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Montague Day Camp

My kid loves spending the day swimming, exploring and playing in such a beautiful expansive place...right in our backyard.

Montague Day Camp
Outdoor-focused daily adventures

Develop a love for the great outdoors every day, right in your backyard. Trail Blazers day camp has been in operation since 2010. Our day camp program helps your camper develop an appreciation for the environment while making memories and creating friendships that last a lifetime.

Our six core values guide our program, ensuring that your child will not only have an unforgettable experience, but will also grow and learn in the process.  Everything we do is centered on the outdoors, unplugging from screens and connecting to our surroundings. Weekly themes place emphasis on exploring the world around us. Our days are filled with nature crafts, lots of group play and group challenges, team building, nature exploration, and lots and lots of singing – after all, this is summer camp!

Trail Blazers day campers are outdoors all day, swimming, boating, fishing, and hiking. Over the course of the summer we’ll plant and harvest food from our garden, we’ll learn about the insects and plants in our backyard, and we’ll make friendships that will carry over into the school year.

We Play - A Lot!

We believe that children need to have time and space to play with each other. Our staff are trained to allow real play to happen, so children can learn and grow together.

Electronic Free Zone

We have always been - now more then ever - a program that emphasis connecting to each other, through experiences outdoors. At Trail Blazers, there are no electronics or screens - ever.

Fun Outside - Rain or Shine

We are prepared for it all, our campers wear raincoats, hiking boots and backpacks. When others seek shelter, we are out and about!

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A Typical Day

Each day at Trail Blazers is spent in the ‘small camp’, the camper’s group of about 8-10 campers. This is largely the same group of campers each day with the same group leaders, so campers and adults can form strong bonds and get to know each other over the course of their time together. A sample day might look like this:

9am – Arrival at camp. Parents sign in their children who have a chance for free play with their fellow campers.

9:30am – The day starts with small group games and setting a focus for the day, guided by our Value Catcher, helping each camper set and pursue goals for the day.

10.00am – Fishing at the lake, followed by free and instructional swim time

11.30am – A treasure hunt through the forest, leading to Fisherman’s Cabin where the group stops for lunch.

12.30pm – Lunch. Each camper brings their own lunch, so every day is a picnic lunch.

1.00pm – Free play. Each day has ample free play built in. It is a time for children to develop their social skills with gentle guidance from our staff.

1:30pm – Solo time. Each campers spend some time by him or her self, to rest, to reflect or to simply enjoy some quiet time or a book. Leaders may read a book or have individual conversations with each camper.

2pm – Team building at the challenge course, mountain biking, or garden cultivation are just a few of the activities that might take place in the afternoon.

3:30pm – Snack time and closing pow wow. The small camp sits together, sings songs and reflects on the day.

4pm – 4:30pm – The day ends and parents pick-up. Extended care campers transition to the Wanagan or the Double Tree for quiet games and play after a busy day.

Final pick up is at 5:30pm.

Dates and Themes

Each week is loosely guided by a theme, although our program is know to follow group and camper interest. Here are the dates and themes for this week. You may enroll 2, 3 or 5 days in week 1-8. Week 9 is 5 days only and has limited capacity.

WEEK 1: 7/05 – 7/07 – Team Trail Blazers (Note: This is a 3 day week!)

Let’s start our summer strong with challenges, obstacles, and games that show us what it means to be a team, and how to be a Trail Blazer!

WEEK 2: 7/10 – 7/14 – Forest Detectives

What can we find in and around the forest where we’ll be playing this summer? From frogs croaking in the marsh to dragonflies flitting over lily pads, there is a lot to discover.

WEEK 3: 7/17 – 7/21 – Camp Creations

This week we will unleash our creativity. Have you ever made your own crystals…that you can eat? What about the world’s biggest bubble? Now let’s make a masterpiece–what can you use to create different colors – Paint? Glue? Flower petals? The possibilities are endless!

WEEK 4: 7/24 – 7/28 – Water World

From building boats that sail on it to observing the animals that live in it, this week will be all about water, water everywhere! Pack a bathing suit – maybe two! – and leave your umbrella at home!

WEEK 5: 7/31 – 8/04 – Funky Junk

Have you ever made a trash pizza, or a sculpture made of…junk? Through art and building projects we’ll create new from old, and practice being good environmental stewards who reduce, reuse, and recycle!

WEEK 6: 8/07 – 8/11 – Outdoor Obstacles

We’ll build some challenges and see what naturally occurring challenges there are to discover. Add in some relay races, silly dance contests, and more, and more, and this week is sure to be one to remember!

WEEK 7: 8/14 – 8/18 – Survivor

This week we take a close-up look at the forest and learn what creatures share our home. How do animals and insects survive in their natural habitats? Let’s learn about their survival skills and try practicing some of them ourselves!

WEEK 8: 8/21 – 8/24 – That’s A Wrap (Note: This is a 4 day week!)

We will revisit our favorite activities from the summer, making sure to spend extra time in the places we’ve loved the most.

Our Staff

Trail Blazer Camps are American Camp Association accredited. All staff are trained professionals in their area of expertise. Trail Blazers certifies American Red Cross Life Guards and recruits 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. Before children arrive, staff complete a thorough training, covering all aspects of the Trail Blazers program, to prepare for the important job of looking after your child’s physical and emotional safety.

You can meet the 2017 Trail Blazers team right here.

Drop Off, Pick Up and Transport

Please enter Trail Blazers via the Day Camp entrance on Deckertown Turnpike (between mile markers 5 and 6).

Drop off is from 9am – 9:30am.

Pick up is from 4pm – 4:30pm.

Extended day: As a courtesy, late pick up is available until 5:30pm. Please let your child’s group leader know if you plan to pick them up between 4:30 and 5:30.

 

During the registration process you will be asked to list authorized adults to pick up your child. Your child will only be released to individuals on the list.

Trips and Activities

Each week includes several trips and special activities. These trips are often guided by the weekly theme, as are the specialist activities.

Local trips might include:

  • visiting a local climbing wall
  • visiting a local farm
  • going to the beach
  • swimming at the local pool
  • visiting the high line and the low line
  • visiting local museums
  • visiting local sites like the Junk Play ground on Governors Island

Additionally, depending on the age of the group, weekly or bi-weekly trip to our 1000 acre summer camp in New Jersey are special highlights! Campers swim in our 50 acre lake, do archery, build fires, cook outdoors and go hiking.

Ages, Cost and Registration

Trail Blazers Day Camp is for campers 4 (entering pre-K) to 12 years old.

All Trail Blazers programs are offered on a Tier basis, loosely linked to family income, with additional scholarship opportunities available.

Trail Blazers accepts vouchers for full week campers. There are no minimums for enrollment, you can choose any week and any day combo, as outlined below.

TIER 1 (family income up to $30,000 annually)

  • 2 days per week (Tuesday/Thursday): $20
  • 3 days per week (Monday/Wednesday/Friday): $30
  • 5 days per week (Monday – Friday): $50

TIER 2 (family income $30,000 – $60,000 annually)

  • 2 days per week (Tuesday/Thursday): $40
  • 3 days per week (Monday/Wednesday/Friday): $60
  • 5 days per week (Monday – Friday): $100

TIER 3 (family income $60,000 – $90,000 annually)

  • 2 days per week (Tuesday/Thursday): $60
  • 3 days per week (Monday/Wednesday/Friday): $90
  • 5 days per week (Monday – Friday): $150

TIER 4 (family income over  $90,000 annually)

  • 2 days per week (Tuesday/Thursday): $80
  • 3 days per week (Monday/Wednesday/Friday): $120
  • 5 days per week (Monday – Friday): $200

Your Tier is self selected during the application process. Additional scholarships are available on a limited basis. In order to be considered, please email registration@trailblazers.org  upon submission of your camper application, along with the following information:

  1. Your total household income (no pay stubs or W2 forms required)
  2. How many people reside in your household
  3. What portion of your total fee is fair and reasonable for your family to cover this summer?

 

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