Pathfinder Club Class Work Assignments

There are various elements that make up the Pathfinder Club program. The main ones are listed below.

  • Programming. A large share of the Pathfinder Club’s time is involved in organizing Pathfinder Club programming. These include a wide variety of activities such as regular club meetings, Pathfinder Sabbath each year, social events, campouts, and outreach projects. The programming of the Pathfinder Club is designed to provide varied and interesting opportunities for children. The goal is to lead each child to a relationship with Jesus.
  • Planning. The Pathfinder director develops a yearly calendar of activities and a budget. The Pathfinder Club staff gets involved by giving suggestions that might improve and expand on the ideas already presented. Major plans must pass the approval of the church board and it must coordinate with the program of the local conference.
  • Recruiting and supervising. The Pathfinder director is responsible for recruiting staff to help with club activities. The Pathfinder Club staff is made up of volunteers: adults and youth. All staff are under the supervision of the Pathfinder director.
  • Teaching. The Pathfinder director assists the young people in learning outdoor skills; developing spiritual values (which of course is of prime importance to us as a church), and serving in ways which could be beneficial in saving lives in their communities. Crafts are always an enjoyable part of the meetings and the Pathfinder director should be right there (along with her or his staff) to answer any questions pertaining to completing various projects assigned.
  • Listening to parents and children. The effective Pathfinder director enjoys young people and can relate to them in a way that makes them feel comfortable around him. He or she should let them know by their actions and words that he/she is their friend and is there to listen to them when they have any problems, especially those of a spiritual nature.
  • Communication. The Pathfinder director should make sure the children, parents and the entire church are made aware that there is a viable Pathfinder Club. The program should be promoted in all departments since there are areas of interest to all ages.
  • Background Check and Online Child Safety Training:
    Anyone working in Children’s ministries at Cicero Church is required to complete Shield the Vulnerable which is a background check and an online training seminar (approx. 45-60 minutes to complete) before assuming role. You may contact church office or pastoral staff to arrange for training

    Time Commitment:
    Time will vary depending on the programming and amount of help.

    Resource Materials:

    1. AY Class Instructors Manual. Requirements and teacher helps for Friend, Companion, Explorer, Ranger, Voyager and Guide classwork.
    2. Honors Handbook. Requirements for all honors.
    3. Pathfinder Staff Manual. Complete operating guide for your Pathfinder club.
    4. We Are the Pathfinders Strong, by Willie Oliver with Pat Humphrey. Illustrated history of Pathfindering.

    Randy Griffin – Pathfinder Director

    Welcome to Investiture Achievement

    The North American Division Youth Ministries Department is pleased to offer a new curriculum for Pathfinders to complete as part of their Pathfinder Club experience.

    For the last several years a committee of Pathfinder leaders has been working on assessing the AY Classwork curriculum that was developed in 1987-88. That curriculum has served us well but more and more club leaders were asking for something that would connect with our 21st century Pathfinders. After surveying local club staff, area coordinators and conference leaders the following themes surfaced:
    • There is too much reading
    • Require memorization that is manageable
    • Clubs must be able to complete the curriculum within a Pathfinder year
    • Updated resources for leaders and instructors must be provided
    • Curriculum must make it clear what outcome we want to achieve (more than just doing the requirement)
    • Completing requirements should be hands-on rather than writing and reading
    • Advanced requirements should be interesting and inviting

    Based on these recommendations and with the guidance of an educational specialist the task force reviewed each of the requirements to make sure they aligned with our curriculum objectives, educational practices and Pathfinder ministry goals. During this process there was special focus given to age appropriate requirements and to creating a series of requirements that was sequenced from year to year, allowing the Pathfinder to build on the skills they had previously learned.

    The Investiture Achievement requirements are divided into eight sections. Requirements can be met in a variety of ways based on the way the individual Pathfinder learns best. Each year that a Pathfinder is Invested and advances to the next level the sections remain the same as the previous year. However, the activities to fulfill the requirements change, in order to allow each Pathfinder the opportunities to participate in new experiences and challenges and to practice skills and information previously learned.
    This Investiture Achievement curriculum moves from a focus on completing requirements (although Pathfinders will complete requirements) to creating a learning environment. For successful implementation directors, instructors and all Pathfinder staff must:

    • Inspire and motivate learners.
    • Emphasize quality, not quantity, of learning.
    • Build on knowledge that has been gained in earlier levels.
    • Allocate time to practice new concepts and skills.
    • Aim for understanding rather than memorization.
    • Consider developmental and individual abilities of each Pathfinder.
    • Employ effective and flexible strategies to aid learning.
    • Use meaningful activities that utilize learning strategies..

    In 2009 the Pathfinder Committee voted to accept the requirements presented as the framework for a new curriculum. Over the next 12 months clubs from across the North American Division piloted the curriculum and gave their feedback to the task force. Based on the feedback received final changes were made and the Pathfinder Committee voted in March, 2011 to implement this Investiture Achievement curriculum Division-wide in the Fall of 2011.

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