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Camp Trailblazers

Camp Trailblazers is the only camp in Canada for children and youth 8-18 living with a facial difference.   

Through creating a fun, safe and inclusive environment, camp becomes a place to build life-long friendships with people who share similar life experiences. Campers will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of programs and activities. Along the way, campers grow as they learn different ways to maintain strong mental and social health. Living with a facial difference is a challenging experience, and it is important that children and youth with facial differences know that they are not alone in their journey. 

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.

Camp is held virtually and in various locations across Canada.

Virtual Camp Trailblazers programming will now be available for five weeks this summer! There will be four days of programming each week, which includes a family session.

*NEW* We have added two in-person programs for families called Trailblazers on the Road. See below for more details.

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Trailblazers Challenges AboutFace kids to:

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

The Details

Select Location:
Ontario Trailblazers on the Road
  • Ontario Trailblazers on the Road
  • Summer Virtual
August 14, 2021 and August 21, 2021
Boyd Park Conservation Area
Vaughan, ON

Springbank Park
London, ON

Trailblazers on the Road!

We are excited to introduce Trailblazers on the Road! This is an in-person camp opportunity for families (with kids ages 6-17). We are starting off with two locations in Ontario with the hopes of making it to a couple more locations in the fall (Public Health Guidelines permitting). Programs will be limited to 20 participants which includes kids and parents/guardians. Parents/guardians will be expected to be present for the entirety of the program. We will also keep a waitlist in case we can accept more families to the program.

This summer, join us for our Retro-themed Trailblazers on the Road Program! We are throwing it back to the days of tie-dye and jazzercise. This program is free and will have activities for the whole family! Trailblazers on the Road will be coming:

  • August 14 in Vaughan at Boyd Park Conservation Area at 1:00pm. Registration closes on July 31.
  • August 21 in London at Springbank Park at 1:00pm. Registration closes on August 7.

We will be following all the up-to-date local public health guidelines and using the Ontario Day Camp 2021 guidelines to guide our programming. Participants will be subject to COVID Pre-Screening before arrival to the program. Vaccines are not required at these programs.

On the registration site, this program is available under Camp Trailblazers Summer 2021.

If you have any questions, please email info@aboutface.ca with CAMP in the subject line.

Various
Online

Virtual Camp

Virtual Camp Trailblazers is open to kids with a facial difference and their siblings’ ages 6-15. Programs are 60-90 minutes in length. You are welcome to join us for all or some of the days during the week!

This program is $10 per week per camper registered. Materials will be mailed out for these programs. There is no registration fee. Program fees are only due after you receive an email noting that you have been accepted to the program. Program fees are due on June 25. Subsidies are available to send kids to camp at no cost.

Applications close 2 weeks before each program.

July 26-28: Wacky Science

Tap into your inner scientist for this week of camp. What kind of experiments will we come up with?

August 3-5: Art Gallery 

Everyone can be an artist! Join this week to exercise your creativity muscle.

August 9-11: Magic! 

Come and explore the world of Magic!

Leaders-in-Training

Camp Trailblazers is excited to pilot a Virtual Leaders-in-Training program this summer! The program will focus on building leadership skills for life.

Registration for LIT is open to teens with a facial difference and their siblings’ ages 15-18. This program is free.

  • July 8, 15, 19-22

Family Nights

Registration is open to kids with facial differences and their families. These programs will be about 60-90 min in length. This program is free. Families will be responsible for providing their own materials. Materials will be common household items. Any combination of family members are welcome to participate. This year, we ask that children under the age of 12 are accompanied by an adult.

July 15: Pancakes for Dinner

That’s right! We will be making breakfast for dinner. A recipe and ingredients list will be sent out ahead of the program.

July 22: Escape Room 

Can you and your family make it through a virtual escape room?

July 29: Skits from a Hat 

Try your hand at family improv! Themes, props, lines, will be chosen at random from a hat. What will your family come up with?

August 5: Trivia

It’s Trivia Night! Put your random knowledge to the test.

August 12: Campfire

Join us as we close out our summer virtual programs with a family campfire. We will sing some songs and play some games!

Screen Free Camp Trailblazers

Want some activities for summer, but want to do them on your own time and away from a screen? Screen Free Camp Trailblazer boxes are here! These boxes will follow the same programs we will be doing during virtual camp, but you can do them on your own time in your own way. A book with instructions leading through the activities will be provided.

Boxes are $25 each. There is no registration fee. Subsidies are available. Please follow the link below to register.

AboutFace Time

August 18 at 1pm Eastern

AboutFace Time is a more clearly defined time for our campers to have a variety of meaningful conversations. These conversations include sharing the experience living with a facial difference and building and learning ways to maintain mental health.

This AboutFace Time, we will be doing some letter writing. This program is free and for kids with a facial difference and their siblings ages 6-18. You can register through the link below. The session will be under the “Camp Trailblazers Summer 2021” Season.

If you have questions or would like to learn more about AboutFace Time, please feel free to email stefania@aboutface.ca.

Volunteer!

If you are interested in volunteering at one of our camps, please complete the volunteer application form.

Questions?

If you have any questions about eligibility or programming related to Camp Trailblazers, contact us at 1-800-665-3223 ext. 21 or stefania@aboutface.ca.