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 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 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


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 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. 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 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 enrolment fee deadline (2 weeks prior to the camp start date).

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.

Camp Trailblazers Dates

Camp Trailblazers at Brigadoon Village – NOVA SCOTIA – August 6-10, 2017 *Note: All registration for NS is done directly through Brigadoon Village, please click on Brigadoon’s link below.*
Brigadoon Village, Kentville
Registration Deadline:

Camp Trailblazers – ONTARIO – August 13-18, 2017
Camp Maple Leaf, Smith – Ennismore – Lakefield, ON

Camp Trailblazers MANITOBA – September 14-17, 2017
Camp Arnes, Gimli, MB

Camp Trailblazers SASKATCHEWAN
– June 2-4, 2017

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 NEWFOUNDLAND FAMILY CAMP – August 25-27, 2017
(includes children of all ages and their families)
Lion Max Simms Memorial Camp, Gander, NL
Registration Deadline: 

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!

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. Our Family Camp in NL includes children of all ages, siblings, parents and individuals with a facial difference, and our Camp Trailblazers in ON, MB, SK, and NS are for children 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

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 randy@aboutface.ca (extra fee applies)

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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