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Mac Rand, owner '83-'99.

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Experts Who Lead by Connecting

Pathfinder tradition starts with a bond between campers and their counselors. Since 1914, the camp's program has placed a staff man with every two boys. The 1:2 ratio means that personal attention and an authentic relationship help build independence and drive for adventure in the campers.

Pathfinder is extremely proud of our experienced and friendly staff, and a 1:2 ratio - a counselor for every two boys at the camp. Staff tend to come up through the ranks at Pathfinder, having learned the "Pathfinder Way" from years as campers, CITs and junior counselors.

They have deep background with our culture, they model empathy as role models, and they possess expertise, with the highest levels of training for their many roles. Pathfinder Staff are First Responders, Bronze, NLS and WWS lifeguards, and canoe tripping leaders with ORCKA MW1-2 qualifications.

An intensive CIT Leaders Program prepares invited candidates for a staff career, so that each year more 'graduating' campers join the historic ranks of the Pathfinder Staff.

Pathfinder directors and senior staff each have 15-30 years of experience at Pathfinder. Our front line counselors go through an extensive apprenticeship including professional outdoor certifications in medical care, lifesaving and paddling leadership. Their apprenticeship, plus their empathy - having been campers themselves - give our counselors the right perspective for helping Pathfinder campers get the most from the experience. The staff are uniquely able to caretake Pathfinder tradition, that 'Camp is for the kids,' and they have solid hard skills in the outdoors.

All the training and support, plus years paddling the routes of Pathfinder's trip program, give our Trip Staff the experience they need to be great trip guides and role models for campers. The trip staff are simply the best that can be found anywhere in canoe country children's camping.

Back on the island each season, Pathfinder alumni of all ages join the Alumni in Residence program, to return to Camp and make their mark once again, sharing our traditions with the next generation. And the In-Camp Staff, male and female, ages 17 to 70, complement Pathfinder's tripping program with a variety of activities and a lot of personal attention.

Glenn Arthurs

St. Lawrence University
UBS Financial, Buffalo

Glenn started as a camper at Pathfinder in 1960, serving as a staff member and headman in the '70s, a parent through the '90s and 2000s, and a perennial volunteer supporter before joining in ownership in 1999.

Glenn is Director of the Arthurs-Malof Investment Group at UBS in Buffalo. Glenn's sons Wyatt and Ryan were also longtime Pathfinder campers and staff men, and his daughter Lindsay, a lifelong Northway camper / counselor, moved to Source Lake to herself spend seasons on the Pathfinder staff.

Mike Sladden

Connecticut College
SUNY-VSW / George Eastman Museum

Sladds started as a Cree at Pathfinder, a third generation camper and staff man in the 1970s and '80s. He joined Glenn in buying Pathfinder after many years as a staff man, volunteer, parent and alumni organizer. He hails from Rochester, NY. Sons Jack and Quin are longtime campers, now staff men. Sladds spends six months in residence at Pathfinder and the winter months working from Rochester. He is the Camp's full-time Director.

Previously, Sladds served on the curatorial staff of the George Eastman Museum for 13 years, becoming the museum's curator of education in 1989. Over the following decade Sladds directed the museumís education programs on the history of photography and film.

Mike Sladden, Camp Director



This summer marks Sladds' 18th year as owner-director. He started at Pathfinder as a Cree, age 11, was a camper in the early '70s, and has been a Headman, Director of Canoeing, Alumni volunteer and parent since 1984.


Certifications: Wilderness First Responder (WFR), Level II Instructor in Ropes Course leadership through CUI/ACCT, and ORCKA Moving Water I-II. Sladds attended Allendale School, Phillips Exeter Academy ('77), and Connecticut College ('81). He worked for 13 years on the staff, and was curator of education, at the International Museum of Photography and Film, George Eastman Museum.


Sladds is a committee member of the Ontario Camps Association, and an expert content provider to Expert Online Training, a North American camp staff training service. In 2012, he was elected a fellow of the Canadian Society of Camp Directors.



Mary Chestnut, Assistant Director


Oakville, ON / Williamsville, NY
College of Wooster

Mary has been an invaluable part of the Pathfinder experience for more than three decades. Her dad Al was a staff man and met her mother Helen, the camp nurse, just after WWII. While Mary attended Oconto, her brothers also made their own mark on Camp over the decades. Mary came into the Pathfinder front office from a career as waterfront director and was the first woman to hold a senior title. At camp today, she manages operations and finance. Mary recently retired from a career in† middle school math instruction in Wellsville, New York. Likely Mary's will be the cheerful voice on the phone during summers. Ask her what any boy is doing at Camp that day, and she'll know!

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