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"Well, that was easy!" is certainly NOT something you will be saying in September! On the contrary, many of our staff members describe their time at Trail Blazers as one of the most challenging experiences that they have ever had. Yet the rewards are'll walk away from this summer with memories you will never forget and skills you'll be able to use in all areas of your life. Read on to see if Trail Blazers is a good match for you.

Our Staff

Ensuring the health and safety of our campers is our number one priority. Trail Blazers is tough! Campers are in an environment way different than what they experience at home, and are presented with the opportunity to try new things and take on new challenges each and every day. It's our job to keep them safe and healthy as we help them set goals, take risks, and celebrate their accomplishments.

We recruit staff from throughout New York City, all across the country, and all around the world. We arrive on camp at least two weeks before the campers do to participate in training and practice the skills needed to be great in our roles. Our staff is made up of college students, college graduates, aspiring teachers, childcare professionals, outdoor educators, and campers who have grown up at TBC. We are all committed to putting the needs of campers first, and to incorporating Trail Blazers' 6 Values into each day.

Think you have what it takes to be a Trail Blazer?

Our best staff members:

  • Possess a strong desire to make a difference in the lives of children
  • Have an appreciation of and interest in the natural world
  • Have previous experience working with children, particularly children from the inner city
  • Possess very high levels of enthusiasm, leadership, and patience
  • Have obtained, or are pursuing, a degree in education, sociology, psychology, criminal justice, environmental education, outdoor education, or social work
  • Are willing and able to facilitate children’s growth in a challenging, rustic environment
  • Have previous experience, even if informal, with backpacking, camping, hiking, or other adventure-based activities
  • Are at least 19 years old and have had at least one year of post-high school experience

Read more here: Are you a Trail Blazer at Heart?

Available Positions

We are in full swing hiring for 2017! Below is an abbreviated list of the positions we have available. Click here for a list of summer jobs and a description of each role.

    • Group Leaders (Counselors)
    • Enablers (Head Counselors)
    • Waterfront Staff
    • Program and Area Specialists
    • Operational Support
    • Senior Staff/Directors

    Contact us with any questions, or apply today!

If you are interested in working at Trail Blazers this summer, click here to begin:


Qualified candidates will be contacted for an in-person or Skype interview.

Total summer compensation for domestic staff begins at $2000. Specialist salaries vary and are based on position. All positions include room and board.

Please note that all positions at Trail Blazers must be filled by persons age 19 and above, unless you have been invited to apply otherwise.

Specialists arrive Wednesday June 14th
All staff arrive Tuesday June 20th

Staff Final Day Sunday August 27th
Pre and post camp work available

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