Pathfinders Raise Funds for Oshkosh Camporee

This August, 430 young people and sponsors from Washington Conference will join Pathfinder clubs from around the world for the International Pathfinder Camporee in Oshkosh, Wis.

Pathfinders from 11 clubs have actively been raising funds—hosting dinners, providing child care, selling customized cookbooks and more—to attend camporee and sight see along the way at places such as Yellowstone National Park and Mt. Rushmore.

Music Concert

In early February, Seattle's Breath of Life Church sponsored and produced "A Voice from the Past to the Future," a black history celebration to raise funds for the church's young people to travel to Oshkosh.

The skits and musical performances—led by church members Sundria Burton and Jovonne Brown—celebrated black culture in America over the last 200 years. Interspersed with musical performances, church members played a variety of characters including Frederick Douglas, Harriet Tubman, Booker T. Washington, Mary C. Terrell, Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr.

Italian Dinner

The Sequim (Wash.) Pathfinder Club created a "Night in Italy" and raised $2,400 for their camporee trek.

With the fellowship hall decorated in the colors of Italy, each Pathfinder dressed as an Italian waiter/waitress and served assigned tables a traditional Italian dinner.

The ambience was provided by two local accordion players playing well-known songs from the past and more than 100 attendees enjoyed watching teams play a "love-inspired" game of jeopardy and a hilarious skit starring two sisters.

The highlight of the evening was the live auction featuring services, weekend getaways, and various goods donated by local businesses and members. Tim Guthrie, a doctor, proved himself as an auctioneer, able to keep numbers, bids and humorous remarks going at lightning speed.

These are just two examples of Pathfinder's creative fundraising in preparation for attending the five-day camporee.

Featured in: June 2009