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 10 to 18 who are living with a facial difference. It is somewhere they can spend the 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 them 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 British Columbia and 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

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!

 

If you do not wish to pay online or would like to discuss payment options (we offer subsidies), please contact us at 1-800-665-3223 ext 21 or info@aboutface.ca.

See below for the locations and dates of Camp Trailblazers. Please fill out the application form and pay the fees by clicking the links below the location of your choice.

Camp Trailblazers Dates

 

Camp Trailblazers at Brigadoon Village – NOVA SCOTIA – August 7 -11, 2016 *Note: All registration for NS is done directly through Brigadoon Village, please click on Brigadoon’s link below.*
Brigadoon Village, Kentville
Registration Deadline: July 15, 2016

Camp Trailblazers – ONTARIO – August 14-19, 2016
Camp Maple Leaf, Smith – Ennismore – Lakefield, ON
PAY FEE         FILL OUT CAMP MAPLE LEAF’S APPLICATION FORM

Registration Deadline: July 15, 2016

Camp Trailblazers MANITOBA – September 15 -18, 2016
Camp Arnes, Gimli, MB
PAY FEE         FILL OUT THE APPLICATION FORM
Registration Deadline: August 19, 2016


Family Camp Trailblazers Dates

**For Family Camps, please complete one form for each child attending and one adult form for each adult attending.

Camp Trailblazers WEST COAST FAMILY CAMP – TBD
(includes children of all ages and their families)
Camp Fircom, Gambier Island, BC
PAY FEE         CHILD APPLICATION FORM    ADULT APPLICATION FORM

Camp Trailblazers NEWFOUNDLAND FAMILY CAMP – August 26-28, 2016
(includes children of all ages and their families)
Lion Max Simms Memorial Camp, Gander, NL
PAY FEE          CHILD APPLICATION FORM   ADULT APPLICATION FORM
Registration Deadline: July 29, 2016

If you have any questions about eligibility or programming related to Camp Trailblazers contact us at 1-800-665-3223 ext 23 or randy@aboutface.ca

 

For Volunteers

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

Join us at Camp Trailblazers!

2016 marks the 14th year for Camp Trailblazers! The program started in 2003 with 7 campers in Ontario and now it has grown to over 100 hundred campers across Canada! Our Family Camps in BC and NL include children of all ages, siblings, parents and individuals with a facial difference, and our Camp Trailblazers in ON, MB, and NS are for children ages 10-18. Join us for an amazing time at Camp Trailblazers!





About Adult Retreat

Our 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 really is a time to 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 to 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 really up to you. One thing’s for sure – we know you’ll leave having made some new and lasting friendships.

 

To see 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: Friday, September 30 – Sunday, Oct 2nd, 2016

Location: Geneva Park Orillia, ON

Eligibility: Open to all persons ages 22+ with a facial difference.

Fees: $250 includes lodging, food, and programming (does not include transportation or alcohol)* based on double occupancy room. If you would like a single room, please email randy@aboutface.ca (extra fee applies)

This retreat is open to all adults, with congenial or acquired facial differences.
Price does not include transportation, alcohol, recreational activities.

There are two steps to registering:

1. Please pay online HERE. (If you do not with 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.

FOR A SNEAK PEAK INSIDE THE ADULT RETREAT, READ ADELE'S STORY HERE!





About Life Skills & Leadership Retreat

Our Life Skills & Leadership Retreat is a 5-day course that’s also designed to be the first step to becoming a volunteer Camp Trailblazer Counselor.

Open to anyone aged 18–24, it covers subjects like employment training, teamwork and practical leadership, with plenty of life skills thrown in for good measure. There will even be plenty of time to escape and explore local nature. And like all AboutFace events, it will also be the opportunity to mix with other young adults with facial differences. Providing the perfect environment to share ideas, thoughts and stories while seeing some old friends and hopefully make some new ones along the way.

This year’s Retreat will take place May 10th- 14th, 2015 at the University of Guelph East Residence.

Want to see what we did in 2013? Check out this sample schedule!!

 

Life Skills & Leadership Retreat

Who: Aimed at young adults, the retreat is open to anyone aged 18–24.
What: Your first step to becoming a volunteer Camp Trailblazer Counsellor.
Guaranteed to be a rewarding experience, this 5-day retreat takes the form of a series of workshops on subjects covering employment training, teamwork and practical leadership, with some life skills thrown in for good measure. (And trust us, there will even be some time to escape and explore local nature.)
And like all AboutFace events, it’s also the opportunity to mix with other young adults with facial differences. The perfect environment to share ideas, thoughts and stories while seeing some old friends and hopefully make some new ones along the way.

There are 2 steps to registering:

1. Please fill out the application form HERE.

2. Please pay the program fee HERE.
*If you are unable to pay the set fee cost, please email emily@aboutface.ca to discuss subsidy

If you have any further questions, please email info@aboutface.ca or call 1-800-665-3223 ex. 23.

 


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