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The Pathfinder Experience

Each summer for 104 years, Camp Pathfinder has hosted the finest wilderness camp experience to 115 boys, ages 7 – 16. Our campers, and their 75 home grown counselors, attend Pathfinder from across the U.S. and Canada, as well as major cities of Europe, Asia and South America. 

A boy's ideal summer adventure, Pathfinder is all about exciting outdoor sports and signature wilderness canoe trips. A Pathfinder boy's summer also means growing independence, character, values, abilities, and friendships for life.

Since 1914, Pathfinder has provided a renowned canoe tripping program, and a rich in-camp program of paddling, swimming, athletics, arts, nature lore / ecology and ropes-challenge.

Traditions are many at Pathfinder, from care taking the beautiful historic site and canoes, to trip routes, games and awards, to the renowned veteran senior and alumni staff, to the annual traditions celebrating our long history of fellowship. Pathfinder puts the emphasis on cooperation in nature's setting, on friendships and community, on simple-living without technology, and on a boy's personal connection to others and the natural world.

A Pathfinder campsite on Opeongo L.
A Pathfinder campsite on Opeongo L.

At Pathfinder, an expert, highly trained staff of 75 counselors and guides provide the crucial 1:2 ratio that ensures individual attention for every boy. Owners Glenn Arthurs and Mike Sladden are former campers, guides, parents and volunteers of the camp. They personally steward Camp's leadership traditions.

Pathfinder sessions are 3 1/2 weeks or 7 weeks during July and August. For new boys, ages 7 - 12, a 2-week option is available four times a summer. For ages 7 - 8, there is a special one-week "Mic Mac" program offered twice each summer.

I feel so grateful that I am in a position to contribute to the real building efforts of these guys' character.
It does feel a little like money in the bank.

--Mrs. L. Tilden, grandmother to three Pathfinder campers

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