At Camp Pathfinder, we believe that every child should explore their world and reach their full potential. Our camp program is designed to foster a child’s development in multiple areas, including physical, cognitive, social, and emotional. We have a team of trained and nurturing camp professionals, many of whom are current classroom educators.
We believe that every child deserves to be their true selves and enjoy a sense of belonging. We understand that summer camp is a special place where kids can grow and develop in ways that are often not available during the school year. Our staff is committed to encouraging and guiding each child to reach their full potential. We strive to create a safe and supportive environment where relationships are built and kids can boldly try new things. We cheer them on, even if what they're doing is challenging. We know that kids need to belong and that feeling of belonging can give them the strength and courage to take on whatever life throws their way.
At Camp Pathfinder, we understand that summer camp is a special experience that can be transformative in a child’s life. Our mission is to create a safe and nurturing environment for kids to explore and discover who they are and develop a sense of belonging. Through encouragement, adventure, and friendship, we help campers build their self-confidence, learn new skills, and form meaningful relationships.
At Camp Pathfinder, we believe that children need to be their true selves and feel a sense of belonging in order to thrive. We believe summer camp is a magical place for growth and self-discovery, and our goal is to create an environment where children can build confidence through encouragement and supportive relationships. We understand that even if what they’re doing is challenging, it’s important to make them feel welcome and appreciated. We all want to belong, and at Camp Pathfinder, we strive to create a safe and nurturing space where kids can do just that.
In April of 2022 Dutchess County purchased “Camp Nooteeming,” a 272-acre camp in the Town of Pleasant Valley, from Boy Scouts of America (BSA). The County conducted a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) process for a facility operator. Pathfinder Foundation, a recognized 501c3 charitable foundation (EIN 47-1126817) providing a blend of youth development services locally, was chosen as the camp operator for the next 15 years, with an option to extend.
The County partners with Pathfinder Foundation for the management and operation of the camp, with the intent of creating a financially sustainable operational model. As a Dutchess County property, major maintenance and capital needs will be addressed through the Dutchess County Department of Public Works and the County Legislature. Routine maintenance, care and the cost of programming is taken on by Pathfinder Foundation through the proceeds raised by operations at the camp.
From humble beginnings as a youth soccer not-for-profit, Pathfinder Foundation has evolved to offer a wide array of direct services and programming for youth development, community and family engagement. These programs include our Camp Pathfinder summer camp, our youth soccer programs, and our after-school programs (coming soon).