About Camp Trailblazers

Camp is a right of passage, and it’s no different for the kids who attend Camp Trailblazers. It provides a welcome escape for children between the ages of eight 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.

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. Along with specialized programming, campers enjoy regular camp activities like campfires, swimming, canoeing etc. depending on the location

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



Fees and Registration

This year, we have single price for each of the camps – with early-bird specials and subsidies available.

Fees for 2018
Ontario and Nova Scotia: The fee for each of these 6-day camps is $550. The early bird special, available until April 3, is $500. A $100 subsidy is available for eligible families – as part of the application process, please complete the subsidy form and send it in for consideration. Subsidy forms are available at the end of the online application process.

Manitoba: The fee for this 4-day camp is $200. The early bird special, available until April 3, is $180. A $40 subsidy is available for eligible families – as part of the application process, please complete the subsidy form and send it in for consideration. Subsidy forms are available at the end of the online application process.

Camp Trailblazers Dates

Camp Trailblazers at Brigadoon Village – NOVA SCOTIA – August 5-10, 2018
*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: April 3
Registration and full payment deadline: July 20
Click here to register for Camp Trailblazers NS

Camp Trailblazers – ONTARIO – August 12-17, 2018
Camp Maple Leaf, Smith – Ennismore – Lakefield, ON
Early Bird Registration fee deadline: April 3
Registration and full payment deadline: July 31
Click here to register for Camp Trailblazers ON

Camp Trailblazers MANITOBA – September 13-16, 2018
Camp Arnes, Gimli, MB
Early Bird registration fee deadline: April 3
Registration and full payment deadline: August 31
Click here to register for Camp Trailblazers MB

If you are interested in volunteering at one of our camps, please click here to complete the volunteer application form for 2018.

If you have any questions about eligibility or programming related to Camp Trailblazers contact us at 1-800-665-3223 ext 24 or danielle@aboutface.ca.


Join us at Camp Trailblazers!

We are really excited about the upcoming 2018 camp season! This year we are holding Camp Trailblazers in Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Manitoba for kids ages eight to 18. Join us for an amazing time at Camp Trailblazers!

About Adult Retreat

Have you been looking for a place to connect with other individuals who have had similar life experiences? AboutFace’s Adult Retreat is a weekend getaway all about connecting, sharing what it’s like to live with a facial difference, and of course having a good time in the process. It’s a time to really let go and be free of any judgment from society.

The Adult Retreat has a wide range of activities catering to all ages 19 years and older! Whether gaining valuable insight from our personal development sessions, enjoying nature, or just relaxing, Adult Retreat has something for everyone. What you do, and when you do it, is entirely up to you.

All are welcome, whether you are meeting someone with a facial difference for the first time, or reconnecting with friends from Adult Retreat or Camp Trailblazers. Join us for a weekend of exceptional company, food, nature, and personal development, and come out of it with a new sense of self and new, meaningful friendships!

Read Jane’s experience “(Retreat) Yo’ Self”
Read about Patrycja’s first Adult Retreat experience.

Adult Retreat


Date: Friday, October 19 – Sunday, October 21, 2018

Click here to register.

Early Bird Registration Deadline: Monday, July 9 at 5pm EST
Registration Deadline:
Friday, October 5

Location: Geneva Park Orillia, ON

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

$255 for shared accommodation for Early Bird; $280 after July 9 Early Bird deadline
$330 for single accommodation for Early Bird; $365 after July 9 Early Bird deadline


Family Camps 2018

Family Camps bring families affected by facial differences together for a fun and supportive weekend full of activities. Family Camp provides vital networking and socialization opportunities, helping build the facial difference community and support systems.

The Program

Family Camp provides specialized programs aimed at building resources for affected families. Throughout the Camp, activities will be provided to support kids and their parents while building bonds among facial difference community members. Along with specialized programming focused on psychosocial support, participants enjoy regular camp activities like campfires, hiking, games, etc. depending on the location.

The cost of camp is $100 per adult and $75 per child.

Registration procedure: the first step is to register your family and complete payment; once we receive your registration, we will email you mandatory forms which must be completed for each family member.

Newfoundland and Labrador Family Camp
Dates: September 20-23, 2018
Location: Brother Brennan Environmental Education Centre
Click here to register

British Columbia Family Camp
Dates: October 18-21, 2018
Location: Camp Fircom
Click here to register

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