Est. 1914, Pathfinder is a lifetime gift for boys. Skills, values, character, friendship and teamwork. The finest traditional camp experience for boys from around the world. Renowned canoe trips, 3-40 days. Full in-camp program. Top-flight veteran staff, unique 1:2 ratio. Best gear and food. No-tech rusticity, stunning natural setting. Healthy challenge, brotherhood and fun. Days of instructional sport, swim, and skills, multi-day wilderness trips, wonderful camper-staff rapport. Rustic life on private historic Island means no modern technology intrudes. Homegrown staff tradition brings campers into leadership, yielding personal qualities, university network, and international family of personal and professional contact.
The Our Kids review of Camp Pathfinder
Founded in 1914, Pathfinder has a long and distinguished history, one that rightly informs the camp experience today. The camp facility is, frankly, stunning, occupying an island of its own. The structures sit beneath mature pines, with technology limited to basically to the kitchen. As such, it’s as authentic a camp experience as you could hope to find, and a traditional camp in the best sense of the term. On one hand that term refers to the activities, including canoeing, tripping, camp craft, water sports. More importantly, it refers to the culture of the camp. When boys arrive, they participate within an environment and community that is much, much larger than themselves, one that includes the many generations of campers that have come before. They feel a world away, yet part of a community that is formed around a clear set of values, including conservation, positive mentorship, team work, challenge, and growth. At Pathfinder, boys have time to focus on a different set of priorities, something that has been a core element of the camp experience since it was founded, though arguably more needed today than ever. Campers leave feeling that they’ve accomplished something, while having also become a part of something, a sense which they carry with them throughout the year. Pathfinder is, plainly put, one of the best all-boys’ programs in the country.