Rates and Dates 2019

Standard Rates 2018
Prices shown below are base tuition Add taxes and tuck depositSee Enrollment Forms

Early Bird Rates 2018
*For Sept. 1 - Nov. 15, 2017
, 'Early Bird' pricing available to veteran families • Add taxes and tuck deposit • See 'Early Bird' Forms


Half Season Sessions

First Half 2019 (3 1/2 weeks) July 1 - July 25

Ages 8 - 16 $3,925.00 us / $4,525.00 cn 

Second Half 2019 (3 1/2 weeks) July 27 - Aug. 20

Ages 8 - 16 $3,925.00 us / $4,525.00 cn

Two Week Sessions

Session A 2019 (2 weeks) July 1 - 13

Ages 8-10 $2,625.00 us / $2,850.00 cn
Ages 11-12 $2,825.00 us / $3,150.00 cn

Session B 2019 (2 weeks) July 13 - 25

Ages 8-10 $2,625.00 us / $2,850.00 cn
Ages 11-12 $2,825.00 us / $3,150.00 cn

Session C 2019 (2 weeks) July 27 - Aug. 8

Ages 8-10 $2,625.00 us / $2,850.00 cn
Ages 11-12 $2,825.00 us / $3,150.00 cn

Session D 2019 (2 weeks) Aug. 8 - 20

Ages 8-10 $2,625.00 us / $2,850.00 cn
Ages 11-12 $2,825.00 us / $3,150.00 cn

Full Season Sessions

Full Season 2019 (7 weeks) July 1 - Aug. 20

Ages 8-16 $7,650.00 us / $8,750.00 cn

*For Full Season AA Campers, additional long-trip transport expenses will be surcharged.

Special Camp Sessions For First Time Young Boys

Mic Mac One-Weeker July 2019

July 1 - 8
Age 7 $1,000.00 us / $1,150.00 cn 

Mic Mac One-Weeker Aug 2019

July 27 - Aug. 3
Age 7 $1,000.00 us / $1,150.00 cn

Tuition Basics

At Pathfinder, we try to keep the financial things simple. Read on, and contact the camp director Mike Sladden if you have any questions.

Tuition, Tax and 'Tuck'

  • Tuition covers the camp facility, program, staffing, food service and shared equipment.
  • Tax is tax. Canada charges 13% HST.
  • Ontario Parks charges resident campers 5% of base tuition. This is charged to the Tuck account.
  • A Tuck Deposit is an amount put on deposit with the camp by each family for their camper, based on his length of stay. This covers the expenses he personally accumulates. The idea here is not to have parents paying a portion of their tuition rates that would cover the expenses of other campers.

Enrollment and Payments

When you are enrolling your son, click to and print the Enrollment Form. Fill it out to mail in with payment, but also make a copy! It contains the payment rates and options, the terms and conditions, and the payment due dates. On receipt of your form and tuition deposit, we'll send you a Confirmation Statement. This will show you the tuition rate, taxes, and required tuck deposit amount. Pay your balance from this statement.

At the end of the summer sessions, you'll also receive a Final Statement. This summary will detail all the expenses your Camper had, including those charged against your Tuck Deposit. A copy of the Camper's camp store tally sheet is also included. Remember, Campers' personal expenses are charged against their Tuck Deposit. The Tuck Deposit is part of your total camp fee, and is described below. Here's some detail about the expenses you'll see itemized on the Confirmation Statement or the Final Statement:


The enrollment confirmation letter and the final statement show what payments camp has received from you.


The confirmation statement and final statement both show the basic Camp Fee in US or CN funds depending on which currency your family paid. They also show the taxes charged for pst / gst. And, they show the Tuck Deposit amount.


Summer camp fees are subject to Canada's HST at 13% which combines the provincial and federal taxes.

Tuck Deposit

The Tuck Deposit is part of the total payment you make. It is held on account for your camper, covering his purchases and incidental expenses during the camp session. Those purchases and expenses are listed below, and they will appear on your final statement.

Tuck Deposit Credit
The Tuck Deposit Credit shows how much tuck money you have on account for your camper.

Expense Lines
All shown in Canadian funds on your final statement.

The Ontario Parks Lease Tax
Everyone patronizing the camps of Algonquin Park is charged 5% of the base camp tuition fee by Algonquin Park/Ontario Parks. This is a government tax and not a Pathfinder fee.

When your camper goes on a Pathfinder canoe trip, any incidental expenses or back country permit fees for that trip are charged equally among the members of the trip. If your camper was given a special meal or program during the trip, this cost is also included in 'Tripping.'

The oldest campers often take long trips of 2-4 weeks or more. The long trips often involve long bus or train transports with canoe freight. Some trips even use airline flights to return from the far north. The Director will advise Parents if higher costs are expected for their son's Pathfinder AA trips.

Laundry is offered weekly at camp. If the boys are in-camp they can drop off laundry at the Kitchen dock one morning, and collect it the next. Each camper's laundry is washed separately and kept with his own laundry bag. The service comes from Huntsville. We are charged roughly $8.50 per load washed, folded and delivered. A camper's laundry charge per bag may vary depending on its size. Most boys have a couple of laundry's per session. Older campers may only have one because they're on trip. Younger boys may not send out laundry during short stays.

Gear / Candy Store
Parents sometimes call Sladds, shocked that their camper ate $200 worth of candy! Actually, this account covers a multitude of things. Normally, high charges here mean the camper ordered sleeping bag, paddle and other gear. Gear / Candy Store includes candy bars or lifesavers, letter paper and envelopes, postage, candy store dry goods such as books, pamphlets, toothbrushes and soap, batteries and flashlights, ball caps, t-shirts, sweatshirts, water bottles, Park maps, etc. etc. The Camp yearbook called Camp Trails is billed to this account at @$40cn, the annual Poster is billed at $10, for all Campers.

Of course any gear ordered for the camper, such as sleeping bag, life vest, dry bag, or paddle is billed on this account.

This is the actual cost of any motor coach ride(s) the camper took to or from camp, for example airport shuttles or the Rochester, Buffalo and Toronto camp motorcoaches. Total cost is divided equally among riders.

Miscellaneous / Medical
This line is for medical bills such as doctor's visit, hospital treatment, or prescription med.s for your camper. Receipts from these are sent home so you can recover part or all of the expense from your medical coverage. The Misc. items here are generally tiny: a trip meal is bought at McDonald's, or an ice cream treat from Bartlett Lodge on Cache Lake. CITs may draw petty cash for their days off, and that is shown on this line as well. Any unpaid tuck balance from the previous year is also shown here.

This is the GST charged only on whatever items above are GST taxable.

Tuck balance (cn)
This is the remaining credit or balance owed in Canadian funds.

xUS conversion
Each summer we set a conversion rate based on currency exchange rates for June through August.

If you're a US family or from overseas, we make this conversion to give you a final balance in US funds. If you're a Canadian family, we omit this calculation and show your balance in CN funds.

Balance Due Camp / Credit
it's one or the other: a positive balance you owe Camp, a negative balance Camp owes you. Amounts under $5.00 either way are waived.

If a family is owed a sibling credit or a referral credit, it is shown as a deduction from the final balance.

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