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June 2021


Check out our CAMP 2021 page to read about our plan to get campers, staff and families back to CPI!!

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.

Read the blog post. 

Covid Headlines

• Ontario headlines and Roadmap to Reopen

• Our Pathfinder COVID PLAN 

• Pathfinder - Where we stand today

Parent Bulletins & What Parents Can Do Now

Get a leg up on preparing for a fantastic camper experience at Pathfinder! Latest updates on camp's journey to reopening in 2021 can be found here on our blog. Get in-depth info, covid updates, camp health protocols, and spring to-do's.

Read our blog to stay updated



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!

June 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 2021

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!!!


2021 Camp Calendar

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Our typical Spring, Summer & Fall Programs are postponed or running under our new 2021 Pivot Program


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.


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.’




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!