Pathfindering is a worldwide program organised and directed by the Department of Youth Ministries at the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It offers a wide range of learning experiences for young people 10 – 15 years of age and is operated by the local Seventh-day Adventist Church under the direction and control of the Youth Director in each respective Conference/Mission.
The Pathfinder club provides a church-centred spiritual-recreational program designed for junior and teens which appeals to this age group because its program features activities that meet their needs and interests. It is filled with action, adventure, challenge and group activities while providing opportunities for the development of new attitudes and skills that produce personal growth, team spirit and a sense of loyalty and respect for God, His creation and His church.
While the Pathfinder club exists primarily for juniors and teens, one of its basic purposes is to also bring together parents and church members through active involvement with the club and its members. Here, the so-called generation gap disappears as young and old worship, work and play together in a bond of common experience. Meaningful relationships are forged as leaders and counsellors join with Pathfinders in sharing, building confidence and working together.
The whole philosophy of Pathfindering is built on the premise that children learn best by example rather than commands. As they see leader and parents model spiritual and social values, they too will aspire to develop high moral principles, loving and caring attitudes, and determination to excel in all their various pursuits.
Foremost, the ideals and objectives of the Seventh-day Adventist Church are taught through an active learning program which appeals to this age group and their learning style.
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