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

Our Trailblazers are working hard to develop 21st century skills that will help them throughout their lives. Through practicing sportsmanship, using imaginations during arts & crafts, exploring the nature playscape, and teambuilding Trailblazers are thinking outside of the box and beginning to reason objectively.

2

Decision Making

Making decisions can be a challenge. Offering the 2nd - 3rd graders the opportunity to make decisions in a safe setting allows them to experience the process, observe the effects, and think about what they'll do next time.

3

Comprehension

Trailblazers are beginning to have life experience to draw from, they are learning what their interests are and have opinions to share. Our 2nd and 3rd graders are building off previous experiences to help them practice things they love, and provide the confidence to try new things.

4

Self Control

Practicing self-control at camp allows our Trailblazers to see how their actions and words affect themselves and their group. Being able to recognize their feelings throughout the camp day gives them the opportunity to practice making positive choices.

5

Fine & Gross Motor Skills

2nd and 3rd graders are ready and eager to continue developing their motor skills. They spend their days playing games, running, jumping, horseback riding and swimming to help develop their gross motor skills. Fine motor skills can be strengthened through making friendship bracelets, fuse beads, playing the ukulele, and super fun handshakes.

6

Personality Growth

2nd and 3rd graders participate in activities that improve their awareness and identity, they focus on personal talents and continue to develop their potential in areas they find enjoyment. As campers discover their interests, they will be urged to try new things, challenge themselves, and step out of their comfort zones.

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, horseback 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 (10th & 11th grades) along with support of the Edge Counselors and run by the Trailblazer Counselors.

Why?

As campers strive for independence it is important they learn how to make choices. Their desire to have ownership over their day is supported by two rounds of choice activities on Wednesday mornings. Trailblazer Choice is a favorite amongst 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, campfire with s’mores and sleep in our cabins supervised by their counselors.

Why?

Many of our campers make a camp overnight their first experience away from home. The opportunity for a child to push their boundaries in a safe environment is crucial for developing independence. Year after year we hear overnights are a favorite of campers, parents and staff!

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
  • Nature Playscape
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 with Certified Lifeguards
  • 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
  • Nature Playscape

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 with Certified Lifeguards
  • 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, hot 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 The Park at UVA, Crozet, Fashion Square Mall, Pantops and 5th St. Station.  Choose what works best for your family.

Thursday Overnight

Campers stay in our cabins supervised by counselors. Dinner, snack and breakfast the next day is provided along with an extra evening swim, field games and a 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 Trailblazer choice, bus rides, lunch time and other camp games like kickball, GaGa, etc.

How much swimming do the Trailblazers do?

Swim lessons and recreational swim take place every day at Triple C Camp, weather permitting. Group Counselors swim with their campers, while lessons are taught by American Red Cross Lifeguards.

Will they get to ride a horse?

Yes, the plan is for all Trailblazer groups to get to ride horses at least once a week (2-11) and it us usually a choice on Wednesday mornings for Trailblazer choice.

General Camp FAQs

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

2020 summer camp schedule and rates.
Overnights begin on Thursday, June 18th
and include dinner, snack, and breakfast.

Wk
Dates
Wk 1
June 1 -5
*The Park at UVA Bus or Camp transportation ONLY
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: July 30
Wk 10
August 3 - 7
Thursday Overnight: August 6
Wk 11
August 10 - 14
No Overnight this week. Happy Camping!
Wk 12
August 17 - 21
*The Park at UVA Bus or Camp transportation ONLY
Mini Camp
August 17 & 18
*Mon & Tues tuition is $170 or $175 with The Park at UVA Bus

6 Weeks or More

$365
per week*

5 Weeks or Less

$395
per week*
*Transportation and Overnights available at an additional cost.
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