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November 2021


Summer 2021 was one of the best yet. Enjoy pictures from our first day to our last on the island. We will have many more uploaded this week to our smugmug album. Stay Tuned!


Sign up your camper by November 30 for a significant discount on his tuition for 2022. 

Algonquin Inter-Agency Training Event

On May 26 & 27, Pathfinder hosted a unique emergency training event. Seminars, rescue simulations, water-land-air victim rescue exercises and more.

Looking Back at Summer '21 - The Covid Headlines

• Ontario headlines and the Roadmap to Reopening

• The Pathfinder COVID PLAN 

• Pathfinder - Where we stand today

Read our blog to stay updated




Spring 2021 - Ontario has released a 3 Stage 'Roadmap to Reopen' for the Province. Overnight camps are part of Step 2 in the re-opening plan.  Pathfinder is on for 2021, and family retreats, canoe trips, staff training, and camper sessions will be taking place. Learn the latest here on how to plan for your part in Summer 2021!


Roadmap to Reopen is a cautious three-step plan that will guide a safe and gradual reopening of the province and the lifting of public health measures based on the provincewide vaccination rate and improvements in key public health and health system indicators.

The province will remain in each of the steps for at least 21 days to evaluate any impacts on key public health indicators. If at the end of the 21 days, the vaccination thresholds have been met, alongside positive trends of other key public health and health system indicators, then the province will move forward the the next step.


Now is the perfect time to get familiar with camp’s Covid plan for summer. It has been designed with expert advice and key components to protect everyone at Pathfinder this season. Read the plan for important basics,  including pre-camp routines, testing, travel, cohorting, the closed camp bubble, daily practices, canoe tripping, and case management.


Camp is on! Pathfinder has created a set of programs for families, staff and campers that will help to get as many in our CPI community up to camp as soon as possible. Overnight camps are currently part of Step 2 in Ontario's Roadmap to Reopen, meaning that hopefully by mid-July, we will be set to open camper sessions. In the meantime, we have created a set of sessions in July & August for our Pathfinder campers and community.

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This is a call to action! CPI and the OCA still need YOUR help to make sure the Ontario government says YES now to our 2021 overnight camps. Take action by heading to the link below and learning how you can contact your MPP today!



Presented by the Ontario Camps Association. #planforcamp

To those who tuned in to this special one hour program for Pathfinder and other accredited Ontario camps to open on time this summer, thank you! So many were present for this YouTube premiere: a virtual rally detailing health and safety plans that will authorize the reopening of camps in 2021.

This video has over 20,000 views! Increasing these views will make a HUGE IMPACT on policy makers' timetable for officially reopening camps. Click below to keep that number rising and keep on the path to camp!


Join us on Zoom!

FALL 2021

Stay Tuned - next zoom tba
Q&A on Summer, Canoe Trips, Health Protocols, Camp Life, Packing & more...

All are welcome - new & veteran families/campers

• Jump on board to a meeting designed for you and your camper.

• Listen in to find out what campers and parents need to know.

• Learn more by reading our most recent Parent Bulletin.

• Questions? Send us an email!


Get ready for an epic summer 2022

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2021 New Year's 


Our New Year edition of Chatter shares 2021 summer updates, information, photos, staff and camper rosters, bits of nostalgia, and more.


Take a look at our updated Camper Roster and see who is on board so far for summer. - Enjoy!

Read New Year's Chatter 2021 

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To our January Gear Drive

Your donations helped us outfit CPI scholarship campers & school students needing a hand to pack essential trip gear.

Thank you for Giving!

You can still help! If you have items to donate, email us any time to find out how to drop off those awesome items.

Algonquin Campership Fund

Gifts Sending boys (and girls!) to Camp

Pledge your gift to Algonquin Campership Fund to create scholarships for campers, allowing them to experience Pathfinder and the Park.

What 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, any size

  • Thermarests

  • Headlamps

  • Wool Socks

  • Books

Thank you for helping provide gear to CPI campers in need

Here at Pathfinder, we know 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 between a good summer and a great one.


Your generous gift to Gear Drive helped 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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Roc The Day

ACF is a proud select charity of ROCtheDay, a local 24-hour online event that takes place each year on ‘Giving Tuesday’ (Dec. 1) 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 Community Foundation are based in Rochester.

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Our autumn edition of Chatter shares just a slice of the huge trove of ‘old stuff’ illuminating camp's ‘old days’. But don’t be fooled. The old stuff you see here also reflects forward to today’s camp. Take a deep dive into Pathfinder culture, history and  highlights 2020 - photos, essays,  and artifacts from the summer crew.

Designed by our own Paige Clark - Enjoy!

Read Autumn Chatter 2020          View 2020 Photo Album 


Summer 2020 Projects

Source Lake, November 2020.Does the Island Sleep?No, she only dozes.

The normal bustle of May Crew was absent for the first time this year, since Glenn and Sladds took over camp in 2000. And then, of course, Summer 2020 was cancelled when Ontario closed overnight camps. But CPI is indeed only dozing: a tiny work crew polished and prepped camp for all the action we're looking forward to in 2021.

A sign of renovations this year? This still life of items lost under the Canoe Dock over many years, recovered once the decking came off in July.
Every object tells a story?

View our Summer 2020 photos here