Adventurer Ministries Mission Statement
The NAD Adventurer program serves an intercultural community of children in Pre-K through grade 4 and their parents and caregivers through a holistic ministry. The purpose of the program is to support parents and care givers in leading and encouraging their children in a growing, joyful, love relationship with Jesus Christ. It offers instructional curriculum, family enrichment, supplementary resources, and volunteer training from within the Seventh-day Adventist philosophy. The Adventurer program should work to fulfill the gospel commission (Matthew 28:18-20) and depends on the support of a congregation strong in mission and empowered by the Holy Spirit.
Philosophy of the Adventurer Program
The Adventurer program was created to assist parents in their important responsibilities as a child’s primary teachers and evangelizers. The program aims to strengthen the parent/child relationship and to further the child’s development in spiritual, physical, mental, and social areas.Through the Adventurer Program, the church, home, and school can work together with the parent to develop a mature, happy child.
The church’s greatest resource is our children; therefore, it is imperative that as a church we meet the challenge to provide a program for our children during their early, formative years. We want right habits,thoughts, motives, dispositions, and attitudes to be established. The Wise Man wrote,“Bring up a child in the way he should go,and when he is old he will not turn from it.”Prov. 22:6 (NIV). This is more than acliché—it is a scientific formula
The Uniqueness of the Adventurer Club
The Adventurer Club was created to give children an opportunity to belong to an organized peer group. Children are invited to participate in various activities which will improve their social skills. From the time children start school until they reach puberty, their need to be with and be accepted by their peer group is increasingly strong.
The Adventurer Club involves children in pre-school – 4th grade and their parents. The programming and planning for Adventurers should be simple and short, but creative. Parental involvement provides opportunities for parents to participate in the learning experience. One of the Adventurer club objectives is to provide a meaningful and exciting experience as the children look forward with anticipation to some day being Pathfinders.
Adventurer Curriculum Overview
The Adventurer curriculum takes the goals of the Adventurer program — that children will commit their hearts and lives to Jesus Christ and that they will acquire the habits, skills, and knowledge to live for Jesus today — and turns them into fun and practical activities that Adventurers will enjoy.
At each level, the curriculum encourages an age-appropriate, active learning approach. Instead of asking children to learn a great deal of factual information, it introduces them to general concepts. The children learn to apply these concepts to their own lives by participating in a wide variety of experiences.
The Adventurer curriculum is divided into six levels.
- The Little Lamb is for pre-kindergarten or 4 year olds.
- The Eager Beaver is for kindergarten or 5 year olds
- The Busy Bee level is for first-grade.
- The Sunbeam level for second-grade.
- The Builder for third-grade.
- The Helping Hand for fourth-graders.
Each level builds on the levels which came before it and is especially designed to interest, challenge, and provide successful experiences for children of that grade level.
Active Ants (3 year olds) – SECC Curriculum
In June 2015 Southeastern California Conference (SECC) Adventurer Coordinators voted to accept the Adctive Ants curriculum devloped for children 3 years of age. This curriculum was developed by Mercy Martinez in 2005 and piloted by some churches in SECC. The
Active Ants is not an official class of the North American Division (NAD). The manual, pins and patches are only available for purchase at SECC Youth Ministries.
Looking Forward to Pathfinders
Adventurers look forward to the day when they will become Pathfinders. One of the goals of the Adventurer director and staff must be to keep the Pathfinder experience exciting and new by not infringing on their program. The Adventurer program is a unique, special and geared to the emotional and spiritual needs of this age child. Don’t let Adventurers miss this opportunity by pushing them into the Pathfinder mold. Let them be Adventurers and let them look forward to being Pathfinders.