June 8-13 2014

ONE of the Lilly Endowment's 34 theological programs for high school youth, Horizons gives rising 10th, 11th and 12th graders an opportunity to explore their faith, plunge into service, build friendships and gain confidence — all with the end goal of preparing future leaders for the Church. Horizons is held at Maryville College.

Hayden Brown

Hayden Brown

2007 Participant, now Class of 2014

In retrospect, I can recall few other week-long experiences as being so challenging, informative and fun. I definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about themselves and develop their leadership skills. Plus, Maryville College and the Smokies are a beautiful place to engage with these questions of faith and vocation.

Team building activities such as a low ropes course and a climb up the Mountain Challenge Alpine Tower will help to sharpen leadership skills and foster a sense of community. Small discussion groups on issues of faith, leadership, and vocation help to broaden perspectives and promote learning.


Worship services led by MC Campus Minister Rev. Anne McKee, a guest musician, and the student campers will feed the spirit, and a hike in the Smoky Mountains will evoke the beauty of God’s creation. A group service project will help to turn faith outward as campers begin to live out their calling to serve the world.


The cost for the week is $225 per student, which covers food and housing. Tuition and program fees are funded by the Maryville College Initiative on Vocation. Horizons participants who later enroll in Maryville College are eligible to receive the Horizons Leadership Award, worth $500 in aid annually.