As a movement, the Seventh-day Adventist Church is deeply committed to the wholesome development of it youths for effective leadership and service to humanity as the manner of Jesus Christ – The Path to eternal life. The entire philosophy of Pathfindering rest on the premise that "children learn best by example, rather than precept." Hence, Pathfinder Club leaders are called to exhibit the high standards of Christian living as mentors for the pathfinders.
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 Pathfinder 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 errands.
The Advent Message to all the world in my generation.
The love of Christ compels us.
- The priority of the salvation of each Pathfinder in the Club.
- Assisting Pathfinders to appreciate how much God and His church loves them.
- Help Pathfinders discover their God-given spiritual gifts and talents and creatively use them for them to advance the kingdom of God.
- Provide a broad range of outreach activities so that Pathfinders have several opportunities of communicating their devotion and love for God
- Help Pathfinders to appreciate God’s work and enjoy the outdoors via campouts, nature walk, nature honors, hiking etc.
- Teach Pathfinders skills and hobbies that will not only occupy their time but that can be useful to them and relevant to their context.
- To encourage physical fitness among Pathfinders.
- Mentor Pathfinders as leaders by creating opportunities for teamwork and sharing of leadership roles.
- To create enabling atmosphere for balanced physical, mental, social and spiritual development of the Pathfinders.
Leadership is a critical component of the Pathfinder Club since Pathfinders tend to learn more by example than precept. Ellen White comments: “"He who cooperates with the divine purpose in imparting to the youth a knowledge of God, and molding the character into harmony with His, does a high and noble work. He awakens a desire to reach God's ideal, he presents an education that is as high as heaven and as broad as the universe." Education, 19. The impact of leadership in Pathfinders is beyond the realm of the temporal to the eternal. Therefore, it is a grave, spiritual responsibility that commands the best and a vast range of variety of spiritual gifts and talents. Hence, no single individual is sufficient to undertake the work of the Pathfinder Club; instead, all hands and talents in the church are needed for optimal result.
The Club activities expose and motivate Pathfinders to take interest in service-oriented endeavors to the God and the community. Pathfinder Club curriculum specifically targets children of 10-15 years. The six level classes covers approximately 350 specialized skill development topics ranging from the arts and crafts, aquatics, nature, household arts, recreation, spiritual development, health, and vocational training. Usually, these skills can help Pathfinders discover their talents and they can eventually develop them into lifetime careers.
The six levels
There are six classes, with given names, which begin at 10 years of age and conclude at 15 years. Each class is represented by a chosen color as listed below:
- Friend - 10 years - Blue
- Companion - 11 years - Red
- Explorer - 12 years - Green
- Ranger - 13 years - Silver
- Voyager - 14 years - Burgundy
- Guide - 15 years - Gold
After completion of the classwork requirements, the Pathfinder gets insignia as an award consisting of a pin, Pathfinder Class pocket stripe and chevron at a special ceremony called Investiture Service.