Pathfinders Endure Showers at Camp Fife
More than 700 Pathfinders from all parts of the Upper Columbia Conference attended the annual Pathfinder Camporee Sept. 17–19. During the event, hundreds of young people made commitments to follow Jesus and 91 Pathfinders requested Bible studies to prepare for baptism.
This year's camporee was held at Camp Fife, a Boy Scout camp in the Cascade Mountains just west of Yakima, Wash. Though the rain forced scheduled meetings into the camp lodge rather than outdoors, it didn't stop the Pathfinder clubs from pitching their tents and enjoying the weekend activities.
In addition to worships, music and flag ceremonies, Pathfinders also participated in outdoor activities such as hiking, building debris shelters, doing community service projects, playing stalking and concealment games, and exploring the largest eroded-basalt cave in the Northwest.
"We had a great weekend and it seemed to be extra-special this year," says LeAnn Paredes of the Goldendale (Wash.) Pathfinder club. "Maybe it was the rain, I don't know, but the music was wonderful. Bob Folkenberg did an awesome job keeping our attention. And the relaxed free-time on Sabbath afternoon made Sabbath special."
Bob Folkenberg Jr., Upper Columbia Conference president, was the keynote speaker for this year's camporee. Folkenberg told stories from his many adventures overseas as a missionary to address the camporee's theme, "Jesus, what can I do this day for you?"
Bridget Anderson, a parent and staff member of the Wheatland Coyotes Pathfinder Club, who attended the camporee for the first time this year, says, "I was ready to cancel this trip when I found out it would be raining all weekend, but we survived and not only did the kids have a lot of fun, it was a very spiritual weekend as well. I can see, now, why you do this every year."
As a way to say thank you to Camp Fife and the Boy Scouts for the use of their camp, the Pathfinders spent Sunday morning chopping firewood, adding wood chips to trails and cleaning up debris around the grounds of the 60-acre camp.
"I didn't expect them to get half this much work done," says Clint House, Camp Fife camp ranger. "A lot of kids that come here seem to work harder at trying to get out of work than actually working, but these Pathfinders work like ants."