Seventy-seven Pathfinders, attached to the Seventh-Day Adventist churches on Grand Bahama and Abaco are presently in Wisconsin participating in a ‘Camporee,’ where the youth will be participating in a number of cultural and social activities, fostering unity and fellowship.
The Pathfinder Club was established in 1950 and is a department of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. The group works specifically with cultural, social and religious education of young children and teens. The club is open to both genders.
This daily had the opportunity to speak with Pastor Peter Watson, Youth Director of the North Bahamas Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists on Saturday, August 10, as the group was preparing to make their voyage to Wisconsin.
“We are leading 77 persons to Oshkosh, Wisconsin; we are going into West Palm Beach and then driving all the way up.
“We are going to participate in the Pathfinder Camporee, which takes place every five years. This is where thousands of Pathfinders all over the world converge and we participate in drilling, marching … we have all kinds of fun there, including camp tent pitching, food preparation and other things. We will be visiting various communities of Wisconsin and surrounding areas to help the needy, assisting with soup kitchens, helping with persons’ yard and other things,” he revealed.
Watson explained that Pathfinders range from ages10 to 15, however, there is a mentoring group that goes beyond the age of 15 called, Master Guide Club. “Everyone is excited, many of whom this is the first time that they are going and they are looking forward to the trip.”
Watson revealed that the group would be out of country for 10 days.
“We are going to represent The Bahamas; we have about 16 of us coming from Abaco and the rest are from Grand Bahama, and we are going to be representing The Bahamas and the Atlantic Caribbean Union that covers Grand Bahama, Nassau, Turks and Caicos and the Cayman Islands.
“We also have Camporees here in The West Indies. As a matter of fact, our unit is going to be having a Camperee next year April, in Nassau. That is where campers from the Turks and Caicos Islands, Abaco, Grand Bahama and all of the islands will be coming together in Nassau. We will be doing the same thing that we are doing in Wisconsin here, but on a smaller scale,” he shared.
According to Watson, “Pathfinders is a subsidiary of the Seventh-Day Church and it, basically, is that youth arm of the church that caters to young people developing character. We have club meetings every Sunday morning or afternoon, depending on which club you are in. We have seven clubs on Grand Bahama and two in Abaco.
“What it does is bring young people together … they learn the outdoors, learn how to swim, they learn arts and crafts; cooking and baking they get honours for things that they do. It is basically like the Boys Scouts, but Pathfinders in open to both boys and girls, that is the difference.”
Questioned how long he has been a Pathfinder, Watson responded, “I have been a Pathfinder since the age of 10.
The group is expected to return to the island next week.