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Adventurer Camporee Our youngest camper - wondering what he can do to get to feed himself

Basildon District Pathfinder Club                                                                                                          

Pathfinders

With nearly 2 million members around the world, the Pathfinder Club is a church-centered spiritual-recreational-activity program designed for young people 10 to 15 years of age. Pathfindering appeals to this age group because its program features activities that meet their needs and interests. Much of the Pathfinder Club program is built around physical action. This is because youth from 10 to 15 years of age are in a fast-growing physical stage of development. It is filled with action, adventure, challenge, group activities, and provides opportunities for the development of new attitudes and skills that produce personal growth, community spirit and a sense of loyalty and respect.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church is committed to understanding young people and training its youth for leadership and service to humanity.

While the Pathfinder Club exists primarily for youth, one of its basic purposes is to also bring together parents and church members through active involvement with the club and its members. Here the so-called generation gap disappears as young and old worship, work, and play together in a bond of common experience. Meaningful relationships are forged as leaders and counselors join with Pathfinders in sharing, building confidence, and working together.

The whole philosophy of Pathfindering is built on the premise that "children learn best by example, rather than precept." As they see leaders and parents model spiritual and social values, they too will aspire to develop high moral principles, loving and caring attitudes, and determination to excel in all their various pursuits.

The volunteer leadership, skilled in a myriad of unusual abilities and interests are, first and foremost, strong believers in Jesus Christ and are sure of the road they are taking towards eternal life. They consider the Pathfinder club an experimental laboratory where growth and learning are synonymous with fun. Failure is not expected, but rather all activity becomes a tool for learning.  

The imagination of its leadership and members are the primary limiting factors of a club's abilities. Activities encourage a range from community/civic service projects in their community and across the globe to nature and environmental conservation studies to camping and high adventure trips. Pathfindering challenges the unique talents of each member. Pathfindering is built on an age-specific curriculum of six levels along with approximately 350 specialized skill development topics covering arts and crafts, aquatics, nature, household arts, recreation, spiritual development, health, and vocational training. These often serve as a launching point for lifetime careers or hobbies.


There are six classes, with given names, which begin at 10 years of age and conclude at 15 years. Each class is represented by a chosen color as listed.
  • Friend - 10 years - Blue
  • Companion - 11 years - Red
  • Explorer - 12 years - Green
  • Ranger - 13 years - Silver
  • Voyager - 14 years - Burgundy
  • Guide - 15 years - Gold

At the completion of the classwork requirements, the Pathfinder receives insignia as an award consisting of a pin, Pathfinder Class pocket strip and chevron at a special Investiture service.


Adventurers

  

More than one million kids around the world have discovered one of the most fun clubs ever created for them. The Adventurer Club is designed to strengthen parent-child relationships  for kids ages 6-9 by providing specialized weekly activities tuned into the psychological needs of this age group while simultaneously giving parents opportunities for learning parenting skills and enjoying special activities with their children. 

Leadership

The volunteer leadership attend special training sessions to understand how to maximize the focus of the Adventurer Club in strengthening the parent-child bonds and enable both parents and children to understand their relationship to God. 

Activities

Each child is encouraged to participate in all activities and parents/guardians are given assignments along with their child. There are many age-challenging activities on the Adventurer menu. These range from games and outdoor activities to nature exploration and family camping, field trips and community service projects. A five level age-specific curriculum is used along with approximately 80 specialized award areas of crafts, nature, recreation, spiritual development and home arts.

The Adventurer curriculum is divided into five levels.

 Eager Beaver   5 years 

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 age.

At the completion of the classwork requirements, the Pathfinder receives insignia as an award consisting of a pin, Pathfinder Class pocket strip and chevron at a special Investiture service.

Little Lambs
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Little Lambs is a  program aimed at helping preschool children learn about their environment, family, and themselves. The Little Lambs program is part of the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s Youth Ministries and prepares preschool-aged children age (4) for the Adventurer program.

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19: 12 (New Revised Standard Version)

The Little Lamb and the Eager Beaver programme requirements were created to support these words of Jesus by assisting leaders and instructors to encourage the physical, mental, social and spiritual development of each child.



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