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Trail Blazers' two-week summer adventure program allows campers to unplug and experience the thrill of life in a natural setting. Programs focus on our six core values – Being a Friend, Being Healthy, Learning to Learn, Self-Growth, Being a Steward, and Learning to Survive. Rustic living, creative and exciting individualized programming, and challenging trail expeditions called Vagabonds are just part of the excitement that make up the Trail Blazers experience.


For 129 years, Trail Blazers has been offering young people the opportunity to get out of the city and explore the beauty of the natural world. Our flagship offering is our Outdoor Adventure program. Open to campers in grades 1 through 10, this two-week experience gives youth the chance to try everything camp has to offer, building friendships with people from all over the world and creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Small Camp Living

Campers experience life in the outdoors by living in teepees and canvas hogans in family-like small camps of 8 to 10 peers. They plan their days together, and end each night by gathering around the pow wow fire to sing songs, play games and prepare for the next day's adventures!

Decentralized Programming

Each day's schedule is tailored to the interests of the group – as such, no two sessions are ever the same. Camp days are filled with mountain biking, swimming and canoeing in our 55 acre lake, archery, nature crafts, hiking, outdoor cooking, fishing, and so much more.

Vagabond: Live the Trail

Often a highlight of the Trail Blazer experience, Vagabond is a 1-4 night trip that provides the perfect chance for campers to use their newly-developed wilderness and survival skills as well as test the bonds they have formed with their group members.


Ready to take your camp experience to the next level? Trail Blazers offers specialty programs for campers of different ages and all experience levels. You will still participate in all the activities camp has to offer, with part of each day focused on developing the skills needed for your Vagabond. Choose your program when filling out your camper application.

Canoeing Intensive Camp

Open to campers in grades 7 through 10. "Baker's Acres...we canoe!" Participating in this program will mean building your paddle skills and putting them to the test. You will travel to and from your small camp by canoe and spend part of each day perfecting your strokes, preparing to embark on a 3 day Vagabond down the Delaware River.

New This Year!
By popular demand, we are offering a session of Canoeing Camp for boys! Sign up in Session 2!

Biking Intensive Camp

Open to campers in grades 7 through 10. Why walk when you can bike? This program will take you all over camp fast, as you zip from activity to activity on a bike that is yours for the two weeks that you are at TBC. Learn how to make the minor repairs and adjustments that you'll need as you tackle the hills of Stokes State Forest on a 3 day biking journey.

Rock Climbing Camp

Open to campers in grades 5 through 8. Our climbing program is going into its fourth year, and to celebrate we are expanding it to fill two whole weeks! Start the program off with field trip to The Gravity Vault for indoor climbing instruction, building the skills you'll take with you to the rock walls of Allamuchy State Park for a 3 day Vagabond expedition. Ready to reach new heights? Sign up today!

Leaders in Training

Leaders in Training is a 4-week program designed for current high school students who wish to develop leadership skills through active participation in different aspects of the Trail Blazers Sleep Away program. Environmental stewardship, community service, and self-growth and reflection are the cornerstones of this leadership program. Being an L.I.T. requires a pre-camp questionnaire to be filled out by the camper.

Click here for more information about this opportunity.


Our staff are passionate about working with children and committed to safety. We certify American Red Cross Life Guards and recruit staff from all over the country and the world with a passion and excitement 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.


Follow the link to our FAQ Page for answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we get about Trail Blazers and our summer camp program. You can also take a look at our Parent Handbook. Still have questions? Speak to a member of our team by emailing , or give us a call at (212) 529-5113. We will be happy to speak more with you about what Trail Blazers summer camp has to offer.

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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

Trail Blazers' programs are offered on a sliding scale based on household income.

We automatically offer scholarships to all of our families at four tier levels with additional scholarship funding available upon request, based on availability.

Specialty programs require an additional fee of $150 - $300. A registration fee of $100 is required for all programs. A limited number of scholarships are set aside for these fees in particular.

For details, please download the fees description.

New Families...Welcome!

If you have never applied to any Trail Blazers programs before, you can start a new application 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.


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394 Rogers Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11225




Summer Office

210 Deckertown Turnpike

Montague, NJ 07827