Adventurer & Pathfinder Club
The Adventurer program is open to all children in first through fourth grades (6 to 9 years of age) and serves as a great feeder for Pathfinders. Due to the ages of Adventurer participants, emphasis is placed on parents being involved, along with staff.
The program is also designed to support fully as followers of Christ in today’s world.
The Adventurer curriculum is designed to accomplish the following:
- Children will, at their own level, commit their hearts and lives to Jesus
- Children will gain a positive attitude toward the benefits, joys, and responsibilities of living a Christian life
- Children will acquire the habits, skills and knowledge needed to live for Jesus today
- Parents and other primary care-givers will become more confident and effective as co-laborers with Christ for their children
Objectives: The Adventurer Club provides fun and creative ways for children to:
- Develop a Christ-like character
- Experience the joy and satisfaction of doing things well
- Express their love for Jesus in a natural way
- Learn good sportsmanship and strengthen their ability to get along with others
- Discover their God-given abilities and to know how to use them to benefit self and serve others
- Improve their understanding of what makes families strong
The Pathfinder Club is a worldwide program organized and directed by the Youth Department of the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It offers a wide range of learning experiences for young people 10 to 15 years of age (and older) and is operated by the International Seventh-day Adventist Church under the direction and control of the local conference youth director. There are Pathfinders all over the world.
Pathfinder Clubs are sponsored by a local Seventh-day Adventist church or school and meet on a regular basis – often weekly, bi-weekly or monthly.
Annually, each conference will hold a large event known as a camporee where Pathfinders from throughout a local conference will come together to participate in events, activities, competitions, and religious meetings. There is also a Pathfinder Fair held annually that is sometime in May.
Every so often, a camporee is held during which clubs from a large area such as North America (at Oshkosh) or South Pacific divisions come together and enjoy fellowship and do activities together.
Activities include community service, camping, crafts, class-work, marching, Bible Study, Seventh-Day Adventist Church history, and leadership training for which they will be able to earn patches to display on a sash. Participants progress through different ranks called class levels.
Standard classes and minimum grade level are a follows:
- Friend – 5th Grade
- Companion – 6th Grade
- Explorer – 7th Grade
- Ranger – 8th Grade
- Voyager – 9th Grade
- Guide – 10th Grade