Pathfinders (formerly Resident Campers)
Ages 8 – 11
Fee: $365.00 per week
Dates: Sessions are Sunday at 2:00 pm though Friday at 4:30 pm
Parents are invited to attend the closing campfire at 5:00 pm on Friday.
- Pathfinders Week 4: July 9-14 Star Wars Theme
- Pathfinders Week 5: July 16-21 Winter Wonderland -Ugly Sweater Contest
- Pathfinders Week 8: August 6-11 Local Hero Week
- Pathfinders Week 9: August 13-18 Beach Party Theme
Pathfinders (formerly Resident Camp), the heart of Camp Algonquin. We offer four sessions of Pathfinder Camp throughout the summer. During traditional overnight camp, campers will enjoy individual skill sessions in which campers sign up for activities such as survival training, creative drama, specialized crafts, snorkeling and much more. Campers will have the option to go Water Tubing on Lake Algonquin. Each participant will receive instruction, be required to wear PFDs and be towed by certified staff. Campers will be introduced to the Adventure Courses – climbing on YMCA Spirit Mountain, traversing down the zip line and manipulating the twelve obstacles on our high ropes course – all designed for having fun while challenging each person to achieve his/her personal goals. While working together as a team, these activities help build self-confidence and comradery.
Each Pathfinder will have the opportunity to go horseback riding on camp trails along with their counselors. This will be a trail experience utilizing full safety equipment and a brief training prior to the ride. Trained staff accompanies each group of campers and counselors. Evenings are spent with games, cookouts, overnights, campfires and more. Thursday evening includes a special campfire with a visit from Chief Algonquin, who will challenge each camper to live the YMCA core values of caring, respect, responsibility and honesty. Pathfinders will also have the opportunity to enjoy all the traditional activities of camp: shooting sports, crafts, nature, boating, aquatics, biking, etc. As in all of our camping programs, there is plenty of caring guidance on hand to encourage children to try new activities and develop their self-esteem. Each session will have a special theme which will be communicated to families prior to their child coming to camp. Our themes are designed so that campers may bring costumes, which will be worn on Theme Night. A special meal is prepared that evening along with activities relating to the theme.
Ages 12 – 14
Dates: Sessions are Sunday at 2:00 pm through Friday at 4:30 pm with a short campfire at 5:00 pm.
- Trekker Camp 1: July 23-28 80’s Rock Theme
- Trekker Camp 2: July 30-August 4 Welcome to Hogwarts
This is our traditional resident camp, turbo charged! Each day campers will participate in one of the following activities: a canoeing expedition down the twisting Thornapple River; learning the ropes while scaling Spirit Mountain and riding on our famous zip line; a biking trip to the disc golf course; and swinging in the trees on our Island high ropes course. (Scuba diving and paintball are optional.) Campers will also participate in all the other traditional evening and “all camp” events. A special ceremony on the last evening links each camper to the values taught throughout their camping experience – honesty, caring, respect, and responsibility.
Ages 6 – 11
Date: July 5 – 7 (Wednesday 9 am through Friday 4:30 pm)
Jr. Overnight Camp is designed with the first time away from home camper in mind or parents who may not be sure a full week of resident camp is right for their child.
The three day resident camp experience is packed with activities. Campers will explore new interests and challenge themselves in cabin activities such as swimming, boating, shooting sports, field games, exploring nature and much more. Campers will be introduced to the adventure courses – climbing on YMCA Spirit Mountain and traversing down the zip line. These are designed for campers to have fun while challenging each person to achieve their personal goals. Evening activities will include campfires, games, special events, and other fun activities. Making Camp Algonquin feel like home and giving every camper personal attention is the cornerstone to making this an experience they will remember for a lifetime.
Counselor In Training (CIT)
Dates: CIT sessions are Monday at 9 am through Friday at 4:30 pm.
- June 19-23 – Girls only
- June 26-30 – Boys only
The Counselor in Training (CIT) program is a program created for teens ages 15-17 who would like to become a camp counselor when they turn 18. The CIT program is an overnight camp training giving each participant the knowledge and tools needed to become a successful camp counselor. Throughout the week, participants will be involved in group discussions and lectures as well as hands on experience with activities and cabin groups. Once trained, individuals will be eligible to volunteer as an assistant camp counselor. Each participant will be required to volunteer at least one full week during the summer, making this program a two week commitment. Meals and housing will be provided throughout the week(s). To be considered you must be a minimum of 15 years old by June. The cost is $100/person. Limited spots to 10 girls and 10 boys.
Parents are encouraged to view or print our Parent Handbook. The Parent Handbook is full of vital information for campers and parents including drop-off and pick-up times, what to bring to camp and what not to bring to camp, etc. Parents, please make sure your camper has a completed Health History Form and Child Information Form completed online. Log into your account to update information and make additional payments.
For TREKKER Camp only – Please also fill out the Scuba Release Form or the Paintball Release Form. The following forms can be filled out online at registration.
If your child is attending any of our Overnight Camps (Pathfinder, Trekker, CIT) campers and counselors will be dressing up for dinner on Wednesday evenings. Theme information is available online on our resources page.