$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.
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You wake up at sunrise to sunlight filtering through a canopy of towering oak trees. In the distance, you might hear the babbling waters of the Delaware River, 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 1,100 acres of Mashipacong Bogs Preserve, a slice of wilderness encompassing a 55-acre lake, a stretch of the Delaware River, and a section of the Appalachian Trail.
The certified counselors guide visitors 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 learn about the ecosystem and hone 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.