Camp Pathfinder Indigenous Campership Award

Camp Pathfinder, Algonquin Park, is very excited to announce the Camp Pathfinder Indigenous Campership Award, developed in partnership with Waaseyaa Consulting, an Algonquin-owned Indigenous heritage and culture consulting company.

The award is open to Indigenous male applicants between the ages of 10-14, to attend a Camp Pathfinder session of two weeks or three and a half weeks in the summer of 2020.

Pathfinder, a summer camp for boys located on Source Lake, lies in unceded Algonquin territory at the headwaters of the Madawaska River in Algonquin Park. Established in 1914 by Rochester, NY educators Franklin Gray and William Bennett, Pathfinder has been in continuous operation ever since. Campers in summer, and students during the school year, attend Pathfinder from across North America and all over the world.

Current Pathfinder owners Glenn Arthurs and Mike Sladden, themselves alumni, have continued to steward the camp on Pathfinder Island as a simple, technology-free outpost. From this unique community in the heart of world-famous Algonquin Provincial Park, Pathfinder trippers explore the backcountry throughout Ontario and Quebec. Since 2008, the camp’s distant canoe trips to James and Hudson Bays have actively collaborated with Indigenous families and communities in the Bay region, allowing campers to visit with and learn about northern Indigenous communities. In 2018, Pathfinder extended its outreach to the camp’s Algonquin neighbors.

The Camp Pathfinder Indigenous Campership Award Application Package, attached , includes: (click below links)

  1. About Camp Pathfinder

  2. Indigenous Campership Award Eligibility Criteria

  3. Campership Application

  4. Camper’s Expression of Interest

  5. Recommendation for Campership

Please note that as Camp Pathfinder is located on the unceded traditional territory of the Algonquin people, priority may be given to those of Algonquin ancestry.

For more on Camp Pathfinder, please visit
Please submit completed applications to:

Camp Pathfinder Indigenous Campership Award
35 Park Lane
Rochester, NY USA 14625

Submission deadline is May 15, 2020

For more information, please contact Mike Sladden, Camp Pathfinder owner-director, at , or by telephone at 585.249.0716. Camp Pathfinder is accredited by the Ontario and Canadian Camps Associations.