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Apple Valley Pathfinders
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Pathfinders are a worldwide organization of young people sponsored by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, though young people of any religious persuasion, or none at all, are welcome and encouraged to join the organization.

Pathfinders offer a wide range of activities including, but not limited to:

  • Camping & camping/survival skills

  • Grade appropriate leadership training

  • Activities promoting community pride & involvement through outreach activities such as helping in downtown soup kitchens, collecting food for the disadvantaged, cleaning & maintaining city and county parks, visiting and encouraging the elderly, and MANY more

  • Interactive training in a variety of recreational, artistic, nature, conservation, vocational, and outreach areas, with awards (honors) given for successful completion of the interactive training modules

  • Personal care and encouragement by a caring staff member! While many school classrooms have 10-30 students per teacher, Pathfinders offers AT LEAST a 1 staff member to every 5 Pathfinder ratio!


Pathfinders is for those who are in the fifth (5th) grade or its equivalent through the eighth (8th) grade. 5th and 6th graders are often referred to as "Junior" pathfinders, and 7th and 8th graders are often referred to as "Teen" Pathfinders.
 

Aim: The Advent Message to all the world in this generation

Motto: The love of Christ constrains us all
 

Pathfinders are Christians and as such, wish to declare their support of the symbols and substance of their faith. Often, at Pathfinder Sabbaths, Inductions, and Investitures, a portion of the program is dedicated to declaring their allegiance to God through the reciting aloud of the Pledge to the Christian Flag and to the Bible.

Pledge to the Christian Flag:

I pledge Allegiance to the Christian Flag and to the Savior for whose kingdom it stands, one brotherhood uniting all mankind in service and love.

Pledge to the Bible:

I pledge to the Bible God's Holy word, and will take it as a lamp unto my feet, a light unto my path, and hide it's words in my heart that I may not sin against God.


The Pathfinder Pledge & Law is an important part of Pathfinders. Thousands of Pathfinders each year learn and choose to abide by the requirements of the Pathfinder Pledge and Law for the sole purpose of growing closer to their fellow men and women, and to their Creator.


Pathfinder Pledge and Law:

By the grace of God,
I will be pure, and kind, and true.
I will keep the Pathfinder Law.
I will be a servant of God and a friend to man.

The Law is for me to:
Keep the morning watch
Do my honest part
Care for my body,
Keep a level eye
Be courteous and obedient
Walk softly in the sanctuary,
Keep a song in my heart,
Go on God's errand.

Explanation -- Pathfinder Pledge

By the grace of God

Only as we rely on God to help us can we do His will.

I will be pure

I will fill my mind with everything that is right and true and spend my time in activities that will build a strong, clean character.

I will be kind

I will be considerate and kind, not only to my fellow man, but also to all of God's creation.

I will be true.

I will be honest and upright in study, work and play and can always be counted upon to do my very best.

I will keep the Pathfinder Law.

I will seek to understand the meaning of the Law and will strive to live up to it's spirit, realizing that obedience to law is essential in any organization

I will be a servant to God

I will pledge myself to serve God first, last, and best in everything I am called upon to be or do.

I will be a friend to man.

I will live to bless others and do unto them as I would have them do unto me.

Explanation -- Pathfinder Law

Keep the Morning Watch.

I will have prayer and personal bible study each day.

Do my honest part.

By the power of God I will help others, and do my duty and my honest share, wherever I may be.

Care for my body

I will be temperate in all things and strive to reach a higher standard of physical fitness.

Keep a level eye.

I will not lie, cheat or deceive, and will despise dirty talk or evil thinking.

Be courteous and obedient.

I will be kind and thoughtful of others, reflecting the love of Jesus in all my association with others.

Walk softly in the sanctuary.

In any devotional exercise I will be quiet, careful and reverent.

Keep a song in my heart

I will be cheerful and happy and let the influence of my life be as sunshine to others.

Go on God's errands.

I will always be ready to share my faith and go about doing good as Jesus did.