Pathfinders are a worldwide organization of young people sponsored by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, though young people of any religious persuasion, or none at all, are welcome and encouraged to join the organization.
Pathfinders offer a wide range of activities including, but not limited to:
Camping & camping/survival skills
Grade appropriate leadership training
Activities promoting community pride & involvement through outreach activities such as helping in downtown soup kitchens, collecting food for the disadvantaged, cleaning & maintaining city and county parks, visiting and encouraging the elderly, and MANY more
Interactive training in a variety of recreational, artistic, nature, conservation, vocational, and outreach areas, with awards (honors) given for successful completion of the interactive training modules
Personal care and encouragement by a caring staff member! While many school classrooms have 10-30 students per teacher, Pathfinders offers AT LEAST a 1 staff member to every 5 Pathfinder ratio!
The Pathfinder Club, a church-centered recreational-spiritual program, is designed for BOTH boys and girls. The program offers action, adventure, challenge, and group activities that produce team spirit and loyalty to the church. Pathfinders are encouraged to complete their class studies to learn more about Jesus, by digging deep into the Bible and into God’s second book, nature. One of the Pathfinder Clubs’ basic purposes is to fulfill the Elijah message of Malachi in which the “hearts of the parents are turned toward their children and the hearts of the children are turned to their parents.” As parents and church members work, worship, and play together with the Pathfinders, the so-called generation gap disappears in a bond of common experience. Children learn best by example; the whole Pathfinder philosophy is built on this idea. It is important, then, that spiritually committed, dedicated leaders of high principles be chosen to work with the Pathfinders.
Pathfinder Clubs have different levels:
ADVENTURER AGE CHILDREN IN PATHFINDERS
Many parents are willing to help in Pathfinders if their younger children can participate in some form of organized activities. Pathfinder clubs with children that are not yet in fifth grade, but participate in their organized activities on a regular basis must:
- Register these children as Adventurers and pay the conference registration and insurance fee.
- Use the Adventurer curriculum that is appropriate for the child’s grade level – NOT THE PATHFINDER CURRICULUM.
- Let them wear the Adventurer sash so they can show off the awards they have earned.
- Only the Adventurer can be worn on the Pathfinder sash. NO other Adventurer awards can be worn on Pathfinder sash once they are Pathfinder age.
The Adventurer program should have a minimum of structure and sufficient staff to work with the children on an individual basis. These programs should last no longer than an 1½ hours for Adventurers.