Pathfinder Camporee Hot Rods, Geocaching and Much More

November 01, 2005 | David Yeagley

Hot dogs and hot rods were the order of the day as nearly 400 Pathfinders from across the Washington Conference gathered in Packwood, Wash., for their annual camporee Sept. 16–18. The weekend of camping and fellowship helped to kick off a new Pathfinder year.

This year’s theme, “Experience the Victory,” was chosen to point Pathfinders to the ultimate victory that is found in Jesus. Tobin Dodge, Bremerton Church youth pastor, was the featured speaker for the weekend. His interactive presentations brought young people together in a unique way, leading them to the foot of the cross. A highlight of this year’s camporee was a special appearance by the Adventist Rodder's Club. Members of the club brought nine cars for the Pathfinders to see and shared both their love of cars and their love of Jesus.

Other activities for the weekend included a compass course, geocaching, and a series of Sunday morning games with a DNR fire crew. In addition, clubs were given time to enjoy the rich natural beauty of the area with trips to Mt. Rainier National Park and Mt. St. Helens.

This year’s camporee provided the 20 clubs that attended with a great time to network and encourage one another. “I’m excited about the future of Pathfinders in the Washington Conference,” said Jim Field, area coordinator and camporee director. “With three new clubs and a strong group of coordinators and directors, we are positioned for growth in the coming year.”

For more information on Pathfinders in the Washington Conference or if you are interested in starting a club in your church, contact David Yeagley at (253) 681-6008.