Communication Department, ATCU
The Cayman Islands Conference (CIC) celebrated with other Adventist organizations around the world in commemorating the 65th anniversary of pathfindering during September 19-20, 2015.
Pastor Andrew Burrows, youth director of the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) and guest speaker for the weekend, challenged the pathfinders as individuals and the Pathfinder organization in general to stand up for Biblical principles and the ideals on which the ministry was founded.
On Friday evening, September 19, during the consecration service for the pathfinder clubs in the CIC, Pastor Burrows referenced youth organizations similar to Pathfinders who gave up their long-held principles, bowing to the pressures of secular society.
“The time will come when this organization will be faced with similar issues, what will we do?” Pastor Burrows asked. “Like the three Hebrews boys who stood up when compelled to bow to a golden image, we ought to stand our ground against the tide that will compel us to compromise our identity and mission.”
The highlight of the weekend was the combined investiture service, which was held on Sabbath afternoon, September 20 at the Kings Seventh-day Adventist church. One hundred and sixty-five adventurers, pathfinders, and master guides who successfully completed the course requirements for the various classes of study were invested. Pastor Ivor Harry, youth director for CIC, remarked that the service was the largest single investiture service for the CIC.
According to the information from the General Conference youth department, there are approximately two million pathfinders in the world. Reports from the fields in ATCU indicate that there are approximately fifteen hundred pathfinders scattered throughout 52 clubs in the union.
Each year, the third Sabbath in September is designated as World Pathfinder Day. This year is significant, as pathfinders around the world are celebrating the Pathfinder Club’s 65th anniversary as an official arm of the youth ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist church. The theme chosen to celebrate this milestone is “Courageous Pathfinders, Full of Faith, Determination, and Bravery.”
The embryo for Adventist youth ministry, in general, began in 1879. Pathfinders as an organization for junior youth began to take shape as early as the 192Os with the first Pathfinder Club being established in 1927. However, it was in 1950 that the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists officially adopted the Pathfinder program for the world church.
As we celebrate 65 years of training our young people to be bold trailblazers for Christ, I commend the Pathfinder leaders from the Atlantic Caribbean Union for their commitment and dedication to leading and directing the Pathfinder ministry in their respective areas. Further, I encourage all our pathfinders, by God’s grace, to truly live the words of the Pathfinder song “Oh, we are the Pathfinders strong,” unwavering in your purpose to be courageous, faithful, and determined young people for Christ.
Happy Birthday Pathfinders! May God continue to bless you abundantly.
Youth Ministries Director
Atlantic Caribbean Union
The Pathfinder organization is a worldwide ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church that caters to the complete development of young people ages 10-16. Attending camps and camporees is an integral part of the experience of any pathfinder, whether it is at the church, conference, union, or division level.
Ordinarily, local churches and local conferences or missions conduct pathfinder camps in their specific areas at least once a year. However, at the union, division, or international level pathfinder camporees are held at least once every five years. Pathfinder camporees provide young pathfinders with the opportunity to:
On April 4, 2015, approximately 200 pathfinders from the Bahamas, Cayman Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands, converged at the Bahamas Youth Camp in Nassau, Bahamas to participate in the first Atlantic Caribbean Union Pathfinder Camporee.
The theme for camporee:
In August 2014, during the Forever Faithful International Pathfinder Camporee in Osh Kosh, Wisconsin, USA, Pastor Andrew Burrows, youth director, of the Atlantic Caribbean Union challenged the pathfinders to recommend a theme for our very own pathfinder camporee. Ideas were tossed up, and themes were suggested based on popular Biblical characters. “Let’s do the story of Jonah and the whale!” suggested an enthusiastic pathfinder, from the Cayman Islands Conference. We can call it the “Whale Way”. At the pathfinder camporee planning committee, the concept of the story of Jonah and the whale was presented. After much discussion and fine-tuning, it was agreed that the theme would be YOU-Turn with a pun on the vehicular code, “U”. There is an intentional focus on you as a person. “You” represents anyone, any pathfinder, any youth, or any adult. It refers to anyone like Jonah who finds himself/herself running away from God. Yes, you can make a U-TURN toward God.
The Camporee Logo
The logo depicts a large fish, with human-like teeth coming up out of the sea, against the background of the pathfinder logo with the camporee theme. It is enclosed by a border, which displays, the date, and the place of the event. Interestingly, two pathfinders, and not Jonah, are seen inside the mouth of the large fish. One, a young girl, is curious to explore what is inside the fish. The other, a young male, has determined that life inside the fish is not a place to be and makes a fast YOU-turn out of the fish’s mouth.
Daily Camping Experience
Each day, before sunrise, pathfinders greet the day by having personal and corporate devotions in their conferences followed by line call. The daily agenda is filled with activities such as, sports and exhibition challenge, craft and honor, developmental seminars, and spiritual nuggets. One of the highlights of the camporee is the nightly drama, where the pathfinders act out the experience of Jonah. This is followed by an appeal as the pathfinders are challenged to remain focused on their relationship with Christ.
A crowning feature of the camporee will be a pathfinder investiture service and a baptismal service on Sabbath, April 11. This will be followed by a community project near the campgrounds where the pathfinders will distribute thousands of copies of the book, Health and Hope. On Saturday night, April 11, 2015, the curtains will come down on Camporee 2105, You-Turn, with the closing ceremonies. -Pastor Andrew Burrows, Youth Director; ATCU
Communication Department, ATCU
The Pathfinder organization is a worldwide ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist church that caters to the complete development of young people between the ages of 10 and 16 years. One of the many programs designed to assist with this all-around personal growth is the Pathfinder Camporee, an enriching event that all pathfinders should experience.
Consequently, in keeping with the objective of providing for the spiritual, physical, mental, and social development of its youth, the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) will be hosting its first Pathfinder Camporee on the grounds of the Bahamas Youth Camp on Gladstone Road in Nassau, The Bahamas during April 4-12, 2015. It is estimated that some 500 pathfinders from the Bahamas, Cayman Islands, and Turks and Caicos Islands as well as other countries will be in attendance.
The theme for the camporee is “You-Turn” and is based on the Biblical account in the book of Jonah. According to Pastor Andrew Burrows, youth director of ATCU, the camporee will feature a nightly drama, daily honor and craft classes, pathfinder exhibition, community service projects, pathfinder investiture service, baptismal service, a grand community parade and rally, and much more.
Pathfinders can register for the camporee through their local youth directors.