The students learn to collaborate and communicate better with their peers, while also gaining greater self-awareness and self-confidence. The curriculum you all employ teaches them that they have to rely on one another and challenge one another to perform at their highest level. Upon returning, the students displayed greater trust in one another. There was also a noticeable difference in behavior. The students were less inclined to act out and were more willing to try and talk through potential conflicts.
— Charles Weatherspoon, Director, Project SMILE/GEAR UP, Mercer County Community College

Let Our Staff Customize a Leadership Program For You

Center staff regularly work with community-based organizations; religious groups; and charter, district, and independent schools to develop customized programs.  Our programs focus on helping youth develop social-emotional skills (self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making skills) and 21st Century skills (cooperation, creativity, critical-thinking, and collaboration), and help groups build climate and culture and a strong sense of team.  We also provide STEM and Diversity & Inclusion programmings as well as programs for scouts.  While our programs are designed for youth going into fifth grade through college,  we can accommodate younger students upon request. 

We use our 264-acres as a laboratory for our work along with several fields and a number of challenge course elements for problem-solving work, two ropes courses, a climbing wall, and a dam rappel.  We also have an environmental center for STEM work and a Library for reading, journaling, and reflection.

We work in small groups of 10-12 students plus one of your adult chaperones and one of our facilitators.  Our carefully trained and certified facilitators lead nearly all activities during the day, while your staff are in charge of youth overnight in the cabins.  While we do not have a nurse on our campus, most of our staff are trained Wilderness First Responders.  We also have a culinary school trained chef who oversees our food service operations.  

Living accommodations are comfortable and close to nature.  We can house up to 140 people in 12 beautiful hand-hewn log cabins, each outfitted with bunk beds. Wood stoves make winter stays cozy.  Two wash houses serve the site with clean, modern facilities. We also have several lodges with indoor facilities. For those groups seeking a more rustic camping experience, we offer many sites to choose from with campfire rings and kitchen platforms.

Our facilities include:

  • Multiple indoor meeting spaces;
  • Limited wireless internet access;
  • Accommodations for people of varying abilities;
  • Healthy, nutritious, whole grains and low-fat protein meals that accommodate people with allergies and vegetarian diets;
  • Ten rustic log cabins equipped with wood-burning stoves for cooler months and two cabins equipped with indoor bathrooms and propane heat. We regularly accommodate up to 140 people in our cabins and dining hall;
  • Two fully-equipped modern wash houses with individual shower stalls;
  • Twelve remote campsites;
  • Four miles of maintained trails through over 200 acres of woods;
  • Indoor and outdoor spaces for campfires; and
  • The opportunity to engage as a group in team-building, challenge-course, and expedition-based programming provided by our trained facilitators. 

Our Facilitators, Ropes & Challenge Courses, Historic Buildings, and Pristine Site Can Help Your Group:

  • Recognize individual and group strengths and challenges;
  • Build meaningful personal connections;
  • Strengthen communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Gain a greater awareness of and respect for diversity; and
  • Sharpen leadership skills.

Cost

For groups that work primarily with youth from low-income communities, our base rate is $70 per person, per night and our day rate is $60 per person.  For all other groups, our base rate is $98 per person, per night and our day rate is $75 per person.  Overnight packages include food (lunch and dinner on the day of arrival and breakfast on the day of departure), overnight accommodations, facilities, and programming.  Day packages include food (lunch), facilities, and programming.

You can find out more about planning your trip to Blairstown by clicking here.

Click here for a description of typical Blairstown Campus activities and outcomes.

For specific pricing and available dates, please contact Pat Karl at pkarl@princetonblairstown.org or at 908-362-6765, ext. 1.