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    Trail Blazer Camps
    Trail Blazer Camps
    Street:
    394 Rogers Ave
    City:
    Brooklyn
    State:
    NY
    Zip Code:
    11225
    Phone:
    2125295113
    Neighborhood:
    Park Slope, Crown Heights, PLG
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    Description:

    Trail Blazers; building values for life. Established in 1887, Trail Blazers is the oldest camp of it's kind and helps children to unplug and connect with the outdoors.

    Trail Blazers offers overnight programs at their 1000 acre estate in Northern NJ, where campers enjoy a wide range of activities, including archery, boating, swimming, gardening, a ropes course, and more!

    Or check out Trail Blazer's day camp which offers 3 convenient locations in Brooklyn - Park Slope, PLG, and Crown Heights! Plus additional drop off and pick up options at nearby subway lines.

    At day camp, campers get to enjoy their summer outdoors exploring the beautiful Prospect Park. Campers will take trips throughout the city and to visit our overnight site for even more outdoor fun.

    Trail Blazers is an SEL program that empowers campers to have a voice & a choice. They believe in the importance of play & teach campers how to work through everyday challenges to build important life skills.

    Discount:

    Receive 5% off all day camp registrations when you use the code PSPPerk5 at the time of enrollment.

    Coupon must be used at the time of enrollment. Coupon can only be applied to registrations at our Park Slope location only. Not eligible to combine with any other discounts.

    Review and Rating

    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 28-Sep-2020
    Subject:  Review from the 2020 Summer Camp Survey
    Comment:  Age of child: Two kids, boy 5 yo and girl 6 yoComment: Trailblazers did a seriously amazing job this summer!! Both my kids (boy - 5 yo, girl - 6 yo) absolutely loved it and they got so much exercise. It was entirely contained in the park and had very good but reasonable and age-appropriate safety precautions in place. The counselors were great. Due to the small group nature of the camp and consistent grouping from week to week the kids really bonded with each other and their counselors. There was frequent communication from the camp through the remind app. It was just very well run. They really did a wonderful job modifying their usual program to work for this particular summer. Highly recommend!What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? Would have been nice to have drop off locations at different points around the park as drop-off/pick-up was quite a far walk for us but obviously this summer was an unusual situation.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 28-Sep-2020
    Subject:  Review from the 2020 Summer Camp Survey
    Comment:  Age of child: 6Comment: Wonderful, very active and a great experience. They were in prospect park all day and learned a lot about nature.Anything related to COVID and how the camp handled it you'd like to add? They handled it extremely well, temperature checks, masks, etc.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 28-Sep-2020
    Subject:  Review from the 2020 Summer Camp Survey
    Comment:  Age of child: 4Comment: This was a perfect camp for a pandemic summer: it was 100% outside and my son truly bonded with his counselors and fellow kids. He came home exhausted and happy.What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? It would be nice it went past 3pm, but it is understandable since they are outside the entire time.Anything related to COVID and how the camp handled it you'd like to add? I felt like I could truly trust the counselors and fellow parents to be forthright about their risks and precautions. The fact that the program was 100% outside was wonderful.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 28-Sep-2020
    Subject:  Review from the 2020 Summer Camp Survey
    Comment:  Age of child: 5Comment: I cannot say enough positive things about Trailblazers! It is a camp run entirely outdoors in Prospect Park (rain or shine). The kids learn about science, environmental conservation, self-care, and community building. My son is shy and has trouble with new experiences, so I wasn't sure how the summer would go. We enrolled him for 6 weeks, and he loved every day! The staff were exceptional, the content was exceptional, and the whole experience was great. They build a very inclusive environment and meet kids where they are at developmentally. My son came out of the experience more confident and more aware of how to care for himself, others, and the environment. The staff was also great with parent communication.What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? I can't think of anything I would change.Anything related to COVID and how the camp handled it you'd like to add? They were great about safety. It's an outdoor camp, so that made it easier. The kids were kept in separate pods of 8 kids the whole summer with the same teachers. They did health screenings every day and followed other safety precautions, such as masks, cleaning, etc. I felt they took it very seriously.
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 05-Nov-2019
    Subject:  Speaking of Sleep-Away Camps...Whowent?Why?andWill...
    Comment:  I know that Trailblazers is both ethnically and socioeconomically diverse
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 29-Aug-2018
    Subject:  2018 Summer Camp Reviews
    Comment:  Summer 2018 Review: We were very disappointed in Trail Blazers. It is billed as an outdoor exploration camp where kids get to explore prospect park through interaction with nature. Instead my son came home almost in tears on day 1, and described an experience of glorified babysitting. The staff was unenthusiastic and apathetic and seemed like their job was a punishment. The activities were bland and mostly consisted of marching on the paved roads chanting camp songs. This camp totally missed an opportunity for intrepid exploration, outdoor education, and gleeful dirt digging. I am not the only parent who felt this way and I would highly recommend against signing up for this camp. Age of child: 6
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 04-Sep-2017
    Subject:  Review from the 2017 PSP Summer Camp Survey
    Comment:  Great camp! Outdoors all day even in the rain. They also went on a field trip and swimming each week. My son loved visiting their overnight camp in New Jersey for a day. Staff is fantastic and my son talks about them incessantly. Also they have lots of options for drop off, pick up and bus shuttles.If you could change anything, what would it be? NothingAge of child: 5Based on a Summer 2017 experience
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 04-Sep-2017
    Subject:  Review from the 2017 PSP Summer Camp Survey
    Comment:  They spent the entire summer running around Prospect Park, with enthusiastic counselors, getting filthy and being outside. Trips to Trailblazer's camp in NJ woodlands every 2 weeks got them out of the City (though it's a long bus ride!). A reasonably affordable option, with multiple dropoff/pickup location options, and flexible aftercare.If you could change anything, what would it be? Administration isn't as tight as I've seen for some other camps, but the tradeoff is that the camp structure is more flexible and (for my kids) fun as compared with the more rigid camps they've attended. Though they still didn't love the weekly visit to the pool, for which staff (quite reasonably) erred on the side of safety caution, which strong swimmers viewed as overly restrictive.Age of child: 9 and 6Based on a Summer 2017 experience
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 04-Sep-2017
    Subject:  Review from the 2017 PSP Summer Camp Survey
    Comment:  Review: My son liked that the camp was relatively unstructured. The kids had lots of time to play and just be kids, rather than "improving" themselves in some way. He also loved the day trips out to the overnight camp that is also run by Trailblazers. On those trips they got to swim in the lake, make smores etc. The city trips were also popular (climbing gym, Governor's Island), as were the weekly trips to Sunset Park pool for swimming lessons. He was not a keen swimmer but the instructors were really good and now he likes going to the pool. He was usually exhausted at the end of the day because they are outside all day in the heat and do a LOT of walking.If you could change anything, what would it be? I wish the day went a bit longer or that the aftercare did not happen so far from the rest of the camp (after care is on Rogers Ave in Prospect Lefferts Garden, and the camp's "home base" in Prospect Park is the Carousel). Getting to the aftercare location was enough of a hassle that we never used aftercare, which made for short work days for me (working in the evening to catch up).Age of child: 6Based on a Summer 2017 experience
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 01-Apr-2017
    Subject:  [ANONYMOUS] Affordable local summer daycamps?
    Comment:  I second Trailblazers. Sliding scale, although I think the lowest cost tiers are probably filled by now. But even the highest tier is less than $500/week. My four year old had a wonderful summer last year and will be returning this summer.
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 01-Apr-2017
    Subject:  [ANONYMOUS] Affordable local summer daycamps?
    Comment:  I know of two reasonable (and great!) summer camps in NYC: Trailblazers operates on a sliding income scale: http://trailblazers.org/plg/
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 01-Apr-2017
    Subject:  [ANONYMOUS] Affordable local summer daycamps?
    Comment:  My grandson is going to trailblazers. Check it out.
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 27-Sep-2016
    Subject:  Summer Camp Survey 2016
    Comment:  Age of child: 5.5Review: Awesome, love it, so much funWhat would you change about the program, if anything? Nothing!
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 27-Sep-2016
    Subject:  Summer Camp Survey 2016
    Comment:  Age of child: 4Review: This camp meets in the children's corner of Prospect Park and spends most days —except for field trip days— in the park itself. Kids were grouped according to age and the counselor/camper ratio seemed great (about 1:4). The counselors, who came from both Brooklyn and many countries, were kind and very engaged with the kids, as was the camp director. Their days seemed filled with pretty intense play. Every day when I picked up my four-year-old she was covered in dirt, and quite happy about it. Each week has a different theme. There's also swimming every week and a daylong field trip to the Trail Blazers camp in NJ every couple of weeks, I believe. I also like that they have a pay scale to make camp affordable to familie
    Reviewed by Administrator
    On 28-Oct-2013
    Subject:  Review from 2013 Summer Camp Experience
    Comment:  Program: Brooklyn and Delaware Water Gap, NJAge of Child: 10Likes: rock climbing!What would you change? more days of climbing (they got rained out one day).Would you send your child(ren) again? YesDo you recommend? Highly recommendDo you have any other information to add? this was my son's first sleep away experience, and he really had a good time. He was gone from Monday - Saturday. The first day was spent at Brooklyn Boulders, learning climbing basics. The campers left from there with their (2) counselors, and spent the rest of the week at Trailblazers camp. For two of those days, they left the camp, went rock climbing and slept in tents on the ground (instead of the raised wood floor tents back at base camp). The camp also had swimming, canoeing, archery, and bicycling.