October 2017

Overnight Camp

My son came back a completely different person. He was listening to me, he followed the rules, he wasn't complaining about food anymore and learned to give it a try before judging. But most of all he came back extremely happy. He made new friends, he learned new things like making camp fire or swimming. He is already asking me if he is going next year!


Currently there are no scheduled information sessions. Please contact us at 212.529.5113 Ext 1 for questions.


Overnight Camp
Located on our 1000 acre forested New Jersey estate

Primitive outdoor living, exciting camper-driven programming, and challenging trail expeditions called Vagabonds make up this unforgettable summer camp experience.

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. Each day is filled with outdoor adventures with a schedule determined by the interests of the group – as such, no two sessions are ever the same. Campers plan their days and end each night gathered around a pow wow campfire to sing songs, reflect on accomplishments and look forward to the next day’s adventures. Vagabond, a highlight of the Trail Blazers experience, is a 1 to 4 night trip in nearby Stokes State Park, down the Delaware River or along the Appalachian Trail.

Rustic Accomodations

Teepees and tents, mosquito nets and latrines – the challenge and simplicity of camp life.

Immersion in Nature

Looking for us? We'll be outside!

Small Group Experience

Small camp communities comprised of 8-10 campers and 2 dedicated group leaders.

Challenging Trail Expeditions

Vagabonds from 1 to 4 nights through camp, down rivers or on the Appalachian Trail.

Staff From Near and Far

Our 70 staff come from NYC, across the county and around the world.

Electronics Free Zone

No cell phones, no internet, no video games – no problem! We've been unplugged for 130 years.

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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 must undergo a face to face interview in person or via Skype, have exceptional personal and professional references, and pass a thorough background check before arriving at camp.

Once arriving at camp, staff undergo 2 to 3 weeks of pre-camp 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.

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.

Our camp nurse works under the guidance of a licensed physician, and is on site 24/7 to ensure the health and wellness of our camp community, and to respond to any medical issues that may arise.

You can meet the 2017 overnight team right here.

A Typical Day

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Program Options

Outdoor Adventure – Our classic camp program
Boys and girls, grades 1 – 10

Try everything camp has to offer! Your Vagabond will be a 1-4 night trip, based on your groups’ age and preparedness, and will take you around our 1000 acre camp property and/or along the Appalachian Trail.

Canoeing Intensive – Classic program plus daily canoeing
Girls grades 7 – 10

Build your paddle skills and put them to the test on a Vagabond down the Delaware River. (Please note: ALL CAMPERS, regardless of program, have opportunities to canoe at camp)

Biking Intensive – Classic program plus daily biking
Boys grades 7 – 10

Ride through camp on a bike that is yours for the two weeks that you are at TBC (provided by camp). Learn the techniques needed for your Vagabond through Stokes State Forrest. (Please note: ALL CAMPERS, regardless of program, have opportunities to bike at camp)

Rock Climbing Camp – Classic program plus indoor/outdoor rock climbing
Girls grades  5 – 8 (Sessions 1 & 2)
Boys grades 5 – 8 (Sessions 3 & 4)

Spend a day at an indoor climbing gym building the skills you will take with you to Allamuchy State Park for your hiking and rock climbing Vagabond. (Please note: rock climbing activities are offered ONLY to participants of the Rock Climbing Camp)

Leaders in Training – 4-week summer intensive program
Current high school students

Teenagers aspiring to become strong leaders in their families and communities come together for 4 weeks of leadership, personal growth, community service and environmental stewardship activities.

See the Youth Leadership program page for more information.

Mini-Camp – for campers grades 1,2 and 3 – New this year, we are offering 2 introductory mini camps, especially for campers who have been with us at PLG TRAIL BLAZERS Day Camp. This 6 day, 5 night camp is a great way to be introduced to overnight camp and is designed specifically for children 6, 7 and 8 (grades 1, 2 and 3), who have been to Trail Blazers, either during this season or in prior seasons. Your camper will have the full experience of the regular overnight programs, sleeping in canvas tents, going on hikes, building fires, swimming in our lake, spending time in our garden, riding bikes, doing archery and so much more. Each mini session of no more than 10 campers will have 2 dedicated staff members who are with your camper 24/7, plus additional specialist and senior team support.

Spots are limited to 10 campers per mini session. The session is offered at a limited tier rate.

  • Session 1: July 2 – July 14
  • Session 2: July 16 – July 28
  • Session 3: July 30 – August 11
  • Session 4: August 13 – August 25
  • Leaders in Training Session 1: July 2 – July 28
  • Leaders in Training Session 2: July 30 – August 25
  • Overnight Mini Camp 1: Sunday July 30 – Friday August 4
  • Overnight Mini Camp 2: Sunday August 6 – Friday August 11

Transportation is provided from Brooklyn NY and Newark, Elizabeth, and Paterson NJ (no additional fee).

Ages, Cost and Registration

Trail Blazers Overnight Camp is for campers ages 7 through 15, with our 4-week Leaders in Training program open to current high school students ages 14 through 17. The mini camps are for campers 6,7 and 8 (grades 1, 2 and3.)

All Trail Blazers programs are offered on a tier basis, loosely linked to family income.

Important: Cost should not deter you from sending your child to camp! Additional discounts are available at ALL TIER LEVELS. Requests are honored after your application has been submitted. For more information, email us at

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

  • Outdoor Adventure: $600
  • Canoeing/Biking: $750
  • Rock Climbing: $900
  • Leaders in Training: $1000
  • Mini Camp: $300

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

  • Outdoor Adventure: $850
  • Canoeing/Biking: $1000
  • Rock Climbing: $1150
  • Leaders in Training: $1500
  • Mini Camp: $400

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

  • Outdoor Adventure: $1100
  • Canoeing/Biking: $1250
  • Rock Climbing: $1400
  • Leaders in Training: $2000
  • Mini Camp: $500

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

  • Outdoor Adventure: $1350
  • Canoeing/Biking: $1500
  • Rock Climbing: $1650
  • Leaders in Training: $2500
  • Mini Camp: $600

Your tier is self selected during the application process. Our aim is to make summer camp possible for all kids who want a chance to experience Trail Blazers, and we look forward to working with you to make this happen.

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Packing List

Pack old clothing for your child, and label everything. Please do not bring anything valuable, or that you do not want to risk getting lost or dirty. Laundry is done for campers once per 2-week session.

If you are having trouble finding items on this list, please reach out to us – we are happy to help.

Required Clothing

12 pairs of underwear

12 pairs of socks

3 pairs of pajamas

9 t-shirts

2 long sleeve shirts

4 sweaters or sweatshirts

4-5 pairs of shorts

3-4 pairs of long pants

2 bathing suits

1 pair of shoes/sneakers

1 pair of boots

1 lightweight jacket

1 rain jacket

1 hat or cap


Required Items

Day pack (small backpack)

Water bottle

Flip flops or shower shoes

1 laundry bag

1 set of twin sheets, incl. pillow case

2 towels

Toothbrush and toothpaste

Soap and shampoo

Sanitary supplies

Comb or brush

Stationary and stamps


Photos of family

Book to read

Disposable or battery operated digital camera



Do NOT pack
Phones, tablets or electronic games
Anything requiring a plug
Jewelry, money or valuables