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SLEEP AWAY CAMP

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.


A PROGRAM LIKE NO OTHER

Decentralized programming puts the camper in control! Each day's schedule is tailored to the interests of the group – as such, no two sessions are ever the same. Campers experience life in the outdoors by living in teepees and canvas hogans in family-like small camps of 8 to 10 peers, gathering around the fire circle for nightly pow-wows where songs are sung and games are played, after a day filled with a wide variety of outdoor adventure activities, such as mountain biking, swimming and canoeing in our 55 acre lake, archery, nature crafts, hiking and backpacking, outdoor cooking, and fishing.




Vagabond: Live the Trail

With new skills and experience under their belts, campers prepare for an expedition on the Appalachian 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. Through Vagabond, campers achieve a sense of pride and accomplishment and the feeling that they can do anything.

Specialty Programs

Campers age 12 and up have the option of selecting a canoeing or biking intensive program. These campers experience Vagabond on the Delaware River, canoeing from site to site, or in the State Parks that neighbor Trail Blazers, taking mountain bikes to the trails. Though programming for these specialty offerings is also decentralized, development of canoeing or mountain biking skills will play a prominent part in the days leading up to Vagabond. You will be able to select either the canoeing or the biking intensive program during the application process.

Teen Leadership at Trail Blazers

The Leader-in-Training program at Trail Blazers is 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. Participation in the L.I.T. program requires an application and a pre-camp interview. Click here for more information about this opportunity.


EXCEPTIONAL LEADERS

As an ACA accredited camp, we insure that all staff are trained professionals in their area. 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 development 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.


QUESTIONS?

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. Don’t see your question on the list? Contact Molly at mmccue@trailblazers.org or (212) 929-7105. She will be happy to speak more with you about what Trail Blazers summer camp has to offer.

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Session 1
Sun June 28th - Fri July 10th

Session 2
Sun July 12th - Fri July 24th

Session 3
Mon July 27th - Sat August 8th

Session 4
Mon August 10th - Sat August 22nd

It is Trail Blazers’ mission to make camp accessible for everyone. We realize that families have different needs and abilities to pay and we want to make sure we are fair to all. Although it costs $1500 per child for two weeks of camp, we automatically offer scholarships to all of our families at four tuition levels, ranging from $250 to $1000. In addition there is ‘campership’ support available to further reduce cost for you and your family. A registration fee of $100 is required from everyone. 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.

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If your child attended Trail Blazers in 2014, or if you've already submitted your application for 2015, 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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Year-Round Office

394 Rogers Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11225

p:212-529-5113

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Summer Office

210 Deckertown Turnpike

Montague, NJ 07827

p:973-875-4116