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May 2022


Read the Ice-Out Blog

• Ice was out Apr. 25 and our crew wasted no time. See our parent alerts for health, packing, transport and more.


2022 Full Season Calendar

• View and Download our 2022 Calendar HERE

• See important dates & events for Spring, Summer & Fall 

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Pathfinder Covid Headlines for this summer.

• The Pathfinder roadmap to our 109th season. It's a Go!

• And health measures will be easier than ever.
Read our COVID Plan highlights.



Keep up with our Instagram feed for great content daily.

View our photo albums from 2021 & more.

View our Vimeo page see terrific camp & trip videos. 

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Trippperrrs!! See Pathfinder's 2021 Trip Postings. DOT Riley Hanson sent 42 awesome canoe trips this past season. So come find your name then plan your routes for summer '22.

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We're now into Wait Lists for several age groups.
Get one of the season's remaining spots for your camper.
Most sessions have at least one opening as of May 1.
Enroll Here!

Read our blog to stay updated

Get ready for an epic summer 2022

Ice Out 2022

Our 1st week of May is Complete - What Has the Crew Been Up To?
And Check Out the Blog -- Links to Key Forms and Info: Transport, Health, Clothing/Gear
Camp opens July 1 and closes out the summer sessions August 20. That’s two months but only half the story of a Pathfinder Season. A small spring crew of senior staff arrive as the ice departs, to open up the Dining Hall, set up the tents, docks and canoes, start maintenance projects, and create programs to welcome both school students and staff friends throughout May and June. In autumn the process repeats, when September morphs into October with a parade of school, family and alumni groups using Pathfinder and her staff, until it’s time to drain the plumbing, plastic the windows, post the roof trusses and snug the Island down for November – to – April.
Read our Ice Out Blog Post HERE
Great videos & photos from Spring so far HERE


Pathfinder managed the challenges of a Covid-adaptive Summer 2021. Camp remained entirely healthy throughout our season, with 45 canoe trips and a vibrant in-camp program.  Our success gives us confidence for a terrific 2022 ahead. Here are some health insights into the coming year. Stay up to date with us on Covid news, our Covid plan, and how we're preparing for another great season.


Ontario's Roadmap to Reopening plan guided the 2021 Pathfinder camp season. Our staff and medical advisors worked like mad to create a safe environment.
We did it! Pathfinder had no cases of Covid.

Looking to 2022, more of the same careful practice, with the bonus of widespread vaccination and boosting. Camp will use vaccination of our kids and staff, as part of another smart layered mitigation Pathfinder
 Covid Plan for summer.  And, we will continue to set our policies in concert with Ontario's Ministry of Health.

As of April 1, 2022, Canada ended its pre-arrival testing requirement for the border, and Ontario ended its public health COVID guidance rules for children's camps.

While the new B2.A variant has caused increased cases, while gathering limits are lifted and fewer people are masking, health infrastructure is handling the diminishing number of severe cases.  We remain watchful but expect another easing of cases in summer.


We will all be living with Covid and bringing it more under control, going ahead with daily life as much as possible. Camp's role in a return to more normal experiences for our kids is of paramount importance to their well-being. The summer months - and specifically children's camps - remain a Go! Pathfinder will be ready.



The Pathfinder plan for Summer 2022 will include the successful steps of Layered Mitigation from this past summer, along with vaccination of our Staff and Campers. The single compelling reason for a multi-layered approach is our identity: a congregate living setting and rustic out-trip program, committed to protecting our members from the risk of serious illness or transmission back home.

Our US and overseas campers may join us again at last, entering Canada with vaccination. Continued pre-camp screening / testing routines will combine with some limited cohorting and monitoring measures at camp all season. Pathfinder plans always incorporate expert advice and partnership with our medical directors, health advisors, Ontario Health, and the Ontario Camps Association.


In a phrase, our traditional Pathfinder season is back for 2022! We can't wait for everyone's return to CPI.

Spring is emerging in the Park. The ice broke up on Source Lake in late April. We're off! While families remain vigilant, a bright spot is the full-speed-ahead planning for Pathfinder's upcoming 109th season. We invite all our families to join in!

Camp enrollment will be full this year. Camper and Staff recruitment is winding up. We'll continue to monitor health news regarding variants of concern, health guidance, and border policies. All expectations are for both the border and operation of children's camps to move ahead with the new-found confidence from successful 2021 camp operations. Ontario is impressed with and supportive of the performance of its overnight camps. Bravissimo! And, currently the border imposes no testing or quarantine requirements for vaccinated travelers into Canada.

An important note for our parents: As ever during this pandemic, Pathfinder protects tuition fees and provides full credit or refund for any camper who can not attend due to Covid-19 challenges.


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Showing you our latest posts - Follow us @camppathfinder for more.


Download our March 2022 Chatter Here !

Chipmonk Chatter shares summer stories, season information, photos, rosters, bits of nostalgia, and more.  Take a look at past Chatters by clicking the links below - Enjoy Chatter and Keep In Touch!

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To Pathfinder's Annual Gear Drive

Your donations any time of the year help us outfit CPI scholarship campers & school group kids needing a hand to pack essential trip gear.

Thank you for Giving!

Have items to donate? Email us any time to find out how to drop off those awesome head-to-toe items, gently enjoyed.

Algonquin Campership Fund

Since 2000, a charitable fund for our kids

Pledge your financial gift to ACF to support tuition for summer boys and underserved school trips, enriching their camp experience.

What Gear Can I Donate?

  • Hiking Boots

  • Rain Gear & Warm Coats

  • Base, Mid & Shell Layers

  • Warm Hats & Gloves

  • Canoe Paddles

  • 3-Season Sleeping Bags

  • PFDs & Dry Bags

  • Pathfinder hoodies

  • Thermarests

  • Headlamps

  • Wool Socks

  • Books & Games!

Thank you for helping provide gear to CPI campers in need

Pathfinder people know best, a good canoe trip is that much better when you have the right gear. There are a lot of us out there with some great gear piling up in the closet or garage. Providing help to campers who don't have this gear can make all the difference for them between a good summer or school trip and a great one. Share that top-quality item you're done with!
Your generous gift to Gear Drive helps ensure a comfortable, safe canoe trip for all campers, no matter their financial means. Scholarship campers and school students will receive needed gear on arrival at camp. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!


Make a gift to the Algonquin Campership Fund here

Getting kids to camp and the outdoors is so important - please donate!

What is the Algonquin Campership Fund

ACF, founded in 2000, provides camperships to children in need, to attend a traditional wilderness canoe camp in Algonquin Park, ON, Canada. 


Included are Camp Pathfinder for boys, and Camp Northway for girls. Also, co-ed inner-city school field trips can attend camp for outdoor education and leadership experiences.


Why Donate? 100-Percent!

Gifts to ACF go 100% to awarding camp tuition to families in need. And, scholarships may cover up to 100% of camp costs for a qualifying family.

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ACF A Member of Roc The Day

ACF is a proud select charity of ROCtheDay, a local 24-hour online event that takes place each year on December's first Tuesday, ‘Giving Tuesday’. A special project of United Way, ROCtheDay rallies donors to support select not-for-profit organizations in the Greater Rochester area. 

Rochester, NY Connections to Algonquin Park Camps?  

Camp Pathfinder and Camp Northway are renowned Algonquin-based camps, established by Rochester outdoor leaders in the early 1900’s. Both ROCtheDay and the fund's parent organization, The Rochester Area Community Foundation, are based in Rochester.