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PLG Brooklyn Day Camp

Seeing my son dirty from outdoor play after his day at Trail Blazers made me feel like I was letting my kid be a kid, which is an experience that is sadly lacking in schools and in other camps.

NEXT INFO SESSION

Tuesday April 25 @ 7pm or Saturday May 6 @ 10am 

RSVP

We’re almost full for Summer 2017! If you are interested in a week that is full, please be sure to add yourself to the wait list. Available spots are limited and depend on the age of your child. However, we are actively moving campers from the wait list as we create our camper groups – we will reach out to you right away if your camper was moved from the wait list. If you have access to a city voucher for day camp, please contact us directly at 212-529-5113 x1, so we may enroll you manually. Thank you!
PLG Brooklyn Day Camp
Outdoor-focused daily adventures

Develop a love for the great outdoors every day, right in your neighborhood. In collaboration with Lefferts Gardens Montessori, our day camp program helps your camper develop an appreciation and an affinity for the environment while making memories and creating friendships that last a lifetime.

Our six core values guide all aspects of our program, ensuring that your child will not only have an unforgettable experience, but will also grow and learn in the process.  Everything we do is centered on the outdoors, unplugging from screens and connecting to our surroundings. Weekly themes place emphasis on exploring the world around us. Our days are filled with nature crafts, lots of group play and group challenges, team building, nature exploration, and lots and lots of singing – after all, this is summer camp!

PLG TRAIL BLAZERS day campers are outdoors all day, in Prospect Park, on a trip exploring the city, at our site in New Jersey for a day trip. Our Lefferts based indoor locations are there in case we need – but really, would you not want to be outside all summer?

Staff From All Over The World

Our staff hails from all corners of the globe, adding a special international flair to each day. Your child's group will have the same international staff member each day.

Small Group Experience

Central to our philosophy is the program experience in small groups with the same leaders each day, allowing for the development of strong and lasting bonds.

Local and NJ Trips to Camp

Each week we explore nature in the city or even venture out to our 1000 acre estate in NJ, to swim, bike, hike and experience the outdoors in a pristine setting.

We Play - A Lot!

We believe that children need to have time and space to play with each other. Our staff are trained to allow real play to happen, so children can learn and grow together.

Electronic Free Zone

We have always been - now more then ever - a program that emphasis connecting to each other, through experiences outdoors. At Trail Blazers, there are no electronics or screens - ever.

Fun Outside - Rain or Shine

We are prepared for it all, our campers wear raincoats, hiking boots and backpacks. When others seek shelter, we are out and about!

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Program Highlights
  • Home base – Prospect Park as well as at Lefferts Gardens Montessori, drop off at the parks edge in a convenient location
  • A new and exciting theme every week.
  • A trip to Trail Blazers’ camp property every other week – our 1000 acre forested property in Sussex County, NJ, is the perfect place to expand on what we learn in the city
  • Swimming and water activities – including in our 55 acre lake, led by American Red Cross certified life guards. Weekly swimming in a local Brooklyn pool, including swim instruction and recreational swim
  • Weekly local trips – from zoos to swimming to rock climbing, we’ll explore what our city has to offer
  • Healthy snacks and healthy habits incorporated into each day
  • Optional Family Weekend overnights at camp…dates TBD
  • A mix of international and local staff – Trail Blazers hires from Brooklyn to Australia
A Typical Day

Each day at PLG Day Camp is spent in the ‘small camp’, the camper’s group of about 12 campers. This is largely the same group of campers each day with the same group leaders, so campers and adults can form strong bonds and get to know each other over the course of their time together. A sample day might look like this:

8am – arrival at the lawn. Parents sign in their campers who have a chance at free play with their fellow campers.

8.30am – the day starts. Each group spends time playing small group games and sets a focus for the day, guided by our Value Catcher, helping each camper set and pursue goals for the day.

9am – The small camp prepares to leave on an orienteering hike through the park, ending at the pond.

10.30am – fishing with a specialist counselor.

11.30am – free play. Each day has ample free play built in. It is a time for children to develop their social skills with gentle guidance from our staff.

12.00pm – lunch. Each camper brings their own lunch, so every day is a picnic lunch. Some days we may cook something in the park.

12.30pm – solo time. Each campers spend some time by him or her self, to rest, to reflect or to simply enjoy some quiet time or a book. Leaders may read a book or have individual conversations with each camper.

1pm – the small camp is picked up to go swimming, returning to the lawn at 3pm.

3pm – snack time and closing pow wow. The small camp sits together, sings songs and reflects on the day.

3.30pm – the day ends and parents pick-up. Extended care campers transition to our local inside location for quiet games and play after a busy day.

Final pick up is at 6pm.

Dates and Themes

Each week is loosely guided by a theme, although our program is know to follow group and camper interest. Here are the dates and themes for this week. You may enroll 2, 3 or 5 days in week 1-8. Week 9 is 5 days only and has limited capacity.

WEEK 1: 7/05 – 7/07 – Team Trail Blazers

Let’s start our summer strong with challenges, obstacles, and games that show us what it means to be a team, and how to be a Trail Blazer!

WEEK 2: 7/10 – 7/14 – To Be Or Knot To Be

Get roped into this week’s fun as we learn how to lash. We’ll practice exciting outdoor survival skills in Prospect Park and play lots of games that tangle us up and tie us in knots.

WEEK 3: 7/17 – 7/21 – Trees Grow in Brooklyn

Thousands of trees grow in our neighborhood and they work hard every day by giving homes to animals, cleaning our air, and providing shade. Some are taller than buildings, and some are over a hundred years old. Amazing – let’s learn more.

WEEK 4: 7/24 – 7/28 – Wacky Weather

Join our curious crew for some weather wondering – what is weather, and how does it change from day to day? Do you ever look at the clouds and wonder…how? Let’s ask questions, do some experiments, and find out!

WEEK 5: 7/31 – 8/04 – Funky Junk

Have you ever made a trash pizza, or a sculpture made of…junk? Through art and building projects we’ll create new from old, and practice being good environmental stewards who reduce, reuse, and recycle!

WEEK 6: 8/07 – 8/11 – Brooklyn Builders

In this engineering focused week, we’ll learn about building and bridges and do quite a bit of building ourselves. This is a hands-on, plan-it and try-it kind of week, sure to bring out your inner architect.

WEEK 7: 8/14 – 8/18 – Survivor

This week we take a close-up look at our city and learn what creatures share our home. How do animals and insects survive in the city? Let’s learn about their survival skills and try practicing some of them ourselves!

WEEK 8: 8/21 – 8/25 – Act Up!

Open the curtains and let’s put on a show. Music, theater, dancing, and art. Performance and creativity abound this week, so don’t hold back – you’re a star!

WEEK 9: 8/28 – 9/01 – Farm To Fork ** FULL**

Urban farming is an important part of the city environment. We’ll learn about and enjoy some of the delicious food that has grown in gardens around the city – a delicious end to a summer as Trail Blazers spent under one sky!

New this year – 6 day, 5 night mini camp

We are offering 2 introductory mini camps, especially for campers who have been with us at PLG TRAIL BLAZERS Day Camp:

  • Overnight Mini Camp 1: Sunday July 30 (departing 11am) – Friday August 4 (returning 3 pm)
  • Overnight Mini Camp 2: Sunday August 6 (departing 11am)  – Friday August 11 (returning 3 pm)

This 6 day, 5 night camp is a great way to be introduced to overnight camp and is designed specifically for children 6, 7 and 8 (grades 1, 2 and 3), who have been to Trail Blazers, either during this season or in prior seasons. 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.

Spots are limited to 10 campers per mini session. The session is offered at a limited tier rate.

Our Staff

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 from all over the country and the world who have a passion for working with youth in the outdoors. Each staff member undergoes an intensive interview and reference check. Before children arrive, staff complete 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.

You can meet the 2017 PLG TRAIL BLAZERS team right here.

Drop Off, Pick Up and Transport

You have several options for drop off each morning, which you can select per week. You will be asked to indicate which option you would like on your dashboard.

PARK DROP – You can drop off your camper between 8 and 8.30am at our home base in the park at the Carousel Lawn (park entrance corner of Flatbush and Empire Avenues). Regular pick up is between 3 and 3.30pm.

Q TRAIN SUBWAY PLATFORM DROP – Between 8 and 8.30, a staff member will be available at the Prospect Park B/Q subway station for convenient drop off. No need to exit the subway – we’ll meet you and your child on the platform! Pick up is at park, described above, between 3 and 3.30pm. There is no additional fee for using this option.

DITMAS PARK TRAIN DROPS – For our Ditmas Park campers, staff will be available at 8am on the Q line at the following stops, in front of the subway station entrance: Newkirk Ave, Cortelyou Ave, Beverly Rd and Church Ave. Your camper will return to that location between 3.30 and 3.45. There is no additional fee for using this option.

CROWN HEIGHTS SHUTTLE – Crown Height campers can also travel to camp on our daily shuttle. Pick up and drop off will be at the corner of Sterling Place and Classon Avenue (at PS316, and 2 blocks from PS 705).

  • Pick up at 8am, return at 4pm – pick up locations will be announced shortly.
  • There is an additional weekly fee for selecting this option: $50 for Mo-Fri campers; $40 for Mon/Wed/Fri campers; $30 for Tue/Thu campers.

PARK SLOPE SHUTTLE – Park Slope campers can travel to camp on our daily shuttle. Pick up and drop off is along 7th ave at the following spots:

  • 7.45am; corner of 7th ave and 20th street, return 4pm
  • 7.55am; corner of 7th ave and 12th street, return 3.55pm
  • 8.05am; corner of 7th ave and 4thth street, return 3.50pm
  • 8.15am; corner of 7th ave and Sterling Place, return 3.40pm
  • There is an additional weekly fee for selecting this option: $50 for Mo-Fri campers; $40 for Mon/Wed/Fri campers; $30 for Tue/Thu campers.

Return busing at 6pm is available at an additional cost, dropping campers at specific stops alongside the morning shuttle route. Pricing information for this option will be available in the coming weeks – thank you for your patience.

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.

Regular pick up is between 3 and 3.30pm; extended care pick up is any time between 4 and 6pm at the after care location on 527 Rogers Ave.

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.

Trips and Activities

Each week includes several trips and special activities. These trips are often guided by the weekly theme, as are the specialist activities.

Local trips might include:

  • visiting a local climbing wall
  • visiting a local farm
  • going to the beach
  • swimming at the local pool
  • visiting the high line and the low line
  • visiting local museums
  • visiting local sites like the Junk Play ground on Governors Island

Additionally, depending on the age of the group, weekly or bi-weekly trip to our 1000 acre summer camp in New Jersey are special highlights! Campers swim in our 50 acre lake, do archery, build fires, cook outdoors and go hiking.

Ages, Cost and Registration

PLG TRAIL BLAZERS is for campers 4 (entering pre-K) to 10 years old.

All Trail Blazers programs are offered on a TIER basis, loosely linked to family income, with additional scholarship opportunities available.

PLG TRAIL BLAZERS accepts HRA vouchers for full week campers. There are no minimums for enrollment, you can choose any week and any day combo, as outlined below.

TIER 1 (family income up to $30,000 annually)

  • 2 days per week (Tuesday/Thursday): $110
  • 3 days per week (Monday/Wednesday/Friday): $160
  • 5 days per week (Monday – Friday): $250
  • Overnight Mini Camp: $300

TIER 2 (family income $30,000 – $60,000 annually)

  • 2 days per week (Tuesday/Thursday): $130
  • 3 days per week (Monday/Wednesday/Friday): $195
  • 5 days per week (Monday – Friday): $325
  • Overnight Mini Camp: $400

TIER 3 (family income $60,000 – $90,000 annually)

  • 2 days per week (Tuesday/Thursday): $160
  • 3 days per week (Monday/Wednesday/Friday): $235
  • 5 days per week (Monday – Friday): $400
  • Overnight Mini Camp: $500

TIER 4 (family income over  $90,000 annually)

  • 2 days per week (Tuesday/Thursday): $190
  • 3 days per week (Monday/Wednesday/Friday): $280
  • 5 days per week (Monday – Friday): $450
  • Overnight Mini Camp: $600

Your TIER is self selected during the application process. You are encouraged to choose the TIER that suits your family. Additional scholarships available for TIER 1 parents to further reduce cost, are available on a limited basis.

If you are interested in being considered for additional scholarship assistance, submit your registration and then fill out the scholarship request form by March 31st. Scholarships will be allocated by April 15th.

Day Camp Scholarship Request Form

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