About New Horizon’s Day Camp

About New Horizons
If you are looking for a unique summer day camp experience, your search is over! New Horizons Day Camp is New Jersey’s Premier Inclusive Day Camp. At New Horizons Day Camp, campers will customize their own schedules to explore their interests while having a traditional day camp experience. Campers can choose from a variety of activities in sports, science, technology, creative arts, performing arts, innovations, academic enrichment, and media. Activities change throughout the summer offering campers opportunities to continue a favorite or try something new. New Horizons offers weekly flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of today’s families. The staff consists of educators, professionals in their field and skilled counselors who are committed to making sure your child’s camp experience is memorable and enriching.


New Horizons Day Camp was established in 2012 by Seth Blender and Chris Purdue formerly of Camp Horizons at Newark Academy. New Horizons offers children a camp experience that is safe, fun, innovative and close to home. We provide an all day camping experience with flexible weekly scheduling that fits the needs of today’s family. Campers choose their own schedules from a menu of exciting activities, including sports & swim, arts & crafts, technology, performing arts, and academics, all delivered with a focus on our 8 core values.

Owners and Directors
Chris Purdue is a Health and Physical Education Teacher at Collins Elementary School in Livingston, NJ with 12 years of experience teaching at multiple schools within the District. Chris holds a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology from Montclair State University as well as one in Educational Leadership. He holds both his Supervisor’s Certificate and Principal’s License. Before New Horizons, Chris directed the sports program at Camp Horizons for 8 summers from 2005 through 2012. Chris currently lives in Kinnelon, NJ with his wife and two sons.
chris and seth
Seth Blender has been involved in day camps for 15 years. He spent the majority of his camping career at Camp Horizons in Livingston, NJ. During his 10 summers at Camp Horizons, Seth was a Kindergarten and 1st grade counselor and during his last 2 summers was the Director of the Shadow Counselor program at Camp Horizons with direct supervisory responsibility for special needs campers in grades 5 through 9. Currently, Seth is a Special Education Teacher for the Glen Ridge Public Schools and holds a Masters Degree in Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction. Seth lives in Cedar Grove, NJ with his wife, son and daughter.
Key Staff Bios
Jillian Blender, the Assistant Director works closely with staff and campers. She aids in program planning, staff development, and daily camp operations. She is currently a teacher in the Glen Ridge school district, with five years of teaching experience in Glen Ridge and Elizabeth schools, specializing in Language Arts & Special Education. During the school year, she is also the Counselor & Mentor Coordinator for the Breaking Boundaries Program. Jillian enjoyed eight summers working as a Kindergarten/1st grade counselor at Camp Horizons. She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts with a degree in Education.
Mike Wynee has been teaching video production for 10 years, first at Camp Horizons and now at New Horizons Day Camp. Over the past decade he’s taught hundreds of campers various aspects of media including; Radio, Film Making, and Digital Video Editing. During the year, Mike works with the NY Film Critics Series in a variety of roles, and currently serves as a Co-Producer. He graduated from Boston University in 2008 where he majored in Film and Television. Mike has worked in production for Good Morning America and Dr. Phil as well as a Producer for Theory Films, Inc. In his current position, Mike helps oversee screening operations to guarantee the highest quality events for audiences.
Gianna DeCuba is the Unit Head Counselor for 2nd-5th grade. She is a student at The College of New Jersey studying Elementary Education, in preparation to become a classroom teacher upon graduation. She worked as a Shadow Counselor for three years at Camp Horizons and was a Group Head Counselor for 4th-5th grade for three years at New Horizons Day Camp. She brings her excitement, enthusiasm, and caring nature into camp every day to create a fantastic experience for all campers.
After retiring from a 25-year international corporate career to spend more time with her family, Barbara was the Office Manager at Camp Horizons in Livingston for three years and helped to launch New Horizons Day Camp in 2012. She has an MBA, traveled extensively worldwide throughout her career, and has lived and worked in South America, Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia. Barbara loves helping New Horizons campers, staff and our camp families and her boys can’t wait to return for another summer of fun at New Horizons Day Camp.
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