Thank you for taking the time to learn more about Trail Blazers – we’d love to have your child join us this summer! Our days are filled with science experiments, group play and group challenges, team building, nature exploration, and lots of singing. More than that, each day your camper will develop their ability to care for themselves, their friends, our community, and the environment.
Everything we do is centered on the outdoors, unplugging from screens and connecting to our surroundings. Weekly themes place emphasis on learning about the world around us. Each week brings opportunities for exploring Prospect Park, taking exciting trips around the city, or a day trip adventure to the forest of our New Jersey campsite. We’re never far from an indoor location in case we need shelter – but really, why not spend as much time outside as possible during the summer!
Each day at PLG Trail Blazers is spent in ‘small camp’, a consistent group of 12-15 campers with 2 dedicated group leaders – plus many more specialist and senior staff for support! Because each child’s group remains small and consistent throughout the summer, our campers and adults form very strong bonds!
Each day includes the same mix of components, which your child’s group leaders will customize in real-time response to the group’s needs, likes and dislikes. These building blocks include:
Each week is loosely guided by a theme, though we pride ourselves on having the flexibility to follow group and camper interest.
While playing exciting games that teach about the environment, we’ll also come up with ideas for how we can take care of the world around us
It’s a bird, it’s a cloud, it’s the moon, it’s the stars — so many things go over our heads that we’ll discover this week
Through art and building projects we’ll make awesome new creations from lots and lots of old stuff
We’ll take a look at the growth of everything around us, from animals and plants to shadows and cities
What creatures live under water? There’s a whole world there to explore!
From growing food to building shelters, people use plants in many different ways – let’s see how many different uses we can explore
From the tiniest beetles to the biggest trees, we will sharpen our observation skills this week to learn about much more than what’s right in front of our eyes
In this building and engineering focused week, we’ll be taking things apart and putting them back together in order to learn how different parts go together to make things work
We’ll revisit our favorite games, activities, and experiments from the summer!
*Please note: Week 9 has limited capacity, and is offered as a full 5-day week only. Registration for this week will begin in July, and is only open to families who are enrolled in at least one regular season week of PLG Trail Blazers.
PLG Trail Blazers offers three daily drop-off and pick-up locations. Groups at all locations follow the same weekly program: Prospect Park adventures, swim days, city field trips, and day trips to our New Jersey camp.
Drop off time is between 8.00 and 8.30 at all locations.
Regular pick up is between 3.30 and 4.00pm.
After care pick up is between 5.30 and 6pm.
During the registration process you will be asked to list authorized adults to pick up your child. Your child will only be released to individuals on the list.
B TRAIN SUBWAY SERVICE (Prospect Lefferts location only) – For families in Ditmas Park, Midwood, and Sheepshead Bay, staff will be available at 8am on the B line (in the subway station, behind the turnstile) at the following stops: King Highway, Newkirk Ave, Church Ave, Prospect Park. Your camper will return to that location between 4.15 and 4.30.
You will be asked to sign up for subway service on a weekly basis, using an online form. There is $2 fee per day for each day you signed up for this service.
On certain trip days, drop off location may change. We communicate extensively through email and cell phone app so you always know where to drop off or pick up your child. Please contact us with any questions.
PLG Trail Blazers is designed for campers entering Pre-K (4 years old or 3 year olds who will turn 4 by december 1) to 10 years old. The Crown Heights and Park Slope locations take campers entering Pre-K to 8 years old (entering grade 3).
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 application process.
We encourage you to select the tier that makes the most sense for your family. Additional scholarships are available on a limited basis for families in the tier 1 range to further reduce cost. Sibling discounts of 5% are automatically processed during enrollment.
If you are interested in being considered for additional scholarship assistance, first submit your registration. The confirmation email will provide a link to the scholarship request form – please fill this out by March 31st. Scholarships will be allocated by April 30th.
PLG Trail Blazers accepts HRA/ACS vouchers for full week campers. If this applies to your family, please contact us for more information about this process, before you enroll your camper with us.Camp Fees
After care is offered at each location for $10/day. In order to give you as much flexibility as possible, you may indicate at drop off whether you wish to use the after care service that day. Each week’s aftercare charges will be added to your account at the end of the week.
B Train Subway Service is available for $2/day. This service must be signed up for a week in advance, and will be added to your account at that time. Don’t worry, we’ll send you reminders!
NEW THIS SUMMER! Choose to enroll 2, 3, 4, or 5 days – you pick the days! Please note that you must enroll for a minimum of 2 days each week.
If you register before February 1, we will send you a 2018 Trail Blazers tote bag as a gift!
The Trail Blazers program approach relies heavily on the social experience within the group – we recommend you enroll for several consecutive days at the start of the summer, so your camper can get used to the group and get to know their group leader. Be sure to consult the summer schedule – this way, you know on which days your camper will attend a city trip, a NJ trip, will go swimming, or will mostly be in the park. We give you full flexibility.Ages, Groups and Summer Schedule
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.Register Today! Registration Help
We offer one-week overnight mini camp adventures, designed especially for campers who have been with us at PLG Trail Blazers who want to give overnight camp a try. All sessions depart at 11am on the first day and return at 3pm on the final day.
This 6 day, 5 night camp is a great introduction to overnight camp and is designed specifically for children 5 – 8 who have been to Trail Blazers, either this season or in prior years. Your camper will have the full experience of the regular overnight programs: sleeping in canvas tents, going on hikes, building fires, swimming in our lake, spending time in our garden, riding bikes, doing archery and so much more. Each mini session of no more than 10 campers will have 2 dedicated staff members who are with your camper 24/7, plus additional specialist and senior team support at all times throughout the day.
Spots are limited to 10 campers per mini session. The session is offered at a limited tier rate. Additional scholarships are not available for this program.Register for Mini Camp
Trail Blazer Camps are American Camp Association accredited. All staff are trained professionals in their area of expertise. Trail Blazers certifies American Red Cross Life Guards and recruits staff members from across the country and around the world that have a passion for working with youth in the outdoors.
Each staff member undergoes an intensive interview and reference check process. We run criminal and sex offender background checks on every person employed by our organization. Before children arrive, our staff completes a thorough training, covering all aspects of the Trail Blazers program, to prepare for the important job of looking after your child’s physical and emotional safety.
We assign one international staff member and one American staff member to each group, with the intention of keeping this co-working team intact for the duration of the summer.
Trail Blazers is also a Summer Youth Employment site – we hire wonderful young staff eager to work with children, who serve as extra sets of eyes and ears on each group. This means that, typically, each group has at least 3 adults present at all times.Meet the Day Camp Team
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, 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?!We are Ready!
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.Terms and Conditions