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

Registration is on line and is open March 1st @ 5 pm. See first page for registration link or QR Code


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

9:30 -12:00 - Morning Activity Block
12:00-12:30 -Lunch is included and served by school food service Chartwells [nut free] or you may bring your own
12:45-3:30 - Afternoon Activity Block
3:45 -4:00 - Afternoon Meeting


What do I need to do before camp starts?

·       All campers must have completed the registration form completely and paid the invoice for their weeks registered.

  • All invoices are issued via PayPal.  Credit cards/Venmo are accepted.  No refunds will be issued except in extenuating circumstances. If a refund is necessary the fees PayPal has charged the City of Stamford will be deducted from the refund.


How do I contact the camp?

The camp phone number is 475-400-1754, or email the Camp Director Mary Schoen at mschoen@stamfordct.gov or the Program Coordinator Coach Jones at Koachjones77@gmail.com


What should my camper bring every day?

·      Refillable water bottle

·      Bathing suit and towel

·      Change of clothes -Pathfinders is an Adventure Camp!  We go out rain or shine. Your camper’s clothes could get wet

·      Water shoes for water activities-Crocs are not permitted as they are slippery when wet.  Sneakers are acceptable but please be aware they will get wet.

·   What if I need to drop my camper off late or pick them up early?

 Late drop off or early pick up can only be accommodated during lunch between 12:00-1:00.   That is the only time your camper will definitely be at Cloonan and not at an offsite activity.



Who are the camp counselors?

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

Facilitators  are adult staff, typically public school teachers or certified professionals, who provide instruction in certain activities such as culinary arts, Art, and sports activities.

Adventure Counselors are adult staff that facilitate all of the adventure activities such as outdoor rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding & ropes course programming.

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

How many campers attend Pathfinders Camp?

There are 110 campers in attendance each day. The camper community will change weekly based on camper registration. 



What is the counselor to camper ratio?

The counselor to camper ratio is approximately 1:4. On any given day there are 30-35 camp staff to supervise 110 campers.

How do campers get to their offsite activities?

Some activities take place at Cloonan or Scalzi Park. Campers walk to their activities in Scalzi Park. Campers participating in offsite activities such as mountain biking, canoeing, paddle boarding, or swimming will be transported by bus or van.


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. Please email the Program Coordinator Coach Jones at Koachjones77@gmail.com for the extra weeks form.


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 mandatory camp orientation meeting for parents and campers via Zoom  the week before camp begins.   


Who do I contact if I have more questions?

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

Camp Director Mary Schoen at mschoen@stamfordct.gov or the Program Coordinator Coach Jones at Koachjones77@gmail.com