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Annual Pathfinder Gathering

$175 PER ADULT - ENTIRE EVENT JULY 8TH THRU 13TH - REGISTER HERE

Vendors wanting to set up at the Gathering - CLICK HERE

Click Here to see Photos & Videos that attendees have posted on Facebook from past Gatherings!

The 2017 Pathfinder Annual Gathering will be limited to available adult registrations. Last year’s event was a great success with over 200 people in attendance and thousands of dollars of equipment in giveaways. Vendors ranged from all-inclusive gear sales to custom items. We are expecting a nice assortment of vendors in 2017 and an even more diverse line of instruction. AND AS ALWAYS, 1 YOUTH (17 yrs. younger) PER PAID ADULT IS FREE, extra youth are $50 each. THERE WILL BE NO 1 DAY PASSES.

Fire rings are limited. There will be no guarantee you will have a fire ring at your site, so you are encouraged to bring your own.

Registration Price includes your Primitive Camping and all non-specialty classes offered those days. The cost is $175.00 per adult for the entire Gathering but does NOT include firewood or ice; however, Firewood & Ice will be available for sale from 8am to 6pm each day. NO alcohol at the Pathfinder Gathering Event. NO foul language or inappropriate actions will not be tolerated.  If you or someone in your group is found to be disruptive you may be asked to leave.  Children will be present and we want this to be an enjoyable time for everyone. 

If you wish to bring a RV or Camper, you will need to make additional arrangements with Ohio State Parks which will cost in addition to your $175 for the event. Make those arrangements as soon as you can, as spots fill up quickly.

LOCATION: Rocky Fork State Park 9800 North Shore Drive Hillsboro, Ohio 45133 
For Reservations of private camping spots: www.ohiostateparks.reserveamerica.com

 CLICK HERE FOR PATHFINDER GATHERING & ROCKY STATE PARK RULES

July 8th - Guest Check-in/setup - starting at 9AM (NO EARLY ARRIVALS WILL BE ACCEPTED)
July 9th thru 12th - Classes & Training 
July 13th - Pack up & Head home

Food Vendor - JS Warner Concessions (2016 Vendor)

Retail Store Hours at The Gathering: 8am to 6pm Saturday through Wednesday 

Vendors at the Gathering:

  • Self Reliance Outfitters
  • National Pathfinder Youth Organization
  • Rocky Woodland Forge
  • Stitched Gear Outfitters
  • Jeff White
  • John McCann & Survival Resources 
  • Battle Horse Knives
  • Lost Wild Outdoors (formerly known as The Canteen Shop)
  • Dragon Fire Tinderbox
  • Axe Junkies (Axetravaganza SATURDAY & SUNDAY)
  • Global Safety & Survival
  • 3 Rivers Alpaca 

Pathfinder Gathering Class Information:

Disclaimer: classes subject to change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

  • Classes: Students learn and listen as Instructor explains
  • Seminar: Instructor demonstrates while students watch & learn
  • Workshop: Instructors will engage with students as they take part in hands on learning.

DAYS & TIMES OF EACH CLASS, SEMINAR, AND WORKSHOP WILL BE POSTED AT THE GATHERING.  EACH DAY WILL BE BEGIN AT 8AM AND END AT 6PM WITH A 2 HOUR BREAK FOR LUNCH.

Tentative Schedule of Events/Classes:

The following is subject to change as we are zeroing in on the exact dates, times and instructors.

Opening Lecture:

  • Lessons from the Ice Man Woodsman's Apothecary
  • Uses for trees as medicinals

Classes:

  • Aluminum Cookware care and maintenance
  • Pit Cooking
  • Dutch Oven Pizzas and Cobblers
  • Apache Knife
  • 4hr Bushcraft First Aid Certification
  • Stew & Pastry
  • Basketry x 2
  • Making Pace Beads
  • Stool Build
  • Spoon/Bowl Carving
  • Tracking: Sign walk
  • The Tracking Box
  • Birch oil rendering
  • Chaga discussion
  • Bone tools
  • Plant & Tree Walk
  • Tarp Shelters and Set Ups
  • Basic Knots
  • Basic Lashings
  • Dump Cakes
  • DIY Knife making by PKS Bladesmith (Knife Kits will be available for purchase)
  • Blanket shirt class (supplies will be available for purchase)

Rocky Fork State Park Rules:

GENERAL INFORMATION:

Information about the park or local areas and general assistance is available from Park Officers or staff in the camp or park office.  Difficulties in the campground should be reported to park staff for appropriate action correcting the problem.

DOVE TAIL KAMP ACTIVITY AREA – GATHERING LOCATION

1.Campsites will be assigned upon registration.
 
2. No sleeping in your vehicle is allowed.
 
3.There will be no camping or hammocks in the wooded area.
 
4.The collecting of firewood or cutting of trees for firewood is STRICTLY prohibited. (Fire wood will be available for purchase)
 
5.Fires are permitted ONLY in stoves, grills, Fire Rings or in designated areas. NEVER LEAVE FIRES UNATTENDED! DO NOT move fire rings. Fire rings are limited. There will be no guarantee you will have a fire ring at your site, so you are encouraged to bring your own.

6.Alcoholic beverages are PROHIBITED except within the confines of a cabin, tent, trailer, or motor home.
 
7.All use of firearms or fireworks is strictly prohibited in camp areas.
 
8.Motor vehicle operation shall be restricted to the parking lot and paved areas. Vehicles must remain in parking lot and all gear will need to be walked into the camping area.  Handicap options will be made available. 
 
9.Quiet hours are from 10 pm – 6 am. Radios and voices must be kept down to a minimum so as not to disturb others in the area or the campground.
 
10.DUMPSTER will be available in the area. Please put trash in the dumpster.

THE GATHERING IS A FAMILY EVENT AND WE WANT EVERYONE TO ENJOY THEIR TIME HERE – THAT IS WHY WE ASK THAT PARENTS OVERSEE THE ACTIONS OF THEIR CHILDREN.

 PETS:

1.Pets as defined by the Administrative Code are domestic dogs and cats.
 
2.All pets brought into the camping area, must have up to date shot record (owner must provide proof) and each shall have a tag bearing the owners name and address. 
 
3.EACH PET MUST BE UNDER THE OWNERS CONTROL AND ON A LEASH, NO MORE THAN SIX FEET LONG. Rule 1501:41-3-06
 
4.Leaving a pet unattended is PROHIBITED. Rule 1501:49-9-10F
 
5.Pets should not be staked in such a manner that they infringe on other park visitors. Rule 1501:41-9-10E
 
6.Pets are not allowed in rest rooms, laundry facilities or the camp store. Rule 1501:41-9-10C
 
7.Pet owners must clean up after their pets and all solid waste must be disposed of properly. Rule 1501:41-9-10A  If you need mutt-mutt mitts check with a volunteer or the camp store.
 
8.The number of pets permitted at each campsite is limited to two. Rule 1501:41-9-10G
 
9.Park Officers may request pet owners, with unruly animals to remove the animals from any area administered by the State of Ohio. Rule 1501:41-3-08
 
USING THESE FACILITIES IS A PRIVLEGE AND IS GRANTED IN GOOD FAITH THAT WE, THE GATHERING ATTENDEES, WILL ABIDE BY THE RULES AND LEAVE DOVE TAIL IN THE SAME CONDITION AS WHEN WE ARRIVED. 
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