Central Tablelands Pathfinder Club
For those who are familiar with it, “Pathfindering” conjures up images of marching, camping, curious hobbies, bugs and bats. Enlarging their windows on the world and building a relationship with God are the dual objectives of this club With nearly 2 million members around the world, this Seventh-day Adventist Church-sponsored club accepts any youth who promises to abide by the Pathfinder Pledge and Law regardless of their church affiliation.
The Pathfinder Pledge & Law is an important part of Pathfinders. Thousands of Pathfinders each year learn and choose to abide by the requirements of the Pathfinder Pledge and Law for the sole purpose of growing closer to their fellow men and women, and to their Creator.
Highlights for 2017
4 February Enrolment Meeting 3:30pm - 6:30pm
4 March Meeting 3:30pm - 6:30pm
18 March Meeting 2:30pm - 5:30pm
31 March - 2 April Camp
6 May Meeting 3:30pm - 6:30pm
20-21 May Camp
3 June Meeting 3:30pm - 6:30pm
24 June Meeting 3:30pm - 6:30pm
29 July Meeting 3:30pm - 6:30pm
19 August Meeting 3:30pm - 6:30pm
2 September Meeting 3:30pm - 6:30pm
15-17 September Camp
29 September - 2 October Camporee
21 October Meeting 2:00pm - 6:30pm
11 November Meeting 3:30pm - 6:30pm
1-3 December Camp/End of year party
Australian Pathfinder Pledge and Law
Loving the Lord my God I will
Daily seek His presence
Show friendship to others
Keep the Pathfinder Law
And honour my country.
The Pathfinder Law is for me to
Look for good in others
Aim to do my best
Love and respect my family
Be thankful for what I have
Preserve God’s creation
Take care of my health
Be involved in my church
And go where He sends.
Explanation: Pathfinder Pledge
"Loving the Lord my God I will" - I recognise that Jesus Christ is my personal Saviour and I want to respond by loving Him.
"Daily seek His presence" - I will set aside some private time every day to read my Bible and talk to God.
"Show friendship to others" - I will always be kind and thoughtful to others in my family, school, church and community. I will try to include the lonely and left out people in my friendship.
"Keep the Pathfinder Law" - I accept the Pathfinder Law as being an important part of the Pathfinder Club, and choose by God's grace to live by it.
"Honour my country" - I will endeavour to be a good citizen at home, school and in my community, by obeying the laws of the land and respecting those in authority.
Explanation: Pathfinder Law
"Look for good in others" - I will not listen to rumours about people but will instead always try to speak a good word about everyone I know.
"Aim to do my best" - because my life and abilities are gifts from God I will put one hundred percent effort into my work, play and relationships.
"Love and respect my family" - God has placed me in a family. I will speak courteously, and be obedient, thoughtful and unselfish in the way I act at home.
"Be thankful for what I have" - I will learn to be cheerful and grateful for the many wonderful things that I have. I will not complain when things do not go my way or I cannot have what others have.
"Preserve God's creation" - because I recognise that God is the Creator and Owner of this world, I will not be careless when I am out in nature, but will do all I can to protect the environment in which I live.
"Take care of my health" - I will exercise regularly, eat a well-balanced and healthy diet, and say 'no' to any substances that will be harmful to my body.
"Be involved in my church" - When I am asked to participate in programs at my church I will willingly do so. I will attend as regularly as I can.
"Go where He sends" - I will be ready to share my faith and follow God's leading in my life.
They also learn to develop important life values such as teamwork, commitment and self-respect. Honour badges can be earned for completing requirements on specific topics in the areas or nature, craft and recreation, and at the end of each year Pathfinder clubs present awards to Pathfinders on achievement of various skills.
Examples of the Many Honour Badges
(Camping; Dogs; Alternative Fuels; Agriculture; Bible Marking; Cycling; Automobile Mechanics; Cats; Food Freezing):