Our adventure begins on the 1000 acres of Trail Blazers’ forested property in Montague, NJ, where days are filled with exciting activities and a schedule guided by the interests of the group: from biking, hiking and canoeing to campfires, sing-alongs, and nature crafts.
Then we journey to Stony Creek Farmstead, nestled in the Catskills in the town of Walton, NY. Among the many things we do: make farm fresh bread, milk the cow, herd the sheep, work in the garden, plant seeds and seedlings, and spend lots and lots of time playing and exploring the barn, farm and fields. Join us!
Arrive at Trail Blazers to meet your group and group leaders on the first day. Play a million games and sing just as many songs as you get to know each other and settle into small camp.
Eat a delicious dinner together and then gather with your small camp around the pow wow fire, singing songs and planning the week ahead. Settle into your cozy bed on your first night to the sound of your group leader reading a bedtime story while the embers of the campfire crackle and pop.
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday are full of activities at Trail Blazers, with a schedule that you help put together – see below for some possibilities!
On Thursday your group will pack tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, and other gear for your trip to Stony Creek Farmstead (about 2 hours away from camp). While at Stony Creek, you will become an important part of farm life, helping farmers Kate and Dan with chores such as milking the cow, gathering eggs, and planting seedlings. You could also pick vegetables, pet sheep, feed chickens, and bake bread – there’s so much to do!
You’ll spend 5 days and 5 nights at Stony Creek, on a private campsite surrounded by a trickling creek and dozens of hiking trails that wind around the farm’s 100 acre property.
After breakfast on Tuesday you’ll head back to Trail Blazers where you’ll have three more days of camp adventures. What an amazing two weeks it’s been.
A non-exhaustive list of Trail Blazers activities includes:
Maker space crafting
Fairy and elf houses
Library book reading
Feeding chickens and goats
A non-exhaustive list of Stony Creek Farmstead activities includes:
Sketching and drawing
Helping with farm chores
Exploring the creek
Creating a dream garden collage
Farmstead Camp at Stony Creek is open to boys and girls entering grades 3-5 who will be 8, 9, or 10 years old this summer.
This two week program is held during Session 2 and Session 3 of our overnight camp program, running from Sunday through Friday of the following week.
All Trail Blazers programs are offered on a tier basis, loosely linked to family income. Your tier is self-selected during the application process.
Please note that additional scholarships on top of the tier rates are not available for this program at this time.
A one-time annual fee of $50 per child will be added to each account during registration (not included above). If you are currently registered for a different Trail Blazers program, this fee may have already been paid.
THURSDAY – Arrival at the Farm
12pm Lunch – make your own wrap with farm fresh fillings
2pm Set up tents
4 pm Short farm tour and afternoon chores
6:30 pm Farmstead Supper – Chicken or tomato soup, salad, homemade rolls
8 pm Campfire talk – “We are what we eat” and powow
6:30 am Farm Chores
8 am Farmstead Breakfast – pancakes and eggs
9 am – 11 Farm Tour
11am Free time / Trail Blazers activity
12:00 pm Lunch at the Farmstead
egg salad, hummus, homemade pitas, veggie sticks
1:30 – 3:30 Afternoon work crews
plant seedlings in garden, weed around vegetables
Harvest veggies, start pickles in the kitchen
4pm – free time with friends/ Trail Blazers activity /prep supper
6:00 pm Campsite dinner – beef or bean stew, fresh bread, salad
6:30 am Farm Chores:
8 am Breakfast at the Farmstead – breakfast burritos
9am – 11 Morning work crew – with trailblazer staff
12 pm – 4 picnic lunch and hike/swim with Trail Blazers staff
4pm – 6 Option to help in farm kitchen prepping pizza night supper
6pm Pizza night supper and campfire
6:30 am Farm Chores: open participation
8 am Campsite Breakfast –
soaked oatmeal, farm made yogurt, maple syrup and fruit
9am – 12 Trailblazer led activity
12 pm Lunch at the farmstead –
Homemade mac and cheese and salads
2pm – 5 Farmstead kitchen activity
Bread baking – make rolls for supper
Make salads for supper
6pm hamburgers and hotdogs, summer salads
6:30 am Farm Chores
8 am Campsite Breakfast –
soaked oatmeal, buckwheat, farm made yogurt, maple syrup and fruit
9 am – 12 Trail Blazers activity
12:00 pm Lunch at the Campsite – Soup and bread
1:30 – 4 Afternoon work crews
Garden work, trail maintenance, work with animals
4:30 pm free time with friends/Trail Blazers activity
6:00 pm Farmstead dinner – burritos
Final good byes! – Depart after breakfast – return to Trail Blazers
Stony Creek Farmstead is owned and worked by Kate and Dan Marsiglio, who live on the farm with their two children. Since 2005 they have been growing vegetables, meat, and eggs for sale, and adhere to rigorous free-range, organic, pasturing, loving practices for all of their animals.
Along with farming and selling their products, Kate and Dan welcome guests of all ages to their farm to participate in day camps, farm stays, workshops, and apprenticeships. Theirs is a farm full of love, learning, and laughter — and they can’t wait for your camper to join them this summer!
Learn more about Trail Blazers other overnight camp programs! We focus on small group living experiences and environmental engagement, with challenging adventures driven by camper choice and interest. No two sessions are ever the same! Programs are available for children ages 5 through 17.
Trail Blazers also offers a day camp based out of Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, with three drop off/pick up locations and after care available until 6pm. This exciting, play-based program takes us all over the park, on field trips through New York City, and even up to our overnight camp for day trips to explore the forest. Choose the days that work for you, and know that whether your child is with us for one week or the full summer, he or she will be with the same consistent, caring group leaders throughout.
Learn more about Stony Creek Farmstead, owned and worked by three generations of the Marsiglio family. In addition to raising and selling meat, eggs, and vegetables both at their farm and delivered throughout the tri-state area, the farm is also the perfect place to escape the hustle in rustic and relaxing platform tents.