Under One Sky is Trail Blazers year-round after school program, inspiring urban youth to understand that everything is connected to the environment. This program expands the notion of environment to include everywhere we live, work and play. Through opportunities in, out of and after school, students are empowered to become active participants in their local environment – because we all live under one sky!

 

We partner with elementary schools in Brooklyn to offer personalized after school programming directly on-site and in the surrounding neighborhood. For the 2019-2020 school year, we are serving students at PS 705, PS 316, PS 770, PS 139, PS 241, and Brighter Choice Community School.

Under One Sky offers holistic and innovative after school programming to elementary school students throughout New York City to promote critical thinking and a sense of wonder for the world around us. Our four core values – respect for one’s self, respect for others, respect for the community, and respect for the environment – guide all aspects of our program, ensuring that your child is growing and learning in the process of having an amazing time. Our Under One Sky After School program is modeled after 130 years of experience designing exciting summer programs. In after school, too, each day is filled with outdoor elements and a schedule determined by the interests of the group. UOS differs at each school, as we customize this after school solution centered on environmental exploration and community engagement.

At Trail Blazers, we play – a lot! During UOS, we spend time in structured and unstructured play time, where campers practice voice and choice and exercise their imaginations. We believe (and research shows) that play teaches children valuable social and emotional skills that will help them become thriving adults.

 

We play outside every day, in all seasons, because there is no such thing as bad weather, only inadequate clothing! Active, outdoor play can relieve stress, promote the development of large motor skills, increase social skills, and inspire imagination and creativity. Positive outdoor experiences when it is cold or wet outside also develop resiliency and a connection to the natural world – while also providing an escape from the germs inside!

Under One Sky was developed to help kids in the city connect to the built and natural environment around them. Our program activities foster connection and knowledge of the world around us through hands-on learning and exploration. Our environmental science curriculum includes topics such as:

 

People and PlantsCampers will explore the wide variety of ways that people use and engage with plants in our daily lives, including for food, medicine, and enjoyment. We’ll delve into the science of plant parts and how we use them, cook plant-based recipes together, learn how to care for our own plants in and out of the garden, and much more!

Survivor – We will explore all living things and how they are able to survive and thrive in the world around them, even when conditions are tough. We’ll learn about all types of environments, in Brooklyn and beyond, and what lives within them. Topics may include anything from plant and animal adaptations to wilderness survival skills.

Nature Art – Time to let the creativity flow! Using natural or recycled materials and drawing inspiration from the world around us, campers will express themselves creatively through take-home art as well as group projects. Whether making seed mosaics, landscape paintings, recycled-material wind chimes, or leaf prints, campers will have fun letting their imaginations run wild.

At some sites, speciality programs are offered each semester so every day is really something new! For the 2019-2020 school year, we are offering the following specialist-led programs:

 

Sports & Games – Time to play! Our youngest campers (pre-k & k) will learn good sportsmanship, teamwork and strategy through organized game play. Every month will focus on a new board game or outdoor sport.

Chess – Checkmate! Our chess program is for campers in 1st-5th grade. Through this ancient game, campers will learn critical thinking, discipline, strategy, and fair sportsmanship.

Maker Arts – Imagination has no limits! Campers will design, build, or create something new every day using reused, recycled, or found items. Daily projects can include anything from collaborative art projects to engineering.

Yoga – Through movement and mindfulness activities, our yogi campers will develop personal and environmental awareness and coordination, improve concentration and focus, and manage stress in a healthy and calming way.

 

Speciality offerings vary by school and are subject to change.

No cell phones, no tablets, no video games – no problem! We’ve been unplugged for over 130 years. By signing up for Trail Blazers, you are committing to your child joining an electronics-free community during the time they are with us. Without their devices, our campers learn what it means to sit and enjoy getting to know someone, to have meaningful conversations, and to be present in their environment.

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Established in 2012, the mission of Brooklyn Arts and Science Elementary School is to celebrate the unique talents of each child and to cultivate those strengths into powerful assets that serve the student and society. Through a curriculum based on the scientific method, school-wide enrichment classes, and a global studies focus, the school prepares students to fully participate in the world as 21st century citizens. Every learning experience is designed to develop the Habits of Mind, helping move students toward a future of academic achievement and personal success.

 

UOS at PS 705 serves students in pre-k through 5th grade.

UOS at PS 705 operates Monday through Friday from 2:30 to 5:30pm.

 

Trail Blazers UOS After School operates in accordance with the NYC Department of Education academic calendar and at the discretion of DOE and school administration. Programs are not in session when schools are closed or on early dismissal days.

What happens during a day of Under One Sky?

We don’t have a set daily schedule, rather our day and activities are guided by camper needs and interests. Every day does include the same basic components:

 

Team meeting and daily goal setting – As students transition out of the school day into after school, our staff spends time checking in with each child. Guided by the Value Catcher, students determine a focus for the day.

Solo time (Homework) – Every day, we share snack and dedicate 30 minutes to homework time. We don’t offer academic tutoring or one-on-one support but our group leaders are always available to provide assistance and encourage kids when homework is tough. Campers who don’t have homework can read or participate in another calm, individual activity.

Teambuilding and playWe play – a lot! Play in after school is an important component for social learning, physical health and plain old fun! Not only do our groups receive at least one full hour of free play everyday, but we also play outside year-round – in all types of weather!

Science or Specialty Content – Each day includes one activity or experiment, either guided by the theme of the week or by student interest. We focus on environmental exploration through science experiments, nature crafts, and outdoor scavenger hunts. At some schools, we may have specialists teach lessons on other topics, such as chess, yoga, and art. Check out the brochure below for the specific content schedule for your camper’s school!

Pow Wow – The day ends with a Trail Blazers camp tradition – the pow wow circle, singing songs, playing games and reflecting on successes and challenges of the day.

Here at Trail Blazers, we work very hard to offer you and your family an affordable after school experience. In order to make our programs affordable for all families, we have developed an extensive sliding scale fee structure.

 

All families are asked to consider their total household income and to self-select their Tier
during registration. Depending on income and desired enrollment, your annual fee will be determined and applied automatically at check-out.

 

There is a per-child annual registration fee of $50 charged to all accounts. This fee helps to
cover administrative costs associated with registration and will only be applied once per year, even if you enroll your child in multiple programs.

 

For the 2019-2020 program year, annual tuition is due by the following dates:
September 1: 50% of annual tuition is due
December 1: 75% of annual tuition is due
March 1: 100% of annual tuition is due

Program cancellation must be done prior to the first day of the program in order for a full refund to be considered. Once the program has started, refunds due to early departure from the program are given at the discretion of Trail Blazers and at a rate not to exceed 50% of the balance due for unused days.

 

Refunds will not be given for unused program days when your child is enrolled in the program.

 

Refund requests must be made in writing by emailing  registration@trailblazers.org. You will receive confirmation that we have received your email within one week. Refund requests are reviewed and processed within 3 months of notification.

Due to the current NYC school closures, all after school programs are on hiatus. Check back during the summer for updates regarding the 2020-2021 school year.

 

Contact us at registration@traiblazers.org or 212-529-5113 if you need registration assistance.

PS 316’s mission is to ensure that children leave the school with a set of moral and social-emotional values that encompasses self-esteem, tolerance, resilience, and a sense of community; a complement of standards,-based reading, writing, and thinking skills across the curricula, and appreciation and respect for cultures and diversity in our school and community. As such, it is a great fit for Trail Blazers as we aim to build those same values!

 

UOS at PS 316 serves students in pre-k through 5th grade.

UOS at PS 316 operates Monday through Friday from 2:30 to 6:00pm.

 

Trail Blazers UOS After School operates in accordance with the NYC Department of Education academic calendar and at the discretion of DOE and school administration. Programs are not in session when schools are closed or on early dismissal days.

What happens during a day of Under One Sky?

We don’t have a set daily schedule, rather our day and activities are guided by camper needs and interests. Every day does include the same basic components:

Team meeting and daily goal setting – As students transition out of the school day into after school, our staff spends time checking in with each child. Guided by the Value Catcher, students determine a focus for the day.

Solo time (Homework) – Every day, we share snack and dedicate 30 minutes to homework time. We don’t offer academic tutoring or one-on-one support but our group leaders are always available to provide assistance and encourage kids when homework is tough. Campers who don’t have homework can read or participate in another calm, individual activity.

Teambuilding and playWe play – a lot! Play in after school is an important component for social learning, physical health and plain old fun! Not only do our groups receive at least one full hour of free play everyday, but we also play outside year-round – in all types of weather!

Science or Specialty Content – Each day includes one activity or experiment, either guided by the theme of the week or by student interest. We focus on environmental exploration through science experiments, nature crafts, and outdoor scavenger hunts. At some schools, we may have specialists teach lessons on other topics, such as chess, yoga, and art. Check out the brochure below for the specific content schedule for your camper’s school!

Pow Wow – The day ends with a Trail Blazers camp tradition – the pow wow circle, singing songs, playing games and reflecting on successes and challenges of the day.

Here at Trail Blazers, we work very hard to offer you and your family an affordable after school experience. In order to make our programs affordable for all families, we have developed an extensive sliding scale fee structure.

 

All families are asked to consider their total household income and to self-select their Tier
during registration. Depending on income and desired enrollment, your annual fee will be determined and applied automatically at check-out.

 

There is a per-child annual registration fee of $50 charged to all accounts. This fee helps to
cover administrative costs associated with registration and will only be applied once per year, even if you enroll your child in multiple programs.

 

For the 2019-2020 program year, annual tuition is due by the following dates:
September 1: 50% of annual tuition is due
December 1: 75% of annual tuition is due
March 1: 100% of annual tuition is due

Program cancellation must be done prior to the first day of the program in order for a full refund to be considered. Once the program has started, refunds due to early departure from the program are given at the discretion of Trail Blazers and at a rate not to exceed 50% of the balance due for unused days.

 

Refunds will not be given for unused program days when your child is enrolled in the program.

 

Refund requests must be made in writing by emailing  registration@trailblazers.org. You will receive confirmation that we have received your email within one week. Refund requests are reviewed and processed within 3 months of notification.

Due to the current NYC school closures, all after school programs are on hiatus. Check back during the summer for updates regarding the 2020-2021 school year.

 

Contact us at registration@traiblazers.org or 212-529-5113 if you need registration assistance.

PS 770 is located in Crown Heights, Brooklyn and serves children from Pre-K through 5th grade.  The school’s mission statement is “to empower learners and inspire leaders to make this a better world,” making this school a perfect match for Under One Sky!

 

UOS at PS 770 serves students in pre-k through 5th grade.

UOS at PS 770 operates Monday through Friday from 3:00 to 6:00pm.

 

Trail Blazers UOS After School operates in accordance with the NYC Department of Education academic calendar and at the discretion of DOE and school administration. Programs are not in session when schools are closed or on early dismissal days.

What happens during a day of Under One Sky?

We don’t have a set daily schedule, rather our day and activities are guided by camper needs and interests. Every day does include the same basic components:

 

Team meeting and daily goal setting – As students transition out of the school day into after school, our staff spends time checking in with each child. Guided by the Value Catcher, students determine a focus for the day.

Solo time (Homework) – Every day, we share snack and dedicate 30 minutes to homework time. We don’t offer academic tutoring or one-on-one support but our group leaders are always available to provide assistance and encourage kids when homework is tough. Campers who don’t have homework can read or participate in another calm, individual activity.

Teambuilding and playWe play – a lot! Play in after school is an important component for social learning, physical health and plain old fun! Not only do our groups receive at least one full hour of free play everyday, but we also play outside year-round – in all types of weather!

Science or Specialty Content – Each day includes one activity or experiment, either guided by the theme of the week or by student interest. We focus on environmental exploration through science experiments, nature crafts, and outdoor scavenger hunts. At some schools, we may have specialists teach lessons on other topics, such as chess, yoga, and art. Check out the brochure below for the specific content schedule for your camper’s school!

Pow Wow – The day ends with a Trail Blazers camp tradition – the pow wow circle, singing songs, playing games and reflecting on successes and challenges of the day.

Here at Trail Blazers, we work very hard to offer you and your family an affordable after school experience. In order to make our programs affordable for all families, we have developed an extensive sliding scale fee structure.

 

All families are asked to consider their total household income and to self-select their Tier
during registration. Depending on income and desired enrollment, your annual fee will be determined and applied automatically at check-out.

 

There is a per-child annual registration fee of $50 charged to all accounts. This fee helps to
cover administrative costs associated with registration and will only be applied once per year, even if you enroll your child in multiple programs.

 

For the 2019-2020 program year, annual tuition is due by the following dates:
September 1: 50% of annual tuition is due
December 1: 75% of annual tuition is due
March 1: 100% of annual tuition is due

Program cancellation must be done prior to the first day of the program in order for a full refund to be considered. Once the program has started, refunds due to early departure from the program are given at the discretion of Trail Blazers and at a rate not to exceed 50% of the balance due for unused days.

 

Refunds will not be given for unused program days when your child is enrolled in the program.

 

Refund requests must be made in writing by emailing  registration@trailblazers.org. You will receive confirmation that we have received your email within one week. Refund requests are reviewed and processed within 3 months of notification.

Due to the current NYC school closures, all after school programs are on hiatus. Check back during the summer for updates regarding the 2020-2021 school year.

 

Contact us at registration@traiblazers.org or 212-529-5113 if you need registration assistance.

PS 139 is dedicated to creating a nurturing and collaborative school community with opportunities to support social-emotional growth for all students – during the school day as well as during after school. This includes leadership development and community involvement with an emphasis on courtesy and kindness. At Trail Blazers, it is our goal to instill these same values in our campers through hands-on learning, positive relationships, and outdoor exploration.

 

UOS at PS 139 serves students in pre-k through 5th grade.

UOS at PS 139 operates Monday through Friday from 2:30 to 5:45pm.

 

Trail Blazers UOS After School operates in accordance with the NYC Department of Education academic calendar and at the discretion of DOE and school administration. Programs are not in session when schools are closed or on early dismissal days.

What happens during a day of Under One Sky?

We don’t have a set daily schedule, rather our day and activities are guided by camper needs and interests. Every day does include the same basic components:

 

Team meeting and daily goal setting – As students transition out of the school day into after school, our staff spends time checking in with each child. Guided by the Value Catcher, students determine a focus for the day.

Solo time (Homework) – Every day, we share snack and dedicate 30 minutes to homework time. We don’t offer academic tutoring or one-on-one support but our group leaders are always available to provide assistance and encourage kids when homework is tough. Campers who don’t have homework can read or participate in another calm, individual activity.

Teambuilding and playWe play – a lot! Play in after school is an important component for social learning, physical health and plain old fun! Not only do our groups receive at least one full hour of free play everyday, but we also play outside year-round – in all types of weather!

Science or Specialty Content – Each day includes one activity or experiment, either guided by the theme of the week or by student interest. We focus on environmental exploration through science experiments, nature crafts, and outdoor scavenger hunts. At some schools, we may have specialists teach lessons on other topics, such as chess, yoga, and art. Check out the brochure below for the specific content schedule for your camper’s school!

Pow Wow – The day ends with a Trail Blazers camp tradition – the pow wow circle, singing songs, playing games and reflecting on successes and challenges of the day.

Here at Trail Blazers, we work very hard to offer you and your family an affordable after school experience. In order to make our programs affordable for all families, we have developed an extensive sliding scale fee structure.

 

All families are asked to consider their total household income and to self-select their Tier
during registration. Depending on income and desired enrollment, your annual fee will be determined and applied automatically at check-out.

 

There is a per-child annual registration fee of $50 charged to all accounts. This fee helps to
cover administrative costs associated with registration and will only be applied once per year, even if you enroll your child in multiple programs.

 

For the 2019-2020 program year, annual tuition is due by the following dates:
September 1: 50% of annual tuition is due
December 1: 75% of annual tuition is due
March 1: 100% of annual tuition is due

Program cancellation must be done prior to the first day of the program in order for a full refund to be considered. Once the program has started, refunds due to early departure from the program are given at the discretion of Trail Blazers and at a rate not to exceed 50% of the balance due for unused days.

 

Refunds will not be given for unused program days when your child is enrolled in the program.

 

Refund requests must be made in writing by emailing  registration@trailblazers.org. You will receive confirmation that we have received your email within one week. Refund requests are reviewed and processed within 3 months of notification.

Due to the current NYC school closures, all after school programs are on hiatus. Check back during the summer for updates regarding the 2020-2021 school year.

 

Contact us at registration@traiblazers.org or 212-529-5113 if you need registration assistance.

PS 241’s vision is to plant and cultivate the seed of learning in the heart of each student, so that they will become lifelong learners and productive members of our society. Under One Sky supports the school’s mission and vision during after school by providing social-emotional development opportunities and hands-on, outdoor learning that contributes to lifelong thriving.

 

UOS at PS 241 serves students in pre-k through 2nd grade.

UOS at PS 241 operates Monday through Friday from 2:30 to 5:45pm.

 

Trail Blazers UOS After School operates in accordance with the NYC Department of Education academic calendar and at the discretion of DOE and school administration. Programs are not in session when schools are closed or on early dismissal days.

What happens during a day of Under One Sky?

We don’t have a set daily schedule, rather our day and activities are guided by camper needs and interests. Every day does include the same basic components:

 

Team meeting and daily goal setting – As students transition out of the school day into after school, our staff spends time checking in with each child. Guided by the Value Catcher, students determine a focus for the day.

Solo time (Homework) – Every day, we share snack and dedicate 30 minutes to homework time. We don’t offer academic tutoring or one-on-one support but our group leaders are always available to provide assistance and encourage kids when homework is tough. Campers who don’t have homework can read or participate in another calm, individual activity.

Teambuilding and playWe play – a lot! Play in after school is an important component for social learning, physical health and plain old fun! Not only do our groups receive at least one full hour of free play everyday, but we also play outside year-round – in all types of weather!

Science or Specialty Content – Each day includes one activity or experiment, either guided by the theme of the week or by student interest. We focus on environmental exploration through science experiments, nature crafts, and outdoor scavenger hunts. At some schools, we may have specialists teach lessons on other topics, such as chess, yoga, and art. Check out the brochure below for the specific content schedule for your camper’s school!

Pow Wow – The day ends with a Trail Blazers camp tradition – the pow wow circle, singing songs, playing games and reflecting on successes and challenges of the day.

Here at Trail Blazers, we work very hard to offer you and your family an affordable after school experience. In order to make our programs affordable for all families, we have developed an extensive sliding scale fee structure.

 

All families are asked to consider their total household income and to self-select their Tier
during registration. Depending on income and desired enrollment, your annual fee will be determined and applied automatically at check-out.

 

There is a per-child annual registration fee of $50 charged to all accounts. This fee helps to
cover administrative costs associated with registration and will only be applied once per year, even if you enroll your child in multiple programs.

 

For the 2019-2020 program year, annual tuition is due by the following dates:
September 1: 50% of annual tuition is due
December 1: 75% of annual tuition is due
March 1: 100% of annual tuition is due

Program cancellation must be done prior to the first day of the program in order for a full refund to be considered. Once the program has started, refunds due to early departure from the program are given at the discretion of Trail Blazers and at a rate not to exceed 50% of the balance due for unused days.

 

Refunds will not be given for unused program days when your child is enrolled in the program.

 

Refund requests must be made in writing by emailing  registration@trailblazers.org. You will receive confirmation that we have received your email within one week. Refund requests are reviewed and processed within 3 months of notification.

Due to the current NYC school closures, all after school programs are on hiatus. Check back during the summer for updates regarding the 2020-2021 school year.

 

Contact us at registration@traiblazers.org or 212-529-5113 if you need registration assistance.

BCCS has a mission to create a learning environment that nurtures, motivates, and challenges students through hands-on experiences. The school values Social Emotional Learning (SEL) as a whole-child approach to development, helping children to develop skills in self-management, relationship-building, goal-setting, and empathy – this makes BCCS a great fit for the SEL-focused Under One Sky programming!

 

UOS @ BCCS is open to students in 3K and Pre-K

UOS at BCCS operates Monday through Friday from 2:10 to 6:00pm.

 

Trail Blazers UOS After School operates in accordance with the NYC Department of Education academic calendar and at the discretion of DOE and school administration. Programs are not in session when schools are closed or on early dismissal days.

What happens during a day of Under One Sky?

We don’t have a set daily schedule, rather our day and activities are guided by camper needs and interests. Every day does include the same basic components:

 

Team meeting and daily goal setting – As students transition out of the school day into after school, our staff spends time checking in with each child. Guided by the Value Catcher, students determine a focus for the day.

Solo time (Homework) – Every day, we share snack and dedicate 30 minutes to homework time. We don’t offer academic tutoring or one-on-one support but our group leaders are always available to provide assistance and encourage kids when homework is tough. Campers who don’t have homework can read or participate in another calm, individual activity.

Teambuilding and playWe play – a lot! Play in after school is an important component for social learning, physical health and plain old fun! Not only do our groups receive at least one full hour of free play everyday, but we also play outside year-round – in all types of weather!

Science or Specialty Content – Each day includes one activity or experiment, either guided by the theme of the week or by student interest. We focus on environmental exploration through science experiments, nature crafts, and outdoor scavenger hunts. At some schools, we may have specialists teach lessons on other topics, such as chess, yoga, and art. Check out the brochure below for the specific content schedule for your camper’s school!

Pow Wow – The day ends with a Trail Blazers camp tradition – the pow wow circle, singing songs, playing games and reflecting on successes and challenges of the day.

Here at Trail Blazers, we work very hard to offer you and your family an affordable after school experience. In order to make our programs affordable for all families, we have developed an extensive sliding scale fee structure.

 

All families are asked to consider their total household income and to self-select their Tier
during registration. Depending on income and desired enrollment, your annual fee will be determined and applied automatically at check-out.

 

There is a per-child annual registration fee of $50 charged to all accounts. This fee helps to
cover administrative costs associated with registration and will only be applied once per year, even if you enroll your child in multiple programs.

 

For the 2019-2020 program year, annual tuition is due by the following dates:
September 1: 50% of annual tuition is due
December 1: 75% of annual tuition is due
March 1: 100% of annual tuition is due

Program cancellation must be done prior to the first day of the program in order for a full refund to be considered. Once the program has started, refunds due to early departure from the program are given at the discretion of Trail Blazers and at a rate not to exceed 50% of the balance due for unused days.

 

Refunds will not be given for unused program days when your child is enrolled in the program.

 

Refund requests must be made in writing by emailing  registration@trailblazers.org. You will receive confirmation that we have received your email within one week. Refund requests are reviewed and processed within 3 months of notification.

Due to the current NYC school closures, all after school programs are on hiatus. Check back during the summer for updates regarding the 2020-2021 school year.

 

Contact us at registration@traiblazers.org or 212-529-5113 if you need registration assistance.

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We have been closely monitoring 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 be a resource to families while keeping everyone safe. Currently, Family Camp and Brooklyn Day Camp are running in-person while Virtual Camp is serving our remote campers! For Fall 2020, we are working with our school partners to determine the best way to support students in learning and growing. To be notified of updates in real time, subscribe to our mailing list HERE.