Alaska Pathfinders Warm Cold Camp Tuk!

August 01, 2011 | Ephraim Palmero

"Finally, after several years of waiting, Pathfinders are back at Camp Tukuskoya in Big Lake, Alaska," says Tafi Toleafoa, Anchorage–Samoan Pathfinder Club leader to Ann Altaffer, the new Alaska Conference Pathfinder coordinator.

The chilly waters of Mosquito Point in Big Lake did not pose a challenge to 80 Pathfinders and staff who spent the weekend of May 27–29 camping for the Alaska Pathfinder Camporee. Strict cabin inspections, flag rising and fire-pit devotionals warmed the enthusiastic campers. Quentin Purvis, Alaska Conference vice president and self-appointed camp boat captain, led spiritual emphasis beside the campfire.

Tracy Wood, Oregon Conference Pathfinder director, dwelling on the Camporee theme "Called to Shine," led out in the Sabbath church service. Campers were delighted by Wood's animated presentation of the calling of the young prophet Samuel.

A Denali Golden Eagle, presented by Mary Bethe Wright, from the Bird Treatment and Learning Center, was the most popular matinee of the Camporee. Birding honors were awarded to all Pathfinders.

Sabbath afternoon marked the more intense showcase of diorama making, as miniature models of Creation week and the Sanctuary were conceptualized by each club.

"We are coming back next year!" said Toby Fuller, Delta Junction Pathfinder coordinator, as he led his team to first place in the Egg Drop contest.

Butch Palmero, Alaska Conference Pathfinder director, reminded Pathfinders as they left: "You are all called to shine, dear Pathfinders. You are our precious shining jewels — shine on forever in your communities, schools and churches. God wants you to light your surroundings."