Thursdays at 7pm (except the 1st Thursday of the month)
are served at 6pm for club members
and saving young people is one of the most important missions of the
Seventh-day Adventist church. Scientists tell us that children's’ brain
patterns are formed by the time they reach twelve years of age. This means that
during their early, formative years it is crucial that they are taught good
habits. Centuries ago the Scriptures recorded, “Bring up a child in the way he
should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6).
This is more than a cliché—it is now a proven fact.
Pathfinder club, a church-centered recreational and spiritual program is
designed for both boys and girls, grades 5 through 10. The program offers
action, adventure, challenge and group activities that produce team spirit and
loyalty to the church.
Pathfinder club provides a key step in the educational program of the church
for it provides the opportunity to take children out of a classroom setting
into an outdoor adventure.
Pathfinder objectives require a commitment from the Pathfinder leaders.
Pathfinders to understand that the church loves, cares for and appreciates them
and needs them in its total program.
Pathfinders what God has planned for their lives.
Pathfinders for missionary service.
them that witnessing about God to others is not a once a week activity. It is a
daily way of life, and it can be focused through such activities as Can
collecting, mission trips, YES Corps, In gathering, singing bands, and community
for the salvation of each individual Pathfinder. Seventy
percent of all Adventist children who eventually become members of the church
make their decision before the age of 14. “Children of eight, ten, or twelve
years are old enough to be addressed on the subject of personal religion”
(Testimonies, Vol. 1, p. 400).
Pathfinder’s appreciation for nature and a concern for the environment. “In order for children and youth to have health, cheerfulness, vivacity, and
well-developed muscles and brains, they should be much in the open air and have
well-regulated employment and amusement” (Counsels to Parents, Teachers, and
Students, p. 83).
During camp outs, nature activities, and studying for nature honors, Pathfinders learn
firsthand about the creative power of God. The study of nature develops a
fellowship with the Creator-God.
Pathfinders specific skills and hobbies that will make their life meaningful
and will occupy their time profitably. Pathfinders like to make things out of wood, plastic, steel, clay, felt, yarn
and other materials. It brings them great satisfaction to put together an
engine that runs, or a radio that plays. Pathfinder clubs should encourage this
through Pathfinder honor classes.
Pathfinders physically fit. “An understanding of the philosophy of health is a safeguard against many of
the evils that are continually increasing... (Counsels to Parents, Teachers,
and Students, p. 138). “The
children need to be instructed in regard to their own bodies...Show them that
if they violate the laws of their being they must pay the penalty by suffering
in regard to bodily health tends to recklessness in moral character” (Testimonies, Vol. 2, pp. 536, 537).
promotes physical health, promotes the development of a strong mind and a
well-balanced character. Health should be as faithfully guarded as the
character. A knowledge of physiology and hygiene should be the basis of all
educational effort” (Education, p. 195).
should be given an opportunity to sign the Temperance Pledge, determining never
to use drugs, alcohol, tobacco or any other thing that is harmful to their
health. (Available from AdventSource, cat #500300). They need to learn that to
deny appetite increases strength and stamina for the emergencies of life. By so
doing they present their bodies as a living sacrifice to the Creator.
opportunities for the development of leadership. The Pathfinder club is a democratic organization where members learn to work
together and share in leadership responsibility. They learn discipline,
obedience, resourcefulness, patriotism and the processes of group dynamics.
The aims of
Pathfindering do not include trying to cast every boy and girl into one mold.
Rather they encourage each Pathfinder to develop to the best of his or her
capacity. The Pathfinder club program should not be planned solely by adults in
a staff meeting. Pathfinders should be included in both the planning and execution of
balanced physical, mental, social and spiritual life. Luke 2:52 says, “And
Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.
"True education is the preparation of the physical, mental, and moral
powers for the performance of every duty; it is the training of body, mind, and soul for divine service. This is
the education that will endure unto eternal life” (Christ’s Object Lessons, p.
should be concerned that there is a harmonious development of each Pathfinder
to assure that they become a good citizen of this world and the world to come.
23855 SE 216th St Maple Valley, WA 98038
(253) 722-9840Pastor Ken Parker