This forum caught my attention now in June, 2011. I wonder, it this a true situation report on the attitude of our churches? I am from the Philippines, a retired Youth director, and hospital chaplain, I retired in 1996. I am now 77 years old, my wife with whom I had spent 43 wonderful years of happy marriage with her, passed away to her rest in 2008. I am a Master Guide, invested in 1959, while still a college student. My late wife was invested Master Guide in 1957. Throughout our married life before, we have been actively encouraging pathfindering. I am surprised that any former pathfinder, can say that it is a boring activity of the church.
I have remarried, to an old friend, and even now, she too being a Master Guide, we find pathfindering very interesting and we support it as a church program. We attended the latest division-wide Pathfinder Camporee of SSD, and our feelings about it as a program is the same. Our pathfinder age juniors will find in the Pathfinder Club program of activities much to challenge the interest of our junior youth. What do fellow AOL participants, those of you who were members of a Pathfinder Club during your 10 to 16 years of age, do you agree that Pathfindering is NOW boring? WE TWO, LEHCAR AND MYSELF, BEHEMENTLY DISAGREE. What do you say, fellow former pathfinders?
I was a pathfinder too, did master guide courses but did not graduate. I taught many children who now have children of their own. We made permanent godly friendships. I know many Adventists who joined the faith as children because they wanted to be pathfinders or were ministered to by pathfinders.
Pathfindering can be boring if you go there to look for entertainment. It can be fun if you take it in faith. There are a lot of things that some people question (like lighting of candles in the dark, reciting oaths, the resemblance of PF symbols to those of certain secret societies etc). These things should be reconsidered to avoid throwing out the baby with the bath water. Alternatively, if it is established that pathfindering is based on ungodly premises, it should be scrapped but the good in it be preserved for the sake of Adventist children.
I'm a Master Guide but none of my kids were ever involved in Pathfinders (either because of my health or because there wasn't a club nearby). When I was a leader 20 years ago, the kids hated the classwork that even some honors had. They loved the shells and learning what they were but didn't want to learn the parts of a shell etc. Maybe some honors need to just be hands on or have optional parts. Cover the material but don't make them have to remember it all. My kids love nature and learning about it, some kids don't.
In the club I was in, none of the parents wanted to be involved except on campouts. That limits what can happen to. If a child isn't in church school then all the bookwork has to be done at home in addition to school homework. I homeschool now and am thinking of using Pathfinders more for my daughter's classwork.
What shouldn't happen is making it electronic instead of hands on. Computers are great to look up info but then do things. Kids need adults to show them life outside of computers!