FIRST PATHFINDER CAMPOREE FOR ATCU
The Pathfinder organization is a worldwide ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church that caters to the complete development of young people ages 10-16. Attending camps and camporees is an integral part of the experience of any pathfinder, whether it is at the church, conference, union, or division level.
Ordinarily, local churches and local conferences or missions conduct pathfinder camps in their specific areas at least once a year. However, at the union, division, or international level pathfinder camporees are held at least once every five years. Pathfinder camporees provide young pathfinders with the opportunity to:
On April 4, 2015, approximately 200 pathfinders from the Bahamas, Cayman Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands, converged at the Bahamas Youth Camp in Nassau, Bahamas to participate in the first Atlantic Caribbean Union Pathfinder Camporee.
The theme for camporee:
In August 2014, during the Forever Faithful International Pathfinder Camporee in Osh Kosh, Wisconsin, USA, Pastor Andrew Burrows, youth director, of the Atlantic Caribbean Union challenged the pathfinders to recommend a theme for our very own pathfinder camporee. Ideas were tossed up, and themes were suggested based on popular Biblical characters. “Let’s do the story of Jonah and the whale!” suggested an enthusiastic pathfinder, from the Cayman Islands Conference. We can call it the “Whale Way”. At the pathfinder camporee planning committee, the concept of the story of Jonah and the whale was presented. After much discussion and fine-tuning, it was agreed that the theme would be YOU-Turn with a pun on the vehicular code, “U”. There is an intentional focus on you as a person. “You” represents anyone, any pathfinder, any youth, or any adult. It refers to anyone like Jonah who finds himself/herself running away from God. Yes, you can make a U-TURN toward God.
The Camporee Logo
The logo depicts a large fish, with human-like teeth coming up out of the sea, against the background of the pathfinder logo with the camporee theme. It is enclosed by a border, which displays, the date, and the place of the event. Interestingly, two pathfinders, and not Jonah, are seen inside the mouth of the large fish. One, a young girl, is curious to explore what is inside the fish. The other, a young male, has determined that life inside the fish is not a place to be and makes a fast YOU-turn out of the fish’s mouth.
Daily Camping Experience
Each day, before sunrise, pathfinders greet the day by having personal and corporate devotions in their conferences followed by line call. The daily agenda is filled with activities such as, sports and exhibition challenge, craft and honor, developmental seminars, and spiritual nuggets. One of the highlights of the camporee is the nightly drama, where the pathfinders act out the experience of Jonah. This is followed by an appeal as the pathfinders are challenged to remain focused on their relationship with Christ.
A crowning feature of the camporee will be a pathfinder investiture service and a baptismal service on Sabbath, April 11. This will be followed by a community project near the campgrounds where the pathfinders will distribute thousands of copies of the book, Health and Hope. On Saturday night, April 11, 2015, the curtains will come down on Camporee 2105, You-Turn, with the closing ceremonies. -Pastor Andrew Burrows, Youth Director; ATCU