About Camp Trailblazers

Camp is a right of passage, right? And it’s no different for the kids who attend Camp Trailblazers. It provides a welcome escape for children between the ages of 8 to 18 who are living with a facial difference. It is somewhere they can spend time together, throwing themselves into a whole range of outdoor activities and challenging their own physical boundaries. Camp Trailblazers is the perfect environment for simply sharing your thoughts, feelings and ideas.

Each year, we meet new campers and welcome back old friends, growing our network of friends who stay connected and who go on to form a valuable support network for each other. That way, there’s always someone they can turn to who understands exactly what they are going through. Join us for the experience of a lifetime!

The Program

In a classic camp environment, we provide a special place for campers to make friends, share ideas and create new experiences, safe in the knowledge they can express their feelings while knowing their individuality will also be respected. Our goal is that the experience encourages them to have a positive impact on others, and that they witness first hand the valuable contribution they make in their own relationships.

We also offer Family Camp Trailblazers in Newfoundland which is for children of all ages, siblings, parents or adults with a facial difference. It is a similar program to our regular Camp Trailblazers but it provides programming for families together as well as separately, and of course regular camp activities like campfires, swimming, canoeing etc. depending on the location. It is a great opportunity for families to grow together and also connect with other families.

Trailblazers Challenges AboutFace Youth To:

  • Test their physical abilities
  • Gain trust in new people
  • Create lifelong friendships
  • Join in adventure-based activities
  • Participate in team building
  • Share experiences
  • Step out of their comfort zone in a safe and accepting environment

TO READ ABOUT A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A CAMP TRAILBLAZER VOLUNTEER, CLICK HERE!

Click here to see some of the fun things did at Camp Trailblazers 2014!!!

Camp Trailblazers Presentation Promo!

 

Fees and Registration**NEW FOR 2017, PLEASE READ**

This year, we are introducing a new payment structure as well as a formal subsidy request process to ensure that financial assistance is given to those who demonstrate the most need. AboutFace has subsidized a portion of the cost of each camper since Camp Trailblazers started in 2003. We have kept the costs of camp relatively the same over the years despite the fact that the cost to AboutFace grew considerably. Today, with our camp growing so quickly, we no longer have the funds to subsidize it as heavily. This year, the true cost to AboutFace per camper, is $1300 for ON and NS, and $750 for SK and MB.

We have always wanted Camp Trailblazers to be accessible for everyone, which is why we use a tiered payment system for our enrollment fees. When choosing payment, please select the tier that you feel you can afford. To help us offset the cost of up-front fees we need to pay for camp, and to assist in receiving commitment from our campers, we are introducing non-refundable registration fees for all of our camps.  You can take advantage of our “Early Bird” registration fee of $50 as long as you register your child for camp before the early bird deadline. After the deadline ends, the registration fee will increase by an additional $50. You can choose to pay the registration fee and the full enrollment fee together, or you can pay the registration fee now, and the enrollment fee later, as long as you pay it before the enrollment fee deadline (2 weeks prior to the camp start date).

Fees for 2017
Ontario and Nova Scotia:
$50 registration fee ($100 after the early bird deadline)
Tier 1 – $250
Tier 2 – $500
Tier 3 – $750

Manitoba and Saskatchewan:
$50 registration fee ($100 after the early bird deadline)
Tier 1 – $125
Tier 2 – $250
Tier 3 – $500

Subsidies
If you are unable to pay the above amounts, AboutFace offers further subsidy. This year, to better streamline our registration process and to make sure our limited subsidies are going to those who need them most, we are introducing a formal Subsidy Request Form. If you require subsidy, please fill out the form and print/scan and email it to amanda@aboutface.ca or fax to 416-597-8494. If you wish to discuss further you can also call Amanda at 1-800-665-3223 ext 22.

Camp Trailblazers Dates
*REGISTRATION OPEN NOW! (Please click on your camp location to proceed with the application form and payment)*

Camp Trailblazers SASKATCHEWAN – June 2-4, 2017
Camp Kinasao, Christopher Lake, SK
Early Bird registration fee deadline: May 2
Registration and full payment deadline: May 19

Camp Trailblazers at Brigadoon Village – NOVA SCOTIA – August 6-10, 2017 *Note: All registration for NS is done directly through Brigadoon Village, you will be redirected to their website.*
Brigadoon Village, Kentville
Early Bird registration fee deadline: July 6
Registration and full payment deadline: July 23

Camp Trailblazers – ONTARIO – August 13-18, 2017
Camp Maple Leaf, Smith – Ennismore – Lakefield, ON
Early Bird registration fee deadline: July 13
Registration and full payment deadline: July 30

Camp Trailblazers MANITOBA – September 14-17, 2017
Camp Arnes, Gimli, MB
Early Bird registration fee deadline: Aug. 14
Registration and full payment deadline: Sept. 1


Family Camp Trailblazers Dates
*As of right now, Family Camp is on hold for 2017. If you have any questions please email amanda@aboutface.ca*

If you have any questions about eligibility or programming related to Camp Trailblazers contact us at 1-800-665-3223 ext 22 or amanda@aboutface.ca

 

For Volunteers

If you are interested in volunteering for Camp Trailblazers, please register as an AboutFace volunteer.

Join us at Camp Trailblazers!

2017 marks the 15th year for Camp Trailblazers! The program started in 2003 with 7 campers in Ontario and now it has grown to over 100 campers across Canada! This year, after much growth of the program, we are excited to announce the introduction of our newest Camp Trailblazers in Saskatchewan! Also, new this year, we are expanding our age range to include children as young as 8. All camp locations will now accept campers ages 8-18! Join us for an amazing time at Camp Trailblazers!





About Adult Retreat

The Adult Retreat is all about getting together with like-minded individuals, sharing what it’s like to live with a facial difference, and of course have a good time in the process. We find it is a time to really let go and be free of any verbal or silent judgment from others.

You’ll spend the weekend relaxing lakeside with people who share similar challenges and experiences as yourself. And whether it’s lively discussion, swimming, dancing, creating, dining on exceptional food, or just exploring nature, what you do and when you do it is up to you. One thing is for sure – we know you’ll leave having made some new and lasting friendships.

 

To see a sneak peak inside the Adult Retreat, Read Adele’s Story HERE.
To read about Patrycja’s first Adult Retreat experience, click HERE.

Adult Retreat

Date: October 20-22, 2017

Registration Deadline: Friday, September 8th  *REGISTRATION OPENING SOON*

Location: Geneva Park Orillia, ON

Eligibility: Open to all persons ages 19+ with a congenital or acquired facial difference.

Fees: includes lodging, food, and programming (does not include transportation, alcohol, or recreational activities)* based on double occupancy room. If you would like a single room, please email amanda@aboutface.ca (extra fee applies)

*REGISTRATION OPENING SOON*
There are two steps to registering:

1. Please pay online HERE (If you do not wish to pay online please send a cheque to AboutFace or call us with a credit card number at 1-800-665-3223 ex 21.)

2. Please fill out the registration form HERE.  Once we have received your form, we will send further information.


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