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What is Pathfinders?

The Pathfinder Club

Pathfinders are a youth organization sponsored by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Its 1.1 million members are scattered throughout 80% of the countries of the world.

Any youth ages 10 to 15 who promise to abide by the Pathfinder Pledge and Law can join a Pathfinder Club. Although Pathfindering is sponsored by local Adventist churches, youth of any faith-group are welcome to join.

 

Leadership

All Pathfinder leaders are Christians. Their belief in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ motivates them to spend time ministering to youth. By their teaching and example they show what it means to be a living, vibrant Christian in today's world.

Working hand in hand with parents, teachers, and pastors, Pathfinder leaders provide optimum opportunities for Christian development. They consider the Pathfinder Club to be an extension of the home, school, and church, an experimental laboratory where growth and learning flourish, an environment where failure is not expected but becomes a tool for learning.

Structure

Pathfinder Clubs consist of individual units - 5-7 boys or girls accompanied by at least one counselor. Each member of the unit as assigned specific tasks, such as being captain or scribe. Units normally participate with other units in group Pathfinder activities, though each unit is allowed to pursue activities individually. Through all the planned activities, Pathfinders develop leadership and teamwork skills.

Pathfinder Club meetings, generally held weekly, are an occasion for members to wear either their field uniform or their Pathfinder dress uniform, including scarf, specialized insignia, and honor badges.

Activities

A Pathfinder Club's imagination, resources, and location often determine its group activities- ranging from community and world development projects to nature and outdoor activities such as parades, backpacking, park cleanups, canoe trips, and many others. Pathfinders even plan and cook their own meals when camping! Pathfindering challenges the unique talents of each participant.

Clubs often plan day trips to national parks and nature centers, museums, businesses, health and social welfare facilities, and other places of local historical interest.

Pathfinders serve their local communities by coming close to people through personal ministries, particularly in providing food and service projects to the less advantaged and shut-in. Some clubs collect food, clothing, and money and distribute baskets at special holiday times like Christmas.

Pathfindering provides a curriculum at six levels of learning that are age-specific: Friend, Companion, Explorer, Ranger, Voyager, and Guide. Also, there are about 250 areas of arts and crafts, aquatics, nature, household arts, recreation, spiritual development, and vocational training. Pathfinders receive special badge upon completion of each of these courses of study. These also often serve as a launching point for a lifelong career or hobby.