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Youth Leadership

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Under One Sky After School
Environmental Science and Play Focused After School

Under One Sky is the Trail Blazers year-round after school program, inspiring urban youth to understand that everything is connected to the environment. This program expands the notion of environment to include everywhere we live, work and play. Through opportunities in, out of and after school, students are empowered to become active participants in their local environment – because we all live under one sky!

Under One Sky offers holistic and innovative after school programming to elementary and middle school students throughout New York City to promote critical thinking and a sense of wonder for the world around us. Our six core values guide all aspects of our program, ensuring that your child is growing and learning in the process of having an amazing time. Our Under One Sky After School program is modeled after 130 years of experience designing exciting summer programs. In after school, too, each day is filled with outdoor elements and a schedule determined by the interests of the group. UOS differs at each school, as we customize this after school solution  centered on urban environmental issues and a community engagement.

Helping Students Connect

Students connect to themselves, their peers, adults in their lives and their communities

Caring for the Local Environment

We help young people care for their environment and community, finding real-world solutions to local problems.

Small Group Experiences

Small communities comprised of 8-10 campers help young people develop bonds with others, build leadership skills and character.

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A Typical Day
  • Check -ins with each student, health snack, free play & goal setting

As students transition out of the school day into after school, our staff spends time checking in with each child. Guided by the Value Catcher, students determine a focus for the day.

  • Theme work including science experiments, demos and hands-on projects

Each day includes one activity or experiment, either guided by the theme of the week or by student interest. We focus on every day science, making science a part of every day life.

  • Outside time, group games, team building activities

We play – a lot. Play in after school is an important component for social learning, physical health and plain old fun!

  • Pow-wow reflection with camp games, songs and more!

The day ends in the pow wow circle, singing songs, playing games and reflecting on successes and challenges of the day.

Our Staff

Trail Blazers hires staff from all over the country and the world who have a passion for working with youth in the outdoors. Each staff member undergoes an intensive interview and reference check, as well as a thorough background check, before arriving at camp. We certify American Red Cross Life Guards on site. All staff are trained in basic first aid, and every group has staff members who are CPR and First Aid certified. Before children arrive, staff complete a thorough training at camp covering all aspects of the Trail Blazers program, to prepare for the important job of looking after your child’s physical and emotional safety.

Sample Themes

“How to be a Trail Blazer”- Join the Trail Blazers tradition! This day offers a little of everything–songs, games, team building, and exploring nature together.

“Farm to Fork”- How does our garden grow? Use the 5 senses to take a journey from farm to plate. Plant, harvest and enjoy!

“Citizen Science”- What’s good in your neighborhood? Explore and care for your local environment through hands-on science projects.

“Survivor”- What’s wild in our city? Learn about what it takes in our habitat through hands-on science experiments.

Additional themes offered by our large network of arts, sports and music providers, customized to each school’s needs.

Cost

The fee for attending Trail Blazers overnight camp is based on household income.

Full price: $1600

Household Income Discount COST
Tier 1 <$30,000 $1000 $600
Tier 2 $30 – $60,000

$750

$850
Tier 3 $60 – $90,000 $500 $1100
Tier 4 >$90,000 $250 $1350

Additional $150 fee for canoe/biking programs
Additional $300 fee for rock climbing program

Important: Cost should not deter you from sending your child to camp! Additional discounts are available at all tiers levels. Requests are honored after your application has been submitted.

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