When school is out, CAMP is in! Holiday break camps available starting December 28th!

 

During our school break programs campers will bundle up and spend time outdoors connecting with nature. Each day offers a new adventure where we’ll learn about our environment, connect with friends – both new and old, learn through hands on activities and games, and of course – PLAY!

 

Our Brooklyn day programs are based largely out of Prospect Park; however our local programming space provides a safe space for us to warm up.

 

Our overnight camp programs are held at our spacious campsite in Northern NJ. Transportation is provided from our Brooklyn office, but you can also choose to provide your own transportation.

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Looking for an exciting program where your loved ones will develop valuable life skills, build meaningful relationships and have a ton of fun as they spend their days completely outdoors? Look no further than Trail Blazers.

Our Brooklyn day camps are designed around a small group experience. We believe that challenges are essential to a child’s ability to grow and include team building activities each day. Through these activities, campers learn how to work together, how to problem solve, and in turn build more meaningful relationships with one another.

Many camps are planned down to the second and don’t allow time to wander off course, whereas at Trail Blazers we encourage this curiosity and desire to explore. We are the pioneers of decentralized programming. Each small group develops their own personalized schedule that can be tailored to meet the needs of the group. Happen upon some tadpoles in the park, let’s stop and observe for a bit. Exploration is a great way to learn.

Each program offers an environmentally focused theme, we’ll learn all about our planet, all the living things it is home to, and how best to take care of it! Campers will engage in hands-on activities focused on developing hard and valuable life skills. We’ll practice basic survival skills, knot-tying, plant and animal identification, and more!

At Trail Blazers we fully embrace the outdoors. Rain or shine, provided it is safe, we will opt outside. We spend our days exploring Prospect Park or engaged in an exciting excursion.

We strive to make camp accessible to everyone! We serve a diverse community of campers and search for staff from all backgrounds that bring unique skills and experiences with them to camp. We believe there is tremendous value in learning to interact with those that are different from us.

One hundred thirty-three years is a long time to perfect the art of youth development. Formal metrics confirm what anecdotal reports have always shown us: building strong social and emotional foundations sets children up for true long-term success.

 

Every Trail Blazers program is designed with the same five building blocks – research-backed strategies, seamlessly woven into each day’s plan:

 

  • GOAL SETTING: deciding upon daily, aspirational group and individual goals and planning paths towards them
  • TEAM BUILDING and CHALLENGE: working together to solve problems and encouraging each other to persist when things get tough
  • FREE PLAY and EXPLORATION: letting wonder and imagination guide the program experience
  • SCIENCE and SKILL BUILDING: honing in on specific interests and developing a methodical approach to learning
  • REFLECTION:  reflecting on one’s performance, focusing on the day’s highs and lows, and getting excited about what tomorrow will bring

 

This approach – which looks different every day, within every program, and for every group – delivers a uniquely powerful youth development experience.

We believe our program is the best – but is it the best fit for you?

 

We really care about being outside and are passionate about the program that we offer. When signing up for one of our programs you are agreeing to join our ‘unplugged’ community. Free from their devices, our campers learn how to build relationships through meaningful conversations, and to be present in their environment.

 

We do things differently from most other camps, we hope that you will take time to consider the following in order to ensure that we are a good fit for you and your family:

 

INDEPENDENCE AT A YOUNG AGE – Throughout the program, our campers learn a lot about self-management: packing their own backpack, getting ready for lunch, hiking in the park, etc. Your camper has to be ready to take on those challenges in increasingly more independent ways.

UNSTRUCTURED PLAY – We believe that children learn best from things they experience on their own, and that the process of figuring out an activity is of equal or greater value than the activity itself. Unstructured free play allows kids to learn more – and learn differently – than during highly structured, instructor-led activities. Each day has lots of play built in, during which we explicitly train staff to step aside into the role of an observer and facilitator, but not teacher.

RAINY WEATHER – As a nature-loving outdoor adventure program, we are not easily scared inside! While hugely inclement weather may bring us indoors, we’re much more likely to seek shelter from rain under a tree – if at all! Puddle jumping and mud pies are right up our alley, and in order for you to have a great experience with us, this needs to be something you’re excited about as well.

LOUD SINGING – Your camper will come home and sing camp songs incessantly, and will more than likely require you to participate. Are you ready for that fun?!

LITTLE LEGS AND BATHROOMS – Spending time outdoors. in the park or at our NJ campsite, means we may not be directly next to a bathroom all the time. Sometimes, we have to walk a little. Our staff knows to map their program around bathroom locations; however your camper should be able to recognize the need for a bathroom trip, communicate this need to their group leader, and then possibly hold on for a few minutes!

 

Considering one of our Brooklyn Day Camps? Our break camp programs will give you and your child a great taste of what summer at Trail Blazers is like.

After successfully running in-person programs throughout this pandemic, we learned a thing or two about keeping families safe. All our counselors have been trained on COVID best practices, and strictly adhere to our Safety Plan and guidelines to ensure the safety of our campers, families, and staff.

 

School break camps will run in small groups of 6-8 campers. Each group will be assigned consistent group leader(s). Campers must enroll for the full duration of each program and will only interact with campers and staff within their small camp.

 

Masks are required and health screenings, including temperature checks are completed before joining the program each day.

 

For more details, check out our full Safety Plan, here.

Considering Trail Blazers for summer camp? School break programs are a perfect opportunity to try out our programs to make sure it’s the right fit. There is no minimum registration required for any of our break programs, so sign up for a single program to make sure our philosophy and practices align with what you are looking for.

 

Single day programs are available to campers ages 4-10. Overnight programs are open to campers ages 6-12.

 

Registration is open for all Winter 2020-2021 programs, so sign up today before they fill up!

Each day at day camp is spent in ‘small camp’, a consistent group of 6-8 campers with a dedicated group leader(s)!

 

Schedule will vary from day to day, but include a mix of various activities. . These building blocks include:

  • MORNING CHECK IN – setting goals and expectations; talking through the day’s program
  • SKILL BUILDING  – each day features a hard skill campers will spend some time focusing on through programming. When your camper comes home they can say: ‘I learned that at camp!’
  • ART/SCIENCE/GARDEN ACTIVITIES – we focus on hands-on learning through lots of art and crafts projects, science experiments, and more – all done outdoors!
  • HIKING/ORIENTEERING – campers will learn to read maps and navigate the park – we’ll build our own compasses, engage in exciting scavenger hunts and nature walks
  • TEAM BUILDING – specific team building activities are used to bring the group together, teaching campers how to communicate, collaborate, and overcome challenges
  • MUSIC/SINGING – we sing all the time, both during specific song sessions, as well as, while transitioning from place to place!
  • TRIPS – during longer school breaks, we will partake in local field trips for more learning.
  • PLAYGROUND VISITS – Prospect Park has many great playgrounds where a couple times a week campers will visit for free play fun.
  • RUNNING/ACTIVE GAMES – when you’ve got a lot of energy to burn, nothing is better than learning a new game to play with your friends!
  • LUNCH/SOLO – we value taking some time for ourselves each day – after lunch, campers have the opportunity for some downtime to themselves – take a nap, read a or watch the clouds.
  • UNSTRUCTURED FREE PLAY – campers spend time each day playing by their own rules in a pre-defined area where they learn how to negotiate rules, engage in creative play, and have fun with friends
  • SUNSET CIRCLE – the day always ends around the imaginary fire, singing songs, processing the day’s highlights and transitioning to the day end. Each camper gets a chance to share.

 

Considering one of our Brooklyn Day Camps? Our break camp programs will give you and your child a great taste of what summer at Trail Blazers is like.

Holiday Break Camp (12/28-12/31):

Open to Pre-K – Grade 5. Must sign up for the full 4 day program.

We will spend our time exploring outside (bundled up!) and learning all about the winter holidays around the world ! We’ll have fun in Prospect Park, exploring nature, building snow people and then warm up indoors with fun holiday crafts and cozy story time.

Payment in full is required at registration. Refunds for cancellations will be given before Monday December 14th.

 

Registration will close on Monday, December 21st.

 

MLK Jr. Day Camp (1/18):

Open to Pre-K – Grade 5.

Like all Trail Blazers programs this one will bring us outdoors, rain (or snow!) or shine!

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr, we’ll also be talking about strong leaders, kindness, and the importance of working together. On this day we will practice what we can do to be good neighbors and good friends. Join us!

Payment in full is required at registration. Refunds for cancellations will be given before Friday January 11th.

 

Registration will close on Thursday, January 14th.

 

Lunar New Year Camp (2/12):

Open to Pre-K – Grade 5.

We will be celebrating the Lunar New Year: Year of the Ox, also know as the Spring Festival. We will be exploring our community and the many cultures you can find in New York City..

Payment is due at the time of enrollment. Refunds for cancellations will be issued if the cancellation is made on or before January 29th.

 

Registration will close on Tuesday, February 9th.

 

Mid-Winter Break Camp (2/15-2/19):

Open to Pre-K – Grade 5. Must sign up for the full 5 day program.

Our winter day camp program is a blast, and will include LOTS of outdoor play — of course! We will spend our time exploring how living things survive and thrive in cold environments! We’ll have fun in Prospect Park (bundled up!), exploring nature, building snow people and then warm up indoors with fun themed activities and learning, and cozy story time

Payment in full is required at registration. Refunds for cancellations will be given before February 1st.

 

Registration will close on Wednesday, February 10th.

All Trail Blazers programs are offered on a tier basis, loosely linked to family income, with additional scholarship opportunities available. Your tier is self-selected during the enrollment process.

  • TIER 1 (family income up to $30,000)- $55 per day
  • TIER 2 (family income $30,000-$60,000) – $65 per day
  • TIER 3 (family income $60,000-$90,000) – $90 per day
  • TIER 4 (family income over $90,000) – $110 per day
  • FULL FEE – $125 per day

We encourage you to select the tier that makes the most sense for your family. Sibling discounts of 5% are automatically processed during enrollment. Additional scholarships are available on a limited basis for families to further reduce cost. Contact registration@trailblazers.org for more information.

 

Aftercare (extended care from 4 – 6 pm) is available for a flat fee of $10 per day.

Prospect Park (Prospect Lefferts Gardens):

We’ll start and end each day outdoors, with drop off and pick up directly in Prospect Park. We are located at the Prospect Park Carousel lawn – use the park entrance at Flatbush Avenue and Empire Boulevard.

 

Trail Blazers does not shy away from a little rain or cold weather and strives to stay outdoors whenever possible; however when conditions become unsafe or we need warm up we will head indoors. Our indoor space is located at 397 Rogers Avenue, just a short walk from the park. You will receive an email prior to the start of the program with the program details.

 

Aftercare will be held from our indoor location at 397 Rogers Avenue.

Registration is open for all Spring 2020 programs.

 

Single day break camps are available to campers currently in grades Pre-K through 5 and aged 4-10. Program fees must be paid in full for all school break camps at least one week before the starting day of each program. Please reach out to registration@trailblazers.org if you have questions. We look forward to seeing you at camp!

 

We’ll leave Brooklyn at 8am for our Mashipacong Estate (210 Deckertown Turnpike, Montague, NJ) and return the next day at 8pm. Tuition is $170/child. For campers in grades 3 – 5

 

 

Campers will spend the night in our heated Great Hall, falling asleep to bedtime stories and the crackle of the fire in our fireplace.

Check back soon for Overnight Offerings!

Overnight break camp programs are available for a flat fee of $170. Payment is due at the time of enrollment.

 

Sibling discounts of 5% are automatically processed during enrollment. Scholarships are available on a limited basis for families to reduce cost. Contact registration@trailblazers.org for more information.

Registration is open for all Winter 2020-2021 programs.

 

Overnight break camps are available to campers in grades 1 through 6 and aged 6-12. Program fees must be paid in full for all school break camps prior to program start. Please reach out to registration@trailblazers.org if you have questions. Can’t wait to see you at camp!

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Testimonials from Summers Past

A mind stretched by a new experience can never return to its original form … I found it to be true every time I attended Trail Blazers.” ~ Alumna, 1945

 

A mind stretched by a new experience can never return to its original form … I found it to be true every time I attended Trail Blazers.” ~ Alumna, 1945

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Program update: if we CAN, we WILL, and NOW WE ARE!

We continue to monitor all guidance from the state, local health departments, and the American Camp Association, just to name a few, so that we can fulfill our mission and continue to be a resource to families while keeping everyone safe. After a successful and COVID-free summer at Family Camp and Brooklyn Day Camp, the Trail Blazers Team is currently working with schools and community partners to support students in learning and growing through this novel school year. Learn more about our current Fall 2020 programs HERE.

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