Our Mission & Impact

Going Outside since 1887

OUR MISSION: Through outdoor programs, financially-accessible to all, Trail Blazers equips and empowers youth to build values for life.


Number of Programs Getting Campers Outside


% of Campers Experiencing Significant Growth


Number of Staff Making a Difference


Number of Campers Served since 1887

how do we measure success?

At the forefront of everything we do is our commitment to helping young people develop the skills and values needed to thrive as adults. What we have known to be true through many enjoyable alumni and parent anecdotes, research also confirms: the Trail Blazers approach works. 


Success is only possible if we know what we are doing and how we are doing it. Data helps us understand what our true impact is, what is working, and what needs to be improved. Guided by our strategic plan, the five essential questions below provide a yardstick by which to measure our progress, keep us focused as we grow, and—most important—help us keep the promises we make to our campers and their families.

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