Pathfinders is a worldwide organization of young people (5th-10th grade) sponsored by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Although young people of any religious persuasion are welcome and encouraged to join the organization, Pathfinders provides opportunities for adult staff to mentor and discipline young people in the Christian faith.
Pathfinders offer a wide range of activities including, but not limited to:
· Camping and camping/survival skills.
· Grade appropriate leadership training.
· Activities promoting community pride and involvement through outreach activities (i.e. collecting and distributing food to the disadvantaged, cleaning and 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 ratios.
The Uniqueness of the Adventurer Club
“Bring up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not turn from it.“ Prov. 22:6 (NIV).
The Adventurer program was created to assist parents in strengthening the parent/child relationship and to further the child’s development in spiritual, physical, mental, and social areas. The Adventurer Club is designed for children in grades 1-4 and
it offers an engaging curriculum, family enrichment, and volunteer training from within the Seventh-day Adventist beliefs. One of the Adventurer Club objectives is to provide a meaningful and exciting experience as the children look forward with anticipation to someday being Pathfinders.
Club Ministries Director
Pastor Derral Reeve has a passion for Club Ministries and has been involved in this area in one capacity or another for 56 years. After completing all the Pre-JMV work while he was in the lower grades in school, he was a Pathfinder for six years. He served as director, instructor and counselor at the club level before becoming conference director for club ministries in three conferences. He views Club Ministries as a way for young people to become involved with Christ at an early age and to continue through their entire life. Derral earned his Master Guide, PLA and PIA which have equipped him to mentor and train others to lead out in the club ministries. He and his wife, Barbara, have two daughters, who are both married, and six grandchildren.
Club Ministries Administrative Assistant