Each day at day camp is spent in ‘small camp’, a consistent group of 10-12 campers with 2 dedicated group leaders!
Schedules will vary from day to day, but include a mix of various activities. These building blocks include:
- MORNING CHECK-IN – setting goals and expectations; talking through the day’s program
- SKILL BUILDING – each day features a hard skill that campers will spend some time focusing on through programming. When your camper comes home they can say: ‘I learned that at camp!’
- ART/SCIENCE/GARDEN ACTIVITIES – we focus on hands-on learning through lots of art and crafts projects, science experiments, and more – all done outdoors!
- HIKING/ORIENTEERING – campers will learn to read maps and navigate the park – we’ll build our own compasses, engage in exciting scavenger hunts and nature walks
- TEAM BUILDING – specific team building activities are used to bring the group together, teaching campers how to communicate, collaborate, and overcome challenges
- MUSIC/SINGING – we sing all the time, both during specific song sessions, as well as, while transitioning from place to place!
- TRIPS – during longer school breaks, we will partake in local field trips for more learning.
- PLAYGROUND VISITS – Prospect Park has many great playgrounds where campers will visit for free play fun a couple of times each week.
- RUNNING/ACTIVE GAMES – when you’ve got a lot of energy to burn, nothing is better than learning a new game to play with your friends!
- LUNCH/SOLO – we value taking some time for ourselves each day – after lunch, campers have the opportunity for some downtime to themselves – take a nap, read a or watch the clouds.
- UNSTRUCTURED FREE PLAY – campers spend time each day playing by their own rules in a pre-defined area where they learn how to negotiate rules, engage in creative play, and have fun with friends
- SUNSET CIRCLE – the day always ends around the imaginary fire, singing songs, processing the day’s highlights, and transitioning to the day’s end. Each camper gets a chance to share.
Considering one of our Brooklyn Day Camps? Our break camp programs will give you and your child a great taste of what summer at Trail Blazers is like.
Registration for School Break Programs will open on OPEN 9/13.
Rosh Hashanah (9/26 and 9/27):
Open to Pre-K – Grade 5. Single day enrollment – registration will close on Thursday, September 22nd.
Being my Best me! We are kicking off our school break camps with a day focused on the best part of Trail Blazers: our campers! Your child will engage in a full day centered around establishing a strong sense of self and creating healthy habits for a fulfilling school year. Activities will include grounding and self care practices, goal setting, and explorations in nutrition.
Yom Kippur (10/5):
Open to Pre-K – Grade 5. Registration will close on Monday, October 3rd.
Indigenous Peoples Day (10/10):
Open to Pre-K – Grade 5. Registration will close on Thursday, October 6th.
At Trail Blazers, Indigenous People’s Day is an important opportunity to recognize and respect Indigenous Peoples as traditional stewards of this land and explore the enduring relationship that exists between Indigenous Peoples and their traditional territories. Campers will engage with local indigenous history, and utilize agriculture and land use as a lens to examine the collision of colonization and the environment. Campers will be challenged to imagine more sustainable futures.
Election Day (11/8):
Open to Pre-K – Grade 5. Registration will close on Friday, November 4th.
Youth Voice and Impact! Local and national elections are an opportunity for our voices to be heard! On Election Day campers will explore what topics and projects are meaningful to them, and engage in activities emphasizing the strength and impact of the youth voice.
Veteran’s Day (11/11):
Open to Pre-K – Grade 5. Registration will close on Wednesday, November 9th.
Community stewardship and engagement is a pillar of Trail Blazers philosophy. On this day honoring the service of community members, campers will explore ways to serve, engage with, and appreciate our local community and veterans. Activities will focus around the power and potential of youth stewardship, establishing meaningful connections, and exploring what it means to be a good neighbor.
Holiday Break Camp (12/27-12/30):
Open to Pre-K – Grade 5. Registration will close on Thursday, December 22nd.
It’s Winter: Migrations, Adaptations, & Celebrations! Brrrrrr it’s getting cold out there! As we transition from fall to winter; plants, animals, and people alike make significant changes to prepare and protect themselves. While winter is a time of transformation, it is also a time for celebration across many communities and cultures. Campers will spend the week engaging in activities that explore animal and plant adaptations, migrations, and winter celebrations; with ample time for snow play and hot cocoa!
MLK Jr. Day Break Camp (1/16):
Open to Pre-K – Grade 5. Registration will close on Thursday, January 12th.
The impact of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the larger Civil Rights Movement’s mission of equality is enduring, though the fight for equity continues even today. To honor Dr. King and those who have and will continue to fight for justice for all, campers will explore the impact of local Black community leaders, and engage with their peers on themes of identity, friendship, and advocacy.
Mid-Winter Break Camp (2/20 – 2/24):
Open to Pre-K – Grade 5. Registration will close on Thursday, February 16th.
As we brave the coldest months in New York City, mid-winter recess is the time to ignite new fires! Here at Trail Blazers, we know that sustainable futures must start with radical imagination and collaborative critical thinking. Campers will engage in activities that reimagine and explore architecture, urban design, environmental technology, and sustainable design. Groups will be challenged to work collaboratively to design, create, build, and model man-made environmental challenges and possible solutions.
Single Day – Passover Break Camp (4/6 and 4/7):
Open to Pre-K – Grade 5. Single day enrollment – registration will close on Thursday, April 4th.
As the snow melts and the skies clear there is no denying that change is coming! While we prepare for all that Spring and Summer will bring campers will be challenged to dive deep into the changing of the seasons using ALL of their senses.
Spring Break Camp (4/10 – 4/14):
Open to Pre-K – Grade 5. Registration will close on Thursday, April 16th.
Spring has sprung in New York, and here at Trail Blazers we take it as a reminder of all the beautiful cycles that begin, end, and keep us rolling as the snow melts away and the city blooms. During this week-long camp, campers will explore the plant and animal life cycles triggered by warming weather. Participants will get their hands dirty investigating decomposition and germination, model climate and migration patterns, and challenge themselves to reflect on their own cycles of growth and change this year.
Single Day – Eid al-Fitr (4/21):
Open to Pre-K – Grade 5. Registration will close on Wednesday, April 19th.
For many people across the world, the changing of the seasons often signals a change in diet. Like many cities in the United States, for many here in New York access to non-local and non-seasonal fruits, vegetables, and goods is not only expected but unquestioned. During this program campers will explore different networks of food access, model inequities in healthy food distribution, and use all of their senses to dive deep into the great edible biodiversity our planet has to offer.
Registration for all break camp programs will open Wednesday 9/13.
Single day break camps are available to campers currently in grades Pre-K through 5 and aged 4-10.
Program fees must be paid in full for all school break camps at the time of registration. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions. We look forward to seeing you at camp!