The Pathfinder program (Evolution and Change!) originated about 6 years ago as a two week leadership camp offered in the AUG B session for 16 year old campers….. It has evolved to much more. It is now a 4 week program offered in both July and August camps. It is available to 15 and 16 year old campers who are looking for a more challenging experience and who want to develop their leadership skills. There is a limit of 10 boys and 10 girls per Pathfinder Camp.
The program enhances the Otterdale camping experience. We feel that many older campers are ready and want to be challenged and to be offered opportunities to learn more leadership skills. We do this by providing more time and instruction to practice and perfect “hard skills” in the core program areas including canoeing, kayaking, camp skills, sailing, and windsurfing.
Being a Pathfinder is helpful to those campers interested in becoming future staff. Being at camp for four weeks and being involved with the leadership components of the program better prepare Pathfinder campers for success as junior counsellors and new instructors. The experiences and skills learned in the Pathfinder program are not only applicable in our camp setting. They provide “leadership skills for life”.
Leadership theory (lesson planning, teaching, leadership styles) and opportunities to be leaders within the camp are key components to the Pathfinder program. Specific training includes assisting with younger camper groups at meal time and bedtime, helping to organize and run an evening program, and being an assistant instructor at activities.
A highlight of being an Otterdale Pathfinder is the mid-session canoe trip. This year the trips are three night/four days (one day longer than other years) to beautiful Frontenac Park. Lead by four of our senior staff from the Otterdale Leadership Team, the Pathfinders will plan and prepare all aspects of the trip. We are excited about this years program. We welcome you to consider this exciting Leadership experience and to share the information with friends who may be interested as well.