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OVERNIGHT CAMP

In existence since 1887, Trail Blazers' two-week summer adventure program allows campers to unplug and experience the thrill of life in a natural setting. 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. Our six core values – Being a Friend, Being Healthy, Learning to Learn, Self-Growth, Being a Steward, and Learning to Survive – guide all aspects of our program, ensuring that your child will not only have an unforgettable experience, but will also grow and learn. We Build Values for Life.


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. 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 single-sex 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.


SPECIALTY PROGRAMS

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 - 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.

Biking Intensive Camp -- Open to Campers in Grades 7 - 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 - 8

Our climbing program is going into its fourth year, and to celebrate we are expanding it to two whole weeks! Start the program off with field trip to an indoor climbing gym, building the skills you'll take with you to the rock walls of Allamuchy State Park for a 3 day Vagabond expedition.

New This Year!
Sessions 1 & 2 is our girls program. Session 3 & 4 is our boys program. Sign up today!

Leaders in Training -- Open to Current High School Students

Leaders in Training is a 4-week program designed 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. (Note: This is a co-ed program; boys and girls will live in one small camp together. Sleeping and showering accommodations are single-sex.)

As a Leaders in Training participant, you’ll be invited to take part in all of our year-round Leadership summits, which include participating in community service projects at Trail Blazers and in Brooklyn, enhancing your leadership skills through mentoring children at our school break weekend camps, and investing in your personal growth with workshops aimed at goal setting, motivation & personal reflection.

Click here for more information about this opportunity.


EXCEPTIONAL LEADERS

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.

Session 1 2017
Sun July 2nd - Fri July 14th

Session 2 2017
Sun July 16th - Fri July 28th

Session 3 2017
Sun July 30th - Fri August 11th

Session 4 2017
Sun August 13th - Fri August 25th


Understanding that every family's financial situation is different, Trail Blazers sleep away camp programs are offered at four tier levels based on household income. Additional scholarships available upon request.

For details, click here.


Summer Registration Opens November 25th!

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

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If you are a returning Trail Blazers 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.

 

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 registration@trailblazers.org , or give us a call at (212) 929-7105. We will be happy to speak more with you about what Trail Blazers summer camp has to offer.