Operation Muscle 2020

Many hands make light work!
Join us May 2020

Get ready to roll up your sleeves and join alumni, board members, campers, parents, staff, and friends! Operation Muscle, our annual volunteer day, is a springtime tradition where we prepare Mashipacong Estate for Summercamp 2020. We’ll inventory supplies, clean the buildings, prep the garden, and set up the tents and washstands in the smallcamps. Then we’ll wrap the day with a full, relaxing “Thank You” dinner! Operation Muscle is rain or shine, please be prepared to spend the day outdoors, in the woods. All ages welcome, transportation from Brooklyn provided.

Operation Muscle is a Saturday event. Click the link below to be notified when the exact date for Operation Muscle 2020 has been set.

Support and Volunteer In Person

Join us at Mashipacong Estate from 10am-4pm
4pm-6pm (optional thank you dinner)

Our address is:
210 Deckertown Turnpike
Montague, NJ 07827
between mile markers 4 and 5

Notify me when the 2020 date is set!
Support From Home!

If you’re unable to join us in person, consider being a part of Operation Muscle by purchasing an item from our Amazon wishlist to add to our program inventory. Or consider making a gift to the Trail Blazers’ Scholarship Fund and help put a camper on the bus this summer!

Put a camper on the bus
Get an item from the wishlist
How do I get there?

If you are driving, you can use Google Maps at http://maps.google.com to get driving directions. Our address is 210 Deckertown Turnpike, Montague, NJ 07287. We are between mile markers 4 and 5. Please plan to arrive at 10:00am and stay till 4:00pm, or 6:00pm for dinner.

We are also arranging a bus. We are leaving from the Starbucks at Court and Joralemon promptly at 8:00am. Please note – this is the same day as the Brooklyn Half Marathon. The marathon route might affect your transportation options in the morning. Please plan accordingly. Also please note – the ride is approximately 2 hours and the bus will not make any stops in order to arrive at Trail Blazers on time. We will return to Brooklyn at approximately 6:00pm, 8:00pm if staying for dinner – depending on traffic.

Do I really have to stay the entire time?

Yes, you must stay till 4pm. While the Thank You Dinner is optional, we ask that you commit to the entire day so that we can have completed projects.

What are the projects?

We have a mix of indoor and outdoor projects for all skill-sets. You can indicate your project preferences in your RSVP . While we cannot guarantee you will be assigned on that particular project we will try to have your skills put to use where they best apply.

Sounds like a full day! What about lunch?

We will have a pack-out lunch to keep you fueled throughout the day, without having to rush through your projects by breaking in the middle of the day. We will wrap the day will a full, relaxing dinner to show our appreciation for all your hard work. We will have a range of options for vegans and meat-eaters alike. We will do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions with advance notice but cannot make guarantees. Please do feel free to let us know in your RSVP.

My pet loves the outdoors! Can they come?

We love animals at Trail Blazers. However, Trail Blazers already has plenty of wildlife and we prefer your pet stays at home.

I use a wheelchair/walker/crutches to get around. Is the site accessible for mobility impaired persons?

Trail Blazers’ camp site is outdoors and very rustic: with dirt trails, no paved roads, and plenty of hills. This may not be the best environment for those needing wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, strollers, etc.

Can I spend the night?

Camping at Trail Blazers is an amazing experience! However, the site is not available for camping just yet. Consider joining us for Labor Day Weekend, another annual tradition. What better way to wrap the summer than with the cool breeze from Lake Mashipacong! Details about last year’s weekend here, 2019 details will be posted soon!

What should I bring?

We will be outside in the woods. Please wear clothes that you do not mind getting dirty. Also, ticks are prevalent in the woods. Please wear long pants, long socks, long sleeved shirts, and hats/head coverings. Be sure to use insect repellent.

What if it rains?

A person once said there’s no such thing as bad weather, just inadequate clothes! Trail Blazers runs rain or shine. Feel free to wear rain boots and ponchos.

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