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Our Staff

Pathfinder boasts a large staff of young men, homegrown from camper age, with canoe country expertise and a dedication to individual attention. A specialized complement of expert young women join in, creating a 1:2 staff to camper ratio unique in camping.

 

The position of Pathfinder counselor is one of caretaker, role-model and instructor focused on the campers. Pathfinder staff provide guidance and continuity of tradition. They share core Pathfinder values -- fraternity, service, teamwork, heritage, respect for the natural world, and personal goal-setting, achievement, and reflection.

Our counselors give their guys Pathfinder’s magic mix of challenges and encouragement. They reward each genuine camper effort and milestone. They possess that rarest ingredient - empathy – to blend with the excitement, skills and maturity carried forward from their own camper years.

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Staff & the Pathfinder Summer of 2021

The 108th Pathfinder year follows the only closed season in the camp’s history, so a 2021 pre-season rundown is called for, highlighting upcoming camp life and the staff ranks and roles. As we ramp up once again to conduct the highest-quality camper experience, with a staff experience to match, we are blessed with another exceptional Pathfinder staff crew!

The target numbers for our summer community are 95-100 campers, with 65 staff members including up to 16 CITs. Camp this year will be using a range of measures to safeguard the community and prevent the arrival or spread of Covid-19. See these measures summarized in the Pathfinder Covid Plan. An essential part of the approach is Cohorting. What will it mean?

For each Pathfinder camper age group, two distinct teams of campers and staff will form cohorts immediately as the sessions begin. Our Pathfinder age group cohorts will each have a distinct team and color identity of their very own. A typical color team will be made up of 12-20 people who live in the same or adjacent sleepage, including campers, Headmen, Second men and CITs. For example, the Cree group may have 24 campers, 12 staff of various ranks, and thus form two color teams.

Each team can live, dine, bathe, trip and in-camp-play together in what public health defines as a household unit, without masking and distancing. In their play and interactions with other teams, any indoor or close contacts will include masking and distancing. Outdoors, life will be able to proceed pretty much as normal, with masking only for those close interactions between teams or senior staff.

Our senior staff includes the directors, area supervisors and activity directors as usual. This management team will be its own cohort all summer, and will mask and distance as recommended so that their leadership between teams can’t accidentally allow any viral transmission. 

Our senior staff includes the directors, area supervisors, and activity directors. This management team will be its own cohort all summer, masking and distancing between teams and with themselves, so that their leadership between teams can’t accidentally allow any viral transmission. Within this group will be the few staff who will truck and town run for the camp.

The Pathfinder Staff will include some other notable firsts this year. If you are age-17 this summer, you are a counselor in training (CIT). This cohort missed their traditional CIT summer in 2020, and will move right into CIT training experiences this summer, graduating up to Second Man duties in short order.

Our age-18 crew are the veteran Second Men group, while those eligible age-19+ trip staff are the Pathfinder Headmen. This includes both the 2020 rookie Headman class, and the rookie or ‘rising’ class of 2021. These Headmen will be fully certified and prepared during June.

All our staff this year are working with two unique aspects of the camper family. First off, any campers eligible in 2020 for a one-week or two-week session are granted that option again in 2021. In addition, the AA class of 2020 is having their capstone AA trip experience this summer, as well as the AA class of 2021.

While tripping remains king, and staff life will be busy leading our comprehensive Covid-adaptive plan for the summer, there are other staff-led highlights in store at Pathfinder. These include new sport and lore activities, new front-country day and overnight adventures, and a new 1:1 camper-staff practice called Clinic, offering completely personal instruction in canoeing, swimming and trip skills.

We’re all anxious to see Ontario give overnight camps the word ‘Go’ for 2021, and to reuniting as the 108th Pathfinder Staff in June. We can’t wait!

 

Owners & Directors

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GLENN ARTHURS

Owner

Youngstown, NY
St. Lawrence University

 

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 with Sladds in ownership in 1999.

Glenn is a Managing Director with the Arthurs Malof group at UBS Financial Services in Buffalo, NY. Glenn's sons Wyatt and Ryan were longtime Pathfinder campers and staff men, and his daughter Lindsay, a lifelong Northway camper / counselor also spent time on the Pathfinder staff.

Owner/Director

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MIKE SLADDEN

Rochester, NY
Connecticut College

 

'Sladds' started as a Pathfinder Cree, a

third generation camper and staff man in the 1970s and '80s. 

Sladds' college studies led him to photographic history and graduate work at SUNY’s Visual Studies Workshop. He joined the education staff of the George Eastman Museum in 1986, becoming Curator of Education in 1989. Over the next decade he directed museum education programs, working as both a team member and manager on numerous exhibitions and public programs interpreting the history, art and technology of photography.

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 Camp's full-time Director. He maintains a ropes course certification and WFR status, and is a Director of the Ontario Camps Association, and a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Camp Directors.

Assistant Director, Operations

MARY CHESTNUT

Williamsville, NY
College of Wooster

Teacher, Wellsville Schools (ret)

Mary has been an invaluable part of the Pathfinder experience for four decades. Her dad Al was a staff man at Pathfinder where he 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 years.

 

Mary came into the Pathfinder front office from a career as waterfront director and was the first female 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!

BRENT HURLEY

Assistant Director, Staff

Dwight, ON

Queens University
Instructor & Advisor
Educational Technologies Coord.
Trinity College School

Brent is the Assistant Director at Camp, and was previously the Director of Tripping. From years as a camper to leading long expeditions as a headman, Brent's career at Pathfinder is a storied one. We are lucky to have him with us in a leadership role for our younger staff and campers.

AARON ORKIN, MD

Pathfinder Medical Director

Toronto, ON

JULIA ORKIN, MD

Pathfinder Medical Director

Toronto, ON

RILEY HANSON

Director of Canoe Tripping (DOT)

Toronto, ON
Boston College

PAIGE CLARK

Program Director

Rochester, NY
Skidmore College

JACK SLADDEN

Co-Director of Canoe (DOC)

Rochester, NY
Champlain College

DYLAN MOESER

Co-Director of Canoe (DOC)

Buffalo, NY

SUNY Fredonia

ADDISON EGAN

CIT Director

Fall City, WA

In-Camp Staff

Waterfront, Medical, Culinary & Facilities

SAVANNAH FRENCH

Program / In-Camp Staff

NELL BRUCKNER

Waterfront Director

ANNA KRONK

Waterfront / Earth Lore

VIRGINIA BOYER

Waterfront

ERIN CONNELL

Waterfront / A Session Nurse  

MADISON BEATTY

Waterfront / B Session Nurse  

PARKER KINSMAN

In-Camp Staff

SHELLY LI

A Session Nurse

CHANTAL ST. JULES

Nurse Manager / B Session Nurse

ALEXANDRA OLIVER

C Session Nurse

SARAH TWOMEY

D Session Nurse

DAVE STATTEN

Canoemaker

GONZALO PANTOJA

Head Chef

OMAR TERRAZAS

Chef, Baking/Pastry

AVI LEVY

Assistant Cook

 

Headmen

The title of Pathfinder Headman is hard-earned. A Headman has apprenticed for 3-years after his camper career and is fully qualified for the responsibility of leading canoe trips.

 

A Headman is the lead on trips ranging from 1-40 days. Navigation, strategy, food planning, medical care, camper-care, and morale are just some of the roles taken on by a Headman.

TIMO KRAPF

Senior Headman

OREN KARP

Senior Headman

SIMON MCNAMEE

4th Year Headman

PETER KOCH

4th Year Headman

CHRIS O'BRIEN

3rd Year Headman

OWEN CURTIN

3rd Year Headman

ANDREW BEECHER

2nd Year Headman

ALEX IRELAND

2nd Year Headman

SAM HAMLETT

2nd Year Headman

SIMON JEENS

Rookie Headman*

would have been rookie headmen in 2020

AIDAN MCPHAIL

Rookie Headman*

would have been rookie headmen in 2020

BEN ZIEF

Rookie Headman*

would have been rookie headmen in 2020

HENRY CLARK

Rookie Headman*

would have been rookie headmen in 2020

IAN ZOHN

Rookie Headman*

would have been rookie headmen in 2020

TYLER WALDVOGEL

Rookie Headman*

would have been rookie headmen in 2020

EVAN POPAT

Rising Headman*

would have been veteran 2nd-men in 2020

AIDAN WALTERS

Rising Headman*

would have been veteran 2nd-men in 2020

GABRIEL MYRICK

Rising Headman*

would have been veteran 2nd-men in 2020

TATE PIERSON

Rising Headman*

would have been veteran 2nd-men in 2020

CHRIS LENAHAN

Rising Headman*

would have been veteran 2nd-men in 2020

SIMON COUSINEAU

Rising Headman*

would have been veteran 2nd-men in 2020

BJORN NORDENFLYCHT

Rising Headman*

would have been veteran 2nd-men in 2020

NOAH LINFOOT

Rising Headman*

would have been veteran 2nd-men in 2020

CHRISTIAN KOLAGA

Rising Headman*

would have been veteran 2nd-men in 2020

 

Secondmen

The summer following CIT year our staff become Secondmen, when they take on duties such as finding and chopping wood on trip, assisting their Headmen, and taking care of campers.

 

Staff are Secondmen for 2 years - rookie and veteran - giving them time to learn and develop the skills necessary to become a Headman. This year, due to our lost 2020 summer, our Secondman class will combine this 2 year program into 1 year.

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BENJI PIAFSKY

DAN BUNDGARD

DECLAN EADY

GABE LEVY

GRAHAM HALL-KEOUGH

HENRY HOUSTON

JACOB SIEFRED

JAMES FAIR

JAMES HERRON

JAMIE SILLS

JEREMY JEENS

LUKE BODO

PETER FABENS

SAM GILBERT

 

CITs

This summer, our Counselor in Training group is made up of our 17 year old staff. They completed their AA camper year at age 15, which including a challenging  30-40 day whitewater AA canoe trip. This summer will include staff training and certification courses, as well as hands on learning in camp and on trip throughout the summer.

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IAN BROWN

PETER BROWNRIGG

MAX CROCKER

AARON CURTIN

GIDEON DENT

MAC FABENS

ETHAN FORD

ANDER GUSTAFSON

DILLON HARKNESS

LINDEN KNUP

JAKE MARTIN

SAM MCKENNEY

SILAS WITMORE

SAM ZIONTS