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Since 1887 …
Once a Life Camper, a camper for life. Once a Trail Blazer, always a Trail Blazer. Whether it’s been one year or fifty since you last visited camp, we want to keep in touch! And keep your eyes peeled for information about our annual events: Operation Muscle (volunteer day to set up Mashipacong Estate in May), Friends of Trail Blazers Day, and Labor Day Weekend Camp Out!
The Alumni Engagement Committee (AEC) was established by the TBC Board of Trustees to help promote camper and staff alumni engagement with Camp and foster a sense of unity and continuity across generations of TBC alumni. Like you, AEC members have been campers and/or staff at Trail Blazers and fondly remember their Camp experiences and the people who impacted their lives in so many ways.
This page celebrates the rich legacy that we inherited from those who came before us. A legacy which became a part of, and was left to, those who followed. As importantly, we hope that it will serve as a way for alumni to learn about current programs and events and find meaningful ways to stay involved with Trail Blazers and support its continuing efforts to provide children and young adults the opportunity to “Go Outside, and Grow Within.”
KAY SMORTO – 1935-1941
I was a camper at Life Girls’ Camp in Branchville CT from 1935-1938, a Camper Leader at Life Girls’ Camp at Mashipacong from 1939- 41, returned to Alumni Camp as an LL (Life Lifer) with my husband Charles and my children for many years, and served as a member of the TBC Board of Trustees for several years.
Although I have so many fond memories (including dishwashing), I suppose the most meaningful one took place in November 1938 when I was in the group of Life campers who came to Mashipacong to dedicate the site for a new Life Camp. On that day, we buried a time capsule with scrolls near the lodge where a new foundation was being laid and watched the workmen mark the spot where the Dining Hall would be built.