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THIS MONTH AT CAMP

January 2021

Pathfinder's January Gear Drive

Celebrate the New Year by giving. Help us outfit scholarship campers and school students who are unable to afford essential canoe tripping gear. 

2021 Chipmonk Chatter & Camper Roster

Enjoy our NewYear's Chipmonk Chatter, a  collection of stories, summer updates, rosters, and camp lore. Also, take a look at our current camper roster for summer 2021.

See our 2021 Chatter & Roster here. 

2021 Season Calendar

Get a peak at the chock-full calendar of Pathfinder events for Season 2021. Schools, Camp sessions, Family Camp and more.

Parent Bulletins

Latest updates on camp's recovery from the COVID-closed summer of 2020. Get details on ages, sessions, leadership programs, trips and camp plans for health and safety.

Summer 2020 Projects 

A tiny power crew of senior camp staff and local tradesmen spent this shuttered summer polishing our Pathfinder campus, so she shines for 2021.

Trip Reports 2020

Ten alumni families in Canada outfitted canoes and TP gear to explore the Park. Read their trip reports here.

Early Bird 2021 Enrollment Wrapped - A Hit!

Our Summer 2020 campers and many new boys used the Early Bird offer to sign up for 2021 at the lowest 2020 family prices. Now we're into standard enrollment, and few spaces remain open. Join up and jump in asap!  Click to Enrollment.

Get ready for an epic summer 2021

Celebrate the New Year by Giving

Pathfinder Gear Drive

Help us outfit CPI scholarship campers & school students who are unable to afford essential trip gear.

January 9 & 17, 2021

Drop-off locations in Rochester, Buffalo & Toronto 

Algonquin Campership Fund

Looking for another way to help?

Donate to ACF this New Year's to help provide scholarships to future campers, allowing them to experience a summer in the Park.

What Should 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

Please sanitize all items before donating.

Gently Used Only - No broken/damaged/soiled gear -thank you!

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 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!!!

Where and when can I donate?

DATES & TIMES

 

Our Gear Drive will be taking place during the month of January. Dates and times differ based on your drop-off location.

Buffalo, NY - Saturday Jan. 9, 11-3   •   Sunday, Jan. 17, 11-3

Rochester, NY - Saturday Jan. 9, 12-4. • Sunday, Jan. 17, 12-4

Toronto, ON - Saturday, Jan. 9, 1-5  •  Sunday, Jan. 17, 1-5

LOCATIONS - Where is my cities drop-off location?  Email us to find out.

We will have drop-off locations in Rochester, Buffalo, and Toronto. Keep in mind that these locations are residential and voluntary, so please be sure to wear a mask, and arrive during the allotted drop-off time period. All locations are CPI families, so say hello if you have a chance! We will not be posting personal addresses, but you can find out your city's drop-off location by emailing our Director Mike Sladden. Click here for your city's closest drop-off location & contact information. (Please let us know what city you are in so we can tell you the correct location.)

WHAT TO DONATE

A list of items can be found up top. We are looking for gear and clothing that is gently used. We have campers of all shapes and sizes, and in the fall and spring, we have boys and girls visiting the island. So, any size, shape, and color is welcome. The basic rule of thumb here with these donations is: If you wouldn't wear or trust it, neither will we. Whether you have grown out of the old stuff or have just got some new gifts to replace the old, take a look in your closets and basements for something to donate. 

 
 
 

2021 New Year's 

CHIPMONK CHATTER

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 

 
 

2021 Camp Calendar

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Algonquin Campership Fund (ACF) is a proud select charity of ROCtheDay

 

ROCtheDay is 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. 

 

You can support ACF campers all year long, not just Dec. 1.

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

 Make a gift to the Algonquin Campership Fund here

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, Ontario, 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

You can support ACF campers all year long - not just Dec. 1! Don’t worry if you miss ROCtheDay 

Donate here anytime of the year!

 

CHIPMUNK CHATTER - Summer 2020

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

The Source Remains the Same ...

Sladds was in Canada when the border closed March 21, and lived in Huntsville, where he monitored the pandemic and worked for the Ontario Camps Association board as a volunteer. Commercial leaseholders were permitted into Algonquin when the park was otherwise closed to the public.  For him, a trip to Whitney might see no other cars on Hwy. 60. Ice walks to the island became walks on the camp road and rail bed, as snow and ice rotted. And then, suddenly, ice was out on Source by May 1. The park was in its full glory. Where would the summer lead?


Late May saw camp closures announced, and we set up some maintenance projects for this regrettably historic summer. Water levels dropped with an early summer heat wave, and a big storm hit the park. Summer brought high heat and perfect swimming water, along with a ravenous crop of chipmunks and squirrels. The crew gathered and set to work. Autumn started wet and finished in a rare stretch of warmth. We snapped the padlocks late, around Nov. 10. The lake was glass.
 

So, Shine Up the Conveyances ...

Our legendary camp vans and trailers were completely refreshed for 2021 trucking, and the railing pontoon barge went home to the mothership for a month of beauty treatments, plus a new center pod and pontoon end caps.
 

CPI canoe maker Dave Statten kept busy in his Bancroft shop over winter, rebuilding 4 classic Pathfinder trip canoes: the Tom Pigeon, the Jake/Gerry Brent Store, the Stan Rand, and the Roy Thrall.

 

These canoes arrived back at Source with David for spring finishing by our small Canadian June crew. Freshly canvased and light as feathers, they were filled, sanded and painted by Simon McNamee, Riley Hanson, Savannah French and Ally Rail.

A Summer of Brushing ...

Many crew days were about painting, varnishing, oiling and staining everything in sight, from deck chairs to canoes to screen doors, platform tents and window frames. Here on the lake side of Lodge One we’re staining but also adding trim siding above and below the new windows.

 

This is one of camp’s oldest buildings, and was for many years a workshop, since replaced by Bug House. But Lodge One is now as she originally was, a sleepage tucked up against the lake with great views. The lodge sports the old railway sign for Source and Pathfinder, and makes a great first impression when you land at camp’s ‘front yard.’

 

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The wee George Liederhaus canoe got a new canvas and coats of baby blue. More brushes painted cabin interiors and furnishings.

 

Pierre Roy's space-age panel reorganized our water treatment equipment for under the DH. Note a refinished and covered Giesler in background.

A mountain of firewood is coming from storm damage and our hardwood supplier Gilbert in Whitney. (Wait until you see the OCR.) Donated chip from Park tree-felling came to camp.

 

The crew weeded and replanted the gardens in front of the DH, and the place is looking terrific with new trail chip everywhere.

Star-studded supporting cast ...

Canoe work is again a daily routine on CPI. With gorgeous new outer skins, time came for varnishing 5 good coats on the rebuilds. Later on, more canoes will line up for this treatment. This game of patience  includes our May crew Riley Hanson, Ally Rail, Simon McNamee, Savannah French, Tim Goodwin and Clara Bonner, and our late June arrivals Dylan Moeser, Paige Clark, Addison Egan, Chris O’Brien and Jack Sladden. Tim and Clara departed in summer, while Coulter Deacon and partner Reeve Christensen came on board in Fall. 

 

Dave schooled the crew all summer long in the ways of the canoe maker.

It's not often we capture a shot of Dave Statten. Here’s a lucky candid – actually a portrait of two couples with Pathfinder connections. Dave and his fiancé Svetlana Zeran are pictured at right. Who’s on the left? Cam McRae and his bride Christine Luckasavitch McRae. She’s our indigenous educator, and Cam runs historic McRae Lumber. The two couples are close friends, living in Whitney and Bancroft and spending much of their time in the Park. Lately, Christine is writing a book on Algonquin people’s history in the Algonquin region. This huge project is being co-sponsored by the camps and lodges of Algonquin, by AO and the Friends. She'll publish late next year what will be an instant classic with Park scholars, cottagers, campers and more. Go Christine!

Sylvan Scene Seldom Seen ...

The Ball Field in early June, lush and ready for mowing. At least the outfield can be mown. Not so much the rest of this historic spot, where Fred Lamke famously cleared the forest and leveled the field with downed trees and hand-dug soil. Once this was the scene of countless track and field meets in the old days. Well, let’s say you remember it better from modern times: infield ravines, bedrock and gulches making for lively ‘local hops’ on this ball diamond, where campers Glenn and Sladds once 'ran the mile' for Lou 'Monty' Montgomery.

Staff have shown us the way to restoration with recent additions of a new backstop and some fine bleacher seating. Now we can reveal that this summer's work also included a complete renovation of this playing field! #prayforthegrass

Work Hard, Play Hard ...

A serious storm in early summer took down a few CPI giants, near Canoe shop, Sunnyvale, Doll House and T11. Cleaning up took days. Then, on to stripping the Canoe Dock for a renovation that would never be possible in an active season. And, more little touches, like Paige's new tent plaques, new cedar railings, etc.

Evening paddles and filming sessions are popular right now. When the lake is flat calm, the style paddlers are out. Wait until you try your solo skills in the back channel, where a downed pine in the water makes a great obstacle course challenge.

 

Pathfinder canoes even made it out on the trail. Camp families who contact us about a Park trip are invited to use boats and gear without charge, to get outdoors and away from the madding crowd. Here's a shot, too, from work crew’s break, a trip on French River.

Check out all the photos of island projects 2020

 
 

ROSTERED 2020 STAFF

Senior Staff

Glenn Arthurs, Owner - Youngstown, NY
Mike Sladden, Owner & Director - Rochester, NY
Mary Chestnut, Assistant Director - Buffalo, NY
Paige Clark, Program Director - Rochester, NY
Tim Goodwin, Director of Tripping - Nairobi, Kenya
Riley Hanson, Director of Tripping - Toronto, ON
Ally Rail, Director of Waterfront - Whitby, ON
Gonzalo Pantoja, Camp Chef - Queretaro, MX
David Statten, Canoe Maker - Bancroft, ON
Savannah French, In-Camp Program - Toronto, ON

 

CIT Directors
Addison Egan - Fall City, WA
Rupert French - Toronto, ON

 

Canoeing Directors
Jack Sladden - Rochester, NY
Dylan Moeser - Buffalo, NY

 

Medical Directors

Dr. Julia and Dr. Aaron Orkin - Toronto, ON

Camp Nurses

Chantal St. Jules - Oshawa, ON
Sarah Twomey - Kitchener, ON

Alex Oliver - Guelph, ON


Camp Cooks
Omar Terrazas - Queretaro, MX
Terry Snider - Toronto, ON

 

Waterfront Staff

Nell Bruckner - Cleveland, OH

Esther Haines - Caloden, ON
Ellie Anderson Zych - Rochester, NY

Headmen

Oren Karp - Pepperell, MA

Peter Koch - San Francisco, CA

Jack Brownrigg - Burlingame, CA

Jack Sladden - Rochester, NY

Dylan Moeser - Buffalo, NY

Simon McNamee - Montreal, QC

Chris O’Brien - Chagrin Falls, OH

Addison Egan - Fall City, WA

Gabe Ireland - Madrid, Spain

Rupert French - Toronto, ON

Andrew Beecher - Buffalo, NY

Ian Hanson - Toronto, ON

Sam Hamlett - Buffalo, NY

Lucas Reeber - Mt. Kisco, NY

Matt Wesorick - Pepper Pike, OH

Alex Ireland - Madrid, Spain

Will Keeton - Burlington, VT


Rookie Headmen
Simon Jeens - Toronto, ON
Aidan McPhail - Gatineau, QC
Ely Miller Wilson - Wynnewood, PA
Tyler Waldvogel - Bethesda, MD
Ben Zief - Princeton, NJ
Henry Clark - Fall City, WA
Ian Zohn - Warren, NJ
Sam Laemmle - Wiscasset, ME
Cam Sills - Mississauga, ON
Liam Bonnor - Toronto, ON

Veteran Secondmen

Evan Popat - Buffalo, NY

Aidan Walters - Caloden, ON

Gabriel Myrick - El Cerrito, CA

Tate Pierson - Pittsford, NY

Ben Kelly - Buffalo, NY

Christian Kolaga - Buffalo, NY

Chris Lenahan - Buffalo, NY

Simon Cousineau - Toronto, ON

Alex Norton - New York, NY

Bjorn Nordenflycht - Buffalo, NY

Noah Linfoot - Savannah, GA

Rookie Secondmen

Peter Fabens - Brooklyn, NY

James Herron - Toronto, ON

Henry Houston - New York, NY

Benji Piafsky - Toronto, ON

Jeremy Jeens - Toronto, ON

Jacob Seifred - Toronto, ON

Ben Miller Wilson - Wynnewood, PA

Gabe Levy - Toronto, ON

Sam Gilbert - Rochester, NY

Jamie Sills - Mississauga, ON
James Fair - Toronto, ON
Dan Bundgard - London, ON
Graham Hall-Keough - Brooklyn, NY
Luke Bodo - New York, NY
Oliver Allshire - Toronto, ON
Declan Eady - Toronto, ON

 

Counselors in Training (CITs)

Ian Brown - Orangeville, ON

Peter Brownrigg - Burlingame, CA

Max Crocker - Gloucester, MA

Aaron Curtin - Alfred, NY

Gideon Dent - Santa Fe, NM

Sam Drum - Annapolis, MD

Mac Fabens - Brooklyn, NY

Ethan Ford - Boston, MA

Ander Gustafson - Washington, DC

Dillon Harkness - Albany, CA

Michael Jonas - Buffalo, NY

Corbin Jones - Brooklyn, NY

Linden Knup  - Binghamton, NY

Wilson Langkamp - Washington, DC

Jake Martin - New York NY

Sam McKenney - Tampa, FL

Silas Witmore - Washington, DC

Sean Woodbury - Toronto, ON

Sam Zionts - Buffalo, NY

Looking back at Fall Crew 2019

CHIPMUNK CHATTER 2019

2020 New Year's Pathfinder Chipmunk Chatter!
Take a deep dive into Pathfinder trivia, history and 2019 highlights.
Print the whole thing, or just the activity pages - Enjoy!
New Year's Chipmunk Chatter 2020

NEW YEARS OFFER

New Year's Sign-Up Offer - A Candy Store Gift!
Go to Enroll page to choose paper form or online enrollment.
Any enrollment completed between Jan. 1 - 15 includes a free
gift item for your camper at the Pathfinder Candy Store.

 

Simply enroll with a deposit, and your camper will choose his gift when he arrives at Pathfinder this summer.

2019 TRIPS

The 106th Pathfinder season rolls into the Second Half and C-Session amidst a flurry of First Half tripping action, awesome weather with perfect swimming, and activity highlights in-camp.

Check out the 2019 Canoe Trips

First Half boasted over 30 trips, featuring an 18-day Coulonge-Noire journey, 18-day Meanest Link, and 3 AA trips in northern Ontario & Quebec (wrapping up in mid-August).

 

As of the August holiday weekend in Algonquin, Second Half has seen a bunch of new trip postings including 19-day and 18-day Algonquin and French River routes, a 13-day cruise in Temagami, 10-day and two week Park trips for Otts, and trips of a week and 10-days for Chipps and Crees!

A PATHFINDER LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

The 2020 summer will see a new outreach from Pathfinder, establishing two scholarship camper
places for boys from the nearby Ottawa Valley Algonquin community. Source Lake is an important place to first peoples who know the watershed of the Madawaska as their ancestral
lands. Camp is also supporting the ‘Gathering of Our People’ at Whitefish Lake, a bark canoe to be created this summer by noted builder Chuck Commanda, and a new Algonquin history text in
partnership with Friends of Algonquin and our own cultural educator Christine McRae.

'...Pathfinder’s home island at Source Lake lies in the headwaters of the Madawaska River, traditional and unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabeg,–  the original inhabitants and stewards of this land. Today, this land remains home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island...'

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