Trailblazers

Grades rising 2nd - 3rd

Triple C Camp Trailblazers participate in all activities around camp. They try new sports, crafts, games, hikes, nature activities, animal care, and enjoy the ropes/challenge course.

The 6 guiding tenets of the Trailblazers Program
1

Critical Thinking

2nd and 3rd grade is when children learn many new skills in reading, language, math, science and social studies. Similarly, many physical and fine motor activities also come into play. Thinking out of the box and beginning to reason objectively are skills that help our campers.

2

Decision Making

2nd and 3rd graders get many more decision making opportunities throughout the day...this is the beginning of the campers having ownership on their experience.

3

Comprehension

Abilities for comprehension and retension are now forming and campers remember activities they love at camp and look forward to doing them again, or ask their counselors if they can participate in certain events.

4

Self Control

Beginning to recognize how campers can move their bodies in a successful direction and make decisions that will positively affect themselves and others.

5

Fine Motor Skills

2nd and 3rd graders are ready and eager to learn about physical education. While they continue to test their skills, they also display an intense curiosity as to how it all works, and they delight in their newfound physical abilities.

6

Personality Growth

2nd and 3rd graders grasp concepts like space, direction, distance, and time. They understand that the clock is ticking forward. Suddenly, schedules, routines, calendars, plans, predictability, rules, justice, and assignments become excruciatingly serious causes for focus and attention.

All About Trailblazers

A special component is Trailblazer Choice! Every Wednesday morning, Trailblazers have “choice activity” time when they’ll choose areas and activities which they want to specialize. These areas normally include: extra swim time, horse back riding, archery, climbing the tower (rising 3rd graders), crafts, nature walks, sports and so much more!

Campers are divided by gender and have about 15 campers in each group with two/three staff members.

Starting as rising 2nd graders campers will have the opportunity to participate in our overnights. They stay at camp with staff in our summer cabins, which have bathrooms and showers. Similar to all activities at Triple C, the overnights are challenge by choice.

All Trailblazer Campers have daily swim lessons led by our American Red Cross Lifeguards who have additionally been trained as Swim Instructors. Trailblazers also have recreational swim time daily.

What's special in Trailblazers

Trailblazer Choice (Wednesday morning)

Campers choose two rounds of choice activities from about 12-15 choices.  All activities are planned and organized by the Edge campers (9th & 10th grades) along with support of the Edge Counselors and run by the Trailblazer Counselors.

Why?

As these campers emerge toward independence it is critical they get the opportunity for choice.  Their desire to have ownership over their own program is supported by two rounds of choice activities on Wed. mornings which has proven to bring great mid week excitement to our rising 2nd and 3rd graders.

Overnights

Most Thursday nights we have overnights where campers get to have dinner at camp, extra swim time, field games like capture the flag, campfire with s’mores and sleep in our summer cabins with their counselors.

Why?

Many of our campers make camp their first overnight away from home experience.  As children grow, it is critical that they continue to push their own boundaries for self improvement.  Staying away from home in a familiar place has matured children beyond their years…and they are so much fun!

Activities for Trailblazers

Trailblazer activities below have more detail under the name

Pony Rides
  • Our Trailblazers gain exposure to horses in a safe and fun environment through lead line rides
Nature & Animals
  • Creek Play
  • Habitat Education
  • Hands on Animal Interaction
  • Getting Dirty
  • Woods Exploration
Arts & Crafts
  • Tactile Experiences
  • Weekly Craft Projects
  • Dedicated Craft Center
  • Variety of Mediums
  • Experienced Art Specialist
Sports & Games
  • Sportsmanship
  • Skill Development
  • Triple C Style Sports
  • Expansive Facilities
  • Multi-Cultural Activities
Swimming
  • Daily Lessons
  • Recreational Swim Time
  • Super Fun Pool Equipment
  • Saline Conversion Pool
  • Counselors in the Water
Music & Drama
  • Expand Experiences
  • Songs and Instruments
  • Skits and Plays
  • Personal Expression
  • Experienced Specialist
Challenge Course
  • Safety Prioritized
  • Team Building
  • Goal Setting
  • Increase Communication
  • Experienced Specialist

Pony Rides

  • Our Trailblazers gain exposure to horses in a safe and fun environment through lead line rides

Nature & Animals

  • Creek Play
  • Habitat Education
  • Hands on Animal Interaction
  • Getting Dirty
  • Woods Exploration

Arts & Crafts

  • Tactile Experiences
  • Weekly Craft Projects
  • Dedicated Craft Center
  • Variety of Mediums
  • Experienced Art Specialist

Sports & Games

  • Sportsmanship
  • Skill Development
  • Triple C Style Sports
  • Expansive Facilities
  • Multi-Cultural Activities

Swimming

  • Daily Lessons
  • Recreational Swim Time
  • Super Fun Pool Equipment
  • Saline Conversion Pool
  • Counselors in the Water

Music & Drama

  • Expand Experiences
  • Songs and Instruments
  • Skits and Plays
  • Personal Expression
  • Experienced Specialist

Challenge Course

  • Safety Prioritized
  • Team Building
  • Goal Setting
  • Increase Communication
  • Experienced Specialist

Information for parents

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We know families are busy and we want your summer to be care free. Please let us know if we can help further to make your summer smooth sailing!

Lunch is provided

Lunch and snack menus meet USDA guidelines.  We serve food that is nutritious and that kids like to eat.  Lunches include a green leafy salad, fruits and vegetables daily.  Examples of main courses are chicken nuggets, burgers, dogs, turkey wraps, mac & cheese, etc. Peanut butter and/or jelly is available every day. Families are welcome to pack a lunch for their camper any day of the week.

Transportation options

Transportation is provided in Triple C vehicles, camp buses or multi passenger vehicles.  All drivers are licensed, trained and experienced.  Pick up points are at Barracks Road Shopping Center, Fashion Square Mall, Pantops and Piedmont Virginia Community College.  Choose what works best for your family.

Thursday Overnight

Campers stay in our summer cabins with staff members. Dinner, snack and breakfast the next day is provided along with an extra evening swim, field games and campfire.  Oh and of course S’MORES!

Frequently Asked Questions about our Trailblazers Program.

Why are K-3rd grade campers separated by gender?

It is helpful for girls and boys at younger ages to be in a peer group that is similar to their own. This helps them learn about themselves before they can learn about each other.  This is facilitated with similar gender staff where the girls and boys can be themselves to learn how to be a better friend and make new friends. Plus, we have daily swims, change clothes and similar genders move us through this experience more efficiently.  Campers do get the opportunity to socialize with the opposite gender through Pioneer dance parties, Trailblazer choice, bus rides, lunch time and other camp games like capture the flag, kickball, Ga Ga, etc.

How much swimming do the Trailblazers do?

Swim lessons and recreational swim take place every day at Triple C Camp!  Group Counselors swim with their campers and help the American Red Cross Life Guards teach lessons.

Will they get to ride a horse?

Yes, all Trailblazer groups get to ride horses at least once a week and it is always a choice on Wednesday mornings for Trailblazer choice.

Do you provide lunch and snacks?

Yes, very healthy options.  Lunch: Main course which includes burgers, dogs, mac & cheese, turkey wraps, etc., also a crunch, a fruit, a vegetable, and a leafy green salad are on the buffet every day….PB&J are always an option too.  Or, just P or just J…brown bread or white bread.  Campers are welcome to pack a lunch daily. Snack is normally a healthier item in the morning and a colder or sweeter treat in the afternoon.

General Camp FAQs

For more general camp questions visit our FAQs Page in the Parent Hub.

2014 summer camp schedule and rates.
Overnights begin on Thursday, June 26th
and include dinner, snack, and breakfast.

Wk
Dates
Wk 1
June 1 - 5
Overnight fun ahead!
Wk 2
June 8 - 12
One more week until overnights start!
Wk 3
June 15 - 19
Thursday Overnight: June 18
Wk 4
June 22 - 26
Thursday Overnight: June 25
Wk 5
June 29 - July 3
Thursday Overnight: July 2
Wk 6
July 6 - 10
Thursday Overnight: July 9
Wk 7
July 13 - 17
Thursday Overnight: July 16
Wk 8
July 20 - 24
Thursday Overnight: July 23
Wk 9
July 27 - 31
Thursday Overnight: August 30
Wk 10
August 3 - 7
Thursday Overnight: August 6
Wk 11
August 10 - 14
Sorry, no overnight this week
Wk 12
August 17 - 21
Sorry, no overnight this week
Mini Camp
August 17 & 18
*Mon & Tues tuition is $140 or $145 with Barracks Rd.

* Barracks Rd. Bus or Camp Transportation ONLY for Mini Camp

6 Weeks or More

$290
per week

5 Weeks or Less

$315
per week
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