Seventh Graders Build Independence, Resilience, and Community at Camp Pathfinder

Posted on October 5th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

by Aaron Shepard, Rachael Sanguinetti, and Seth Hopkins

Seventh graders went to Camp Pathfinder for five days. Click to view more photos.

Seventh graders went to Camp Pathfinder for five days. Click to view more photos.

Allendale Columbia’s seventh grade recently spent a week hiking, biking, and canoeing in the Canadian wilderness at Camp Pathfinder, a camp for boys owned and operated by AC alumnus Mike Sladden ’76. It’s located on Pathfinder Island on Source Lake in Ontario’s Algonquin Provincial Park. Students spent five days working together and learning a variety of outdoor skills, including fire building and shelter construction. They also explored the history of painter Tom Thomson, a prolific 20th-century Canadian artists who died in the park under mysterious circumstances and was one of the first voices to articulate a Canadian national identity. (more…)

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Great Start to a Week at Camp Pathfinder

Posted on September 23rd, 2014 by bguzzetta

The seventh grade class made the long journey to Camp Pathfinder in Algonquin Park, Canada! Once there, they hiked to Lookout Trail where they encountered large boulders and beautiful views created by glaciers. After a geology and history discussion, campers unpacked their gear, loaded it into the boats, and assembled into the war canoes for their paddle on Source Lake to Camp Pathfinder. A night of island exploration was a perfect end to a long day.

On Tuesday, the campers spent half of their time preparing for their overnight off island by learning about tripping, canoeing, and portaging. The other half was spent on the ropes course. Campers had a great time speeding down the zip line, climbing the pamper pole in order to lunge forward to touch the suspended buoy, scaling the wall, and mastering the challenge that included a walk up a pole followed by climbing a net to a long log that you could walk along for a perfect view of the lake.

Wednesday will be spent canoeing and portaging before setting up camps off island for a fun night of activities: bonfires, camp meals, tents, and so much more! Stay tuned for an update on the fun we have in the days ahead.



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Opening Days of School at AC!

Posted on September 13th, 2013 by Tony Tepedino

Allendale Columbia School celebrated a remarkable start to the 2013-14 school year.  We welcomed 70 new students and a talented N-12 student body of 375 students from over 15 different countries and 27 school districts.

AC seniors welcomed everyone by teaching the student body how to say “good morning” and “welcome back” in more than 5 different languages at our opening day assembly.  Lower School students are already greeting one another in a different language each day at our family-style lunch. Our Nursery students are right at home in their classroom already after their summer camp experience at AC.    First and second graders are designing their classrooms from scratch.  Seventh graders are getting ready for their Pathfinder Trip to Canada next week.  Ninth graders enjoyed a weekend retreat trip to Camp Stella Maris.  Upper School student leaders had the annual Club Fair with over 30 clubs represented.  Campus is buzzing with activity.  Stay tuned for a great year!

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