Weekends in the Country

Weekends In The Country are recreation and respite opportunities offered from September to May. Campers arrive on Friday evening and return home Sunday afternoon. Sixteen uniquely themed weekends are conducted through the year with an extended Vacation Week held at year’s end between Christmas and New Year’s.

Every Weekend in the Country sees campers enjoying the same variety, camaraderie and opportunities for learning provided by summer camp, in an action packed, theme based weekend developed by our creative team and filled with fun, new experiences, and friendship.

Camp Team

Michelle Heimall

Michelle Heimall

Director of Health and Operations

Michelle has been with the camp team since 1992, working as Language Arts instructor, counselor and other positions until becoming Director of Health and Operations.  She has a degree in Music Therapy and a Master’s in Special Education. She supervises the nursing team and connects all campers and families to their registration needs. She and her husband, longtime Horizons employee Lance, keep chickens and bees. Michelle also enjoys gardening and Merlot.

Michelle Heimall

Director of Health and Operations

Scott Lambeck

Scott Lambeck

Director of Camp and Facilities

Scott joined Horizons in 2002 after receiving his BS in Sport and Leisure Management from Eastern Connecticut State University.  He was formerly on the Executive Board of Connecticut Camping Association as Treasurer and currently serves on the board of the American Camp Association New England as a Vice President.  Scott also serves as a member of the Windham Planning and Zoning Commission and is active in the Willimantic community.  Scott met his wife, Amy, at camp, and their children, Madeline and Everett, love being part of the Camp Team.

Scott Lambeck

Director of Camp and Facilities

Alyssa Bree, RN

Alyssa Bree, RN

Camp Health Center Manager

Alyssa joined the team in the summer of 2017 as our summer RN. While continuing her work as a travel nurse with a specialty in ICU nursing, she returned to summer camp, finally joining the team year-round in 2019. Now calling Connecticut and Horizons her home base, Alyssa continues to manage the operations of the Health Center.

Alyssa Bree, RN

Camp Health Center Manager

Amon Gitau

Amon Gitau

Director of Camp Social Work

Amon joined Horizons in 2003 as an international camp counselor from Kenya.  He continued to work at Horizons as a support coach at Supported Employment, Supported Living and Educational Support Services.  In 2011 he graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with a BA in Social work. In 2018 he graduated with a Masters of Social Work from University of Saint Joseph with a concentration on Veterans and their families.

Amon Gitau

Director of Camp Social Work

Nicki Lawrence

Nicki Lawrence

Director of Camp Programs

Nicki started working with Horizons at age 16 in the summer of 2006 as a Junior Counselor in her first job ever. She became a Cabin Counselor, working every summer and many Weekends in the Country between 2006-2012.  During that time, she studied Medical Assisting and worked with Supported Employment at Horizons for one year. In 2012 Nicki became a full time Horizons staff member on the Camp Team working in Programs. She since has adopted two pups who are very much connected to camp life.

Nicki Lawrence

Director of Camp Programs

Emily Savino

Emily Savino

Camp Program Manager

Emily Savino

Camp Program Manager

Kyle St. Jean

Kyle St. Jean

Director of Staff Services

Kyle joined the Horizons family in 2011 as a Camp Counselor. He worked in numerous roles at Horizons between camp, Supported Employment and Education Support Services before joining full-time with camp in 2015. Kyle graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2012 with a Bachelors in English and History. Never having been to camp as a kid, Kyle sees his role as making up for missed opportunity as a youth and enjoys doing all things camp! He’s passionate about numerous subjects from traveling, writing, business, and literature. Like many camp team members, Kyle met his wife at camp. Rochelle & Kyle hop across the pond often to visit Rochelle’s home in Manchester, England.

Kyle St. Jean

Director of Staff Services