Charity Review

Issued: October 2017 Expires: October 2019

Trail Blazer Camps

Accredited Charity
Meets Standards
(212) 529-5113 394 Rogers Avenue, Suite 1102, Brooklyn NY 11225-3426

Standards for Charity Accountability

Measuring Effectiveness
Fund Raising & Info
  1. Conclusions
  2. Purpose
  3. Programs
  4. Governance & Staff
  5. Fund Raising
  6. Tax Status
  7. Financial

Trail Blazer Camps meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.


Trail Blazers’ mission is developing the knowledge, values, and life skills essential for productive citizenship in youth. Our programs foster development along the following dimensions, our Six Pillars, proven to support immediate youth development and long-term success:
1. Learning to Learn: Academics, research, presentation, curiosity, and passion for learning
2. Being a Steward: Environmental science literacy and stewardship values
3. Self Growth/21st Century Skills: Collaboration, leadership, independence, and responsibility
4. Being a Friend: Social skills/values including compassion, citizenship, and community
5. Being Healthy: Health literacy, food choices, and active lifestyles
6. Learning to Survive: Outdoor skills, knowledge, and values

Incorporated: 1904 in NY


Trail Blazers’ portfolio of summer and year-round programs include:
• Summer Outdoor Experiential Education Program – Sleep Away Camp: Children live for 14 or 28 days at our rustic Sussex County, NJ site, participating in an adventure-based educational program they design themselves in collaboration with their Group Leaders. Participants connect to and learn about nature, establish healthy habits, and develop essential life skills and values.

• Summer Outdoor Experiential Education Program – Brooklyn Day Camp: Brooklyn children who are too young for a sleepaway experience explore and connect to nature in their community while building life skills and environmental science knowledge.

• Leaders in Training Program: Teens participate in summer workshops to develop leadership skills, community engagement, and work experience by assisting/shadowing staff in various roles. Year-round summits build upon the summer to provide continual self-growth.

• Internship: Teens ages 17-18 who have completed the Leaders in Training Program are invited to spend eight summer weeks developing life skills, college readiness, and career preparedness through focused workshops and a four-week intern position at our Summer Sleep Away Camp.

• Under One Sky (UOS) After-School: Year-round environmental science and urban stewardship workshops provide the context through which elementary school age students connect to their communities and establish the life skills, attitudes, and knowledge proven to contribute to success and achievement.

Governance & Staff

Board Chair: Mr. Hugh Babowal, Co-Chairman Business Affiliation: Wells Fargo Securities

Board Chair: Mr. Marc Hyman, Co-Chairman Business Affiliation: Heidell, Pittoni, Murphy & Bach, LLP

CEO: Mr. Riel Peerbooms, Executive Director Compensation:* $95,000

Board Size: 19

Staff: 106

* Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts and other allowances.
Fund Raising
Method(s) used: Direct Mail Appeals Invitations to Fundraising Events Grant Proposals Internet Appeals

% of Related Contributions on Fundraising: 8.92%

Tax Status

This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.


The following information is based on Trail Blazer Camps Consolidated Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ending Saturday, October 31, 2015.

Source of Funds
Contributions and Bequests $485,089
Fundraising Benefits $63,796
Less: Direct fundraising costs ($27,097)
Trust fund income $37,064
Investment Income (less) ($5,935)
Registration Fees $283,746
Other income $32,431
Miscellaneous income $15,683
Total Income: $884,777
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Program Expenses: $934,592
Fundraising Expenses: $46,537
Administrative Expenses: $83,552
Total Expenses: $1,064,681
Income in Excess of Expenses: ($179,904)
Beginning Net Assets: $1,994,208
Ending Net Assets: $1,814,304
Total Liabilities: $80,008
Total Assets: $1,894,312

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