The Pathfinder philosophy



1. Help the Pathfinders to understand that God loves them, cares for them and appreciates them. As Pathfinders are accepted and affirmed they will begin to appreciate the love of God revealed through the church and its ministry, and feel a need to be more committed to and involved with its program.

2. Encourage Pathfinders to discover their own God-given potential and to use their gifts and abilities to fulfil God's expectations for them and the part they can play in the great plan of salvation.

3. Inspire Pathfinders to give personal expression of their love for God by uniting them together in various outreach activities.

4. Make the number one priority of the club program the personal salvation of every Pathfinder. The Pathfinder age is a time when many decisions are being made that will affect future relationships and personal development. The peak time for discovering and making a relationship with God is often about twelve years of age.

5. Build into a Pathfinder's life a healthy appreciation and love for God's creation by enjoying outdoor activities (campouts, nature walks, nature Honours etc.). Pathfinders will experience a sense of wonder and worship as they observe and explore the beauty, the majesty and the creative power in nature. Fellowship with God will become more meaningful.

6. Teach Pathfinders specific skills and hobbies that will make their lives more meaningful and will occupy their time with profitable accomplishments. Young people experience satisfaction and delight as they use their hands to fashion useful articles from wood, plastic, steel, clay and yarn, and as they discover how things work and operate.

7. Encourage the Pathfinder to keep physically fit. This is one important way to safeguard against idleness and boredom. Teach them to care for their body and establish habits that will provide for their future happiness and usefulness. (cf. 2 Testimonies, pp. 536, 537; Education, p. 195)

8. Give opportunity to develop and enlist leadership by encouraging club members, parents, youth, church and community members to work together and share in leadership responsibility. This will teach Pathfinders the lessons of obedience, discipline, resourcefulness, patriotism and the processes of group dynamics.

9. Seek to foster the harmonious development of the physical, social, intellectual and spiritual life of the Pathfinder. The invigoration of mind and body, the fostering of an unselfish spirit, the attention to recreational and cultural activities will provide stimulus for personal growth and act as an outlet for that restless energy which is so often a destructive source of danger to the young person. It is said of Jesus that He grew in wisdom, in stature and in favour with God and man (Luke 2:52).