Presentation on theme: "Pathfinder Basic Staff Training"— Presentation transcript:
1 Pathfinder Basic Staff Training What is Pathfindering?
2 History of Pathfindering in North America 1907Missionary Volunteer Societies organized1922JMV (now AJY) Progressive Classes introduced - Friend and Companion (ages 10 & 11 or grades 5 & 6) also Comrade & Master Comrade1929"Pathfinder" name first used at a summer camp in Southeastern California1931First Master Comrade Investiture
3 History of Pathfindering in North America 1946First conference-sponsored Pathfinder Club (Riverside, California) Pathfinder Club emblem designed by John H. Hancock1949Henry Bergh writes Pathfinder song (not copyrighted until 1952)1951First Pathfinder Fair, September 23, Dinuba, CaliforniaMaster Comrade changed to Master GuidePathfinder Staff Manual published
4 History of Pathfindering in North America 1979MV changed to AY (Missionary Volunteer --> Adventist Youth)JMV changed to AJY (Junior Missionary Volunteer - -> Adventist Junior YouthPre-JMV changed to Adventurers (4 yrs. - 4th grade)1982New Pathfinder World replaces MV WorldVoyager Class added (age 14 or grade 9) – between Ranger & GuideNAD Pathfinder uniform revised
5 History of Pathfindering in North America 1985First NAD Pathfinder Camporee, Camp Hale, Colorado1995Teen Leadership Training (TLT) Program established for training High school students (grades 9-12)First Pathfinder Web Site established19981st NAD Master Guide Convention, Los Angeles, CA
6 History of Pathfindering in North America 1999NAD Pathfinder Web Site established“Discover the Power” International Camporee in Oshkosh WI2000Uniform changed from Forest Green skirts, slacks & sashes to Black skirts, slacks & sashes2001Pathfinder Honor Handbook revised, 17 new honors and international honors added
7 History of Pathfindering in Northern California Conference By 1950 there were active clubs in:Walnut CreekRichmondMartinezDeer ParkCaminoPacific Union Conference Prepares 1st Drill Manual in the early 1950sCommittee members were:Clark SmithHenry BerghGlenn Fillman (NCC MV Director)
8 Pathfinder Club Emblem RedSacrificeWhitePurityBlueLoyaltyGoldExcellence
9 Pathfinder Club Emblem Three Sides– CompletenessShield– ProtectionSword– Bible
10 Pathfindering as a Ministry Not entertainmentNot babysitting for parentsNot simply another youth groupNot just an outdoor activity based clubTHEN WHAT IS PATHFINDERING?
11 Pathfindering as a Ministry Spiritual at it’s coreIt is intended to lead members into a growing, redemptive relationship with GodExperience-basedIt is organized and led to build members into responsible, mature individuals who contribute to their families, their church and their worldOthers FocusedIt is programmed to help members realize that there is something that each one can do to help their neighbor through active, selfless service
12 Mission of Pathfindering To provide a:Church-centeredRecreational-spiritual programFor both boys and girlsAges 10-15That offers action, adventure, challenge and group activities that produce team spirit and loyalty to God and the church
13 Philosophy of Pathfindering “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.”Proverbs 22:6 NIV
14 Philosophy of Pathfindering Proverbs 22:6Training them while they are young is important because 70% of Christians make their decision for Christ before the age of 14 (christianitytoday.com)Because of changes in society such as:divorce causing single parent homes,50% of our kids not attending Christian schools,Fewer families in society have any contact with Christianity
15 Philosophy of Pathfindering “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable if anything is excellent or praiseworthy think about such things.”Philippians 4:8 NIV
16 Philosophy of Pathfindering Pathfindering is fundamentally principles- and experience-based training so that young people can more easily transfer the learning to other areas of life.Everything (honors, classwork, example) must be affected by Biblical truth because we are painting a picture of God for our kids
17 Philosophy of Pathfindering A Song by Ponder, Harp & Jennings goes:You’re the only Jesus some will ever seeYou’re the only words of life some will ever readSo let them see in you the One in whom is all they’ll ever needFor you’re the only Jesus some will ever see
18 Goals of Pathfinder Leadership Help Pathfinders to understand that the church loves, cares for and appreciates them.Show Pathfinders that God has a plan for their lives.Train Pathfinders for Christian service.
19 Goals of Pathfinder Leadership Work for the salvation of each individual Pathfinder.Assist in developing the Pathfinder’s appreciation for nature and a concern for the environment.Teach Pathfinders specific skills and hobbies that will make their life meaningful and will occupy their time profitably.
20 Goals of Pathfinder Leadership Help keep Pathfinders physically fit.Give opportunities for the development of leadership.Assist Pathfinders in developing a balanced physical, mental, social, and spiritual life.