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Trailblazers

Trailblazers

92Y Trailblazers is a fun-filled camp program for preteens and teens entering grades 7 to 9, that emphasizes independence and experiential learning within a safe and supportive environment.

The 2018 season will be in session from Jun 27 to Aug 17. We have flexible packages available starting at a minimum of 2 weeks.

  • Day Trips

    • Each day, campers are transported on fully air-conditioned coach buses for various trips in the Tri-State area.
    • The day trip schedule includes a mix of entertainment, cultural and adventure activities, water and amusement parks, beaches and 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 2016

Campers participate in an exciting elective of their choice two days per week throughout the summer. Check out last summer’s calendar here.

  • 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.
  • Coding Space – Explore the hottest tech and coding projects with our partner, The Coding Space. All skill levels are welcome.
  • Chefs in Training – Become a master of the kitchen and nosh on delicious international cuisine, with weekly competitions and tastings!
  • Media Madness – Become photographers and filmmakers and help us capture and document a Trailblazers summer! Work with experienced instructors to hone that artistic eye, produce original content and share your final masterpieces!
  • Entrepreneurship – We are excited to continue our partnership with mini-Preneur — a New York based program that harnesses the curiosity and imagination of young adults to help them plan, build and launch their own businesses. Entrepreneurship helps to build the requisite confidence to take on future challenges later in life.

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.