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Age Groups

Learn about your campers' age group, what a summer looks like for them during their time with us in Algonquin Park .

LOONS: 7 Year Olds - Our youngest camper group, enjoying camp and taking their first steps as canoe trippers. 7 year old are strictly 1-weekers Learn more. 

LOONS: 8-10 Year Olds - Terrific campers in these age groups are branching out in interests, abilities and trip horizons. Learn more. 

RAVENS: 11-12 Year Olds - A large and busy group at Pathfinder, taking full advantage of all Camp has

to offer, both on the Island and on the trail. Learn more.

BEARS: 13-14 Year Olds - A confident group of canoe trippers , likely paddling in the backcountry for more than half their camp stay. Learn more.

AAs: 15 Year Olds The oldest campers are more skilled canoe trippers, venturing out for 3 - 6 weeks a season on distant canoe expeditions. The AA season is a tripping career pinnacle, and preparation for invitation to the staff ranks next year. Learn More.

Loon Campers ages 7-10

How long is my 7-10 year old at camp?

Our shorter camp sessions are a solid first Pathfinder experience for this age group, giving boys all the excitement of both in-camp activities and the canoe trip experience. Mature or veteran campers stay 3 1/2 weeks, the 'Half-Season.'

• Age 7 Campers - 1-week or 2-week sessions.

• Age 8 Campers - 2-week or 3 1/2-week sessions. 

 • Age 9-10 Campers - 2-week session or a customary 3 1/2-week session.  


The older and more experienced of this age group get to have at least one 4-7 day canoe trip ,and spend time in activities with age-11 campers. Most of these 9-10 year old campers stay Half-Season.


What is a Canoe Trip like for my 7-10 year old? 

Our youngest's trips can be anywhere from an overnight to Linda or Owl Lakes, to a 7-day canoe trip across Algonquin. Campers staying one week typically set out on an overnight with new friends from their group. Campers who stay 2 weeks are able to enjoy one longer trip (4-7 days) or two smaller trips (2-3 days). Campers who stay the 3 & 1/2 weeks may be able to set out on an ambitious longer trip, or up to 4 fantastic shorter canoe trips. 


Trips travel through Algonquin Park lakes big and small, trails long and short. Longer  trips may be trucked to a destination on their first day to get them experiencing areas of the Park they have not seen before. 


All trips are staffed 1:2, with a capable and trained crew of 3 headmen, secondmen and CITs. 


The boys learn how to paddle, portage, set up and take down the campsite, and wallop. They spend their campsite free time in water play and exploring, catching fish, whittling, playing cards and campsite games, or just chilling out.


Where does my 7-10 year old camper live?

THE LOWER KINGDOM - [ Lodge I, Lodge II West, Lodge II East, Tent 1 & Tent 2 ]

"The Lodges" are rustic cabins along the southern shoreline of Pathfinder Island. Lodges accommodate 6-8 boys and 3 staff men. Senior counselors live in each Lodge, and two camp directors are in charge of the group. The 9-10 year olds live in tents 1 & 2 with one other camper and two staff.


A typical day at Camp for my 7-10 year old...

Begins with a bell for flagpole and all-camp breakfast, followed by lodge clean-up, a morning of exploration, swim class and a sports period. Following lunch and a rest hour, they attend their favorite afternoon activities. Then comes free time- fishing, cards and tetherball! After Dinner, an evening program brings all age groups together for all-camp games and events, mixing younger campers with the big guys. Evening free swim is a favorite, followed by call to quarters, when counselors read to the boys before lights out.

Tomorrow may bring a day adventure or overnight canoe trip!


Ravens Campers ages 11 - 12

How long is my 11-12 year old at camp?

Age 11-12 campers may attend for 2 weeks, but often stay for 3 1/2 weeks to have the fullest experience of tripping, in-camp action and to relish camp friendships. Some stay the whole summer (7 weeks).


What is a canoe trip like for my 11-12 year old? 

Canoe trips for 11-12 year olds are exciting, with treks of 3 days to a week at a time, exploring all corners of Algonquin. This is the age when many boys get hooked on tripping and start building up their tripping resumes to get ready for 2-week and even 3-week trips as older campers. Their growing size and strength make for fast and fun woods travel.


Where does my 11-12 year old live?


 A series of canvas platform tents leading up to the waterfront. Each tent has a counselor and three boys.


THE WATERFRONT (Tents 14-17)

A series of canvas platform tents that line the waterfront right outside of swim dock - for older boys and some 13-14 year old campers as well.


A typical day at camp looks like ...

The boys have small-group instructional periods in the morning, and optionals in the afternoons. Typically, a Cree may be swimming and climbing or paddling in the morning, and choosing from sailing, kayaking, archery, mountain biking, athletics or survival skills after lunch.

For these campers, social interactions with peers and counselors are all-important. The camp staff works hard with this age group to encourage positive friendships and to help boys to interact positively, to pull together on tasks, to treat each other as they would like to be treated in return. This is also an age when the boys aspire to expertise in athletics, canoeing, swimming, climbing and camping skills. A counselor's dream, the 11-12 year old camper wants to learn how to do it right and do it well.


Bear Campers ages 13 -14

How long is a 13-14 year old at camp?

Members of this age group are encouraged to stay for a half season (3 1/2 weeks) or the whole summer (7-weeks) to ensure they have the days available for long extensive trips with fellow 13-14 year old campers.


What does a canoe trip look like for a 13-14 year old? 

13-14 year old's trips are exciting, from one week to 18 days at a time. They are masters of Algonquin canoe routes. Once they have adequate Algonquin experience, trippers venture from Algonquin to treks in Temagami and other areas of Ontario. Pathfinder's epic 'tours de parc' or 'Meanest Link' routes are often fare for these campers.


Where do 13-14 year old campers live?


Located past the Infirmary, Skid Row is a series of canvas platform tents that form a village away from the front of camp, allowing boys more independence. 


Located at the top of the tent line next to the Ballfield, this series of canvas platform tents is another more independent village for boys to live in during camp time.


Agee 13-14 campers still have Pathfinder counselors who live in a 1:3 ratio per each tent lodge, but the campers are at the age to choose how they will handle their clean-up duties, divide responsibilities, and agree to 'house rules' in their living areas. 


A typical day at camp looks like ...

Their in-camp time includes opportunities to focus on high achievement in camp sports. Campers have the chance to practice leadership skills, and to be more independent in their living areas and activity choices.

Campers are able to sign up for all-day out trips on trail bikes or in kayaks. They can push their limits at ropes-challenge and survival skills. And they can reach for the highest skill levels in swimming and canoeing.

Being an older camper also means being an active part of sustaining Pathfinder traditions, whether it's leadership at a council fire, showing friendship to younger campers, helping with conservation and island stewardship, or setting a good example for the camp in partnership with the staff. Certainly, it includes being a Pathfinder ambassador on the trip trail.


AA Campers ages 15 - 16

How long are AA campers at Camp?

AA campers are encouraged to be at camp the full season (7-weeks) to allow them to venture on their long-awaited 32-40 day AA canoe river trips in northern or western Ontario or Quebec.  

Half-season AAs choose the 3 1/2 week sessions and take sensational 18-day canoe trips. 


What is the AA Canoe Trip? 

This is the ultimate summer for trips. Their expeditionary journey takes them down rivers in northern and western Ontario or Quebec. The bonds of friendship and the feelings of accomplishment are lifelong.

AAs who show real leadership potential and are steeped in Pathfinder values may be invited to join the CIT Leaders Program in the coming year, beginning a 3-year staff apprenticeship at Pathfinder.

Pathfinder AA canoe trips venture north of Algonquin Park, connecting with indigenous families as part of their tripping experience, continuing relationships the camp has forged with Cree families from Whapmagoostui and Peawanuck, to Fort Severn, Bloodvein; and in northern Quebec with Inuit families in the Nunavik region and Cree in Waskaganish and Kuujjuarapik.

Many northern Pathfinder AA trips travel in the Cree lands of James and Hudson Bays, often guided by and staying in Cree First Nations communities as guests of residents there.

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