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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

All Hail Our Amazing Pathfinder Staff!

The successful 2021 season, our 108th Pathfinder year, followed the only closed season in the camp’s history, a terribly sad necessity for our Staff as well as for so many of our camper families and alumni. For Pathfinder to have made a Covid-free comeback in 2021 says so much about that staff, who returned to Source Lake this past June from difficult and discouraging Covid isolations at home, but hit a collective home run for their kids.

Camp's return to action in 2021 highlighted the staff qualities that make Pathfinder so special. Expertise, focus, hard work, dedication, empathy, patience, mutual good will, and a LOVE of FUN. All age groups of staff acted in the finest traditions of Pathfinder to make sure we had a healthy setting, a vibrant program, and the warmest sense of  'welcome home' for the campers. The Staff simply worked their tails off and gave everything with their whole hearts. The result was a camper experience including great trips, esprit de corps, healing routines and beloved traditions.

Looking to our upcoming 109th season, the Staff remain key to the Pathfinder experience. Already on the roster are the following staffers -- Glenn and Sladds return for their 22nd year of ownership, with Mary Chestnut in the front office, Paige Clark on program, Chris O'Brien taking over the DOT role, Nell Bruckner running the waterfront, Chefs Gonzalo and Omar, Nurse manager Chantal St. Jules, camp medical directors Dr's Julia and Aaron Orkin, Indigenous educator Christine McRae, canoe maker Dave Statten, with senior Headmen Oren Karp, Peter Koch, Simon McNamee. We anxiously await confirmation from Dylan Moeser and Jack Sladden! The veteran Headman ranks already include Andrew Beecher, Simon Jeens, Ben Zief, Sam Hamlett and more. Virginia Boyer returns to the waterfront as a veteran! And, we can't wait to see Tiger Lion, Pete Johnson, Corot Reason, Gyro Coakley, Pete Johnson and more in their Alumni in Residence roles.

The target numbers for our summer community are 100-110 campers, with 75 staff members including up to 16 CITs. Camp this year will again 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.

Once again, the Staff will lead the use of pre-screening, testing and cohorting. Each cohort 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 indoor play and interactions with other teams, any close contact will employ masking. Outdoors, life will be able to proceed pretty much as normal, with masking only for the closest 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. 

The Pathfinder Staff will see the return of a successful first in 2021. The counselor in training (CIT) summer has become an age-17 year. CITs will graduate into Second Man privileges later in summer, after their training and certification, while age-16 boys will complete missed expedition trips and begin their leader-in-training preparations for a Staff career.

Our age-18 crew are the veteran Second Men group, while eligible age-19+ trip staff are the Pathfinder Headmen. This includes the 2021 rookie Headman class, and a stellar slate of veteran Headmen A full schedule of training, certification this June includes the fourth biennial Pathfinder Spruce Root, a unique wilderness leadership conference bringing renowned experts in a constellation of fields right to our Staff at the Island.

We’re all excited that Ontario is a GO for camps in 2022, and to reuniting as the 109th 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

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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!

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DAVE STATTEN

Canoe Builder

Bracebridge, ON

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JACK SLADDEN

Assistant Director

Rochester, NY

Champlain College

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CHRIS O'BRIEN

Director of Canoe Tripping (DOT)

Cleveland, OH
Boston University

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PAIGE CLARK

Program Director

Rochester, NY
Skidmore College

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SIMON MCNAMEE

Director of Facilities/ Dir. of LITs

Ottawa, ON

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NELL BRUCKNER

Director of Waterfront

Cleveland, OH

Bates University

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AARON ORKIN, MD

Pathfinder Medical Director

Toronto, ON

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JULIA ORKIN, MD

Pathfinder Medical Director

Toronto, ON

In-Camp Leaders

Waterfront, Medical, Culinary & Alumni

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GYRO COAKLEY

Alumni in Residence Program

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Alumni in Residence Program

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AUBREY SPRING

Alumni in Residence Program

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PETE JOHNSON

Alumni in Residence Program

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COROT REASON

Alumni in Residence Program

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VIRGINIA BOYER

Swim Staff / Sailing Lead

& Raven Area Supervisor

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ELLA BORN

Swim Staff

& Loon Area Supervisor

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ERIN ISERHOFF

Swim Staff & Nursing Staff

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OMAR TERRAZAS

Chef, Baking/Pastry

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GONZALO PANTOJA PARADA

Head Chef

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Thania Flores

Chef

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Liam Duggan

Kitchen Assistant

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Nakita Geary

Kitchen Assistant

 

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.

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PETER KOCH

Senior Headman

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SAM HAMLETT

Senior Headman

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ANDREW BEECHER

Senior Headman

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SIMON JEENS

Veteran Headman

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AIDAN MCPHAIL

Veteran Headman

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BEN ZIEF

Director of Canoeing 

Veteran Headman

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HENRY CLARK

Veteran Headman

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ELY MILLER - WILSON

Veteran Headman

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AIDAN WALTERS

Rising Headman

& Director of Canoeing

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TATE PIERSON

Rising Headman

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SIMON COUSINEAU

Rising Headman

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CHRISTIAN KOLAGA

Rising Headman

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CJ LENAHAN

Rising Headman

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EVAN POPAT

Rising Headman

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JAMES HERRON

Rookie Headman

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BENJI PIAFSKY

Rising Headman

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JACOB SEIFRED

Rising Headman

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JAMIE SILLS

Rising Headman

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JAMES FAIR

Rising Headman

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DAN BUNDGARD

Rising Headman

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DECLAN EADY

Rising Headman

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GRAHAM HALL KEOUGH

Rising Headman

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BEN MILLER WILSON

Rising Headman

 

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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PETER BROWNRIGG

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GIDEON DENT

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MAC FABENS

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ANDER GUSTAFSON

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DILLON HARKNESS

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SILAS WITMORE

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SAM ZIONTS

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JAKE MARTIN

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MAX CROCKER

 

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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ASHER MILBERG

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ALEX BEECHER

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WES PRICE

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HENRY ZIEF

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WILL DAHMEN