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The Pathfinder club, a church-centered recreational-spiritual program, is designed for both boys and girls, grades 5 to 10 (ages 10 to 15). The program offers action, adventure, challenge and group activities that produce team spirit and loyalty to the church.
One of the Pathfinder Clubs’ basic purposes is to fulfill the Elijah message of Malachi in which the “hearts of the parents are turned toward their children and the hearts of the children are turned to their parents.” As parents and church members work, worship and play together with the Pathfinders, the so-called generation gap disappears in a bond of common experience. Children learn best by example; the whole Pathfinder philosophy is built on this idea. It is important, then, that spiritually committed, dedicated leaders of high principles be chosen to work with the Pathfinders.
The ideals and objectives of the Seventh-day Adventist church must be made attractive through and activity program which appeals to this restless age and so, much of the Pathfinder club program is physical action.
The 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 outdoor adventure.
The Pathfinder objectives require that Pathfinder leaders: