TrailBlazers


What is “TrailBlazers”?

TrailBlazers is a summer program which kids going into grades 6-8 can participate in.  Young adults take the children around the community on bikes and stop at various locations, including local parks, waterfalls, and beaches.  We start the program biking around 10 miles a day, and work the kids up to 20 miles a day throughout our 8 sessions, so they can bike to Outpost camp.  While on our adventures, we play games, write in our journals, and sometimes learn a little bit of history about where we go.  This program was created to help children gain independence, knowledge of their surroundings, and grow up to be the leaders of tomorrow.


TrailBlazers Comes to an End 

July 7th marked the last day of the TrailBlazers Program, as next week will be the beginning of camp! On our last day of TrailBlazers, we drove to the Saxon Community Center and biked over to Saxon Harbor for a total of 11 miles round-trip. The bike ride to the harbor was mostly downhill, so coming back from the harbor was a challenge, but the TrailBlazers were unstoppable! At Saxon Harbor, we spent the day swimming, jumping into the water, and climbing on the clay hills. This trip was the best one yet, and it was a great end to the TrailBlazers program!

The TrailBlazers had a blast climbing up and sliding down the clay hills at Saxon Harbor.

The TrailBlazers had a blast climbing up and sliding down the clay hills at Saxon Harbor.

This year in TrailBlazers, we had a record 26 kids enrolled, and at least 12 attended each day. In total we biked over 97 miles and conquered many hills and dirt roads. We are so proud of everyone! Thank you to all of our TrailBlazers for making these past four weeks so much fun!


TrailBlazers 2016 Finale!

Tomorrow, July 7th, is the last day of TrailBlazers this year!  For our last day, we will have a lifeguard and be driving to Saxon Harbor and having fun on the beach.  This year, we had a lot of fun biking, hiking, playing outdoor games, and writing in our journals.  We built up our biking stamina to 19 miles in 1 day, and we are all excited for camp.  This picture was taken this past TrailBlazers trip, July 5th, when we biked to Bessemer and had fun in Massie Park.  We hiked up the bluff, and found a gorgeous view of the town.

We are on top of the World!

We are on top of the World!


TrailBlazers 2016 – Week 2

The second week of TrailBlazers was amazing.  We biked to three different waterfalls in the local community and biked over 30 miles!  The waterfalls were gorgeous, and the slight mist they give off was perfect to protect us from the blazing heat.  The message of the week was setting goals and working hard to complete the goals.   “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you stand still,” is a quote by Will Rogers which preaches the importance of hard work; you cannot just set a goal, but you have to work hard to achieve it.  Next week, we will increase the mileage again, and plan to do a fun scavenger hunt!

Getting up close and personal with Powderhorn Falls

Getting up close and personal with Powderhorn Falls


TrailBlazers 2016 – Week 1

TrailBlazers 2016 is off to a great start!  We ride every Tuesday and Thursday, and we are one week into our program.  During the first week, we biked a total of 19 miles,  and visited several local parks.  This week we will bike to different waterfalls in Iron County and Gogebic County and look to increase the mileage to 30 miles total this week.

Exploring nature at the Gile Flowage

Exploring nature at the Gile Flowage


2011TrailBlazer Success Story (2 pages, 354 KB)