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Summer Sleep Away Camp

Trail Blazers' two-week summer adventure program allows campers to unplug and live in a rustic and natural setting. Participating in exciting outdoor activities and learning new skills, camp is the perfect place to have eye-opening experiences, make memories, and create friendships that will last a life-time. Programs focus on our six core values – Being a Friend, Being Healthy, Learning to Learn, Self-Growth, Being a Steward, and Learning to Survive.

A Program like No Other

The decentralized nature of the Trail Blazers program puts the camper in control! Campers experience life in the outdoors by living in teepees and canvas hogans in small 'family' groups of 8 to 10 of their peers, gathering around the fire circle for nightly pow-wows where songs are sung and games are played. The day's activities are tailored to the interests of the group – as such, no two sessions are ever the same! Rustic living conditions, creative and exciting individualized programming, and challenging trail expeditions called Vagabonds are just part of the excitement and challenge that make up the Trail Blazers experience.

Daily Excitement and Enrichment

All Trail Blazers participate in a wide variety of outdoor adventure activities such as:

  • Mountain biking
  • Swimming and canoeing in our 55 acre lake
  • Archery
  • Nature crafts
  • Backpacking
  • Hiking
  • Outdoor cooking
  • Fishing
Vagabond: Live the Trail

With new skills and experience, campers prepare for a final expedition on the Appalachian Trail. Often a highlight of the Trail Blazer experience, Vagabond is a 1-4 day trip that provides the perfect chance for campers to use the wilderness and survival skills they have developed 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, cruising along the trails on their bikes. You will be able to select either the canoeing or the biking intensive program during the application process.

Summer 2015 Dates

Coming soon!


At Trail Blazers, We Build Values for Life

Being a Friend

Small camp groups spend the majority of their days together. They plan their own activities, work through conflicts with the guidance their Group Leaders, and learn how to support one another while facing the exciting challenge of living side by side in a rustic environment. Small group living brings together a diverse array of campers who may not have the opportunity to get to know one another outside of camp. At Trail Blazers, we place a large emphasis on respect, kindness, and growing as a team.

Being Healthy

Being a Trail Blazer means being active every day, and we make sure our campers have the food necessary to give them fuel. Breakfast and dinner are served family-style in our Great Hall, where emphasis is places on table manners, and everyone abides by the "Three Bite Rule." Lunch is packed out or cooked over a fire, and our chef prepares wholesome, home-cooked meals daily -- take a look at a sample Trail Blazers menu!

Learning to Learn

Is that tiny bird really making that huge sound? Do daddy longlegs spin webs? At Trail Blazers, we take the time not only to ask these kinds of questions, but to find the answers as well. Campers discover interesting facts about the natural world they observe in one of our two libraries, and have the opportunity to share these discoveries with the entire camp during meal times. While reading about the differences between moths and butterflies, campers can also pick out a book to read during Solo, a daily time for reading, letter writing, reflection, and one-on-one chats with Group Leaders.

Self-Growth

At Trail Blazers you will have the opportunity to do things you may never have done before, whether this is your first, fifth, or even your fifteenth year at camp! Try something new, express yourself in front of camp at the Talent Show, or come up with an activity for your group to do together. You have the support you need to step outside your comfort zone at TBC.

Being a Stweard

Environmental stewardship is a huge part of the Trail Blazers program, and it is integrated into every aspect of our lives at camp. We value the Leave No Trace principals of camping, and strive to leave our campsites better than when we found them. We reduce the amount of disposable items we use, re-use the items we have, and recycle objects as much as possible. At camp, we care about our impact on the natural world, and do our best to take care of the environment we live in.

Learning to Survive

Knot tying, fire building, and pitching a tent – campers work with experienced staff to gain serious survival skills at Trail Blazers, and they have put them all to use during their Vagabond expeditions. Do you know a lot of people who can cook a meal over a campfire in the rain? We didn’t think so! At Trail Blazers, we face the challenges of outdoor living together, gaining survival skills that are about more than building shelters, but about building confidence and character, and encouraging teamwork and independence.


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.


Tuition and Fees

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 offer scholarships at four tuition levels, ranging from $500 to $1500. In addition there is ‘campership’ support available to further reduce cost for you and your family. A registration combo fee of $100 is required from everyone. For details, please download the Fees description.


FAQs

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 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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