What is Pathfinders?
Pathfinders is an activity-based program designed for 10-15 year olds, and adopted by local Seventh-day Adventist Churches worldwide. The program provides an opportunity for kids and teenagers to develop a healthy sense of self in a fun, safe and caring environment. Attendees learn how to lead and work as a team, get outdoors by going camping and studying nature, develop practical life skills, serve community needs, learn what constitutes a healthy lifestyle and make lifelong friendships, all while learning important Christian values.
What happens at Pathfinders?
Pathfinders operates on an international curriculum and is run and facilitated by local church volunteers. Kids are typically split into six age groups:
- Friend: 10 years old
- Companion: 11 years old
- Explorer: 12 years old
- Ranger: 13 years old
- Voyager: 14 years old
- Guide: 15 years old
- Master-Guide: 16+ years old
Each class program is developed for the specific needs of each age group and outlines various requirements in areas of spiritual, physical, historical, nature and outdoor-skills before attendees progress to the next level. Attendees earn ‘honours’ for completing various tasks that can be sewn onto the sash of their formal pathfinder uniform. Each club will also typically have their own informal uniform and pathfinder flag.
There is also an alternative Pathfinder curriculum called ‘Way To Go’, which is similar to the standard curriculum, but each age-based level completes a number of ‘pursuits’ (learning activities) according to their developmental stage.
Who can go to Pathfinders?
Pathfinders is open to anyone aged between 10-16 years old, and beyond that there are opportunities to become leaders and mentors. If you’d like to join Pathfinders, find your local club from the list below and contact them directly for more information.