Take summer to the next level. The best part of the great outdoors is discovering that you belong. Awesome counselors, two overnight tent adventures and bigger and better camp activities make Trailblazers a unique experience for outdoor enthusiasts!Register Now
Ages 12–14 (must be 12 by August 31, 2020)
- 7:1 child to staff ratio
- $860 per 2–week session
- Two week session dates:
- Session 1: June 21st–July 2nd
- Session 2: July 5th–July 16th
- Session 3: July 19th–July 30th
- Session 4: Aug 2nd–Aug 13th
Your camp gives my daughter so many great experiences that she can't get anywhere else. The zipline, tubing, the flying squirrel. She comes home everyday with so much to say. My daughter, who attends alone (without friends) has been a camper for 4 summers, and always wants to return. I think that speaks volumes for what you do.
~Tonya D., 2020 Camp Parent
“Challenge by choice” is a fundamental tenet of our Trailblazers program. Our well-trained, certified counselors offer our teen/pre-teen campers both instruction and encouragement as they tackle a wide variety of land and water activities. Campers develop the ability to safely and successfully acquire new skills and confidence, while having fun with a different activity on campus each day of the week
Campers develop the ability to safely and successfully acquire new skills and confidence, while having fun with a different activity on campus each day of the week. Activities include our ropes and challenge course, team-building games, mountain biking, hiking, swimming at the creek, fishing, and wilderness skills training.
This program also includes a hike and tubing trip along the Seneca Red Trail and a two night camp out (on site) on the second Wednesday and Thursday of each two week session.
Sample Day at Camp
9:15–12:00 Adventure Activity
2:30–3:00 group games
Rain Plan: Butler Camp views rain as “liquid sunshine!" All activities will continue as planned except in cases of severe weather (i.e., thunder, lightning, or heavy downpour). In this case, we have indoor and undercover space where activities will continue.
What Your Child Needs
- Water bottle – refillable
- Extra change of clothes
Start of Camp: (These items stay at camp for the session)
- Bug spray
- Creek shoes/boots
Counselors will advise the campers when particular clothing is required. Be sure that your camper arrives in the morning with sunscreen/bug repellent already applied.
Basic overnight needs for all activities: Sleeping pad, sleeping bag, change of clothes, flashlight/headlamp, cup, bowl & spoon, water bottle, toiletries, warm jacket, and rain gear. Counselors will confirm the necessary items by Friday of Week 1.
Mosquito Tips – suggested for water activities: Pack lightweight pants, long-sleeved shirt, socks, and a hat that can be sprayed with bug spray.
- Increased fitness, strength, agility, self-confidence, and fearlessness
- Knowledge and experience with climbing, canoeing, tubing, hiking, mountain-biking, knot-tying, fishing, tent and camp set-up, outdoor cooking, wilderness skills, and outdoor/water safety
- Environmental education, including Leave No Trace camping ethic and practices and respect for nature and others (and an appreciation for life beyond “screen time”)
- Lifelong memories of singing and roasting marshmallows by a campfire, sleeping in the wilderness in a tent, and the confidence in wilderness skills to safely move about, cook, and create shelter.
- Problem-solving, leadership, teamwork, decision-making, risk assessment, communication skills and, in many cases, new friends!
Trailblazers Sample Weeks
Monday – Opening Ceremony, Introduction Games, Snack, Hike, Lunch, Pool, Survival Skills Shelter Building
Tuesday – Group game, Snack, Pool, Lunch, Archery, Survival Skills Wood forage
Wednesday – Low Ropes Course, Lunch, Survival Skills water filtration
Thursday – Pool, Snack, High Ropes, Lunch, Survival Skills Knife Safety and fire prep
Friday – Pool, Survival Skills, Lunch, Hike to water hole, Swim and hike back.
Monday – Geocaching with Maps/Compass, Snack, Geocaching, Lunch, Pool, Mt Bike Skills
Tuesday – High Wall Climb, Lunch, High Ropes, Go over plans for next days overnight.
Wednesday – Hike Red trail to Riffleford, Lunch, Tube back, Overnight camp out, (late pool)
Thursday – Breakfast, Pool, Lunch, Mountain Biking, Fishing, Overnight camp out, (late pool)
Friday – Breakfast, Clean up and tents put away, pool, games, Cookout and Closing Ceremony
Frequently Asked Questions
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How many campers are with a counselor?
What do you do on weather related “code red” days?
What is Campout?
Does my child have to participate in Campout?
Which camp sessions did I register for?
Can you group my child with the friends I listed during registration?
Do campers need to bring a SNACK and LUNCH?
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Visit our 22–acre campus and imagine your child here this summer. Tours are available M–F between 9am–4pm.
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