Each session is 12-14 days. Campers can come for multiple sessions, but must go home during the interim between sessions. We also offer week long climbing and farming specialty programs. Dates for 2014 are
One of the most powerful aspects of the Trail Blazers experience is the ability to 'unplug' and be away from technology while building independence and self-confidence away from their comfort zone. Because of this, campers do not have access to phones or computers. You will communicate with your child by writing letters back and forth. You may also send emails that we print out and deliver to each camper. Although you can call in and get status updates on your child, they will not be able to call or email you.
We ask that you send enough clothing for at least 7 days. Although we will do laundry once during each two-week session, the laundry is limited to necessities only. Because your child will be outside in the elements, please pack old clothes that you do not mind getting dirty. Also please make sure to label ALL clothes with first and last name. A detailed packing list and other useful information can be found in the parent handbook here.
As a non-profit camp, we aim to make the camp experience affordable and accessible to all. The tuition for our Sleep Away Camp Program is subsidized based on an tier system that takes into account your family's income and personal circumstances. There may also be scholarships available on top of the tiered tuition- so apply early. Scholarships are limited for the BKB TrailBlazers Climbing Camp or Farm and Forest specialty programs. For more information about our fee system or to determine what tier you are in, click here.
As an American Camp Association Camp we ensure that all staff are trained professionals in their area. We certify our own American Red Cross Life Guards and recruit staff from all over the country and the world with a passion and excitement for working in youth development and outdoor education. Each staff member undergoes an intensive interview and reference check which includes a mandatory criminal background and national sex offenders registry check. Before children arrive, staff complete a thorough training, covering all aspects of the Trail Blazers program, to prepare for the important job of looking after your child’s physical and emotional safety.
Camp is about expanding horizons and trying new things. We have a "three bite rule" that encourages all campers to try three bites of every food. This allows them to try new things and ensures that they are eating full and proper meals. However, if your child has an allergy or restriction, we will honor that to the best of our ability. Trail Blazers is a peanut free camp and has zero peanut products on menu. In addition, we can accommodate dairy free, vegetarian, low acid and other specific diets. If your child has a severe allergy, please make sure that is included in their health history and that the necessary precautions such as an epi-pen are sent to camp. If you have specific questions about diet, please ask us directly.
Trail Blazers does not host visiting days during the summer. Part of the power of camp comes from independence and from getting away from what campers know and seeing family often brings on feelings of homesickness and can be challenging and confusing for many campers. You and your child may attend the Open House prior to camp to see what it is all about. There is also one day during the summer that is Friends and Family Day at camp where you can come and see camp in session. Although Friends and Family Day may fall within your child's camp experience , they may be off camp property on their vagabond expedition or busy with their group on that day and so it is not a guarantee that you will see them.
Yes! Trail Blazers provides transportation to and from camp. About a week before the session you are enrolled in, you will get an email with the location and time of the pick up/drop off. Please make sure to be there at that time or contact us if something comes up and you are running late or will bring your child up on your own. We work hard to make a space for as many kids as possible so we rely on the count for the bus.
Trail Blazers has a licensed RN, LPN, or EMT on staff at all times. We have an infirmary where medications are giving daily and where campers can go to rest or be checked out when they are ill or injured. In order to provide the best care for your child, it is very important that you completely fill out your health history and medical forms as well as send your child with enough of any prescription medication in its original container for the duration of camp. For any matters that require additional medical treatment, we are within a short drive to local hospitals and doctors.
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Montague, NJ 07827