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PLG TRAIL BLAZERS - BROOKLYN DAY CAMP

A unique partnership between Lefferts Gardens Montessori and Trail Blazers brings the Trail Blazers experience to PLG in Brooklyn, NY. Since 1887, our programs have helped youth connect and engage with their surroundings, guiding them as they touch, smell, taste, and otherwise experience all that the environment has to offer.



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A PROGRAM LIKE NO OTHER

In collaboration with Lefferts Gardens Montessori, our day camp program helps your camper develop a love for being outdoors while making memories and creating friendships that last a lifetime. This is not your ordinary day camp – everything we do is centered around the outdoors, unplugging ourselves from our screens (no iPads here!) and connecting to our surroundings. Weekly themes place emphasis on exploring the world around us. At Trail Blazers, we prefer natural crafts, lots of group play and group challenges, team building, natural exploration and, of course, lots and lots of singing – after all, this is summer camp!




EXPERT LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL STAFF

PLG Trail Blazers will be staffed with professionals from both Trail Blazers and Lefferts Garden Montessori.

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.

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PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

  • Camp structure – groups of around 10 children, 2 group leaders, international staff from all over the world
  • Home base – Prospect Park as well as at Lefferts Gardens Montessori, drop off at the parks edge in a convenient location
  • A new and exciting theme every week
  • A trip to Trail Blazers' camp property every other week – our 1000 acre forested property in Sussex County, NJ, is the perfect place expand on what we learn in the city
  • Swimming and water activities – including in our 55 acre lake, led by American Red Cross certified life guards
  • Weekly local trips – from zoos to swimming to rock climbing, we’ll explore what our city has to offer
  • Healthy snacks and healthy habits incorporated into each day
  • Optional Family Weekend overnights at camp...dates TBD
  • A mix of international and local staff – Trail Blazers hires from Brooklyn to Australia

  • Local Adventures and Camp Field Trips

    Each theme has a local adventure built into the week, in addition to bi-weekly trips to our 1000 forested acres in Sussex County, NJ (transportation included) to swim in our lake, hike our trails, or cook and have s'mores over an open fire. Parents are welcome to join these camp days.

    Ages, Times and Location

    PLG TRAIL BLAZERS is for children in Pre-K through Grade 5. Campers are placed with children of a similar age in a coed group.

    Camp starts each day at 8am (drop off between 8 and 8.30) and ends at 4pm. Extended hours from 4.00 until 6.30 are available .

    There are 8 weeks of programming. Each week, your child may choose to attend 2 days (Tuesday and Thursday), 3 days (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) or 5 days.


    PLG TRAIL BLAZERS will take place in Prospect Park and at the LGM building on 526 Rogers Avenue, Brooklyn, depending on programming. A weekly program will provide details on drop off and pick up in convenient locations.

    Family Weekends

    Our Family Weekend takes place on our breathtaking 1000 acre camp property in Sussex County, NJ from Friday, August 12th through Sunday, August 14th. This is the perfect opportunity for you and your camper to make memories together sleeping under canvas, fishing in our lake, and exploring our trails.

    • 1 parent, 1 child enrolled in camp: $150
    • 2 parents, 1 child enrolled in camp: $250
    • Additional Enrolled Child: $50
    • Additional non-enrolled child (4+): $100


    QUESTIONS?

    Information Sessions will be held in early 2016. Details will be announce on our website, or contact Stephan, Day Camp Director, at slendor@trailblazers.org or (212) 529-5113 ext 5 to be added to the mailing list. Feel free to drop by our office if you are in the neighborhood! We will be happy to speak more with you about what Trail Blazers has to offer.

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    WEEK 1: 7/05 - 7/08

    HOW TO BE A TRAIL BLAZER

    Do you know what it takes to be a Trail Blazer? From traditions, songs, games, and leadership skills, what we learn will last a lifetime. This introduction week offers a little bit of everything, getting used to the summer routines and being out and about.

    WEEK 2: 7/11 - 7/15

    BRAVE BUILDERS

    We are builders! The mighty mighty builders! Let’s work together and see all the wonderful things we can build. Our brave builders will be working together on small boats, birdhouses, and even teepees that we can use for shelter.

    WEEK 3: 7/18 - 7/22

    THE BEST MESS

    Oh yes, this is going to be a messy week. Let’s forget about our brushes and make art with our hands. Bring out the rain boots and play in the mud. Who knew getting all dirty can be so fun? Don’t forget to leave the white clothes home!

    WEEK 4: 7/25 - 7/29

    CREATURES OF THE SEA

    Let us put on our imaginary scuba suits and dive in to the deepest parts of the sea! This week we will learn about the different kinds of animals that live in our oceans. We will also take a trip to the aquarium to learn more about these different creatures and get to see them up close and personal.

    WEEK 5: 8/01 - 8/05

    WILD AND WONDERFUL WEATHER

    Sometimes the day is bright and sunny, when all of a sudden the skies open up and start pouring…and then you see a rainbow! Let us look at how these wonders occur and what causes different types of weather.

    WEEK 6: 8/08 - 8/12

    SURVIVOR

    What does it take to survive? In the city? In the wild? For plants? For animals? For us? This theme explores the various ways life adapts to its environment – the qualities, skills and tricks that ensure survival.

    WEEK 7: 8/15 - 8/19

    YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT

    Where does our food come from? How does it grow in our gardens, and how does it transform from ingredients into delicious snacks? This week we will discover and explore healthy lifestyles.

    WEEK 8: 8/22 - 8/26

    MIGHTY MOVERS

    Let us move our feet and body to the sound of drums, let us get our heart racing with an obstacle course. This is a week full of moving, shaking, and being ACTIVE!

    Understanding that every family's financial situation is different, PLG Brooklyn Day Camp is offered at four tier levels based on household income .

    Click here for the fees description.

    All fields trips are included in the fee, unless otherwise noted in the program.

    Available discounts:

    • Sibling Discount: 5% reduction of the total tuition of each sibling
    • Early Bird Discount: 5% on the total tuition of each participant on weeks/days registered by January 31st
    • Refer-A-Friend Discount: $50 off of your tuition price

    Once you enroll, you will receive an email with detailed instruction on paperwork to complete. To stay enrolled, a minimum of 10% of your balance must be paid. This can be done online or by mail. Please contact us if you have any questions.


    New Families...Welcome!

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    Year-Round Office

    394 Rogers Avenue

    Brooklyn, NY 11225

    p:212-529-5113

    f:718-462-0597

    e: info@trailblazers.org
     
     

    Summer Office

    210 Deckertown Turnpike

    Montague, NJ 07827

    p:973-875-4116