A Boys Summer Camp • Ages 7-16
A BOY'S SUMMER LIFE
What is it like to be a Pathfinder camper?...
It's a boy's ideal summer adventure - A Pathfinder summer of enjoyable, exciting outdoor sports and canoe trips - A Pathfinder summer also means growing independence, character, values, abilities, and friendships for life.
Boys attend Pathfinder from the U.S., Canada, Europe and South America. Our campers hail from 14 U.S. states, 4 Canadian provinces, and 6 overseas countries.
Since 1914, Pathfinder has hosted a renowned canoe tripping program, with a rich in-camp program of paddling, nature lore / ecology, swimming, athletics, arts, and ropes-challenge. Traditions are many at Pathfinder, including everything from games to awards, and to daily events celebrating our long history of fellowship.
Pathfinder puts the emphasis on friendships and community, on simple-living in a low-technology setting and on a boy's personal connection to the natural world.
Great food, great friends, great memories - the summer experiences of a Pathfinder camper are one of a kind.
THE PATHFINDER EXPERIENCE
“ I experienced some of the best times I've had in my entire life. I can't wait to go back next year and relive the wonderful Pathfinder memories that make us all come running back.”
-Eli, Pathfinder Camper
“I was particularly impressed by the character and culture that I saw in your staff. The level of positive engagement and leadership that I saw from the team was really remarkable. Congratulations to your whole staff!”
-Chris Mecray, Pathfinder Parent
Pathfinder trippers, in our trademark red canoes, explore the 3,000 square mile Algonquin Park backcountry. Older boys trace the northern rivers of Ontario and Quebec, reaching James and Hudson bays.
Learn how our campers enjoy 2-day to 40-day adventures in pure wilderness.
Among the ways Pathfinder meets its mission to campers and staff is the camp’s outreach to indigenous peoples of the canoe country Pathfinder people have revered since our inception in 1914.
Pathfinder expeditionary trips paddle to the remote bay communities where our indigenous family partners welcome them, sharing traditional knowledge, activities and meals. Closer to home, the Camp welcomes Algonquin and Cree boys and girls through scholarship and a tripping collaborative.
Summer days in camp are filled with laughter, fun, tradition and learning.
Summer at Pathfinder is for enjoying the activities and rhythms of north woods camp life. Morning activity periods are for instruction in core activities like swimming, paddling, ropes and camping skills. At afternoon "optionals" campers choose their favorite activities to attend from the Pathfinder repertoire. How about archery, kayaking, art, biking, fishing, climbing and athletics?
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Even short trips take Pathfinder Island boys right into the renowned interior of Algonquin.
How about these camper adventures in what is our ‘Front Country’?
A Walk to Old Growth of Our Own
A short paddle along the Source shoreline reveals cedar, black spruce, white pine and ancient rock shoals. It all leads into Loon Point Bay, where you can gently watch Loons keeping their nest on the tiniest island of the lake...
Trout In Our Back Yard
If you can rise before the sun, sip cocoa and munch a bagel or bowl of cereal by headlamp, you can paddle a glass calm Source to reach Ouse or Owl Lakes for a morning ambush mission for Splake or Speckled Trout...
A Spirit World Revealed in Red Ochre
Whether you bike or paddle to reach Rock Lake, downstream on the Madawaska from Source headwaters, you’ll find massive sheer rock walls diving into deep Algonquin waters, a placid beach shoreline tucked in at the outlet of the river, and a cliff with a water entrance...
GLM Style - A Rip Round The Horn
The legendary canoe trip Mics and Chipps do in three days can be mastered in three hours by our Otts and AAs. Fast paddling and portaging in Pathfinder canvas canoes takes you through a landscape of small lakes and trails of the Madawaska headwaters country...
Step Into A Tom Thomson Painting
Follow the route of the camp railway west to Potter’s Creek. Launch the canoes and glide through shallow curves filled with the stumps of giant white pine felled 150 years ago. Pass under a bleached wreck of a timber log road bridge and land at the grassy remnants of Mowat...
Bike-Paddle-Hike the SkyMount
Paddle through Tanamakoon into Cache, follow the bays to the Madawaska River outlet and dam, leave the boats and walk up into the forest past tumbling creeks and mossy cliff-faces.Through a high draw between hills and up a long flight of primitive trail steps is the route to a cliff-top panorama...