Our sleep away camp sessions are about two weeks long (twelve nights, thirteen days). Our BKB Climbing camp session is one week long (six nights, seven days). Our Leaders in Training summer intensive program is four weeks long. Sleep Away and BKB campers are welcome to attend multiple sessions of camp, but must go home in the interim between sessions. However, the Leaders in Training program runs the length of two sleep away camp sessions, and includes the intersession weekend that normally falls in between.
One of the most powerful aspects of the Trail Blazers experience is the ability for campers to 'unplug' and be away from technology while building independence and self-confidence outside of their comfort zone. Because of this, campers do not have access to phones or computers while they are at camp. We understand that this can be a big adjustment for parents as well as campers!We encourage regular letter writing at camp, and you can send your child emails through our camp email address (firstname.lastname@example.org). We will print them out and deliver them to your camper along with the postal mail. Remember to keep letters positive, and make sure you tell your camper how excited you are that they are having a great time at camp! You are always welcome to call camp with any questions you have during your child’s camp session, or to check in on how they are adjusting. The camp administrative staff will be happy to let you know.
We ask that you send enough clothing for at least 7 days. We will do laundry once during each two-week session; in order to ensure that we accommodate all of our campers, laundry is limited to necessities only. Because your child will be outside in the elements, please pack old clothes that you do not mind getting dirty. Also please make sure to label ALL clothes with first and last name. A detailed packing list and other useful information can be found in the parent handbook, which you can access on your dashboard once you submit your camper’s application.
Trail Blazers’ mission is to make the camp experience affordable and accessible to everyone. We automatically offer scholarships to all of our Sleep Away Camp and Leaders in Training campers at four tuition levels, based on total household income. For Tier and tuition information for our 2-week Sleep Away Camp programs, click here.For Tier and tuition information for our 4-week Leaders in Training program, click here. In addition to our Tuition structure, further scholarship assistance may be available to you and your family -- so apply early! (At this time, we are unable to offer our BKB Climbing Camp program at a tiered tuition rate; limited scholarships are available for this program.)
As an American Camp Association Accredited Camp we ensure that all staff are trained professionals in their area. We certify our own American Red Cross Life Guards and recruit staff from all over the country and the world with a passion and excitement for working in youth development and outdoor education. Each staff member undergoes an intensive interview and reference check which includes a criminal background and national sex offenders registry check. Before children arrive, our staff completes a thorough training that covers all aspects of the Trail Blazers program, from safety and emergency procedure rehearsal to program development and implementation, in order to prepare for the important job of looking after your child’s physical and emotional safety.
Camp is about expanding horizons and trying new things. We employ a "Three Bite Rule" during meals that encourages all campers to try at least a little bit of every food. This allows them to try new things and ensures that they are eating full and proper meals. Trail Blazers is a peanut free camp and has zero peanut products on menu. In addition, we can accommodate dairy free, vegetarian, low acid, and other specific diets. If your child has an allergy or restriction, we will honor that to the best of our ability. Please make sure that all allergy information is included in their health history and that the necessary precautions (such as an epi-pen) are sent to camp. Call us before camp to speak directly about any diet or food questions you have.
Trail Blazers does not host visiting days during the summer. Part of the power of camp comes from independence and from getting away from what campers know. Seeing family often brings on feelings of homesickness and can be challenging and confusing for many campers. You and your child may attend the Open House prior to camp to see what it is all about. We also have one "Friends and Family Day" during the summer, where you can come and see camp in session. Although Friends and Family Day may fall within your child's camp experience, they may be off camp property on their Vagabond expedition or busy with their group, so it is not a guarantee that you will see them.
Trail Blazers provides transportation to and from camp for our campers coming from New York City and surrounding towns in New Jersey. During the spring, you will be asked to confirm your travel intentions by filling out a form on you online dashboard. About two weeks before your session starts, you will receive an email confirmation of your travel plans. Please make sure that the information is correct and to be at your drop-off/pick-up point on time, or to contact us right away if something comes up! You are also free to bring your child up on your own if you prefer.
Trail Blazers has a licensed RN, LPN, or EMT on camp at all times. We have an infirmary where medications are stored and dispensed daily or as needed, and where campers can go to rest or be checked out when they are ill or injured. In order to provide the best care for your child, it is very important that you completely fill out your health history and medical forms as well as send your child with enough of any prescription medication in its original container for the duration of camp. For any matters that require additional medical treatment, we are within a short drive to local hospitals and doctors.
Session 1 2016
Sun July 3rd - Fri July 15th
Session 2 2016
Sun July 17th - Fri July 29th
Session 3 2016
Sun July 31st - Fri August 12th
Session 4 2016
Sun August 14th - Fri August 26th
We automatically offer scholarships to all of our families at four tier levels with additional scholarship funding available upon request, based on availability.
For details, click here!
If you are a returning camp family, or if you have already started your application for 2016, you can sign in here to make changes to your application, to download forms, or to fill out your Health History.