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.
Owners & Directors
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 Director of the Arthurs Malof group at UBS Financial Services in Buffalo, NY. He is a former vice president and group director at Morgan Stanley / Smith Barney since 1983. 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.
MIKE 'SLADDS' SLADDEN
'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
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!
Assistant Director, Staff
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.
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.
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 skills necessary to becoming a Headman.
The Counselor in Training group is made up of our 16 year old boys who have completed their AA camper year at age 15, their amazing whitewater AA canoe trip, and extensive staff training before the CIT summer begins.