualify for financial assistance through the YMCA. Call the DSS at 828-250-5500.

Financial assistance

Horizons is a middle school program, primarily serving students ages 11-14. 

Horizons runs through the year, but the schedule can be broken into our summer session and our afterschool session. 

In 2023, Horizons Summer Day Camp will start on June 13 and run until July 28. 

Horizons Afterschool begins on Aug. 28, 2023 and will run on typical school days until the end of the school year. 

You may enroll in this program at any time, so the date when the program begins will not be an obstacle to enrollment. 

Daily schedules vary greatly, but here's what a typical day looks like:

Afterschool Schedule  
3:30pm Students collect after school
3:45pm Homework help
5pm Activity break
5:30pm Free time
6pm Student pick-up


Summer Day Camp Schedule  
8:30am Student drop-off, free time
9am Groups separated, Activity 1 starts
12:30pm Lunch
1:30pm Activity 2
5:30pm Student pick-up


Parents usually provide lunch for their campers. The Y can provide lunch if required. Ask the camp director if you would like lunches provided for your child at summer day camp. 

Click here to learn more about our packed-lunch policy and guidelines.

Food from home guidelines

Horizons Afterschool

Your student should come to Horizons Afterschool with their homework and study material as well as clothes that can be used for moderate physical activity. Snacks will be provided for Horizons Afterschool.

Horizons Summer Day Camp

Your student should come to Horizons Summer Day Camp with: 

  • Backpack
  • Active clothes, that are OK to get dirty
  • Active sneakers 
  • Sunblock
  • Brimmed hat
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Water bottle
  • Any medications they will need through the day
  • Allergy medicine, including an EpiPen if prescribed

If your child will need anything other than what is listed here, YMCA staff will let you know.

Info for parents

As a parent, you need to comfortable leaving your child in our care. See our Parent Handbook to learn about our protocols and policies.

Ready to join?

Signing up is fast and easy, spots fill up faster, so reserve your spot now!