How long has Pathfinders Adventure Camp been around?

Pathfinders Adventure Camp was started by the Mayor's Youth Services Bureau in 2002. The camp was formerly called City Kids' Adventures and became a full summer day camp program in 2008. the program has evolved over the years and has been hosted at several schools in Stamford, including Hart Elementary School, Westhill High School, J.M. Wright Technical High School, and our current location at Cloonan Elementary School.


Registration Process

All camp registrations must be made in person and are available on a first come, first served basis.  We are no longer offering a preregistration period for returning campers.  We apologize for the inconvenience, but it has become necessary to make the registration process equitable for all Stamford residents and that it is similar to the enrollment process for other City of Stamford summer camp programs.  Click HERE for more info about registering your child for the upcoming summer.

What does a typical day Pathfinders look like?
9:00-9:30 - Morning Meeting & Activity Sign Up

9:30 -12:00 - Morning Activity Block
12:00-1:00 - Lunch & Activity Sign Up
1:00-3:30 - Afternoon Activity Block
3:30-4:00 - Afternoon Meeting

How do campers sign up for their activities?

On Monday mornings, all campers choose to be in one of five sign up groups. Campers stay in their group for the entire week and they sign up with their group. This allows campers to sign up for activities at the same time as their friends. Groups will be called up twice daily to sign up for activities, once in the morning and again after lunch. The order that the groups are called rotates throughout the week to keep the sign up process equitable.

Who are the camp counselors?

The camp staff is made up of four types of counselors.

Instructors are adult staff, typically public school teachers or certified professionals, who provide instruction in certain activities such as culinary arts, dance & drama, arts & crafts, and fitness training.

Adventure Counselors are adult staff that facilitate all of the adventure activities such as rock climbing, mt. biking, hiking, canoeing, & ropes course programming.

Program Assistant Counselors are high school or college age staff that provide additional assistance and supervision for adventure and instructional activities.

Counselors in Training (CIT) are youth that are currently in 9th grade and therefore too old to attend camp.  They are training to become full counselors either with us or other camps by assisting staff in a variety of activities including activity supervision.

How many campers attend Pathfinders Camp?

There are 150 campers in attendance each day. The camper community will change weekly based on camper registration. Last year, a majority of the campers did at least 4 weeks.

What is the counselor to camper ratio?

The counselor to camper ratio is approximately 1:6. On any given day there are 25-30 camp staff to supervise 150 campers.

What does a typical week at Pathfinders look like?

Most activities are offered several times per week. The only exception to this is the rock climbing trip and hiking trip. Rock climbing trips to Farmington, CT will take place on Wednesdays and hiking trips to the Westchester Wilderness Walk in Pound Ridge, NY will be on Fridays. Because of the wide range of activities, campers can go through a week without repeating an activity.

How do campers get to their offsite activities?

Many of the activities take place at Hart School or in Scalzi Park. Campers walk to their activities in Scalzi Park. Campers participating in offsite activities such as mountain biking, canoeing, or swimming will be transported by bus or van.

What do campers eat for lunch?

Lunch is provided by Chartwells Food Services, which is the same organization that provides lunch for Stamford Public Schools during the academic year. Cold lunches (sandwiches) are served on Mondays and Fridays and hot meals are served on Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday. Lunch is provided at no additional charge. Campers can choose to bring their own lunch if they hate "school" food, and we highly recommend that campers bring snacks. Snacks will not be provided by the camp.

Can I sign my child up for additional weeks once camp has started?

We will accommodate request for additional weeks only if we feel like we have the space based on our attendance. We're usually pretty good about getting you in for the extra week(s) but it's not guaranteed.

What do I do if our summer plans have changed before camp starts?

If you need your camp tuition refunded, a request must be submitted within 90 days of purchase. No refund requests will be accepted after camp begins. If you need to make a change the weeks that your child is registered for, a request must be submitted ASAP. We will make every effort to accommodate the necessary change. However, if a week that you want your child to switch in to is at capacity, we will not be able to facilitate the request.

When will we receive more information about the camp?

A list of camp guidelines and expectations will be available at the time of registration and on the camp website. We will host a camp orientation meeting for parents and campers at Government Center the week before camp begins. Notification of the time, date and location of the orientation will be posted on the camp website as well as emailed and mailed to all camp families in June.


Who do I contact if I have more questions?

If you still have questions about the Pathfinders Adventure Camp, direct them to:


Justin LaBaire
Mayor's Youth Services Bureau
Adventure Program Coordinator