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 within their small group when they’ll choose areas and activities which they want to specialize. Options may include: 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 14 campers in each group with two/three staff members.

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

What's special in Trailblazers

Trailblazer Choice (Wednesday morning)

Campers choose two rounds of choice activities.  All activities are planned and organized by counselors and Specialists.

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.

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
  • 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

  • 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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Lunch

To maintain compliance with the guidelines and recommendations set by the Virginia Department of Social Services Childcare Licensing Department, campers will need to pack their lunch and at least two snacks each day.  Lunches will be eaten outdoors, weather permitting, in their small groups.

Transportation

Transportation is provided in Triple C vehicles, camp buses or multi passenger vehicles.  All drivers are licensed, trained and experienced.  Pick up points are available at The Park at UVA, Crozet (Western Albemarle High School), Fashion Square Mall, Pantops and 5th St. Station.  To adhere to CDC and Childcare Licensing guidelines, the following procedures will take place: campers will have their temperature and a daily health screening done upon arrival to the camp bus, campers will have assigned seats, one camper per seat unless siblings, masks will be worn at all times, the bus will be unloaded front to back, a full sanitization process using hospital grade broad spectrum disinfectant will take place following every route, and at the end of the day, the bus will be loaded back to front. *Update as of 05.07.21: Albemarle County Transportation now allows for 2 children per bus seat.

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 multiple swims per week, change clothes and similar genders move us through this experience more efficiently.

How much swimming do the Trailblazers do?

Swim lessons and recreational swim take place multiple times per week at Triple C Camp. Group counselors are in the water with their campers, while American Red Cross Lifeguards teach lessons.  Triple C Camp will be adhering to COVID-19 guidelines put forth in regards to swimming pools and space between campers while in the pool.  In the event COVID-19 guidelines restrict swimming, alternative/approved water activities will be added into daily fun.

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, during weeks 2-10.  It may also be a choice on Wednesday mornings during Trailblazer Choice.

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2021 summer camp schedule and rates.

Session
Dates
Pre Camp Session 1
May 31 - June 4
One Week Session. Camp Drop Off/Pick Up ONLY.
Pre Camp Session 2
June 7 - 11
One Week Session. Camp Drop Off/Pick Up ONLY.
Session 1
June 14 - 18
One Week Session. The Park at UVA Bus or Camp transportation ONLY.
Session 2
June 21 - July 2
Two Week Session
Session 3
July 5 - 16
Two Week Session
Session 4
July 19 - 30
Two Week Session
Session 5
August 2 -13
Two Week Session
Session 6
August 16 - 20
One Week Session
Session 7
August 23 - 27
One Week Session. Fashion Square Bus or Camp transportation ONLY .
Mini Camp
August 23 & 24
Monday and Tuesday of Session 7

One Week Session

$395

Two Week Session

$790
*Transportation available at an additional cost. 6 week or more discount equal to $150.
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