Pathfinder Camporee Reminds Kids They “Belong”

November 12, 2021 | Youth | Makena Horton

The Upper Columbia Conference held a Pathfinder Camporee at Camp MiVoden in September. The event hosted 207 people from 11 different Pathfinder clubs. The event was also streamed online where five clubs participated from home.

The speaker for the weekend was Rob Lang, Pathfinder director for the North Pacific Union. Lang shared multiple messages reflecting the theme of the weekend, "Belong." It focused on recognizing that you have a place and are chosen by Christ.

“When Pathfinder clubs gather like this, it reminds us that we are not alone, we are part of something bigger,” said Richie Brower, UCC Pathfinder director. “Conference events give kids something bigger to look forward to throughout the club year.”

Many of the Pathfinders that attended the camporee expressed their intention in furthering their relationship with Christ. “The part I’m most excited about is that 32 Pathfinders made decisions to prepare ... for baptism],” said Brower. Additionally, 45 expressed that they want to learn more about Jesus and 71 shared that they are baptized and want Jesus to know they are His. “That is something to celebratee," he said. "That is the reason we do what we do,” Brower added.

The weekend included multiple activities for the Pathfinders to take part in, including pitching tents, worship, packing disaster kits, hiking, a scavenger hunt and multiple group activities on Sabbath afternoon.

While the weather was dreary and rain poured on the tarps they used for shelter, the Pathfinders maintained a good attitude. “Rain brings out the best in Pathfinders,” said Brower. "The spirits of the kids and staff were fantastic. We had to adjust some of our programs due to the rain, but our volunteers pivoted and made it a great experience for the kids.”

To learn more about Pathfinders in the Upper Columbia Conference and how you can be a part of a local club, visit uccsda.org/club-ministries.