Camp Blazing Trails at Blue Jay Park: Middle School

Enjoy the great outdoors at Camp Blazing Trails, a half-day nature camp held at Blue Jay Point County Park. Campers fish, hike, canoe, learn archery, meet with a park ranger and discover environmental conservation. 

Middle School campers get to enjoy the activities of a traditional nature camp experience, while also receiving an additional focus on leadership skills. 

our staff

Staff working at Camp Blazing Trails Middle School are all 18+. Most were campers themselves. Each YMCA camp counselor is hand-picked for their enthusiasm, energy, eye for safety and maturity. All counselors go through 15 hours of hands-on training in everything from managing a group of energetic kids to basic first aid.

Camp Blazing Trails, Middle School is open to kids in rising 6 - 8. It's located at 3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd. Camp Blazing Trails is operated through the A.E. Finley YMCA.

Camp Blazing Trails at Blue Jay Park: Middle School


Member: $138
Participant: $166

Billing and payment information


Camp Blazing Trails runs from 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, every day of summer except Thursday, July 4. 

weeks & Themes

June 17 - 21: Bugfest*
June 24 - 28: Reptiles/Amphibians
July 1 - 5 (no camp July 4, fees are adjusted): Rescue Heroes*
July 8 - 12: Legends of Camp Blazing Trails
July 15 - 19: Shark Week*
July 22 - 26: Nature Preservation
July 29 - Aug. 2: Rocks/Minerals*
Aug. 5 - 9: Wild Weather
Aug. 12 - 16: Survivor*
Aug. 19 - 23: Water, Water Everywhere

*indicates that there is a Family Day during the week. Family Days are on Thursdays from 12 - 1 p.m. 

Camp Blazing Trails at Blue Jay Park: Middle School

One of the keys to ensuring your child has a great camp experience is to come prepared. A little planning can get your child's summer camp experience off to a smooth start and help ensure he or she has an experience to remember! Be sure your child gets a good night's sleep and starts their day with a healthy breakfast. A few things to remember:


  • Backpack
  • Sunscreen (please apply it before you arrive)
  • Water Bottle
  • Sneakers or sandals with a heal strap
  • Nutritious bag lunch (non-perishable). We recommend bringing a lunch box with a hard-shelled exterior.
  • One snack


  • Electronics, games, phones or music players
  • Candy
  • Personal sports equipment
  • Money or valuables
  • Toys
  • Flip-flops or open heeled sandals
  • Weapons


8:30 - 9 a.m.: Rides In
9 - 9:15 a.m.: Assembly
9:15 - 11:45 a.m.: Activities (vary each day)
11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.: Lunch
12:15 - 12:30 p.m.: Beads/Devotion/Assembly
12:30 - 1 p.m.: Rides Out

information and camper forms

For more information and a printable copy of our camp medicine form, visit this page

Camp Blazing Trails at Blue Jay Park: Middle School


Camp Blazing Trails is located at 3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd. For more information about this camp or to speak with a member of camp staff, email or call (919) 845-3845. 

We take pride in our youth staff, camp directors and leadership staff. If you have serious concerns about any YMCA youth program, please contact our confidential hotline at 919-719-9690.

Billing questions should be addressed to YMCA Customer Service at 919-719-9989, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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