$499 for a Two-Week Overnight Summer Camp from Trail Blazers ($1,500 Value)

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ACA-accredited two-week camp featuring outdoor adventure activities and stay in rustic canvas shelters at simple campsite

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Expires Aug 31st, 2013. Limit 5 per person. Registration required. Must be 7-16. Must sign waiver. Operates in all weather. Sessions must be used by the same person. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

$499 for a Two-Week Overnight Summer Camp ($1,500 Value)

During the two-week camp with four available dates, three group leaders accompany up to nine children at campsites featuring five canvas-covered shelters, a covered table, a campfire circle, and a latrine. They participate in various outdoor adventures and skill-development activities, such as swimming or fishing in the 55-acre Lake Mashipacong, low ropes courses, hiking, and learning outdoor survival skills, each designed to encourage group cooperation. The camp experience culminates in the multi-day Vagabond trip, a hiking or biking expedition along a portion of the Appalachian trail, or a canoeing excursion along the Delaware River. Transportation from New York City is included with this deal.

Though this merchant sometimes offers a discounted price online, this Groupon is still the best deal available.

Trail Blazers

You wake up at sunrise to sunlight filtering through a canopy of towering oak trees. In the distance, you might hear the cry of a hawk, or the laughter of children. Those visiting Trail Blazers share this experience each morning as they emerge from their canvas-covered shelters—part of a rustic experience designed to immerse them into the outdoors. Since 1938, the more than 120-year-old American Camp Association–accredited camp has occupied 1,000 acres of Mashipacong Bogs Preserve, a slice of wilderness encompassing a 55-acre lake and access to the Delaware River and the Appalachian Trail.

The certified counselors guide campers in a decentralized camp experience focused on outdoor education and survival-skills development. They coordinate a range of outdoor programs, including youth camps in which children learning about the ecosystem and honing skills from swimming to outdoor cooking to backpacking. Camps culminate in the Vagabond trip: an extended hike, bike, or canoeing excursion designed to test each camper's abilities when not relying on squirrels for directions. Trail Blazers also coordinates school day trips and full-day or overnight custom lesson plans aligned with the New York and New Jersey State Learning Standards.

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