For those who are familiar with “Pathfinders” it conjures up images of marching, camping, curious hobbies, bugs, and bats. Enlarging their windows on the world and building a relationship with God are the dual objectives of this club ministry, which is designed for youth ages 10-15. With nearly 2 million members around the world, this Seventh-day Adventist Church-sponsored ministry accepts any youth who promises to abide by the Pathfinder Pledge and Law regardless of their church affiliation.


Pathfinders offer a wide range of activities including, but not limited to:

  • Camping & camping/survival skills
  • Grade appropriate leadership training
  • Activities promoting community pride & involvement through outreach activities such as helping in downtown soup kitchens, collecting food for the disadvantaged, cleaning & maintaining city and county parks, visiting and encouraging the elderly, and MANY more
  • Interactive training in a variety of recreational, artistic, nature, conservation, vocational, and outreach areas, with honor patches given for successful completion of those specified honors.
  • Personal care and encouragement by a caring staff member! While many school classrooms have 10-30 students per teacher, Pathfinders offers AT LEAST a 1 staff member to every 5 Pathfinder ratio!

Calendar of Activities

  • September 24, 2021

    Deadline for Pathfinder Club Registration

  • October 1-3, 2021

    Pathfinder Camporee at Laurel Lake Camp

  • October 15-17, 2021

    Leadership Training at Laurel Lake Camp

  • January 21-23, 2022

    Winter Retreat at Mt. Aetna Camp, MD

  • January 29, 2022

    Pathfinder Bible Experience (PBE) — Area Level

  • February 12, 2022

    PBE — Conference Level, Harrisburg

  • March 19, 2022

    PBE — Union Level

  • April 16, 2022

    PBE — Division Level

  • May 1, 2022

    Pathfinder Fair at Blue Mountain Academy

  • August 10-14, 2022

    Columbia Union Pathfinder Camporee at Summit Bechtel Reserve, WV

Pathfinder Forms

Beginning of year forms.  This needs to be completed on an annual basis.  Please complete the following forms and submit no later than September 24:

Forms to be used within your club:

Forms to be submitted each month by the 15th:

Due on October 15:

Due on November 30:

Due on December 30:

Due on May 31:

Due on June 15:

Volunteer Screening

The Pennsylvania Conference is committed to Children’s Ministries and the protection of children in all aspects of ministry in churches and schools.

To fulfill the required background check to work with children in the state of Pennsylvania, please follow the instructions HERE.

Camporee 2024

Experience the story of Moses in an amazing way at the 2024 International Pathfinder Camporee, “Believe the Promise,” being held in Gillette, Wyoming.

Learn more here.