Forever Faithful International Camporee

For five days in August, 46,000 Pathfinders from around the world converged on the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture Campgrounds in OshKosh, Wisconsin. Clubs traveled by plane, train and bus, and some even came by bicycle, for the 2014 Forever Faithful International Camporee.

The week started with rain, and many clubs had to deal with mud and water in their tents. However sun came back the next day, and the rain held off for the rest of the event. 

Each day, campers spent their time working on honors, participating in activities and helping in community service projects. Honors classes were offered in everything from cooking with a dutch oven and early Adventist history to juggling and the life of Jesus.

The evening programs where a highlight. The camporee’s theme was “Forever Faithful,” and each evening focused on telling a portion of Daniel’s story through theatrical performances and spiritual messages from Sam Lenore, camporee keynote speaker and chaplain for La Sierra University in Riverside, California.

Many attendees felt Lenore's talks were a highlight of each day. “It’s short, but it’s right to the point. It’s deep,” said Irma Tabarez, 16, from the Hermiston Spanish Church in Oregon. 

Before the evening programs, four large swimming pools were opened for baptisms, with 35 Northwest Pathfinders making that public vow. In all more than 600 attendees from around the world chose to be baptized.

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September 25, 2014 / Feature