Pathfinder Parents Spring '17
Spring is upon us! Time to gear up for the excitement of Pathfinder's 2017 season. Camp forms, clothing lists, gear orders and tuition payments.
Check the resources for parents in these pages, and read camp news ...
"Any enduring tradition has to resonate with people across generations. Pathfinder still resonates with parents and sons. The values and experiences are timeless. Those lakes and forests are still the ultimate setting for independence and positive life lessons. We’ve still got the best counselors, still paddle the wilderness all over Ontario and Quebec. We still give younger boys the very best care as they make their first independent forays from home. Our boys learn to live with the bare necessities and be comfortable. They leave their phones, game consoles and ear buds at home. They reconnect authentically, with each other and the natural world. They master muscle powered lifelong sports. And, they do it all while making incredible friendships."
Welcome New Families!
Brand new to exploring Pathfinder? Start with a dive into the many pages of The Pathfinder Experience, where you can discover all the details of Pathfinder program, philosophy, staff and sessions.
Enrolling your son for his first year? Browse the pages here under 'For Parents,' and be sure to read our FAQs and overview essay for new families titled "Camp Moms Ask ..."
Be sure to print and complete your camper forms. These include Health, Transport and Gear Order.
You'll find answers to many questions, but please feel free to call Sladds any time, 585-249-0716 winter / 705-633-5553 summer.
Complete your Transport, Health and Clothing forms asap. Don't forget: immunization records are required to be attached to each health form. Double check places and times for camp transportation, and advice on smooth travel for your camper. If your camper is moving up to an older tribe, he will get to do more tripping, so check his life vest and trip boots, he probably grew!
2016 Season Camp Forms
Read all about Pathfinder camper transport, at Transportation & Form
View / Print 2016 Camper Transportation Form ...
Print, complete and sign, send to the Camp winter office in Rochester. You can mail or email the form, email@example.com, or 35 Park Lane, Rochester, NY 14625. After June 1, please fax to Camp 705-633-5500.
Read all about Pathfinder camper health, at Health & Form
View / Print 2016 Camper Health form ...
Print, complete and sign, and return to Camp as above. Please note we recommend but do not require a physical exam for your camper. Please do give the form to the doctor's office so they can add details and attach immunization record.
Clothing & Gear
Read all about Pathfinder Clothing/Gear
View / Print 2016 Clothing/Gear list ...
You can view the camp clothing list and print a copy. Also featured is a narrative description of the best choices for your camper's clothing and gear. A Pathfinder season does not require a lot of expensive gear. Our notes and our at-cost items for order can help.
Special Gear Orders
View / Print 2016 Gear Order form ...
Using our pre-order form, choose a new sleeping bag, dry bag, paddle or hooded sweatshirt. These are only offered as a courtesy at cost. We obtain top quality gear, and have these items waiting for your Camper’s arrival. Always available at camp during summer are water bottles, ball caps, and t-shirts. Please remember, if your camper is a Super Early Bird, he will receive a free canoe paddle. Paddles are available for sale @$40.00. Sleeping bags run @$90.00 this year. Dry bags will again be only @$28.00 this year. Hooded sweatshirts will be @ $36.00.
Useful Links for Camp Pathfinder Parents
Area Lodging, Canoes, Outfitting, Summer Camps for Girls
Suggested Lodging Nearby Camp Pathinder
Bartlett Lodge - Algonquin Park, Ontario
Comfortable cabins with full amenities, and fine cuisine included, located in the heart of the Park on Cache Lake, a 10-minute drive from Pathfinder's dock. A number of Pathfinder parents stay or dine here during their annual visits. Bartlett will offer our families a discount if you mention Pathfinder when calling.
Killarney Lodge - Algonquin Park, Ontario
More good food and comfortable cabins in the Park, on Lake of Two Rivers, about a
20-minute drive from Pathfinder's dock. Traditional log cabin styles and home cooking. Another popular place for Pathfinder parents to stay. Mention Pathfinder.
Blue Spruce Resort - Oxtongue Lake, Ontario
A fine location just 20 minutes from Pathfinder, just outside the Park at Oxtongue Lake on Highway 60. Housekeeping cottages or motel units, no dining on site, but many choices nearby. Mention Pathfinder to receive the parents'/alumni discount.
Algonquin Lakeside Inn - Oxtongue Lake, Ontario
Another good choice just outside the Park. Efficiency rooms, full dining room with excellent fare, close to the West Gate of Algonquin. Mention Pathfinder.
Spring Lake Motel - Dwight, Ontario
Reasonable rates, clean comfortable lodging, and a nice dining room for meals, just outside the West Gate of Algonquin in beautiful Dwight, ON. Mention Pathfinder.
Morgan House B & B - Dwight, Ontario
Two bedrooms with shared bath, in an historic stone house on 80-acres of horse land in the north woods. Hosts Jamey and Pam Hunderich. Mention Pathfinder.
Deerhurst Resort - Huntsville, ON
Luxury resort hotel and condos, with two golf courses, fine dining. Site of 2010 G8 Summit.
King William Inn - Huntsville, ON
Motor lodge in downtown Huntsville, clean, comfortable, convenient town location, reasonable prices.
Holiday Inn Express, Huntsville - Huntsville, ON
High-rise hotel complex at junction of Hwy. 60 and Hwy. 11. Modern rooms.
Suggested Canoe Builders, Outfitters
Hurley Canoe Works (fine wood-canvas canoes)
Jack Hurley and assistant Graham England, both Pathfinder alumni, build and restore Camp Pathfinder's beautiful fleet of wood-canvas trip canoes. Private customers from around the world seek out Hurley's workshop in Dwight to place their own orders.
More than half the fun of having your dream canoe built or restored here is visiting the shop in Dwight, crammed with 3,000 photographs and alive with the work and words of Jack Hurley. It doesn't hurt that the quality of materials and workmanship are the finest to be found in Ontario. Hurley canoes are simply the best for the serious traditional paddler.
Algonquin Outfitters (canoe rentals, trip outfitting, trip gear and apparel)
Oxtongue Lake, Ontario
Rich Swift is an active alumnus of Pathfinder, who grew up tripping with Sladds and Glenn at a time when his dad Bill Swift Sr. owned Pathfinder and was just starting Algonquin Outfitters. "AO" is today the premiere spot for canoe trip outfitting and gear. Pathfinder parents often consult AO for gear for their sons, and Pathfinder offers life vests and sleeping bags at cost to parents, in association with the Outfitters.
Swift Canoe and Kayak - Gravenhurst, Ontario
Bill Swift Jr. runs the company. Billy is also a Pathfinder alumnus, and builds our ABS Royalex trip canoes for far-flung river adventures. The Swift Dumoine and Yukon are two models that make sense for high-volume, long distance out trips.
Suggested Algonquin Park Camps for Girls
There are several excellent co-ed camps in Algonquin, including Taylor-Statten (Camp Wapomeo), Camp Tamakwa, and Camp Arowhon. For all-girls camps, try:
Camp Northway (girls) Algonquin Park, Ontario
Brookes Prewitt (Pathfinder alumnus) and wife Joan run Ontario's oldest camp for girls just a few lakes down the Madawaska from Pathfinder. Northway turns 100 years old this summer! With a traditional flavor, an emphasis on simple living in Algonquin, and a focus on wilderness canoe trips, Northway is a fine choice for families of Pathfinder boys seeking a similar experience for their daughters. The camp size is small at 50 girls per session, and the gorgeous site on Cache Lake is preserved in its perfect primitive state.
Camp Tanamakoon (girls) - Algonquin Park, Ontario
Kim and Marilyn Smith, along with Camp Director Patti Thom run Camp Tanamakoon, on Tanamakoon Lake, just a couple of portages south of Pathfinder. Another fine girls' camp, Tan. is larger than Northway at about 190 girls per session, and offers a diverse camp program which does include canoe tripping.