For over 100 years, Princeton-Blairstown Center has provided adventure-based experiential education to at-risk urban youth. What began in 1908 as a summer camp run by Princeton University students to give inner-city boys an opportunity to have a fresh air experience has evolved into a year-round program that offers transformative experiences that strengthen character, build leadership and encourage stewardship. Our goal is to make a positive impact on the lives of underserved young people, ages 11-17, in the Mid-Atlantic region.
The foundation of Princeton-Blairstown Center’s success is experiential education - a form of teaching that allows the student to experience the challenge and success of learning through close interaction with teachers and fellow students. Princeton-Blairstown Center provides structured programs for middle school and high school students that are intended to foster critical thinking, collaboration, cooperation, creativity and problem solving – tools that have been identified as fundamental to the educational needs of young people in the 21st century. PBC has developed a SAFE (Sequenced, Active, Focused, Explicit) multi-year curriculum for middle school and high school students.
Over the past 100+ years, Princeton-Blairstown Center has served the Princeton University community through opportunities for civic engagement, volunteer service and research for undergraduates, promoting the University’s mission of teaching and research. Today, as an affiliate of the University, Princeton-Blairstown allows Princeton undergraduates to benefit from their relationships with underserved urban youth through counseling, tutoring and mentoring.
Princeton-Blairstown Center is an independent, nonprofit public charity with 501(c)(3) status and raises its own funds through donations from individuals, foundations and corporations, special events, endowment income and user fees. Please visit our support us page for information about making a donation.