Brooklyn Day Camp

PLG Brooklyn Day Camp
Outdoor-focused Daily Adventures

Develop a love for the great outdoors every day, right in your neighborhood.

Our day camp program helps your camper develop an appreciation for the environment while making memories to last a lifetime.

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about Trail Blazers – we’d love to have your child join us this summer! Our days are filled with science experiments, group play and group challenges, team building, nature exploration, and lots of singing. More than that, each day your camper will develop their ability to care for themselves, their friends, our community, and the environment.

Everything we do is centered on the outdoors, unplugging from screens and connecting to our surroundings. Weekly themes place emphasis on learning about the world around us. Each week brings opportunities for exploring Prospect Park, taking exciting trips around the city, or a day trip adventure to the forest of our New Jersey campsite. We’re never far from an indoor location in case we need shelter – but really, why not spend as much time outside as possible during the summer!

Staff From All Over The World

Our staff hails from all corners of the globe, adding a special international flair to each day. Your child's group will have the same international staff member each day.

Small Group Experience

Central to our philosophy is the program experience in small groups with the same leaders each day, allowing for the development of strong and lasting bonds.

Local and NJ Trips to Camp

Each week we explore nature in the city or even venture out to our 1000 acre estate in NJ, to swim, bike, hike and experience the outdoors in a pristine setting.

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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An Exciting Outdoor Program
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
  • Exciting weekly themes
  • Three “home base” locations to choose from: Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Crown Heights, and Park Slopw
  • Program hours from 8:00 – 4:00, with aftercare available until 6:00.
  • Day trips to Trail Blazers’ 1000 acre forested property in Sussex County, NJ, four times throughout the summer – archery, cookouts, lake swims, and more!
  • Weekly swimming in a local Brooklyn pool, including swim instruction and recreational swim led by our American Red Cross certified life guards
  • Local trips all around the city, from museums to climbing gyms to zoos
  • Healthy snacks and healthy habits incorporated into each day
  • Staff from Brooklyn and around the world!
A TYPICAL DAY

Each day at PLG Trail Blazers is spent in ‘small camp’, a consistent group of 12-15 campers with 2 dedicated group leaders – plus many more specialist and senior staff for support! Because each child’s group remains small and consistent throughout the summer, our campers and adults form very strong bonds!

Each day includes the same mix of components, which your child’s group leaders will customize in real-time response to the group’s needs, likes and dislikes. These building blocks include:

  • MORNING CHECK IN – setting goals and talking through the day’s program
  • ART/SCIENCE/GARDEN ACTIVITIES – each day includes an art project and/or a science experiment, all done right outside
  • HIKING/ORIENTEERING – campers read maps and go on treasure hunts, getting to know all corners of the park
  • TEAMBUILDING – specific games are used to bring the group together, teach group skills, and help groups overcome challenges
  • MUSIC/SINGING – we sing all the time, both during specific song session as well as while we move from place to place!
  • TRIPS/SWIMMING – trips are guided by our weekly theme, and bi-weekly opportunities to travel to our New Jersey site add excitement and adventure to the summer
  • PLAYGROUND VISITS – Prospect Park has many great playgrounds, and we want to try them all (including the awesome splash pad at LeFrak!)
  • 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 spend some time napping, reading a book, or laying back and watching 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
  • POWOW – the day always ends around the imaginary fire, singing songs, processing the day’s highlights and transitioning to the day end
Dates and Themes

Each week is loosely guided by a theme, though we pride ourselves on having the flexibility to follow group and camper interest.

 Week 1 (July 1 – July 6): Everyday Environmentalist

While playing exciting games that teach about the environment, we’ll also come up with ideas for how we can take care of the world around us

Week 2 (July 9 – July 13): Up In The Sky

It’s a bird, it’s a cloud, it’s the moon, it’s the stars — so many things go over our heads that we’ll discover this week

Week 3 (July 16 – July 20): Trash to Treasure

Through art and building projects we’ll make awesome new creations from lots and lots of old stuff

Week 4 (July 23 – July 27): Ready, Set, Grow!

We’ll take a look at the growth of everything around us, from animals and plants to shadows and cities

Week 5 (July 30 – August 3): Under the Sea

What creatures live under water? There’s a whole world there to explore!

Week 6 (August 6 – August 10): People and Plants

From growing food to building shelters, people use plants in many different ways – let’s see how many different uses we can explore

Week 7 (August 13 – August 17): Nature Large and Small

From the tiniest beetles to the biggest trees, we will sharpen our observation skills this week to learn about much more than what’s right in front of our eyes

Week 8 (August 20 – August 24): How Things Work

In this building and engineering focused week, we’ll be taking things apart and putting them back together in order to learn how different parts go together to make things work

Week 9* (August 27 – August 31): Play It Again!

We’ll revisit our favorite games, activities, and experiments from the summer!

*Please note: Week 9 has limited capacity, and is offered as a full 5-day week only. Registration for this week will begin in July, and is only open to families who are enrolled in at least one regular season week of PLG Trail Blazers.

Three Locations *NEW*
NEW THIS SUMMER!

PLG Trail Blazers offers three daily drop-off and pick-up locations. Groups at all locations follow the same weekly program: Prospect Park adventures, swim days, city field trips, and day trips to our New Jersey camp.

  • Prospect Lefferts Gardens: Our home base is the Carousel Lawn, by the Empire Blvd entrance to Prospect Park. Indoor/after care location: PS 375, Jackie Robinson. Staff will be available daily to meet your camper at designated spots along the B line as far south as King’s Highway. This service is offered at a fee of $2/day.
  • Crown Heights: We meet daily at PS 316 Elijah Stroud, on Sterling Pl and Classon Ave, which also serves as our indoor/after care location.
  • Park Slope: Drop-off/pick-up location announced soon!
Drop Off, Pick Up and Transportation

Drop off time is between 8.00 and 8.30 at all locations.

Regular pick up is between 3.30 and 4.00pm.

After care pick up is between 5.30 and 6pm.

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.

B TRAIN SUBWAY SERVICE (Prospect Lefferts location only) – For families in Ditmas Park, Midwood, and Sheepshead Bay, staff will be available at 8am on the B line (in the subway station, behind the turnstile) at the following stops: King Highway, Newkirk Ave, Church Ave, Prospect Park. Your camper will return to that location between 4.15 and 4.30.

You will be asked to sign up for subway service on a weekly basis, using an online form. There is $2 fee per day for each day you signed up for this service.

On certain trip days, drop off location may change. We communicate extensively through email and cell phone app so you always know where to drop off or pick up your child. Please contact us with any questions.

Ages and Cost
AGES

PLG Trail Blazers is designed for campers entering Pre-K (4 years old or 3 year olds who will turn 4 by december 1) to 10 years old. The Crown Heights and Park Slope locations take campers entering Pre-K to 8 years old (entering grade 3).

COST

All Trail Blazers programs are offered on a tier basis, loosely linked to family income, with additional scholarship opportunities available. Your tier is self-selected during the application process.

  • TIER 1 (family income up to $30,000) – $50 per day
  • TIER 2 (family income $30,000 – $60,000) – $60 per day
  • TIER 3 (family income $60,000 – $90,000) – $80 per day
  • TIER 4 (family income over $90,000) – $100 per day

We encourage you to select the tier that makes the most sense for your family. Additional scholarships are available on a limited basis for families in the tier 1 range to further reduce cost. Sibling discounts of 5% are automatically processed during enrollment.

If you are interested in being considered for additional scholarship assistance, first submit your registration. The confirmation email will provide a link to the scholarship request form – please fill this out by March 31st. Scholarships will be allocated by April 30th.

PLG Trail Blazers accepts HRA/ACS vouchers for full week campers. If this applies to your family, please contact us for more information about this process, before you enroll your camper with us.

Camp Fees

 

ADDITIONAL SERVICE FEES

After care is offered at each location for $10/day. In order to give you as much flexibility as possible, you may indicate at drop off whether you wish to use the after care service that day. Each week’s aftercare charges will be added to your account at the end of the week.

B Train Subway Service is available for $2/day. This service must be signed up for a week in advance, and will be added to your account at that time. Don’t worry, we’ll send you reminders!

Registration - Start Today!

NEW THIS SUMMER! Choose to enroll 2, 3, 4, or 5 days – you pick the days! Please note that you must enroll for a minimum of 2 days each week.

If you register before February 1, we will send you a 2018 Trail Blazers tote bag as a gift!

The Trail Blazers program approach relies heavily on the social experience within the group – we recommend you enroll for several consecutive days at the start of the summer, so your camper can get used to the group and get to know their group leader. Be sure to consult the summer schedule – this way, you know on which days your camper will attend a city trip, a NJ trip, will go swimming, or will mostly be in the park. We give you full flexibility.

Ages, Groups and Summer Schedule

 

Because consistent grouping is so important to what we do, we require you sign up your camper for the same group in each week. If a group is no longer available, you may not sign up for a different group. Doing so will result in your registration being cancelled.

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Try Our Mini Camp Adventures

We offer one-week overnight mini camp adventures, designed especially for campers who have been with us at PLG Trail Blazers who want to give overnight camp a try. All sessions depart at 11am on the first day and return at 3pm on the final day.

  • Mini Camp 1: Sunday July 1 – Friday July 6
  • Mini Camp 2: Sunday July 15  – Friday July 20
  • Mini Camp 3: Sunday August 29 – Friday August 3

This 6 day, 5 night camp is a great introduction to overnight camp and is designed specifically for children 5 – 8 who have been to Trail Blazers, either this season or in prior years. 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 at all times throughout the day.

Spots are limited to 10 campers per mini session. The session is offered at a limited tier rate. Additional scholarships are not available for this program.

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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 members from across the country and around the world that have a passion for working with youth in the outdoors.

Each staff member undergoes an intensive interview and reference check process. We run criminal and sex offender background checks on every person employed by our organization. Before children arrive, our staff completes 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.

We assign one international staff member and one American staff member to each group, with the intention of keeping this co-working team intact for the duration of the summer.

Trail Blazers is also a Summer Youth Employment site – we hire wonderful young staff eager to work with children, who serve as extra sets of eyes and ears on each group. This means that, typically, each group has at least 3 adults present at all times.

Meet the Day Camp Team
Are You and Your Child Ready for PLG?

We believe our program is the best – but is it the best fit for you?

We really care about being outside and are passionate about the program that we offer. If you are new to Trail Blazers, please plan to attend one of our info sessions if you can, held the first Tuesday of the month, to learn more and ask as many questions as you have!

Because we do things differently from most other camps, we hope that you will take time to consider the following in order to ensure that we are a good fit for you and your family:

LITTLE LEGS AND BATHROOMS – Being in the park means we may not be directly next to a bathroom all the time. Sometimes, we have to walk a little. Our staff knows to map their program around bathroom locations, and we equip our youngest groups with emergency potties. Your camper should be able to recognize the need for a bathroom trip, communicate this need to their group leader, and then possibly hold on for a few minutes!

INDEPENDENCE AT A YOUNG AGE – Throughout the program, our campers learn a lot about self-management: packing their own backpack, getting ready for lunch, hiking in the park, etc. Your camper has to be ready to take on those challenges in increasingly more independent ways.This includes traveling to our New Jersey site with us, if you choose to enroll on those days.

UNSTRUCTURED PLAY – We believe that children learn best from things they experience on their own, and that the process of figuring out an activity is of equal or greater value than the activity itself. Unstructured free play allows kids to learn more – and learn differently – than during highly structured, instructor-led activities. Each day has lots of play built in, during which we explicitly train staff to step aside into the role of an observer and facilitator, but not teacher.

RAINY WEATHER – As a nature-loving outdoor adventure program, we are not easily scared inside! While hugely inclement weather may bring us indoors, we’re much more likely to seek shelter from rain under a tree – if at all! Puddle jumping and mud pies are right up our alley, and in order for you to have a great experience with us this summer, this needs to be something you’re excited about as well.

LOUD SINGING – Your camper will come home and sing camp songs incessantly, and will more than likely require you to participate. Are you ready for that fun?!

We are Ready!
Terms and Conditions

Please familiarize yourself with our Terms and Conditions. This document will be available on your ACTIVE enrollment portal as well.

If you have have any questions, please contact our office.

Terms and Conditions