We are almost at the end of another great year of Pathfinders. We started the year doing the Bubbles honour and looking at the meaning behind the Pathfinder Pledge, Law and symbols. We also started selling chocolates as part of our fund raising for the year. We finished the Term with a camp at Crosslands in Sydney over the Easter long weekend, which included enjoying the canoes and pool, and completing the Abseiling honour.
In Terms Two and Three we worked on our mural, under Jan’s patient and wise guidance. We also started working on our marching and knots in preparation for Camporee. The rain started in Term Two, and didn’t really seem to give us a decent break till November (!) which meant that we unfortunately had to postpone, modify or cancel most of our outdoor activities and camps in those two terms. The only exception to this was the day of our Garage Sale when God blessed us with perfect weather conditions, as well as a huge supply of quality items to sell, and fantastic customers. The biggest impact the weather had on our year was that our Camporee had to be cancelled due to the extensive amount of rain across the majority of NSW. We were disappointed, but hadn’t been looking forward to camping in the conditions that were forecast for that weekend, and understood that the organisers of Camporee would not have made this difficult decision lightly.
In Term Four we tried something different, and had a meeting at Lake Canobolas, where we took turns on the kayaks, and worked on the Braiding honour. Continuing on the tradition of the last few years, we went door knocking in Bathurst to raise money for ADRA in October.
We also had a camp at Dunns Swamp, where our weather issues returned on the Friday night, as we tried to sleep through six hours of thunder, lightning and heavy rain. The sun came out again on Saturday and dried up all our wet gear, and we were able to enjoy being at such a fantastic spot.
Our Investiture service was held on November 19th. Because we are a regional club we alternate the venue of our investiture between Orange and Bathurst churches, and as we were due to be at Orange this year, we combined with the Orange Adventurers Club investiture. It was great to see what the younger kids have been up to this year, and to show the church family some of what we have achieved and experienced this year.
We have already started planning for 2017, and have some great activities in mind. If you - or someone you know - will be in Years 5-10 in 2017, live in the Orange/Bathurst area, and would be interested in meeting with a great group of young people a couple of times each term, as well going camping, learning new things, and getting to know more about God, then please contact our church Pastor, and he will be happy to give you some more information.
by Pathfinder's Department