Path of Life Camp

Path of Life Camp


Looking to talk with a senior staff member about future employment.
So glad to hear you'll be operational for day camps! Do you know at this time what equipment the campers will need to provide for themselves? Like personal helmet, other items? We're trying to figure out the full cost for attendance. Thanks! :)
The last thing anybody needs is another post about the virus, but at some point we need to address how camp is going to open and operate in our changing world. The point of this post is not to attack, criticize, or share theories, however conspiratorial they may be. At this time, we fully plan to open and operate our summer program on schedule, starting with a day camp beginning June 29. As we have begun to communicate about our plans to open, we have gotten our share of negative response, perhaps in good faith, but misunderstanding nonetheless. They argue that if theme parks and music festivals will be forced to stay closed, camps have no right to open either. I would respectfully disagree. These types of events or attractions bring in thousands of people from a wide geographic area to a potentially very crowded arena with intense mingling. None of that is true of most summer camps. In our case, we are looking at a few dozen children in small isolated groups distributed over many acres of land for the bulk of the day. We are not in denial, this is not wishful thinking, we understand the gravity of the crisis and the value of the lives it has taken. Obviously with 8 weeks remaining until opening day, anything can change. There could be another outbreak, the restrictions could be extended farther, or our pre-registration numbers could be so low that we are forced to close rather than operate at a loss we cannot afford. However, we remain confident that camp will be able to open and operate with the following facts or plans in mind: #1- The CDC has declared "reopening community settings where children are cared for, including...locally attended summer camps, to allow the workforce to return to work" the first priority. In short, if camps can't open by July, we are all in major trouble. #2- We may be posting this a couple days early, because while we do not yet have information from NYS, Connecticut announced yesterday that camps will be able to reopen on June 29. Gov Cuomo has repeatedly expressed a desire to reopen industry in cooperation with neighboring states, and I would be very much surprised to see NY declare a later date, certainly not statewide. #3- we have always operated under a permit from the NY department of health. If they don't give us the go-ahead, there is no way we can move forward. They have already contacted us and given us our permit application, and little further information. We do expect guidance, rules, and limits to be delivered in the next few weeks, but in the meantime, there are some measures we will be taking whether mandated by the state or not. Most of the following relate specifically to day camps, which we expect to be more problematic than the overnight programs: #4- Group size. We typically limit group sizes to 15-20 children as they rotate throughout the daily activities. We plan to reduce the group sizes to 8-10. While we have typically been quite flexible with group mingling and swapping team members for whatever 7-year old's whim deems it necessary, we plan to keep these groups isolated. This may require closing of communal spaces. Along with this will come a necessary reduction in our attendance capacity. #5-Shared materials- Camp typically involves a lot of hands-on experiences, and while we want to preserve as much as we can, we will be taking steps to eliminate sharing of items like craft supplies, game materials, pool toys, riding helmets, and food-serving utensils. We will be requiring campers to purchase, clearly label, and bring their own riding helmets for camp. We are building storage cubes (cubbies) for campers to identify and store their belongings for the day to prevent mixing and loss of personal items. #6 Much better regulated pickup times. In the past, we have closed day camps at 3PM and used extended care activities to care for the children of working parents, who would typically pick their children up on their way home from work at very irregular times. This has been a trade-off of convenience and chaos. This year, we will be having two designated pickup times- 3-3:30 PM and from 5-5:30 PM. While we will be giving up some amount of flexibility and freedom to pick up your children at your convenience, we believe it will be necessary to avoid crowded group settings and "taking delivery" of your children will be much more simple and quick than ever before. #7- Daily health screening. As always, we will require any campers to stay home for at least 24 hours after all symptoms of illness cease. We will be using contactless infrared thermometers to check daily for elevated temperatures. #8- Outdoor experiences- We have always been focused on providing as much outdoor excitement as possible. Horseback riding, go karts, swimming, hiking, outdoor games, in fresh summertime air and sunshine are without doubt the best way to minimize risk of infection and spread. #9- Parental cooperation- This is the one element we cannot control. We learned very quickly from our first drive-thru BBQ in April, that no matter how well intentioned our friends may be, and how well we may organize or plan, we desperately need families and friends to slow down, wait for instruction, and cooperate with instructions given. As soon as the dam breaks, it's all over. Obviously there will be more information to come, but this is a basic framework of what we expect to deliver this summer. We greatly appreciate the support of our friends. These are difficult times for our ministry, the needs are great, but our God is greater. 2 Corinthians 4- Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart... For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed... So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
All the activities
If a 9 year old wants to come to camp can they pick any week or does it have to be the weeks that are labeled “junior camp”?
A great family event in our community =)
Tanya would like to put names for the new baby skissors. Or seams. Or needles. Or scissors bobbin.
I just wanted to take a minute and say thank you to everyone that worked so hard last weekend to make such a special Mother/ Daughter weekend. My daughter Olivia and I had such a fun time. It was a great time of trying new things, meeting new friends and bonding as mother and daughter. Olivia has always wanted to ride a horse and her wish came true! I thought she would be afraid but she rode with pride and wanted to take "Button" home! The food was great it was so nice to be able to relax and not have to cook for 3 meals! I really enjoyed the painting class. Inspired me to try to paint more often! Anyhow, thank you and we hope you do another one. My husband and Son are hoping that maybe you will do a father/ son weekend like that! ;)
Thank you guys for posting pictures!

Path of Life Camp is a Christian camp dedicated to showing youth the true Path of Life Located in beautiful Upstate New York, Path of Life Camp has been showing youth the true Path of Life since 1970.

We are a non-profit summer camp operating from a Christian emphasis. We provide a well-rounded activity schedule including horseback riding, hiking, swimming, archery, paddleboats, arts and crafts, and games along with a daily spiritual challenge.

Operating as usual

Charlie kark must have told me 100 times that if it wasn't made of concrete or boilerplate, it wouldn't last at camp. We're trying, grandpa =)

Lots of good stuff happening at cool beans and the game room, got a long way to go to finish, but its it's an exciting start =)

[01/11/21]   We are seeking young adults (18+) as the backbone of our camping program. They are responsible for leading small groups of children and teens to various activities during the day, ensuring safety and security, planning and participating in the camp program throughout the week.

This is a fantastic opportunity to love kids and serve God in our local community.

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Path of Life Camp/Staff Application

"I need a real job this summer"

It's something we hear a lot this time of year. The success of the summer months is largely built during our recruitment season. In our travels, we hear plenty of reasons why an otherwise perfect candidate for camp counselor wont even consider it. But this one gets repeated over and over again. Even from young people who have worked at camp in summers past, the pressure builds, they're growing up and growing out of camp, and they or their parents feel like it's time to move on.

From the outside looking in, many people see serving at camp as an extension of attending as a camper, or an opportunity to take the “summer off.” They might be surprised to learn that being a camp counselor is the hardest job one will ever have until becoming a parent themselves.

Long, hot hours, 7am-11pm schedules, campers wearing on their last nerve, and high expectations from camp management will certainly ask a lot more from them than scooping ice cream or cashiering the corner quickie-mart 20 hours a week.

However, the cost is nothing compared to the rewards, memories, and unique skills a counselor retains for years after the last week of summer camp.

We always tell our staff that you'll get out of camp what you put into it, and it's been true every time. Here are some benefits and transferrable skills you may develop while working at camp.

Making an eternal impact.
Not to minimize your role as a cog in the wheel at Arbys, but serving God at camp might have a deeper purpose. Over 8 weeks, you'll be able to touch the lives of dozens of kids and teens that desperately need love and leadership, and will look to you for answers. Nowhere else will you have an easier opportunity to live out the gospel of Christ and reach people with the good news of Gods love.

Personal spiritual growth
Camp can and will push you to your limit- and that's usually where we find God waiting for us. As much as we try to make camp a place of spiritual growth for the campers, counselors experience the same opportunities and encouragement, if they're willing to take them!

How about some transferrable skills, necessary in the 21st century workplace?

successful camp counselors work at being able to reach and convey information to a wide range of personality types and attention spans. Children, parents, co-workers and their leaders require different communication skills that camp is uniquely positioned to teach.

Michael Eisner, former CEO of Disney, described his days as a summer camp counselor as some of the most valuable leadership training he has ever had.

The moment children arrive at camp their counselor is their leader - and role model. I tell incoming counselors every year at staff training that they are about to become the coolest guy or girl ever, in the eyes of 200 10 year olds.

Kids observe and emulate everything a counselor does. After a week at camp, 90%+ of campers want little more than to become a camp counselor themselves someday. And many of them do!

Problem solving
Expect the unexpected. Camp counselors are confronted every day with conundrums and catastrophes that require them to think on their feet. Mitigating unintended consequences, weighing variables, and making a decision are part of every counselors day.

There are many days during every staff member's summer when they just dont "want to". Successful camp counselors know that they need to manage themselves much more closely than a camp director can.

Conflict resolution
Any time you bring a large group of people together for an extended period of time, expect conflict. Learning to handle it, both as a leader, and as a participant in the conflict, is an essential skill uncommon on "the outside"

Collaboration and Teamwork
No matter how talented a person may be, they cant accomplish much on their own at camp. Serving on camp staff teaches everybody willing to learn how to work together to build something much greater than the sum of its parts. Camp counselors are some of the best team players you'll ever meet.

Self starting-
While we try to have an effective support system and necessary supervision, Successful camp staff learn early on, that nobody is going to hold their hand or watch over them 24/7. They figure out quickly that the buck stops with them, and how essential it is to be self-motivated.

Camp is for counselors too-
While camp schedules and demands can be grueling, working at camp can also be the most fun you've ever experienced- the best counselors are just big campers!

Long-term friendships- the relationships you build working at camp are unlike anything you can experience working any other job. It's not just a feel-good cliche, you really do become family. Many people have found their soulmate as a result of working at camp!

You'll Bank more money than you think-
All of this is well and good, but the obstacle most young people, (or their parents) just cant get over is the financial considerations. After all, minimum wage in NY is $12.50/hour, theres never been a camp counselor that made half that.

But it really is apples and oranges. If you're just looking at the numbers on your paychecks, camp will lose every time.

But consider this- with no food, transportation or entertainment costs for the whole summer at camp, youd have to flip a lot more burgers than you think, just to break even. Enjoy having virtually no social life all summer, in exchange for a couple hundred bucks once it's all over. You're literally exchanging memories that will last a lifetime, for a 6 month supply of taco bell.

Hear me on this-- if you're in a position to even consider working at camp this summer, then count yourself lucky and seize the opportunity. You'll never get this chance again. You have the rest of your life to work a soul sucking job. Once you get into that 9-5 adult lifestyle you will not be getting 2 months off for summer to play capture the flag.

We are accepting applications at and doing virtual interviews over the next few months. If you or somebody you know would like to learn more about becoming a camp staff member, give us a shout, we'd love to talk to you! Working at Path of Life Camp has been an unforgettable experience for the hundreds  of young people who have joined our team over the last 50 years.  We are always looking for mature, responsible teens and young adults who love Jesus and love kids!  There are many positions to fill each summer, i...

Path of Life Camp/Staff Application

We are seeking applications for our camp cook to serve from june 21-August 27. Over the last 15 years, this position has largely been filled by students and first-time or inexperienced large-scale cooks.

Of all the skills needed to perform this job well, cooking ability is a remarkably low priority. We offer plenty of flexibility and opportunities to learn on the job, as our current camp director actually filled the position for 5 of the last 10 summers and loves to teach.

Essential skills include:
Time management
Menu planning and supplies ordering.
Self-criticism and ability to learn from mistakes

Hours will vary- experienced cooks can get it done in 25 hours/week, others may require significantly more.

Salaried position, varies based on experience and additional hired help needed to fulfill responsibilities. $250-$400 week expected.

Kids or dependent grandkids welcome to attend camp on employee scholarship.

Apply at

Referrals appreciated! Working at Path of Life Camp has been an unforgettable experience for the hundreds  of young people who have joined our team over the last 50 years.  We are always looking for mature, responsible teens and young adults who love Jesus and love kids!  There are many positions to fill each summer, i...

[01/01/21]   Happy 2021!

We are very excited about everything the Lord has planned and prepared for us this year-

Weve been asked about sledding/tubing days a lot lately, we obviously cant schedule them unless somebody wants to donate a snowmaker 🤣 but yes, we will plan on some good tubing days as the weather allows

But here are a couple dates as we map out the coming year.

March 17 or 20 corned beef/ham/as the spirit leads... takeout
April 3- easter heat and serve
April 5-9 spring break day camp
April 17- spring chicken and ribs bbq
April 19- soft open for horsemanship season
June 12- last day of spring horsemanship
June 19- summer promotional bbq
June 21-25- staff training
June 28- first day of camp
August 27- last day of camp
September 6- fall horsemanship season begins
October 11- columbus day camp
November 6- soft close for fall horsemanship
November 11- veterans day camp
November 13- turkey takeout
November 24- thanksgiving heat and serve
December 11- ham dinner
December 23-24 christmas heat and serve

[12/31/20]   It's going to be a little quiet from the POL page for a while- no more pies or macaroni for a few months, but we'll be as busy as ever! The last 8 months of 2020 have brought never-before-seen traffic through our doors, which has allowed us to set some pretty ambitious goals for the next 3 months.

The work at camp is never done, but the following projects will hopefully go a long way on curb appeal.

Pray with us, for God's blessing on the work and the workers, and that He would be glorified as we steward what He has given us.

Lodge siding- This has been a long-pushed-off project, but we are finally getting the gable end and back side of the lodge re-sided.
We have the materials in hand, just waiting for a couple decent days in a row to work on it.

Lights in dorm stairwells

Refinish boys and girls dorm steps

Remove paneling in dining room, finish sheetrock and paint.

Finish drywall ceiling in dining room- Joints were taped when sheetrock was installed, not much time allowed for a pro-level finish.

Replace dining room lights with LED fixtures for brighter and more efficient lighting.

Finish Ladies Room- We made tremendous progress last spring but ran a little short on time, just needs some details finished.

Finish lodge foyer trim, paint work

Nurse’s Trailer bathroom repair/remodel- new shower, sink fixtures, new flooring.

Install additional security cameras

Finish sheetrock in basement ceiling- move some radiator pipes

Paint game room stairs and stairwell

Snack shack- expand, make better use of space, re-work countertop display

Build new carpetball tables and seating for basement

Paint Playground equipment

Repair and stain corral fence
Strip and paint barrels
1-2 loads of sand in corral
Install Sliding doors on back of barn
Replace worn and bent steel and trim, blown off flashing
Replace area light in front of barn
Roadside welcome sign with lights for corral
Replace wood in 6-10 stall floors
Replace water trough guards
Install a composting toilet and privacy stall.
Repair work on Grandstands

Happy birthday to CIT, counselor, camp photographer, kitchen helper, and cowgirl, Tanya Westcott! Not much happens at camp without her in the middle of it! We're thankful for your years of service here and wish you a blessed year ahead!

Last camp event of 2020 in the books- so grateful for our community's support and the many many hours put in by our faithful volunteers.

If anybody had told us at the beginning of 2020 that we'd crank out nearly 1000 pies/ cobblers this year, we'd have never believed them. And pie is just the start!

One of the most ironic things about our 2020 is that we started the year with a fundraiser to buy camp a new convection oven. Had no idea how badly we'd need it.

God has certainly met our needs this year, in so many ways.

Ephesians 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, to him be glory in the church (and camp) and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations.

When you're short 4 pans, what's to be done but making another 14? At least 7 or 8 of these are up for grabs, $7 each with 12oz frosting. Send us a message if you want some, pickup between 9 and 12 today

LAST day to order christmas dinner essentials and extras! Weve got everything you need and then some!

Heat and serve family-size meats, sides, bread, and pies, for a quick, easy, mess-free and affordable christmas feast.

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Great day to spend in a warm kitchen. Got 44 pans of cinnamon rolls on order, might make a few extra but if anybody wants take and bake cinnamon rolls for christmas morning, today is your day to order-

$7/12x10 pan

Photos from Path of Life Camp's post

Happy Birthday to our aquatics director, camp mom, enthusiasm engineer, and personal hero Kerri Hamilton. Path of Life loves you Kerri- have a great day!

Take and bake cinnamon rolls $7 per 2-lb pan +12 oz vanilla bean cream cheese frosting

Nothing gets the kids at camp more excited than cinnamon roll day!

Only made them twice this summer, but we'll happily make up for it now 😊

They literally couldnt be easier, they're frozen proofed, so it's a two-step christmas breakfast- remove from freezer, take the lid off, throw them in the oven for 35 minutes or til golden brown, frost, and devour!

Pick up on december 23 and 24th

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All of your christmas carbalicious needs are available for pre-order @

Everything is picked up cold in oven-safe containers on december 23 or 24, ready for a fast and easy heat and serve on Christmas day!

Boneless Ham or Turkey- $5/lb
100% real Mashed potatoes $5/qt
Cornbread dressing $5/pan
Green bean casserole $6/lb
Sweet potato casserole- $3.50/lb
5-cheese macaroni and cheese $3/lb
Sweet yeast rolls- $5/pan

Homemade cinnamon rolls with vanilla bean cream cheese frosting $7/pan

Pumpkin pies- $9
Pecan, caramel apple, peanut butter pies- $10
Pumpkin cheesecake $10
Triple berry pie- $12

Everything sold a la carte- mix and match.

Orders must be in by december 21-

Head on over to to place your order

Here we go! All your christmas dinner essentials available for pre-order @

EVERYTHING is a la carte, family-size, carried out COLD, fully cooked, to be heated and served Christmas day.

Pickup 3-7 pm December 23 and 9-noon December 24

Mashed Potatoes
Sweet Potato Casserole
Cornbread Dressing
Macaroni and Cheese
Green Bean Casserole
Sweet Yeast Rolls

Pumpkin Pie
Pecan Pie
Caramel Apple Pie
Peanut Butter Pie
Pumpkin Cheesecake
Triple Berry Pie

And yes... Cinnamon Rolls- fresh from your oven on xmas morning, without setting an alarm or making the mess. And if you have them on Christmas, they miraculously become sugar-fat-carb- free.

Heat and serve items will come with individual instructions, image is just a countdown clock to map out how anybody with an oven and mitts can make Christmas dinner in 60 minutes =)

Head on over to to check out prices and place your orders

If we did a take and bake/pie sale, what are the facebook community's opinion on cinnamon rolls for christmas morning?

3 ways we could do it-

1) Raw, frozen, un-proofed- thaw in refrigerator the night before, rise at room temp for 2 hrs, bake @ 30 min
Pros: best end result if instructions are followed carefully
Cons: finicky, time consuming, lots of room for error

2) raw, frozen, proofed- straight from freezer to oven, bake for @ 35 min
Pros: fast and easy
Cons: temp control, cant be allowed to thaw before baking

3) brown and serve- par-baked, frozen- thaw overnight, bake for @10 min
Pros- easy, very little room for error
Cons- requires some planning, quality will suffer- still good but will lose some moisture

Just a trial balloon, while we clean up from our last insanity episode 🤣

If we were to do a heat and serve dinner, similar to our ham or turkey takeouts, leaving our hands cold, but in family-size oven-ready pans that would go from fridge to table in under an hour, with zero dishes to wash, picked up on december 23... who would consider ordering?

We considered doing it at Thanksgiving, but cracker barrel called me first, so we could only do 150 pies. 🤣

Someday we'll go back to being...well, you know... a camp. Normally by now we are preparing for the christmas break day camp, and winter retreats, but it looks like covid got those too. These events aren't even a close substitute, we miss the kids terribly, but they keep us busy and the bills paid. Thank you again to everybody who has supported us in a weird camp year. It's the little things like our friends sharing a post or or signing their kids up for horsemanship lessons or buying a pie or 8 that have made this year the best of the 14 i(brad) have worked here.

About Us

Located in beautiful Upstate New York, just 8 miles from Binghamton, Path of Life Camp has been showing youth the true Path of Life since 1970. We are an independent non-profit year-round Christian camping ministry.

Our Core Values:

Well-rounded outdoor experiences and activities, including horseback riding, go karts, hiking, swimming, archery, riflery, hayrides, paddleboats, arts and crafts, crazy games, and a daily spiritual challenge.

Incredibly gifted, loving staff, well trained to serve each family and child, serving as an example of Christ and a role model for every kid that they meet.

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