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.
Each weekday, campers travel to a variety of exciting destinations such as amusement parks, beaches, museums, water parks, sports games, theater productions and white water rafting. Additional components to the program are group days and creative days, during which campers might go on a New York City scavenger hunt or participate in an all-day video project.
Once a week, campers enjoy a "late night" and spend extended time doing certain 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.
How do campers travel to and from camp?
Children are transported directly to daily destinations on air-conditioned coach buses equipped with lavatories. There are three pickup locations since it is crucial that camp begins promptly to maximize the time that your child spends at each destination. Pick up/drop off spots are located at:
Morning drop-off is between 8 and 8:40 am, and evening pickup is between 5 and 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 and 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 children. 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. Children 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. Children 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. Children 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 that highlights the summer by providing a climactic travel experience. During this trip, campers stay in hotels or dorm-like accomodations, and all meals are provided. Past trips have included exciting destinations such as Washington D.C., Boston and Montreal. Daily events are diverse, appealing and always leave campers with memories that last a lifetime.
What about lunch?
Campers bring lunch to camp on most days as some destinations do not provide food concessions.