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Join the Team!

Many of our staff members describe Trail Blazers as one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences that they have ever had.

We are a group of deeply passionate, kind and dedicated folk who share a belief in the value and power of our unique program. We are committed to putting the needs of our campers first, and we believe in Trail Blazers’ values of showing care and respect for ourselves, others, our communities, and the environment.

Our staff are our most valuable resource. We apply the principles of respect, honesty, trust, and commitment to nurture and develop our teams for the benefit of each individual and our organization.

As Trail Blazers, we share a set of values that underpin how we relate to each other and the world around us. Each individual who is part of our staff team commits to upholding these values.

Care and respect for ourselves. 

  • We are proud of our professional language, behavior, and appearance 
  • We seek the knowledge and skills we need to improve
  • We embrace opportunities to be challenged, to learn, and to grow

Care and respect for others.

  • We build strong relationships with each other and with our campers
  • We respond to the expressed and unexpressed needs of the members of my team 
  • We show each other appreciation and acknowledgement

Care and respect for our community

  • We proactively make space for diversity of people, viewpoints, and spaces
  • We share a collective responsibility to address issues affecting our community 
  • We follow through on the commitments we make 

Care and respect for our environment

  • We are aware of the environment around us and adapt our actions to fit
  • We leave spaces better than we found them
  • We create safe and healthy environments for ourselves, our team, and our campers
Trail Blazers Day Camp includes exciting trips throughout the greater Brooklyn and NYC area.

Our Brooklyn day camp program includes exciting trips each week - either locally within NYC or to our 1000 acre estate in Northern NJ to experience the great outdoors!

Our best staff members:

  • Want to make a difference in the lives of children
  • Care about nature and the environment
  • Have previous experience working with kids
  • Take on and succeed at challenging goals
  • Possess high levels of enthusiasm and patience
  • Have obtained, or are pursuing, a degree in
    • early child education
    • environmental/outdoor education
    • sociology/psychology
    • criminal/social justice
    • social work
  • For summer, are enthusiastic about rustic camping
  • For summer, have experience with outdoor adventure-based activities

Under One Sky after school is a year-round program that inspires youth to understand that everything is connected to the environment. We engage children and inspire them to make connections to the world around them through hands-on projects, outdoor play and exploration, games and songs, team building and daily reflections.

Our after school staff are mentors and teachers to small groups of about 12 elementary aged children. Each day, staff facilitate environmental science lessons, engage in conflict resolution and positive behavior management strategies, tailor the program and schedule to meet the needs and interests of the group, encourage children to set and meet personal goals and reflect on personal growth. View a list of our current positions.

All of our schools are located in Brooklyn. We have a few spots available at some locations. Interested in joining us? Click here to apply! Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Our day camp team is made up of staff from throughout New York City and around the world!

This program is going into its 6th summer of outdoor adventures. Every day finds us exploring Prospect Park, embarking on a field trip around the city, or heading up to our New Jersey camp site for an amazing day of playing in the forest. If you love working with children ages 3-10 and you love being outdoors, have we got a summer for you! View a list of summer jobs and a description of each role.

Want to join us this summer? Click here to apply! Qualified applicants will be contacted to interview.

Join a team of staff from across the country and across the globe! Spend your summer taking on outdoor adventures with kids in a rustic and back-to-basics camp setting. Our staff lead multi-day backpacking hikes, biking treks, and canoe trips. They spend time at a working farm or scaling rock walls. They cultivate gardens, lead archery activities, and become masters at maker space arts and crafts. No matter your role, you’ll end your day around the campfire with co-workers and campers ranging in age from 5 – 17.

Our staff is made up of college students and graduates, aspiring teachers, childcare professionals, outdoor educators, and campers who have grown up at TBC. View a list of summer jobs and a description of each role.

Would you like to join us this summer? Click here to apply! Qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview.

The Assistant Property Manager, under the direction of the Property Manager, is responsible for skilled and semi-skilled labor related to the upkeep, safety, and enhancement of Trail Blazers’ buildings and grounds. This position requires heavy lifting of 50 pounds or more and willingness to work outdoors in various weather conditions.

 

Download the full job description here.

 

Hours and Location of Work

Position is based our overnight camp property, located in Montague NJ. This is a full-time, non-exempt role. Hours may vary, especially during the summer camping season.  Some weekend work will be required. 

Salary and Benefits

$35,000/year. Employee health insurance provided with company contribution. 403(b) retirement plan available.

To Be Considered for This Role

Email a resume along with a brief introduction describing your interest in this position to Molly McCue, Director of Operations, mmccue@trailblazers.org

Trail Blazers Brooklyn Day Camp offers three daily drop off and pick up locations. Groups at all locations follow similar weekly programs: Prospect Park adventures, swim days, New York City field trips, and day trips to our New Jersey campsite.

*Theme and skills of the week may vary by each site.

  • Prospect Lefferts Gardens – serving the greater Brooklyn area. Our home base is the Carousel Lawn, by the Empire Blvd entrance to Prospect Park. Our indoor and after care location is PS 375, Jackie Robinson. We also offer pick up options along the B/Q lines as far South as Newkirk Plaza, and from the Crown Heights Shuttle (S) connecting to the C train at Franklin Avenue. This service is offered at a fee of $5/day and is only offered at our PLG location.
  • Crown Heights – serving Crown Heights, Bed-Stuy, and beyond: We meet daily at PS 316 Elijah Stroud, on Sterling Pl and Classon Ave. This location also serves as our indoor space and aftercare location.
  • Park Slope – serving Park Slope, Gowanus, Sunset Park, and surrounding areas: We meet daily at Greenwood Baptist Church, on the corner of 6th street and 7th avenue in Park Slope, which also serves as our indoor and after care location.

Download this job description here.

The Assistant Property Manager, under the direction of the Property Manager, is responsible for skilled and semi-skilled labor related to the upkeep, safety, and enhancement of Trail Blazers’ buildings and grounds. This position requires heavy lifting of 50 pounds or more and willingness to work outdoors in various weather conditions.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assist the Property Manager in the maintenance of all company property according to annual, weekly, & daily work plans and schedules
  • Act in the Property Manager’s place when the Property Manager is off site
  • Present a positive representation of Trail Blazers to campers, other employees, volunteers, visitors, vendors, and sub-contractors
  • Help supervise occasional helpers, volunteers and sub-contractors for projects and on-going maintenance under the direction of the Property Manager
  • Assist in keeping the property and buildings neat and clean
  • Recommend to the Property Manager maintenance needs beyond daily work orders
  • Develop and maintain good relations with staff, visitors, directors, and support personnel
  • Help to see that all major equipment and vehicles are maintained and housed appropriately
  • Help to identify and remove downed or hazardous trees throughout the property
  • Help the Property Manager see that all maintenance requests are completed in a timely manner
  • Help to identify hazards throughout the property and respond responsibly and appropriately
  • Identify repairs and cleaning needs that need to be accomplished throughout the property
  • Identify risks to people or property and take appropriate and timely action
  • Ensure that routine maintenance tasks are performed as assigned. Tasks may include, but are not limited to:
    • Periodic repair and maintenance of vehicles and tools
    • Minor plumbing and electrical repairs
    • Structural repair and upkeep of buildings
    • Managing weather-related impacts to property, including removing snow and clearing trees
  • Contribute to long-term property enhancement projects as assigned
  • Perform support tasks related to Trail Blazers satellite programs 
  • Other duties as assigned by the Property Manager

REQUIRED COMPETENCIES AND EXPERIENCE 

  • High school diploma required; some college or technical school preferred
  • 5+ years experience in property management or the trades
  • Experience and skill in tasks including: carpentry, plumbing, electrical, basic vehicle maintenance, as well as operating  power equipment machinery
  • High level communication skills and aHgihttention to detail
  • Ability to follow instructions and work independently
  • Clean driving record and the ability to obtain a CDL; ability to drive a trailer preferred
  • Ability to work well with others as well as supervise small groups throughout the year
  • Strong computer skills

HOURS AND LOCATION OF WORK

Position is full-time, non-exempt. Hours may vary, especially during the summer camping season.  Some weekend work will be required. Schedules will be worked out with the Property Manager ahead of the week to be worked. 

Trail Blazer Camps

210 Deckertown Tpke

Montague, NJ 07827

SALARY AND BENEFITS 

$35,000

Employee health insurance provided with company contribution

403(b) retirement plan available

 

TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS ROLE

Email a resume along with a brief introduction describing your interest in this position to Molly McCue, Director of Operations, mmccue@trailblazers.org

After care services are available at each of our Brooklyn Day Camp locations. There is a flat fee of $10 per day for after care services. In order to give you as much flexibility as possible, you may indicate whether you wish to use the after care service during registration or at the start of the day. If you did not pre-register for aftercare,  charges will be added to your account at the end of the week.

 

Campers that are not picked up by 4 pm will automatically transition into our after care program for the day and charges will be added to your account. Pick up from after care is available between 4:15 pm and 6 pm.

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. If you are new to Trail Blazers Brooklyn Day Camp, please plan to attend one of our info sessions if you can, held the first Tuesday of the month, to learn more and ask as many questions as you have!

Because 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:

LITTLE LEGS AND BATHROOMS – Being in the park 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, and we equip our youngest groups with emergency potties. 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!

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.This includes traveling to our New Jersey site with us, if you choose to enroll on those days.

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 summer, 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?!

Our Main Messages

  • You belong here
  • This is tough…and you can do it
  • With practice, you will get better
  • Ultimately, you will succeed

Because consistent grouping is so important to what we do, we require you sign up your camper for the same group in each week. If a group is no longer available, you may not sign up for a different group. Doing so will result in your registration being cancelled. We reserve the right to change group assignments. If you encounter the wait list, please contact registration@trailblazers.org.

Please familiarize yourself with our Terms and Conditions. This document will be available on your ACTIVE enrollment portal as well.

If you have have any questions, please contact our office.

Brooklyn Day Camp

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