What is a typical week like at Trailblazers?
Trailblazers is a uniquely designed program that provides the right balance of independence and supervision for our young teenage campers. The program seeks to challenge campers in age-appropriate ways that allow them to take risks in a safe environment that values each and every camper's contributions.
Monday thru Wednesday, campers depart from Manhattan’s Upper East Side for exciting trips around the Tri-State area including amusement parks, beaches, museums, water parks, sports games, and more. Additional trips include community building and service such as a New York City scavenger hunt or helping out at a local food bank.
Each Wednesday, campers enjoy a "late night" and spend extended time doing specific activities, such as Great Adventure, white water rafting or an all-day fishing trip. On these days, dinner will be provided (vegetarian options will be available.) Campers return at approximately 8:30 pm. There are two overnight trips, which are detailed below.
Campers participate in an exciting elective of their choice on Thursdays and Fridays throughout the summer. Activity options include Sports and Fitness, Culinary Arts, Film and Media, Robotics, and Fine Art Workshops.
How do campers travel to and from camp?
There are three additional pickup and dropoff locations around NYC listed below. Campers will first meet at 92Y each day Mon-Wed, and then will ride together to daily destinations. All buses are air-conditioned coach buses equipped with lavatories.
Morning drop-off is between 8–8:40 am, and evening pickup is between 5–5:40 pm. Children are supervised at all times.
West 11th Street between 6th & 7th Avenue
Morning drop off is at 7:45 am. Evening pickup is around 5:30 pm.
East 22nd Street between Second and Third Avenue. Morning drop-off is at 7:45 am. Evening pickup is around 5:30pm.
West 89th Street between Broadway and West End Avenue.
Morning drop off is between 8–8:20 AM. Evening pickup is around 5:30 pm.
Who are the Trailblazers staff?
At 92Y, we carefully select our counselors for their maturity, energy and experience with young adults. All Trailblazers counselors are college age and older. Before camp begins, staff meet with the Camp Director for an orientation period where they learn the camp's philosophy: creating an inclusive community in which campers feel comfortable, safe and challenged. Counselors have a full understanding of the high expectations that Trailblazers sets for excellence and are fully knowledgeable about the age group with which they will be working. The Trailblazers Director and Assistant Director support the counselors, communicate regularly with parents and oversee the smooth operation of the program.
Who are the Trailblazers campers and how many campers are in each group?
Trailblazers campers are entering 7th, 8th and 9th grades at a wide range of public and private schools. Campers enjoy Trailblazers for the exciting calendar of trip destinations as well as the stimulating activities provided. Each counselor will have a group of approximately 9-13 girls or boys. The campers are grouped according to age as well as gender. Every effort is made to accommodate special grouping requests.
Is it true that Trailblazers goes on five-day trips as well?
That's right! Towards the end of the first session, campers spend five days at Club Getaway in Kent, CT. Club Getaway is a sleepaway camp facility designed to provide teen camps with an extended overnight experience. Campers stay in cabins equipped with bathrooms. Three daily meals are provided in one of their three cafeterias and kosher food is provided, as well as accommodations for vegetarians. The challenging activities provided during this five-day adventure include banana boating, pioneering, hiking, jousting, wall climbing, gyromat, mountain biking, exciting evening activities and much more.
At the end of the summer, Trailblazers goes on a five-day excursion to the Boston area from August 10 though 14. During the trip, campers stay in hotels or dorm-like accommodations, and all meals are provided. Activities will include white-water rafting, a tour of Harvard Square, a laugh-out-loud evening at Shear Madness, plus additional activities to be announced. The wide array of daily events will leave campers with a lifetime of memories.
What about lunch?
Campers bring lunch to camp on most days as few destinations provide food concessions. Details for each trip are communicated in advance.