Trail Blazers has a long history of bringing our campers to nature, but this year we are bringing nature to our campers! Summer Quest is the virtual complement to our Brooklyn Day Camp, though it’s open for all to enjoy and at no cost! The themes mirror Brooklyn Day Camp with additional activities, experiments, and outdoor challenges to do with the whole family. Each activity is a mission and when you complete multiple missions, you can level up!
Small groups and building relationships are a vital part of Trail Blazer’s mission. When you sign up for the Summer Quest program, your camper will be a part of an active community, where they can interact with others and share photos and highlights. What are you waiting for? Sign up today and join us on our new adventure!
trail blazers’ summer quest
What is Summer Quest?
Summer Quest is Trail Blazers virtual camp platform – It can be experienced on its own or as a complement our Brooklyn Day Camp program. Campers will have access to a week of activities to do at home, either on their own or with the whole family, including science experiments, art projects, games, and outdoor challenges. Every week holds new adventures with so many awesome options to choose from.
Summer Quest also features a community where campers can interact with each other, and share photos and highlights of their adventures. They can also log their experiences in their personal journal.
Summer Quest offers a variety of at-home activities and challenges your campers can complete to fit your schedule. At-home activities or missions, as we often call them, align with our weekly themes, and are designed to complement our Brooklyn Day Camp program.
When asking for parent feedback this Spring, we heard two main takeaways: Families needed flexibilty and were concerned about the amount of time their children were spending in front of screens. Even when working remote, it can be difficult to manage schedules, which is why we’ve designed our virtual offerings to be fun and flexible, campers can choose their own journey!
Once enrolled you will be invited to sign up for MyQuest where you will access a library of at-home activities. Need a full day of engagement? Choose 3-5 missions to complete. Looking for a lighter load for the day? Choose only one mission. Campers can go at their own pace allowing you the flexibility you need. You can also have the whole family do a mission together.
Our at home activities are varied and designed to appeal to many learning styles – some missions include video instructions so your campers can follow along, while others include picture or written instructions so that they can be completed device free.
We still believe in the power of getting outside and exploring the world around us.
Now, more than ever, it so important to stay connected to the outside world – so we’ve designed exciting ‘Nature in My Neighborhood’ challenges to help our campers and their families stay engaged. Each week of virtual camp will include several challenges that encourage campers to get outside, at whatever capacity they can – a walk around the block, a search for a landmark in the park, or maybe just bird watching from your window.
Stay connected not just with nature, but with your Trail Blazers community by sharing photos of your adventures on MyQuest.
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 – adapted for our virtual programs, and that looks different every day, and for every group – delivers a uniquely powerful youth development experience.
Summer 2020 will feature an exciting Skills Mastery built into the theme of each week. Our weekly themes from Day Camp have been modified to go virtual. Campers will be given opportunities to learn and develop a wonderful variety of hands-on skills from their very own homes. If your camper has already participated in virtual camp during July, Summer Quest will feature brand new content for a new experience!
When Nature Calls (August 3 – 7)
Skill of the week: Wildlife Identification
‘What’s that sound? Who’s tracks are these?’ Bird calls, track identification and more! The investigation is on as we learn about all the wildlife that shares our world.
How Knot to Slack on Survival Skills (August 10 – 14):
Skill of the week: Knot Tying & Survival Skills
A welcoming introduction to wilderness arts, including simple survival knots, how to raise a shelter, filter clean water and craft the perfect marshmallow roasting fire. It will be easy to get tied up in how much fun we’ll have with this extremely useful skill week.
Namaste Outside! (August 17 – 21)
Skill of the week: Wellness, Yoga & Meditation
Whether it is something as small as knowing when to ask for help, or taking a big step towards helping others, this week presents plenty of opportunities to learn about the body and how to take care of yourself and each other. Campers will balance and breathe as they learn to strike many new poses. But, just because we will be calming our bodies and minds, does not mean we will be slowing down. There is plenty of exciting activity to be had each day!
It’s EASY Being Green (August 24 – 28)
Skill of the week: Gardening, Composting & Recycling
We’re rooting for you, there’s so mulch to learn about going green. As true Trail Blazers we need little encourage-mint to take care of this wonderful planet, but thistle be one exciting week as campers spend a little extra thyme in the garden, learning hands on how to compost and best take care of our environment. We’ll grow together with some unbe-leaf-able recycling projects.
Ultimate Trail Blazer (August 31 – September 4)
We’ll revisit our favorite games, activities, and experiments from the summer!
Registration is open for all! There is no cost to participate in Summer Quest.
We have partnered with the MyQuest learning platform to offer mission-focused virtual programming. After registration in Active, you will receive a link to set up your camper’s MyQuest account and join their smallcamp. Please note: once you have set up your account, you will need to enroll in each weekly session in MyQuest. You will receive links ahead of time for this.
Use the buttons below to login and access your MyQuest dashboard or view a tutorial video on how to use MyQuest.
Who can participate in Summer Quest?
Summer Quest is designed for campers age 3-10. They do not have to be enrolled in Day Camp to participate.
How will we get program materials?
We strive to reduce, reuse, and recycle – many of our activities will require few materials and items you can typically find in your home. We will also send out a list of suggested materials a week before your virtual experience is set to begin so you can shop for materials on your own.
What tech will we need to participate?
To participate in our virtual programs you will need a device (laptop, tablet, etc…) and reliable access to the internet. That’s it!
What platform will be used for the virtual program?
For our virtual programs, we will use Zoom and MyQuest. All Live sessions and electives will take place via Zoom. After registration into our virtual program you will receive a link and password for Zoom calls, as well as an invitation to sign up for MyQuest. Once registered for MyQuest you will have access to our at-home activities, Nature in My Neighborhood Challenges and all of our virtual camp fun!