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All campers have morning instructional swim & afternoon free swim. All children are tested before they swim to determine where they should be properly placed for their swim lessons and free swim. Children are allowed to use Goggles.
Younger Children /Non Swimmers:
Three to almost four years old is a coed group. Ratio with the youngest group is 3 children to one counselor. Many hands are needed to help change the campers before and after swim. Younger children and non-swimmers, swim in the shallow end of the pool. The depth of the water is 30 inches. Children must be able to comfortably stand with the water chest high. Certified lifeguards/water safety instructors teach and supervise the pool. Counselors are required to swim with the children or stand in the pool with the non swimmers. Campers begin with one on one instruction, depending on comfort level. When there is no swimming, the pool is protected by a code fence and is safely locked.
Pathfinder had its own beach located on Fort Pond Lake, fresh water lake. Children do not swim in the pond. We offer kayaking & stand up paddle boarding to all campers that swim. Sailing is 2X’s a week. Sailing is offered to children 10-14.
Boating: Younger Ages/Non Swimmers:
The children have boating 2 X's per week. Pathfinder has a small beach with a shallow cribbed area. Children are taught boating safety rules and everyone wears a life jacket. The children use small, kid friendly, age appropriate, sit in boats, wear life jackets and do not go outside the crib area.Counselors, lifeguard & boating instructor stand in the shallow water supervising and playing with the children.
Snack & Lunch & Treats:
Children arrive at camp and are greeted by a Director and their counselor. Lunch will be collected. Please send lunch Monday-Thursday. All lunches are
refrigerated. We are a nut free camp, please no peanut butter or tree nuts. Pathfinder will provided snacks for the younger children, Annie's organics' and fresh fruit. Cookout is every Friday, beef hamburgers & beef hot dogs. Beverages are provided. There are several water stations available all day. Gatorade is available at lunch in addition to water.Children enjoy Chloe’s ices or ice cream at the end of each camp day. Any food restrictions, please speak with Nancy. We don't allow candy or gum at camp.
The children at Pathfinder are separated by age, grade & gender.The only coed group are 3.5 year old's. They will share a group and change for swim together.
Boy & girl groups are separate after age 4. The children change for swim 2 times per day. We have found through years of experience, boys & girls enjoy having their own separate age/gender groups, with a private bunk to change and leave their belongings.
Younger Campers: Ages 3.5 - 5 years:
In addition to the activities listed on our website, the younger children will enjoy sandbox play, snack, music, art (3 times/week), chalk board, scooters, lego's , puzzles & story time. Half days are offered to children ages 3.5 year old's only. Children are dropped off by parents at 9:00. Pick up is at 12:30. We prefer the half day children to have lunch at camp.
Sports/ Camp Activities:
Groups are given schedules each morning to follow. If a child does not like an activity, we encourage them to play. Children may not choose their own schedules. They can make requests to Nancy for extra activities they enjoy. Swimming is mandatory at camp. The pool is heated for the campers comfort.
Play dates are required to be planned the day before and not the day of camp. Nancy must be notified by email who will be picking up the children from camp. ID is required to take the children. Bus switching is not allowed at Pathfinder. If there are additional questions, please discuss with Nancy.
Pets At Camp:
We do not allow pets at camp. The Directors have rescue dogs that live at Pathfinder. Visiting dogs are not welcome by the Pathfinder canine crew! The Pathfinder pups do a wonderful job keeping our children safe from any unexpected visitor. You are always welcome to visit camp but please call the number at the gate and a director will meet you.
The directors at Pathfinder are present at all times. If your child is experiencing an unhappy day at camp, please call or email Nancy. Your child should come home happy every day. Please be in touch immediately. No issue is too small for a campers happiness.