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Our Approach

Trail Blazers’ program approach has been developed over the course of 125 years. We believe that being in groups and being deeply involved in your own experience is the best way to learn and grow. We facilitate this process by using the outdoors because outside environments, including our 1000 acres in Sussex County, NJ, remove the distractions of modern life and help youth to connect to both the natural world and oneself. Learning and growth is further developed through non-competitive challenges and youth voice – the individual’s input in creating his/her own experience. This approach effectively engages youth and fosters development along the following dimensions of growth, our Six Pillars: Self Growth, Being a Steward, Being a Friend, Learning to Learn, Being Healthy, and Learning to Survive.


Trail Blazers Value Catcher©

Our unique program approach is combined with a tangible method of capturing our youth’s growth and progress. While participating in a Trail Blazers program, each child chooses the value he or she will work on – his or her own “Value in Progress.” Each Value has specific behaviors and qualities that demonstrate growth, the achievement of which earns a bead for their Value Catcher©. During its inaugural summer in 2014, each and every camper worked hard and earned at least one bead in their chosen value. We can see in the pride with which they carried and displayed their Value Catchers© that our campers gained confidence in their own ability to learn, to grow, to achieve, and to be successful.

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Year-Round Office

394 Rogers Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11225

p:212-529-5113

f:718-462-0597

e: info@trailblazers.org
 
 

Summer Office

210 Deckertown Turnpike

Montague, NJ 07827

p:973-875-4116