As a movement, the Seventh-day Adventist Church is deeply committed to the wholesome development of it youths for effective leadership and service to humanity as the manner of Jesus Christ – The Path to eternal life. The entire philosophy of Pathfindering rest on the premise that “children learn best by example, rather than precept.” Hence, Pathfinder Club leaders are called to exhibit the high standards of Christian living as mentors for the pathfinders.
The Advent Message to all the world in my generation.
The love of Christ compels us.
By the grace of God, I will be pure and kind and true. I will keep the Pathfinder Law. I will be a servant of God and a friend to man.
The Pathfinder Law is for me to: Keep the morning watch. Do my honest part. Care for my body. Keep a level eye. Be courteous and obedient. Walk softly in the sanctuary. Keep a song in my heart. Go on God’s errands.
Our philosophy rests on Moses’ command to the children in Deuteronomy 6:4-9 saying, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” Raising children in the fear of God is not a part-time business; it is life-long, all-time endeavor, it is lifetime mentoring.
Leadership is a critical component of the Pathfinder Club since Pathfinders tend to learn more by example than precept. Ellen White comments: “”He who cooperates with the divine purpose in imparting to the youth a knowledge of God, and molding the character into harmony with His, does a high and noble work. He awakens a desire to reach God’s ideal, he presents an education that is as high as heaven and as broad as the universe.” Education, 19. The impact of leadership in Pathfinders is beyond the realm of the temporal to the eternal. Therefore, it is a grave, spiritual responsibility that commands the best and a vast range of variety of spiritual gifts and talents. Hence, no single individual is sufficient to undertake the work of the Pathfinder Club; instead, all hands and talents in the church are needed for optimal result.
Each child is encouraged to participate in all activities and parents/guardians are given assignments along with their child. There are many age-challenging activities on the Adventurer menu. These range from games and outdoor activities to nature exploration and family camping, field trips and community service projects. A five level age-specific curriculum is used along with approximately 80 specialized award areas of crafts, nature, recreation, spiritual development and home arts.
The Pathfinder curriculum is divided into six levels/classes.
After completion of the classwork requirements, the Pathfinder gets insignia as an award consisting of a pin, Pathfinder Class pocket stripe and chevron at a special ceremony called Investiture Service.