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Trailblazers

Ages 12-14

Trailblazers is a fun-filled day-travel camp program that emphasizes independence and experiential learning within a safe and supportive environment.

Summer 2019 Camp dates:

Thursday, June 27-Fri, Aug 16
Camp is closed on Thursday, July 4

Flexible packages are available starting at a minimum of 2 weeks.

  • Day Trips

    • Each day, campers are transported in air-conditioned coach buses for trips throughout the Tri-State area.
    • The day-trip schedule includes a mix of entertainment, cultural and adventure activities that include visits to water and amusement parks, beaches, museums and much more.
  • Overnight Trips

    • Jul 18 to 21, Trailblazers head off for a sleepaway experience at Club Getaway in Kent, CT. The campgrounds boast an amazing waterfront and athletic facilities.
    • We’ll visit Lake George and the Adirondacks Aug 14 to 18 for our final week together. Activities include tours and amusement parks as campers take in the beauty and adventure of the state’s largest park and the region’s cultural offerings.

Speciality Programming — Summer 2018

Campers participate in an exciting elective of their choice throughout the summer, such as:

  • Sports and Fitness — Build skills and enjoy light competition in a wide range of indoor and outdoor sports under the supervision of our well-trained 92Y May Center staff.
  • Chefs in Training — Become a master of the kitchen and nosh on delicious international cuisine, with weekly competitions and tastings!
  • Laugh It Out with Comedy Hall of Fame Foundation — Budding actors and those interested in the arts work with professional actors and educators on developing improvisational skills and create your own improv show.
  • Drawing and Painting — In collaboration with the 92Y Art Center, campers will work with pencil, charcoal, pastel, watercolor and acrylics. Draw and paint from observation and improve technical skills.
  • Design Lab — Build creative video projects with 92Y Art Center instructors.

FAQ

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.

Three days each week, campers depart from the Trailblazers’ bus locations in New York City for exciting trips around the tri-state area, including amusement parks, beaches, museums, water parks, sports games and more. Additional trips include team building and community service such as a New York City scavenger hunt or volunteering at a local food bank.

Each Wednesday, campers enjoy a "late night" and spend extended time doing specific activities, such as a visit to Great Adventure, white water rafting. 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 two days per week throughout the summer. Activity options for our specialty programming are released each spring.

How do campers travel to and from camp?

We have designated bus pickup and drop-off locations around NYC. All buses are air-conditioned coach buses equipped with lavatories. Campers are supervised at all times. Drop off is as early as 8 am and as late as 5:30 pm.

  • 92Y – 1395 Lexington Avenue between 92nd and 91st Streets
  • B’nai Jeshurun – West 89th between Broadway and West End Avenue
  • P.S. 183 – East 67th Street between 1st and York Avenues
  • Murray Hill – East 34th Street and 1st Avenue
  • Chelsea – West 23rd Street and 8th Avenue
  • Gramercy – 2nd Avenue between 19th and 20th Streets
  • P.S. 41 – West 11th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues

Who are the Trailblazers staff?

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, the staff meets 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. 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 through 9th grades at a wide range of public and private schools. The campers are grouped according to age as well as gender. Every effort is made to accommodate grouping requests. Each counselor will supervise a group of approximately 7 to 12 girls or boys.

Is it true that Trailblazers goes on overnight trips as well?

That’s right! Towards the end of the first session, campers spend five days at Club Getaway in Kent, CT. Campers stay in air-conditioned cabins equipped with private bathrooms. Campers enjoy each of their meals in one of Club Getaway’s three cafeterias, which include kosher and vegetarian offerings. The overnight adventure includes banana boating, pioneering, hiking, jousting, wall climbing, gyromat, mountain biking, exciting evening activities and much more.

At the end of the summer, Trailblazers will take a five-day trip to Lake George and the Adirondacks, where activities include amusement parks, boating and rafting, and all the nation’s largest state park has to offer!

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.

Contact Us

For more information, email or call us at 212.415.5573.

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