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Riverbend Trailblazers

Formerly known as Riverbend's Counselor-in-Training program, Trailblazers is an all new program for older campers ages 11-13 who are looking for a fun and enriching summer experience.

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Is the Riverbend Trailblazer Program the right fit for your camper?

Riverbend Trailblazers are self-motivated changemakers who are driven to make a difference in their community. They love getting their hands dirty, are passionate about the outdoors, and aren’t afraid of a little hard work. The ideal candidate for this program does not need much outdoor experience, but should be eager to learn and dive into a project of their group’s choosing. During their week at Riverbend, the Trailblazers will practice collaboration, problem solving, and leadership through service projects centered around nature stewardship, environmental education, or animal care. This is a great program for campers of all personalities, experience levels, and backgrounds who are seeking a community of people to learn and engage with. Each week will involve about 15 hours of volunteer service and end in a field trip.    

Application process: 

We ask that your camper fills out the application form in the camp registration before coming to camp so that we can get to know their interests and background before they join us.

Application Questions:

  • Why are you interested in the Trailblazer program?

  • Tell us about a time you worked on a project outside, taught someone you know a new thing, or cared for an animal. This can be any project, big or small. There is no previous experience required to join this program!

  • You will choose how you spend your time throughout the camp week. Tell us some of the project ideas that you are interested in working on during your week at camp.

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Weekly Themes and Descriptions

Animal Care:

Calling all animal-lovers! During this week, Trailblazers will take on the responsibility of caring for Riverbend’s animal ambassadors. Campers will get hands-on experience by performing daily animal care duties. In addition to this, their projects can include designing and executing animal enrichment, performing health checks, and proposing new education programs using the animals to Riverbend’s Education staff. It is strongly encouraged that campers fill out the program application before their first week of camp.

Habitat Management:

The perfect week for those campers who love to get down and dirty with an outdoor project. Throughout the week, campers will work along Riverbend’s Habitat Manager on a conservation project of their own creation and design. Your campers will get real-life conservation and habitat management experience and have the opportunity to make a positive and lasting impact on the Riverbend Community. It is strongly encouraged that campers fill out the program application before their first week of camp.

Outdoor survival:

Do you love nature, but don’t have much outdoor survival experience? Join us for our Riverbend Rangers camp where our trained educators will teach you everything you need to know to become a confident nature explorer. The week will cover a range of outdoor skills including fire and shelter building, orienteering, and hiking safety. 

Water Warriors:

How does Riverbend impact its local watershed? What are some solutions to water pollution in our region? These are just a few of the questions that Trailblazers will be investigating during Riverbend’s Water Warriors camp. Campers will investigate Riverbend's water sources, identify sources of pollution, and develop an action plan to improve Riverbend's impact on our community's waterways. 

Nature Art: 

Let your creative energy flow using nature as your muse! Nature Art is the perfect camp for those who love to create art, find creative inspiration from nature, and be outside. Campers will enjoy nature-based art projects such as making their own paint, sculpture building, and nature journaling. No artistic experience is required to have fun this week!

During camp weeks 2, 5, and 8, Riverbend offers an exclusive add-on for campers to participate in our sleepover nights in the barn; Thursday nights into Friday. This add on is an additional cost for campers who would like to participate. Details are forthcoming; families will have the opportunity to add this experience after your initial enrollment in camp.

Field Trips for Trailblazers by Camp Week

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Scholarships Available

Riverbend is excited to announce that we are offering a limited number of Summer Camp scholarships to families who need financial assistance. Preference will be given to applicants who hold PA ACCESS cards due to economic hardship. If you are in need of financial assistance, please contact Summer Camp Director at info@riverbendeec.org

For more information please contact


Arionna Hart

Camp Director